English Courses for Oxford University Students and Staff

Our Academic Writing and Communication Skills courses are open to fully matriculated students or staff of Oxford University only.

Members of the public should investigate independent English Language Schools in Oxford.

Your score can be seen at the end of the test. If you need further help, see our page on how to assess your level.

The Test

1. How many people

in your family?    
2. What time is it?

3. I get up at 8 o'clock

4. How much

where you live?    
5. Where are you going


come to my party next Saturday?    
7. What

in London last weekend?    
8. Is your English improving?

9. I'm going to Sainsbury's

some food.    
10. Oxford is the most attractive city

11. Oxford isn't

12. He was mowing the lawn when I

him yesterday.    
13. Last Tuesday I

to the Passport Office.    
14. What were you doing at 7:30 on Wednesday evening? I

15. What time

to bed during the week?    
16. Do you like Oxford? Yes,

17. I'm afraid I haven't got

18. This book is mine and that book is

19. Would you mind

me that pencil?    
20. I live in Oxford now. I

to France for a long time.    
21. I don't understand. What language

22. She came to Britain

23. My mother never

out in the evenings.    


car is the red Ford?    
26. I'm sorry. I haven't done my report

27. My friend doesn't speak Chinese. I don't

28. That's the house

29. If

30. She asked me how big

31. My friend let

his bike yesterday.    

, what would you spend it on?    
33. I

smoking last year, but I didn't.    
34. I'm

the film on Wednesday.    
35. I'm not

36. The film was very good. It's

37. I have difficulty

38. When I lived in France, I

a lot of wine.    
39. I wish

40. What will you do when

41. The Chancellor

the new wing yesterday, but it still isn't finished.    
42. I'd rather

English than Swedish.    
43. No sooner

in through the door than the phone rang.    
44. We're having the party at

45. If he hadn't known the boss, he

the job.    
46. I'd sooner

a car than a motorbike.    
47. I need to go to

48. It's time

some work.    
49. It's now 9 o'clock and the train

arrive at 8:15.    
50. We regret

that the course has been cancelled.    

Your Score

Your score is:


Use your score and the table below to see which class you should take at the Language Centre.


Score Description
0-30 Your level of grammatical knowledge of English may be too low for you to benefit from the EAS courses the Language Centre offers. If you are a member of Oxford University and are interested in improving your English, please contact the Assistant Director for advice.
31-45 If you are a member of Oxford University and feel that you need to improve your writing skills in English, please register for an Academic Writing course at the Language Centre. If you need to improve your oral skills, please apply for a Communication Skills course.
46-50 Your English is very good! You might not benefit from attending a Communication Skills course unless you feel you really need to improve your spoken English. If you are a member of Oxford University, you might still want to consider applying for an Academic Writing course.


A three-term course, with a separate syllabus for each term. Each term there is provision for dealing with your own academic writing through workshops on self-monitoring, revising and editing. Click here to see the syllabus.

Michaelmas Term: Key Issues in Academic Writing
Hilary Term: Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
Trinity Term: Writing in Your Field with Corpora

Classes scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2017:

Key Issues in Academic Writing
Group 1: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 2: Wednesdays 12:00 - 14:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 3: Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 4: Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 5: Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 6: Fridays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: George Taylor
Group 7: Fridays 11:00 - 13:00 Tutor: George Taylor

Registration fee (per term): £45 students, £80 staff

Additional class
Group 8: NRB Teaching Room, Old Road Campus, Headington - Thursdays 17:00 - 19:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli

This course is intended to help you improve your social and academic communication within the university setting. Do you already have a reasonably good knowledge of all the major areas of grammar and a fairly wide vocabulary? If you can operate in a wide range of situations but would like to improve your accuracy and feel more confident when speaking English, this is the course for you.

In this course you can extend your vocabulary, increase your fluency in speaking, develop a more natural command of spoken English, work on improving your pronunciation and grammar, and improve your ability to listen with understanding to spoken texts. This is a one-year (three-term) course, but students can join in the first few weeks of each term.
Click here to see the syllabus.

Current classes scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2017:

Group 1: Mondays 14:00 -16:00 Tutor: Deborah Mason
Group 2: Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00 Tutor: George Taylor
Group 3: Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00 Tutor: Deborah Mason
Group 4: Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 5: Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 6: Fridays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 7: Fridays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: George Taylor

Registration fee (per term): £45 students, £80 staff

Academic Visitors please see the Communication Skills (Academic Visitors) course offered on the next page.

This is a course held in the Language Centre, starting in Week 2 of Michaelmas Term. In Hilary Term it starts in Week 1. It is open to undergraduate students in Maths, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Physics and Computer Science, and focuses on communication skills within both academic and social settings. While it includes a review of some aspects of English syntax in academic writing, it is predominantly geared towards students wanting to improve their verbal fluency when communicating in English.

Click here to see the syllabus.

Tuesdays 17:00-18:30 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Registration fee (per term): £45

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