King’s College is a world-famous prestigious university in the heart of London. It is consistently ranked among the top Universities in both the UK and the world. Classrooms take place in the Virginia Woolf building, whilst meals and activities take place in the main building on the Strand, next to Somerset House. Accommodation is provided in Waterloo, a short walk away.
Bucksmore London (Intensive English)
Central London Summer School For 13-16 Year-Olds
- Bucksmore London welcomes students of all English levels, from elementary through to proficiency.
- The age range for students at Bucksmore London is 13-16.
The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, London experience lessons, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.
The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.
The course aims to:
- Build language skills and confidence gradually through our multi-level syllabus.
- Help students achieve their individual goals in language learning.
- Gain a better understanding of English books, films, songs, the internet and other media.
Academic Skills Sessions
The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.
These sessions take place over two hours each week and culminate with students taking the Bucksmore Assessment.
The variety of lessons and teaching material provide students with a stimulating and comprehensive learning experience throughout their stay with Bucksmore.
London Experience Lessons
The London experience lessons bring London to life in the classroom and provide students with functional language and vocabulary to use in their daily life during their stay at Bucksmore London.
These lessons link specifically to famous sights in London such as the London Eye, Canary Wharf and Kensington. Ordering a curry on Brick Lane or bargaining with a street seller in Camden Market are real life situations incorporated into the ‘London experience lessons’.
Project sessions at Bucksmore London promote group work and co-operation and allow participation across all levels of English.
Popular project sessions include Bucksmore President, Battle of the Bands and Bucksmore News.
Unique to Bucksmore London, students now have the ‘What’s it like to live in London?’ project making English learning even more personalised and London centric.
The aims of project work are to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session, and are then placed into groups. Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow with the aim of completing by the end of the preparation session. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.
The Bucksmore Assessment was initially introduced in 2016 after thorough research and analysis of student English language performance.
Uniquely developed by the Bucksmore Academic team to evaluate all abilities in English. It assesses a learner’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a well-rounded assessment of a student’s English ability.
The Bucksmore Assessment provides more relevant and appropriate language so learners are motivated to perform better than other, more adult-focused, exams.
Taken at the end of the course, the Bucksmore Assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability.
It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.
All students receive a personalised Bucksmore Education report card and certificate during the graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.
- 25 hours of English tuition each week
- 1 full day excursion outside of of London per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
- Bucksmore end-of-course Assessment
- Maximum class size of 11 students