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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is for students who want to improve their English but still have plenty of free time outside of class.
  • Lessons will improve all your key skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking.
  • You’ll gain confidence through total immersion in English.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 2 January and 10 December 2019
  • Every Monday between 6 January and 7 December 2020

Entry level:

  • Beginner (Kings Level 1)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • 2 – 12 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 15

Lessons per week:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) General English

Included in the price:

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (requires minimum 90% attendance)
"Kings has such a good system. You learn everywhere here. We learn and practice English everywhere from cafeteria to classroom, to other dormitories where we have friends."

Section 2: Course structure and content

Your general English lessons will 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

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

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

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes suitable for students at Level 1 (Beginner) right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Sample timetable

Please note: Sample timetable subject to change. General English lessons may take place in mornings or afternoons in summer.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing.
Individual and group feedback on test.

Grammar
Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests.

Pronunciation
Open and closed questions (intonation).

Professional skills
Interviews.

Vocabulary
Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour.

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations.

Listening
Understanding how technology works.

Functional language
Giving instructions.

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge.

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses.

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree.

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

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

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Vocabulary
Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs.

Discussion
Understanding cultural differences.

Video
Phone addiction.

Role-play
Asking for and offering help.

Study skills
Making effective notes.

Real English
People in the newspapers today.

Grammar
Defining relative clauses.

Vocabulary
Adjectives of character.

Writing
An email describing a new invention.

Presentations
A future without cars.

Vocabulary
Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback.

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

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team