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English Language
Vacation TOEFL

Key information

Start dates:
Every Monday 7 January – 9 December 2019
Course length:
2 – 12 weeks
Maximum class size:
20 lessons (15 hours) per week

Entry requirements

Kings Level 5 (Intermediate)
Minimum age:

Typical timetable for the Vacation TOEFL course

Typical weekly timetable for the Vacation TOEFL course.

The course

This course is ideal for students who want to prepare for the TOEFL exam, yet still have plenty of free time to explore their surroundings and practice their English outside of class. In addition to developing TOEFL skills and strategies, students improve their overall academic English proficiency so that they are better equipped for studies at a US college or university.

Included in the price

  • 20 instructor-led lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation, and progress tests
  • Course materials
  • Guidance and information on testing dates
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to ClassMate, the Kings online learning platform
  • WiFi internet in the Center
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)

Please note: Exam fees are not included.

About the TOEFL iBT exam

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) assesses students' ability to use and understand university-level English in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Taking the TOEFL opens the door to studying in the US and communicating globally.

It is widely accepted by more than 10,000 universities and other institutions in over 130 countries as proof of English level. The TOEFL is offered in nearly every country and on more dates yearly than any other language test.

More than 30 million people from all over the world have taken the TOEFL test to demonstrate their English proficiency for universities, scholarships, and visa applications. The average English skill level ranges between Intermediate and Advanced.

The TOEFL iBT test is offered 30–40 times a year. Most test takers take the internet-based test. 

Find out more about the test at the TOEFL website.

Course structure

The Vacation TOEFL course is the most convenient TOEFL test preparation course at Kings. The course is 20 instructor-led TOEFL skills practice lessons per week. Each Kings lesson is 45 minutes long. It is designed to improve students' overall English language proficiency, build academic vocabulary, and enhance student performance on academic tasks in all sections of the exam.

The course not only improves test scores but it also prepares students for success at US colleges and universities. Experienced instructors with a track record of results teach the TOEFL classes. They help students achieve the maximum TOEFL score possible (depending on length of study) by creating an individual study plan and by providing regular feedback. Additionally, students have access to full-length practice tests so that they become comfortable with the exam's online format and the time pressure.

1. Context Embedded

The Vacation TOEFL course is based on the communicative approach to learning and focuses on meaningful communication skills. This motivates students to read, listen, speak, and write. A variety of different high-interest topics are used to teach key test taking strategies and to keep the classroom content engaging.

2. Multimedia Support

This course uses interactive multimedia such as news videos, audio recordings and presentations to assist students in building background knowledge as well as improving their comprehension of academic content.

3. Academic Word List

Students are introduced to the Academic Word List (AWL) and have opportunities to practice these words which occur in high frequency in academic contexts. Studies show that students who master the AWL are more likely to succeed in an academic setting.

4. Authentic Practice

The course content provides daily opportunities to practice for the test using authentic questions and listening and reading materials from actual TOEFL tests. Students also regularly practice under exam conditions to develop timed test-taking strategies. Students are able to practice speaking with a headset and microphone and are given many timed writing assignments to ensure full preparation for the time constraints of test day.


Continuous assessment helps students check their progress towards their goal and see their own improvement on a regular basis. Students begin with a diagnostic test and are then assessed on a weekly basis with assignments, participation, and tests. Students review their incorrect answers with detailed explanations of the correct answers.

Extra information

Depending on their level, some students may require more than 4 weeks of study before taking the TOEFL exam to achieve their test goals.