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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is for students aged 25+ who want to improve their English in the shortest possible time, learning with like-minded adults.
  • Lessons will improve all your key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Ideal for professionals, travel enthusiasts, retired people, and other adult learners.
  • Gain confidence through total immersion in English, and explore your new city with students of similar ages.

Key Facts

Available in:

  • Los Angeles
  • Oxford

Start dates:

  • Los Angeles: Every Monday (check US public holidays for exceptions)
  • Oxford: Every Monday between 24 June and 22 July 2024


  • Pre-intermediate (Kings Level 3)

Minimum age:

  • 25


  • Minimum 2 weeks

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours). 20 lessons (15 hours) General English and Professional Communication + 8 lessons (6 hours) Special Interest Groups

Class size:

  • In the US: Maximum 15
  • In the UK: Maximum 14 

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation, and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Free WiFi at school 
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (requires minimum 90% attendance) 
"I've been on the Intensive 25+ course for 3 months. What fascinated me the most in this class was studying with students of a wide range of ages. Each student has a background and career and many of them have a job so it's always interesting for me to talk with other students."
Masashi Harikae, Kings Los Angeles

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English and Professional Communication.
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week in Special Interest Groups, which cover a range of specialist English language topics.

The Intensive 25+ program helps students to develop the essential skills needed for using English in their professional and personal lives.

Important international communication skills, including reading newspapers, writing emails, study skills, and group-work techniques are covered.

General English and professional communication

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

Students will learn to evaluate themselves and society, reflect upon their studies and learning, and develop work and career goals.

You will work on skills that will enable you to do things such as:

  • Set goals and discuss personal action plans
  • Prepare and give a short presentation and give feedback on others'
  • Persuade others by raising objections and making suggestions
  • Turn problems into solutions in activities such as presenting a business idea
  • Think logically and discuss logical thinking
  • Develop memory and discuss memory tools
  • Prepare for a job interview and describe work experiences

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)*

As well as your General English classes you can choose from a range of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are included in the course price.

These develop your specialist skills in English or give you experience of subjects which interest you.

They will help you use English in practical situations for study, work, or cultural interest.

SIGs vary according to location and the required language level.

Popular class subjects include:

  • Conversation Skills
  • Vocabulary Builder
  • Business English
  • American/British Culture
  • Group Discussion
  • Pronunciation Practice

*SIGs are not limited to students aged 25 years or older and are subject to availability. The required minimum language level for different SIG classes may vary. Note that the choice of subjects will depend on the student’s level of English and the time of year.

The SIG Guarantee

Kings guarantees that Special Interest Group always be available in each of the 4 key learning outcomes:

  • Fluency and Experience
  • Professional Success
  • Exam Success
  • University Success

Section 3: Learning excursions

In addition, students on the Intensive 25+ course take regular learning excursions to nearby places of interest in Los Angeles and Oxford in order to discover more about the culture and history of the city. Visits may include museums, exhibitions, and famous landmarks, such as:

Los Angeles

  • Grand Central Market
  • Griffith Park Observatory
  • Local art museums
  • Historic cinema houses


  • Local museums, such as Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, Modern Art
  • City walking tours
  • Watch a Shakespeare play
  • Port Meadow picnic
  • Oxford University visits

Some trips may require an additional fee. Please note these are sample activities only and actual trips may vary.

Sample timetable

Please note: sample timetable is subject to change.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs

Understanding cultural differences

Phone addiction.

Asking for and offering help

Study skills
Making effective notes

Real English
People in the newspapers today

Defining relative clauses

Adjectives of character

An email describing a new invention.

A future without cars.

Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback

Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

Professional communication
Becoming more self aware information about media

Professional communication
Giving feedback

Professional communication
Reporting information about media

Professional communication
Preparing and giving a short presentation

Professional communication
Encouraging the speaker

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

13:30 – 15:00
(Lessons 5 & 6)

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Special Interest Group (SIG)

Free time

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team