Adult summer courses

Come and spend a wonderful time with us at CAE on one of our adult summer courses! Have fun and make new friends while learning English in an exciting and different way. Our friendly teachers will soon have you chatting in English, and our varied afternoon options will give you lots of new subjects to discuss. You can even prepare for an English exam while you’re here. The CAE campus with all its great facilities and beautiful gardens is the perfect environment to enjoy our adult summer courses – and with historic but buzzing Cambridge just down the road, you can mix sightseeing and study to make the very best of your time here.

  • Minimum age – 16 years
  • Elementary to Advanced (not Beginners)
  • Start dates – every Monday
  • Class size – maximum 12
  • Course content – 21 full hours plus 10 hours of teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • Wide range of electives e.g. Business, Exam preparation, Film Studies, Discussion and many others
  • Free coursebook and materials
  • Start any Monday
  • Minimum stay 2 weeks
  • 21 full hours in classroom + 10 hours teacher-assisted self-study per week
  • General English in the mornings + choice of afternoon electives
  • Regular 1:1 tutorials with class teacher

Afternoon classes offer a choice of electives. These may include:

  • English for Business
  • Reading for Pleasure
  • Exam Practice
  • Discovering Cambridge
  • Film Studies etc.
  • Cambridge exams
  • English for Academic Purposes (IELTS and TOEFL)
  • Maximum 12
  • Good mix of nationalities in each class

When you arrive at CAE we will test your level of English. This table gives you an idea of the levels:

Common European Framework
Elementary (2) Knows basic greetings and can ask and answer simple questions A1
Lower Intermediate (3) Can hold a basic conversation (e.g. describe family) with help. Some knowledge of grammar, including past and future tenses A2
Intermediate (4) Can hold a basic conversation without difficulty but can’t discuss more complex issues. Some basic grammar mistakes. B1
Upper Intermediate (5) Can discuss some complex subjects fluently. Has no problem with common grammatical constructions B2
Lower Advanced (6) Can discuss a wide range of subjects with occasional mistakes. Can write with few grammatical errors. C1
Advanced (7) Can discuss a wide range of complex subjects. Wide vocabulary. Can read newspapers and magazines without much difficulty. Mistakes are about style rather than structure. C2

For a lower-intermediate Adult Summer student:

09.15 NARATIVE TENSES – Storytelling
11.15 FILM CLIP & DISCUSSION
13.45 INTERNET RESEARCH FOR CAMBRIDGE STUDY VISIT
15.30 TEACHER-ASSISTED STUDY IN CAE SELF-ACCESS STUDY CENTRE
[Optional Study]
EVENING KARAOKE
SATURDAY FULL DAY EXCURSIONS TO LONDON OR OXFORD AS OPTIONAL EXTRA
SUNDAY CAE OPEN FOR SPEAKING CLUB, STUDY AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME

A typical weeks study during the Summer term:

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09.15-10.45 Grammar:
Tenses overview
Vocabulary:
Colour idioms
Grammar: using prepositions Grammar: Question forms Review of the week
10.45-11.15 BREAK
11.15-12.45 Language skills
Storytelling
Discussion with error correction Language skills
Multi-media listening
School Survey DVD
plus discussion
12.45 – 13.45 LUNCH
3.45 – 15.15 Internet research: famous Cambridge people Preparation for Cambridge study visit Mini-presentations at famous places Writing report on study trip Speaking Club
15.30 – 17.30 Guided self study e.g. Listening to graded reader Guided self study e.g. song + worksheet Guided self study e.g. pronunciation practice Guided self study e.g.Vocabulary work Free Afternoon
EVENING Barbecue / sports Karaoke Evening out Quiz / sports Theme disco
SATURDAY All-day excursions to London or Oxford as optional extra
SUNDAY CAE is open afternoon and evening for study and social programme