SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

English Language Skills (2021 entry)

English Language Skills Summer Course

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This is a 3-week academic English course for students from pre-intermediate level and upwards. It focusses on strengthening the main English language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) within a university context. Students will also expand both general and academic vocabulary, as well as developing greater confidence in communicating effectively in English in the classroom.

Daily live interactive classes are supplemented with guided independent tasks.

This course would be particularly beneficial for students currently taking degrees in their home countries, in addition to those thinking about future university study in the UK.

“I have learned a lot from this course, especially British culture and English language habits. We had a lot of cross-cultural communication during and after classes, which was very interesting. I’m really happy to choose this course!” (Min Nuo, previous student)

Mode of Attendance: Online Learning

Entry requirements

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Key skills taught include:
  • The basic structure and style of an academic essay.
  • How to read texts more quickly and more critically, and how to use their ideas in written and oral arguments.
  • What to listen out for in lectures and how to take more effective notes.
  • How to participate more confidently in group discussion work.
  • Improving accuracy in speaking and writing.
  • Using a wider range of vocabulary to express your views more clearly.
  • Giving formal presentations

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

This is a full-time course with interactive live classes every day (mornings UK time), plus daily independent guided study. The course is delivered by two specialists in English for Academic Purposes, with live lessons every morning (UK time).

Students can expect to strengthen reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in an academic context, as well as expanding vocabulary and developing confidence in communicating more complex ideas.

All teaching takes place online using easy-to-use platforms. You will need a computer with a webcam and mic.

The maximum number of students per class is 12.

You will receive a certificate for successful course completion.

Students will also have access to SOAS library including our wide range of e-books and e-journals.

Entry Recommendations

Students should be at pre-intermediate level of English at least, i.e. minimum IELTS 4.5 overall (or equivalent).


For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Fees and funding

2021 Tuition Fees

  • 3 weeks (1 block): £1,200 GBP
  • 6 weeks (2 blocks): £2,250 GBP (save £150*)
  • 9 weeks (3 blocks): £3,075 GBP (save £525*)

*Compared to the cost of multiple individual blocks. The reduced fees for multiple blocks above are available for 2 or 3 blocks booked at the same time. The fee for any additional blocks booked after the initial application will be £1,200 for one extra block and £2,250 for two.


How to Apply

Apply through the Summer Online Application, or if you have problems with the online form, the application form is also available in PDF and Word format to download on the right side of the main Summer Programme Page.

Please ensure you send a scanned copy of a suitable identity document (see form for details).

You will be sent an invoice and receipt for the course fees when you have accepted the offer and paid for your place on the course. Refunds of the course fees are only made at the discretion of SOAS in exceptional circumstances. If you have any queries, please see the FAQs or email

For instructions on how to pay, see IFCELS Fees. Please also see the full Terms and Conditions