Academic Enrichment and Intensive Academic English Courses in Cambridge
Easter 2018: Monday 9th-Sunday 15th April
This Easter – from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th April – Independent Thinkers Education, in conjunction with St Mary’s School, Cambridge, are running two programmes in parallel for students aged 15-18: an academic enrichment programme which will challenge the brightest students to extend themselves beyond their A-level, IB, and Pre-U courses; and help them to develop the intellectual, and written and oral presentation skills, required by the world’s best universities, and for success in the most demanding careers; and an intensive academic English, critical thinking, and leadership skills programme for students who are non-native speakers of English, and who want to develop their English skills to the level which enables them to excel academically in UK or international qualifications. Alongside English lessons, the academic English course will offer a programme of excursions which introduces students to some of the highlights of British culture through visits – inter alia – to the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge; to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; and to the Houses of Parliament.
The courses are aimed at students aged 15-18. Our aspiration in these courses is to give students access to ‘the best which has been thought and said’ across a range of academic and practical endeavours. To this end, we are delighted that we have been able to source some truly inspiring tutors to deliver the courses, including outstanding young professionals; innovative entrepreneurs; and, academics, tutors, and researchers, who have taught their subjects extensively at undergraduate level at Oxford, Cambridge, and other leading UK universities. Ultimately, it is our hope that the students who attend these programmes find that the courses help them to develop those qualities of resilience, open-mindedness, and independent thinking essential for leading meaningful, fulfilling and successful lives in an uncertain, constantly evolving, and increasingly globalised, world.
Students on the academic enrichment programme will choose two ‘electives’ for the week, and will also attend ‘core’ course sessions on university admissions; successfully making the transition from school to university; and presentation skills for the arts, social sciences and humanities, or for STEM subjects. The academic enrichment programme will comprise 32 hours of contact time (made up of tutorials, workshops and guest lectures) over seven days; the academic English programme will comprise the same number of contact hours allocated between English, critical thinking, and leadership skills sessions, and cultural excursions. Over the course of the week, all students will receive individual feedback on their work from the course tutors.