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Summer at Woodstock – English Masterclass

Stretch your academic English skills

Our broad range of English Masterclass courses offers opportunities for students of all ages and levels, including budding authors or researchers, those who long for literature, those who dream of deeper understandings, and those who simply want to strengthen their academic English language skills in preparation for high school or university. The course is designed to stretch students in areas of academic writing, research, creative writing, literature analysis, presentations, and critical thinking skills.

“I had a lot of fun in this class and I learned a lot...like how to paraphrase and how to write an essay and many new things!” 2019 participant

Who should take this course?

English Masterclass offers a broad range of opportunities for students of all ages and levels. This course is for budding authors or researchers, for those who long for literature, for those who dream of deeper understandings, and for those who simply want to strengthen their academic English language skills in preparation for high school or university; it is for anyone interested in realising their potential.


How will participants be different when they’ve completed this course? What skills or knowledge will they have gained?

Put simply, all students should expect to leave with experiences, skills and knowledge they didn’t come with. English Masterclass students will gain skills and techniques in creative and academic writing and research, increasing their ability to think critically and write convincingly. Students will gain a deeper appreciation for the English language and the depth of thought required to understand and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

1-13 June and 13-24 July 2020

Age Range: 10-18

30 hours of instruction


John Robertson, Head of EAL, Woodstock School

English Masterclass is taught by experienced Woodstock teachers and is headed by John Robertson, head of EAL and Home Language literature coordinator at Woodstock. John has taught English language learners of all levels and ages for 15 years from absolute beginners to future English teachers and Masters degrees students. He teaches academic writing, runs a teacher-training course on teaching language across the curriculum, and prepares students for Cambridge exams.

Key Learning

Week One

Critical reading skills


Critical research/Short-story writing skills

Deconstructing and reconstructing texts

Using proper register in writing

Week Two

Analyzing texts

Citation skills

Language use in writing

Presentation skills

Producing and presenting a literary work