Language Skills Workshops

Language Skills Workshops

These specialist courses give you the opportunity to improve your English skills whilst learning about a specific subject or area. The workshops are practical and mixed level where you have the chance to learn, practise and explore new language related to the topic of choice. Each week, you and your group will work on a mini project and present this to the rest of the school in the Friday Language Skills Workshop presentations. You can choose a different workshop each week or study the same one for the duration of your course. 

Please note: all Language Skills workshops, except University Preparation and B2 First (FCE) Examination course, are open to all levels.  

You can choose from:

Debating, Presentations and Public Speaking
Film making and Social Media
Junior Journalist
B2 First (FCE) exam preparation (available at Lord Wandsworth College only)
British Popular Culture
Language of Sport
University Preparation (available at Pangbourne College only)

For more detailed information on each Workshop content, please see the relevant sections below. To get an understanding of each of the levels below e.g A2-C2, click here to view the European Levels Self-Assessment Grid.

Debating, Presentations and Public Speaking


  • Research, plan and structure a presentation
  • Construct and present convincing arguments
  • Present both with and without tools such as Powerpoint
  • Be aware of the importance of your voice and body language
  • Develop techniques to speak confidently to an audience


Film Making and Social Media

  • Make short films to discuss with your classmates
  • Study examples of different types of camera shots
  • Learn about storyboarding and scriptwriting
  • Discuss the responsible use of Social Media


Junior Journalist

  • Study the type of language used in newspaper and magazine articles
  • Learn how to gather and report on relevant information
  • Develop inerview and note-taking skills
  • Learn how to edit an article or audio recording to produce a finished product
  • Produce a newsletter or podcast for the school


B2 First (FCE) exam preparation

  • Study in an exam-focussed group
  • Learn strategies that will help you in the exam
  • Do practice tests under exam conditions
  • Receive constructive feedback on your performance
  • Enhance your English skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening

Please note: the minimum level for this course is B2 Higher Intermediate.  Students may take the computer-based B2 First (FCE) exam held on Fri 10th August 2019 at the London Exam Centre  in Wimbledon.


British Popular Culture

  • Learn about the recent history of British fashion and music
  • Discuss the influence of past trends on current pop culture
  • Learn specific vocabulary related to art, design, fashion and music
  • Find similarities between pop culture in the UK and your country
  • Research and present on a British icon of modern times


Language of Sport

  • Study key sports of Rugby, Football, Tennis and Cricket
  • Learn sports idioms and other useful vocabulary
  • Understand the work of match officials (referees, umpires etc)
  • Study sports reporting and practise commentating
  • Discuss the wider implications of sport and its place in society 

This workshop has a small practical component where students practise some of the language they have learned on the sports field.


University Preparation


  • Enhance note taking skills needed for university lectures
  • Focus on how English is used in an academic environment 
  • Explore the differences between seminars, lectures and workshops
  • Learn abou tthe UK university application system


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