English Language Summer Programme

Programme Participation

The English Language Summer Programme (ELSP) is a continuing part of the year round General English Programme. In 2019 it runs from 10 June to 30 August. Students often start earlier in the year and continue through the ELSP.

This programme is designed for participants who are over 18 years old and with a Lower Intermediate, Intermediate or Upper Intermediate level of English. The minimum entry level is A2 on the CEFR. To check your language level go to Cambridge Assessment

Students also receive a placement test at the beginning of the programme to confirm the most appropriate class to place them in.

Class size is normally 12 -14 students and the programme is accredited by the British Council, guaranteeing high standards of teaching, study facilities and accommodation.


Programme Content

In the morning sessions, participants follow a course book-centred programme, in multi-lingual groups, learning and practising the fundamental skills of English language learning with students of different nationalities. Communication in class is exclusively in English and weekly in-class tests enable students to reflect on their learning.

The key focus of the morning lessons is to develop students’ skills in:

  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary

In addition, the morning programme includes:

  • Fortnightly silent reading sessions, with the University’s own selection of language-graded readers, enabling all levels to enjoy quality reading time;
  • Friday morning mixed level group sessions during the latter half of the programme, with a focus on task completion in teams, allowing students to complete a theme-based activity with colleagues from different morning classes.

The afternoon lessons follow a syllabus encompassing functional language areas and communication skills appropriate to a study or professional environment. Outside speakers come in to talk about a variety of interesting subjects throughout the summer. These have included Crime, Shakespeare and Tourist York.

Functional language areas include:

  • Writing a job application letter or formal email
  • Visiting the doctor
  • Telephoning
  • Discussing social and global issues

Communication skills include:

  • Participating in a discussion or debate
  • Making a presentation
  • Preparing for, and participating in, a seminar

This year's students also prepared for and delivered presentations for an invited audience to highlight aspects of their own culture and gave their contributions to our Summer Programme magazine.


University Facilities

The University offers modern well-equipped teaching facilities and everything you would expect in a modern UK university.

The University also offers an extensive library, as well as on-campus IT stations, fitness facilities and a dining room on campus.



York St John University is located in the centre of the beautiful and historic city of York, in which students can enjoy exploring historic sites such as York Minster and York Castle Museum as well as shopping in the city centre or the nearby York Designer Outlet. York is also an excellent central point for visits to modern Leeds, London or the scenic and tranquil Lake District or North York Moors.

Follow this link Study Abroad at York St John University to Student Exchange then click on Student Life to get information about the exciting opportunities available in York when you are studying at the university  .

Applying to the programme

Students must be over 18 years of age when they join the programme.

In order to apply for this programme, please complete our General English Programme application form by clicking the link below (form at the bottom of the page, with notes on how to apply)-

General English Programme


Telephone: +44(0)1904 876693

Fax:             +44 (0)1904 876929

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