Our Courses – OLD2

As a British Council Accredited Centre for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, Chaucer College can offer 1, 2, 3 or 4 week courses on both our sites for both juniors aged 7 – 17 years of age and adults, aged 18 years and over.

Open Group and Closed Group Programmes.

Our Open Group programmes are for independent students who wish to study in groups with students from different countries and/or backgrounds.

Our Closed Group programmes are for your own group of students, where the content and structure of the programme can be designed to your exact requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Adult Courses

Open Group Intensive Adult Academic Programme

High quality language lessons designed to improve and consolidate your English with a focus on listening and communication skills, vocabulary and grammar development. Classes are divided according to placement tests completed on arrival.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: 1 full day (Saturday or Sunday) and 1 half day excursion per week. See Excursions for more details.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week

Closed Group Adult Academic Programme

At Chaucer College, we have the flexibility to provide high quality tailor-made courses to suit client requirements. This course is designed to improve and consolidate your English, with the focus depending on your needs. These might include listening and communication skills, vocabulary and grammar development.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification e.g. 30, 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week

Closed Group Themed Courses

Our Themed Courses focus on a specialist subject, including Theatre and Drama, Castles, British Cultural Icons, Charles Dickens and Folk Weeks. If you are interested in other themes, we are happy to design a course around your ideas.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification e.g. 30, 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetable: Example Dickens Themed Timetable

Closed Group Business Courses

At Chaucer College we have the flexibility to provide tailor-made courses to suit student requirements. These business courses are specially designed to provide high quality training for your specific business needs. The course content will come from a detailed needs analysis and could include customer service, presentations, negotiations, emailing, report writing, for example.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: 30 hours or to client specification
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
General Business English

To improve general English ability to a high level of professionalism
The aims of the program are: 

  • to develop skills for confident communication in a range of business situations and settings
  • to introduce and expand on language structures for communicating with clients and personnel professionally and appropriately
  • to provide controlled and freer speaking practice opportunities in networking, meetings,  negotiations and telephone calls
  • to practice and develop business writing skills in emails, memos, letters and reports
  • to broaden skills in analyzing, interpreting and describing data
  • to develop skills in preparing and delivering a presentation

Assessment: Formats will vary depending on skills tested but include; role-play, discussion, oral presentation and written compositions
Content Areas: General Business English
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Business Course Example

Customer Service Programme

To improve customer service with a high level of professionalism

The aims of the program are:

  • to build confidence when dealing with native speakers of English
  • to introduce and expand on appropriate language structures when dealing with a customer to maintain a high level of professionalism
  • to improve fluency, intonation and tone of voice to sound helpful and sincere
  • to improve accuracy to create customer confidence
  • to provide controlled and freer practice opportunities in the form of role-plays to apply skills

Assessment: Format will primarily be through role plays at end of each unit and at end of course.
Content Areas: Customer Service
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Customer Service Example Timetable

Presentations and Conferencing

To improve key English academic and business skills for preparing and delivering a conference presentation and networking

The aims of the program are:

  • to define the purpose of a presentation while considering audience
  • to develop skills for writing a clear and attractive conference proposal
  • to broaden understanding of planning, structuring and writing a presentation
  • to introduce and expand upon language used in presentations
  • to practice and develop skills in voice projection, using visual aids, body language and audience participation
  • to develop skills in fielding and answering questions
  • to build confidence and professionalism, and manage nerves through consistent and monitored presentation practice
  • to provide controlled and freer speaking practice opportunities for meeting peers when networking

Assessment: Formative and summative, based on written work and spoken presentations
Content Areas: English for presentations and conference attendance
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Presentations and Conferencing Timetable

IELTS Preparation Course

This two – week IELTS course is an intensive preparation for the Academic IELTS examination, with exam techniques and practice as its focus. It is designed for those who know that training in the exam format will help to make sure they can get the best result possible. All parts of the exam are covered: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and IELTS Practice Tests (C.U.P.) are used to give students experience in taking the exam. Many of our IELTS teachers are also examiners so you have access to high quality assistance.

For more information please visit our IELTS Preparation Course page.

Junior Courses

Open Group Intensive Junior Academic Programme

High quality language lessons with a strong core of English lessons and a wide mix of activities and visits. Classes are divided according to placement tests completed on arrival.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Maximum 12 in a class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: 1 full day excursion (Saturday or Sunday) and 1 half day excursion per week. See Excursions for more details.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week
  • For more information please visit our Intensive Junior English Language Course page

Closed Group Intensive Junior Academic Programme

At Chaucer College, we have the flexibility to provide high quality tailor-made courses to suit client requirements. This course provides a strong core of English lessons and wide mix of activities and visits.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification or 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for more details.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week
  • For more information please visit our Intensive Junior English Language Course page

Closed Group Junior Themed Courses

Our Themed Courses focus on a specialist subject, including Theatre and Drama, Castles, British Cultural Icons, Charles Dickens and Folk Weeks. If you are interested in other themes, we are happy to design a course around your ideas.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification or 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetable: Example Shakespeare Themed Timetable

A typical day for a resident at Chaucer College

Morning

The day starts at 7.45am in the dining room with a healthy, substantial and filling breakfast. Choose from the typical full English or continental choices, depending on your wishes.Kingsgate Class

You then have a morning of stimulating and interesting classes which start at 9am. You will study through fun and activity-based lessons which focus on communication. Writing, reading and listening exercises will complement and strengthen all aspects of the syllabus.

There is a half-hour break at 10.30am to give you a chance to refresh yourselves. Why not play some table-tennis or outdoor sports or just chat with your classmates? For those with a sweet tooth, the handy College Tuck Shop is open during the break.

Afternoon

12.30pm… Lunchtime! Our chefs have been busy preparing your meal, fresh each day. Catering for every need, choose from something hot or cold and a delicious light dessert.

Be sure to fill yourself up as after lunch at 1.30pm you will take part in one of our activities or project class. This can include a trip to Margate or Ramsgate, a visit to a local museum or for those with lots of energy, enjoy a game of volleyball or any other of your favourite sports.

Evening

BarbecueAfter your active afternoon, replenish your energy with a hot evening meal at the College, in preparation for the evening programme. To keep you entertained, enjoy a bowling match, a laser shooting game or one of the other activities on offer.

If the weather is good, our experienced chefs are on hand to prepare a mouth-watering barbecue while you relax in our garden area or use up the rest of your energy in a friendly football match. On a wet day, our quiz and karaoke evenings will ensure you are just about ready for a good night’s sleep.

Closed Group Adult Academic Programme

At Chaucer College, we have the flexibility to provide high quality tailor-made courses to suit client requirements. This course is designed to improve and consolidate your English, with the focus depending on your needs. These might include listening and communication skills, vocabulary and grammar development.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification e.g. 30, 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week

Closed Group Themed Courses

Our Themed Courses focus on a specialist subject, including Theatre and Drama, Castles, British Cultural Icons, Charles Dickens and Folk Weeks. If you are interested in other themes, we are happy to design a course around your ideas.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification e.g. 30, 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetable: Example Dickens Themed Timetable

Closed Group Business Courses

At Chaucer College we have the flexibility to provide tailor-made courses to suit student requirements. These business courses are specially designed to provide high quality training for your specific business needs. The course content will come from a detailed needs analysis and could include customer service, presentations, negotiations, emailing, report writing, for example.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: 30 hours or to client specification
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 18 years +
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
General Business English

To improve general English ability to a high level of professionalism
The aims of the program are: 

  • to develop skills for confident communication in a range of business situations and settings
  • to introduce and expand on language structures for communicating with clients and personnel professionally and appropriately
  • to provide controlled and freer speaking practice opportunities in networking, meetings,  negotiations and telephone calls
  • to practice and develop business writing skills in emails, memos, letters and reports
  • to broaden skills in analyzing, interpreting and describing data
  • to develop skills in preparing and delivering a presentation

Assessment: Formats will vary depending on skills tested but include; role-play, discussion, oral presentation and written compositions
Content Areas: General Business English
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Business Course Example

Customer Service Programme

To improve customer service with a high level of professionalism

The aims of the program are:

  • to build confidence when dealing with native speakers of English
  • to introduce and expand on appropriate language structures when dealing with a customer to maintain a high level of professionalism
  • to improve fluency, intonation and tone of voice to sound helpful and sincere
  • to improve accuracy to create customer confidence
  • to provide controlled and freer practice opportunities in the form of role-plays to apply skills

Assessment: Format will primarily be through role plays at end of each unit and at end of course.
Content Areas: Customer Service
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Customer Service Example Timetable

Presentations and Conferencing

To improve key English academic and business skills for preparing and delivering a conference presentation and networking

The aims of the program are:

  • to define the purpose of a presentation while considering audience
  • to develop skills for writing a clear and attractive conference proposal
  • to broaden understanding of planning, structuring and writing a presentation
  • to introduce and expand upon language used in presentations
  • to practice and develop skills in voice projection, using visual aids, body language and audience participation
  • to develop skills in fielding and answering questions
  • to build confidence and professionalism, and manage nerves through consistent and monitored presentation practice
  • to provide controlled and freer speaking practice opportunities for meeting peers when networking

Assessment: Formative and summative, based on written work and spoken presentations
Content Areas: English for presentations and conference attendance
Course time: 30 hours/week
Example Timetable: Presentations and Conferencing Timetable

IELTS Preparation Course

This two – week IELTS course is an intensive preparation for the Academic IELTS examination, with exam techniques and practice as its focus. It is designed for those who know that training in the exam format will help to make sure they can get the best result possible. All parts of the exam are covered: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and IELTS Practice Tests (C.U.P.) are used to give students experience in taking the exam. Many of our IELTS teachers are also examiners so you have access to high quality assistance.

For more information please visit our IELTS Preparation Course page.

Junior Courses

Open Group Intensive Junior Academic Programme

High quality language lessons with a strong core of English lessons and a wide mix of activities and visits. Classes are divided according to placement tests completed on arrival.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Maximum 12 in a class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: 1 full day excursion (Saturday or Sunday) and 1 half day excursion per week. See Excursions for more details.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week
  • For more information please visit our Intensive Junior English Language Course page

Closed Group Intensive Junior Academic Programme

At Chaucer College, we have the flexibility to provide high quality tailor-made courses to suit client requirements. This course provides a strong core of English lessons and wide mix of activities and visits.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification or 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for more details.
  • Example Timetables: 15 Hour Week | 21 Hour Week
  • For more information please visit our Intensive Junior English Language Course page

Closed Group Junior Themed Courses

Our Themed Courses focus on a specialist subject, including Theatre and Drama, Castles, British Cultural Icons, Charles Dickens and Folk Weeks. If you are interested in other themes, we are happy to design a course around your ideas.

Key Facts

  • Hours a week: Client specification or 21 or 15 hours
  • Number of students: Client specification. Maximum 12 students per class
  • Minimum student age: 7 years – 17 years
  • Course materials: All provided
  • Facilities: Free use of College Facilities
  • Excursions: Client specification. See Excursions for examples.
  • Example Timetable: Example Shakespeare Themed Timetable

A typical day for a resident at Chaucer College

Morning

The day starts at 7.45am in the dining room with a healthy, substantial and filling breakfast. Choose from the typical full English or continental choices, depending on your wishes.Kingsgate Class

You then have a morning of stimulating and interesting classes which start at 9am. You will study through fun and activity-based lessons which focus on communication. Writing, reading and listening exercises will complement and strengthen all aspects of the syllabus.

There is a half-hour break at 10.30am to give you a chance to refresh yourselves. Why not play some table-tennis or outdoor sports or just chat with your classmates? For those with a sweet tooth, the handy College Tuck Shop is open during the break.

Afternoon

12.30pm… Lunchtime! Our chefs have been busy preparing your meal, fresh each day. Catering for every need, choose from something hot or cold and a delicious light dessert.

Be sure to fill yourself up as after lunch at 1.30pm you will take part in one of our activities or project class. This can include a trip to Margate or Ramsgate, a visit to a local museum or for those with lots of energy, enjoy a game of volleyball or any other of your favourite sports.

Evening

BarbecueAfter your active afternoon, replenish your energy with a hot evening meal at the College, in preparation for the evening programme. To keep you entertained, enjoy a bowling match, a laser shooting game or one of the other activities on offer.

If the weather is good, our experienced chefs are on hand to prepare a mouth-watering barbecue while you relax in our garden area or use up the rest of your energy in a friendly football match. On a wet day, our quiz and karaoke evenings will ensure you are just about ready for a good night’s sleep.