Octorial Courses

Our Octorial courses are designed to develop students' language skills for effective communication in everyday English. The structured curriculum integrates grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, with the four skill areas of:

- speaking and listening

- reading and writing

The combination of language lessons and communication lessons enables students to develop their confidence, skills and fluency.

With a maximum group size of 8 students for language skills lessons and 12 for communication workshops, our Intensive Study courses allow students' individual needs to be identified.



Octorial Courses

In studying on an Octorial course, a variety of learning activities are used including surveys, questionnaires and research projects, role play and communication games. Authentic materials such as newspaper articles, literary texts, real world audio and video provide the resources for talks, debates, information exchanges and presentations.

Octorial Programme (27.5 hours)

  • 15 hours of language skills lessons (maximum group size 8)
  • 12.5 hours of communication skills lessons: Team Project, Workshops and Mentored Dissertation (maximum group size 12)
  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Minimum age: 17 years

Essential Programme (18 hours)

  • 10.5 hours of language skills lessons (maximum group size 8)
  • 7.5 hours of communication skills lessons: lessons: Team Project, Workshops and Mentored Dissertation (maximum group size 12)
  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Minimum age: 17 years

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Sample Timetable:
Octorial
08.45 - 09.00Plenary session: news review
09.00 - 10.00Spoken Performance Workshop
10.00 - 10.15Break
10.15 - 11.15Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric
11.15 - 11.30Break
11.30 - 12.30Comprehension, Vocabulary and Precis
12.30 - 13.00Team Project
13.00 - 14.00LUNCH - End of tuition for Essential Programme
14.00 - 15.00Composition and Text Analysis
15.00 - 15.15Break
15.15 - 16.15Mentored Dissertation
16.15 - 16.30Plenary session: consolidation

All timetables are samples and may be subject to change.

Courses start every Monday throughout the year. Students should arrive in Edinburgh on the Sunday.

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