The cultural/social activities were diverse and interesting. Perfect to expand the knowledge and culture of a country.

- Gustavo Casino, Spain
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English for Effective Communication

Improve your core linguistic competences and develop English language skills for your work environment.

These intensive courses have regular fixed start dates during the year. They are eligible for EU funding with Erasmus+ grants until the end of 2020. Contact us for help and support with your funding application.

Sessions include professional and social English, language awareness-raising and activation through revision and recycling, feedback and error correction, confidence- building and strategies for self-directed learning. The minimum language level required is CEFR B1, therefore the nature of the course means that participants are often of mixed ability.

English for Effective Communication
Hours per week 21 + weekly cultural and social activities
Class Size 12 maximum
Minimum Age 25
Maximum Age There is no maximum age.
Language Level Intermediate (CEFR Level B1) or above
Course Length 1 or 2 weeks

Course Outline

  • communicative, language input and practice
  • a guided tour of Oxford
  • a guided tour of an Oxford University College 
  • one social evening with tutors per week
  • WiFi internet access and computer facilities
  • refreshments: tea and coffee
  • e-Learning Centre subscription for 1 year
  • end of course certificate detailing sessions attended

All participants are asked to fill in a Pre-Course questionnaire. The course tutor plans the course to meet the special requirements of the group. The course content is outlined and discussed on the first morning, and is then adapted as appropriate. The nature of the course means that participants are often of mixed ability. Our qualified and experienced teachers make sure everyone benefits from the course and that there is a friendly, positive classroom atmosphere.

In your free time

Groups on summer courses sometimes choose to attend an outdoor Shakespeare production in Oxford Castle or in an Oxford University College garden. Course participants at other times of year often enjoy attending plays or concerts in theatres and music venues across the city. 

Course tutors

Participants experience a dynamic, interactive style of teaching and receive personal attention from friendly, approachable tutors who have substantial experience of teaching English as a foreign language and teacher training. Tutors integrate a wide range of online and off-line resources to create a stimulating, professional and supportive learning environment and will adapt the content of the course to suit the needs and interests of the group, so that it is useful, relevant and enjoyable.


Changing lives, opening minds. Improving skills and employability through education.

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport opportunities across Europe. 

Lake School Professional Development Courses take place throughout the year and continue to be eligible for EU funding with Erasmus+ grants.

Under the Erasmus+ programme, grants are provided to people who work in education in EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and FYR Macedonia. 

You have to apply for an Erasmus+ grant through your school, organisation, training institute or university. You can't apply individually. 

Organisations such as teacher training colleges and university departments also ask us to build tailor-made courses for their teaching and non-teaching staff. If your organisation would like us to design a closed group programme, check our Erasmus+ Course Builder. You can create a course which relates to your own needs and outcomes.

For an application form and more information on how to apply for an Erasmus+ grant, contact the Professional Development Course Director who will be happy to help and advise you.

The Lake School offers more than 40 Professional Development Course dates to choose from, in the Erasmus+ Course Catalogue, the School Education Gateway.

Follow-up resources and support

All teachers on our Professional Development Courses are invited to join us on Twitter @EnglishinOxford to share teaching ideas, classroom questions and thoughts on English with colleagues and friends.