Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

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Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

Designed for those preparing for an English exam (e.g. IELTS, CPE, TOEFL). Take part in interactive theme-based lessons (e.g. technology vs tradition, health and charity, education around the world, 21st century art) using Winchester city as an extension of the classroom. You'll focus on your grammar and learn techniques to analyse texts and improve your comprehension.

You'll explore ways of developing your approach and response to the challenges of high level exams e.g. IELTS, CAE, CPE:


  • Learn what examiners look for in a good communicator and how to speak more confidently
  • Develop fluency through a range of specially designed activities
  • Focus on developing discussion skills for exam situations
  • Use complex grammar and a more varied range of vocabulary
  • Pronunciation workshops: Working alongside English students means you'll quickly develop your fluency

  • Develop your ability to take notes and predict answers
  • Listen for gist, connecting key words with context
  • Learn to watch out for and avoid tricky distractors in listening questions
  • Learn to paraphrase
  • Focus on listening for specific details including pronunciation challenges

  • Focus on constructing coherent paragraphs with topic/supporting sentences
  • Paraphrase techniques for creating arresting introductions and controlled conclusions
  • Develop your use of linking words and how to make smooth transitions
  • Expand grammatical resource to impress the examiner, with a focus on transforming simple sentences into more complex yet sharply intelligible sentences
  • Learn how to use a variety of techniques to explain, justify and argue your point
  • Focus on the planning stage to help write well organised paragraphs

  • Learn strategies for dealing with the reading component of exams
  • Raise awareness of text structure, development of ideas and cohesion
  • Develop ability to paraphrase from questions to locate specific information in unfamiliar texts
  • Focus on parts of speech, developing your ability to change word forms to help you tackle difficult sentence completion questions.

e.g. Winchester Cathedral

Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe's longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

Subject Link: e.g. develop your fluency in giving balanced opinions and describing historical sites accurately with a sophisticated range of vocabulary.


Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

University style tutorials in Business Studies and Economic thought take you through fundamental principles i.e. growth, profit margins, inflation and debt; ideal if you are considering a future in business. Our experienced specialist tutor ensures complex theories are brought to life through real-life case studies and business planning activities. Learn how to express yourself clearly and confidently - essential skills for any young entrepreneur.

Week 1: Macro and Microeconomics
Explore key terms and how they relate to economic growth, employment, inflation, wealth and income distribution.

Week 2: Leadership Skills
Understand what is required of the next generation of future leaders and how to develop those crucial skills.

Week 3: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Starting a Business

Gain essential insights into what makes a healthy business and learn what it takes to develop a succinct business plan which will be put through its paces by our discerning judges who award the "Winchester Entrepreneur" prize.

e.g. Winchester City Centre

There is so much to do in Winchester! Whether you are tracing the footsteps of King Alfred or exploring the Great Hall which contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table, you will be amazed at number of historical and cultural sites. The bustling city centre, the grandeur of the cathedral, and the traditional British marketplace all maximise opportunities for you to learn more about England.

Subject Link: e.g. conduct a survey, gather information related to market research, use a local business as a case study and inspiration for your own 'start up'.


1 week course

This challenging programme for young world leaders introduces an understanding of some of the most pressing issues facing the world today - economic, social, political and environmental. By assuming the role of national ambassador or representative you'll research, debate and seek to solve global issues.

Our experienced tutor will share global perspectives - and you'll build your confidence by discussing, presenting and defending your ideas.

This one week Major starts with an overview and introduction to International Relations. What is it? Why is it important? What are the major approaches e.g. historical, conceptual, theoretical?

Your tutor will present key subject areas (e.g. peace, conflict and democracy, human rights, migration) and give you guidelines about how to research and assimilate information from a number of sources e.g. websites, blogs, reports and research papers.

Through Model UN simulations, you may be allocated a country and in pairs/small groups, you will be asked to present facts and defend your viewpoint using persuasive language and the correct political terminology.

Can you convince the panel that your viewpoint/solution to a world problem is the way forward?

Numerous opportunities to work with your international peers and English Student Hosts means that this Major is not just a simulation, but a real exercise in internationalism.

e.g. Wolvesey Castle

The extensive remains date largely from the great 12th century palace of Bishop Henry of Blois, brother of King Stephen. The last great occasion here was on 25th July 1554, when the East Hall was transformed with silk and gold hangings for Queen Mary and Philip of Spain's wedding banquet.

Subject Link: e.g. discuss the emergence of political systems, analyse concepts of democracy.


Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

In this dynamic class, you'll learn how to express yourself whilst extending and improving your confidence in spoken English. The programme has been designed to support those who may be acting for the first time on stage and wish to build their confidence; whilst also challenging and stretching our more experienced thespians.

You will improve your expression; focusing on rhythm, pronunciation and intonation while acquiring important presentation skills such as voice projection. You will work with an experienced tutor and explore the history of drama while covering a range of dramatic genres. Each week, your task is to devise a presentation that takes drama from its likely origins in ritual through to the Greeks and the Romans. While there is a script to work from, there are plenty of opportunities for you to develop your own material. Each week you perform your group piece in front of students, staff and visitors; often to great acclaim!

e.g. Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen was one of the most prolific and important British writer with her books still read and enjoyed by millions all over the world. This is the only house where Jane lived and wrote which is open to the public as a museum. Have the opportunity to dress up in replica clothes, see Jane's writing areas and understand more about the times during which she wrote.

Subject Link: e.g. watch, analyse and even enact scenes from this influential writer whose writing still touches us today.


Modular 1 week course

This popular programme gives you the opportunity to collaborate on a highly creative project whilst developing a huge array of skills. Led by an experienced industry professional, you'll work in small international groups to take your own story from script to screen. Each week a different theme is selected e.g. documentaries, silent movies, promotional videos.

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You develop many practical skills. e.g.

  • Learn how to select and use the best camera angles
  • Write a deftly crafted script which reflects the main features of a chosen genre
  • Collaborate to choreograph, perform in, film and direct a short movie.

e.g. The Great Hall

The Great Hall contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology; King Arthur's Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror. Discover the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials for terrorism and treason held here.

Subject Link: e.g. use this incredible hall as the backdrop for your film; whether you are researching for a documentary, making a video journal about your experience at Winchester or staging a Shakespeare play.


2 week course 17-31 July

IELTS measures your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and assesses your ability to communicate for work, study or life in an English-speaking country. It is required for entry to universities in the UK and many other countries around the world.

Focus on IELTS exam strategies and techniques to help develop confidence. Learn how to manage your time, find out what examiners are looking for in the written paper and how to avoid mistakes commonly made in the listening paper. Work in small groups alongside English Student Hosts and learn how to articulate your ideas clearly and concisely.

Optional: IELTS exam may be taken in Oxford on 29 July, subject to availability and at extra cost.

Sample weekly objectives

  • Understand the IELTS format and time constraints
  • Learn how to approach and answer the written paper efficiently and successfully
  • Find out what examiners are looking for in a good communicator
  • Improve your reading techniques and in identifying answers quickly

Sample activities
  • Extensive practice of all parts of the exam (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Opportunities to practice the speaking paper with our English Student Hosts
  • Timed essays on a range of topics

Sample language skills
  • Essay writing skills (e.g. introductions and conclusions)
  • Use sophisticated grammar to express yourself in an academic context
  • Skimming and scanning; improve your reading comprehension skills
  • Expand grammatical resource to impress the examiner, with a focus on transforming simple sentences into more complex yet sharply intelligible sentences
  • Listen for 'false friends' and 'distracters'

Mock IELTS exam

Once a week you will have the opportunity to sit a truncated version of the IELTS exam. Our IELTS tutor will then give you individual and group feedback to ensure you focus on key areas.

For more detailed information about how to book the official IELTS exam, please contact



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