Every year over the summer, the Language Centre runs Pre-Sessional courses for prospective students with offers from Oxford (and sometimes other UK universities). We run one 8-week course and two 4-week courses, starting next Monday the 28th and finishing in September.
It’s a really exciting time for the students, as for many it is their first proper visit to Oxford, and gives them a wonderful opportunity not just to improve their English skills, but get settled in, find their way around Oxford, and make friends. But it’s a great time for us staff too – it’s lovely to have the time to get to know these students, since we see them a lot more regularly during the course than those taking term-time courses. It’s really rewarding to see them grow in confidence as the course progresses, and to see them creating friendships with other international students from all over the world. There’s inevitably always a bit of a range of abilities – but the more confident students are happy to help practise conversation skills with the slightly less able ones – and of course we are too! Scarlett and Natasha are downstairs in the foyer to welcome the students each day and answer any questions they may have about life in Oxford and help them settle in. This year we have updated our ‘Student Guide to Oxford’ and we’re very excited to give each student a copy as they arrive next week.
All in all I really enjoyed last summer and being here during the courses, so we can’t wait for the first Pre-Sessional course to start next week!
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