Summer at Woodstock – English Masterclass
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Summer at Woodstock – English Masterclass

Stretch your academic English skills

We are once again offering our popular English Masterclass course through an engaging, interactive distance learning programme and an intensive in-person session.

Over the past four years, Summer at Woodstock’s English Masterclass course has been one of our most popular, with students of all levels developing and deepening their English language skills. Results have shown many students increasing their reading age by one or two years over our brief yet intensive programme.


Who should take this course?


English Masterclass offers a broad range of opportunities for students of all ages and levels. The popularity of this course allows us to place students in different sections with a specialised teacher who will meet them where they are. 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. The course is designed to stretch students in areas of academic writing, research, creative writing, literature analysis, presentations, and critical thinking skills.


What skills and knowledge will participants gain through the course?


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.


Distance learning structure

English Masterclass Online will allow teachers to spend more time working individually with students while also providing synchronous lessons and recorded teaching videos captured in Woodstock classrooms and across our pristine Himalayan campus.


The English Masterclass Distance Learning Module will Include


  • An interactive website with coursework guided by written instructions and engaging video lessons from our teachers and instructional videos from around Woodstock campus
  • Two one-hour sessions a week of group classes with no more than 10 students per teacher
  • One hour/week of one-on-one synchronous Zoom time with the teacher, where the teacher will give individualised feedback and work on areas of English specific to the learner
  • One hour/week of individualised asynchronous feedback


Examples of course content:

      • Developing essay writing and research skills
      • Creating a newsletter and portfolio
      • Learning journalistic article-writing skills
  • Personalised content
    • while each course will begin with set goals, students will be given personalised tasks and instruction to help them learn in their own style
  • Frequent one-on-one consultation
    • teachers will frequently check in with students on Zoom as they progress through the course.

While many parents have been working as surrogate teachers, the Summer at Woodstock distance learning programme encourages independent learning and provides participants with plenty of engaging, structured content which should not require significant parental involvement.

Age range – 10-18

Distance Learning Sessions

Distance Learning Session 1 – April 12 and May 21, 2021

Distance Learning Session 2 – June 22 and August 3, 2021

Fee for one distance learning course: INR 40,000 (inclusive of GST)
Fee for two distance learning courses: INR 70,000 (inclusive of GST)


Virtual Summer Camp

Two week intensive distance learning session – June 7 to June 18, 2021

Fee for on intensive two-week session: INR 80,000 (inclusive of GST)


John Robertson, Head of English as an Additional Language, Woodstock School

Our English Masterclass programme 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 16 years from absolute beginners to future English teachers and Masters degrees students. He teaches Theory of Knowledge and English as an Additional Language, supports students in academic writing, runs a teacher-training course on teaching language across the curriculum, and coordinates the Home Languages programme.


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

On Campus Structure


The English Masterclass in-person structure will follow that of previous years, with students engaging with teachers and each other as they improve their English skills at various levels.

  • Classes of no more than 10 students per teacher
  • Classes grouped according to age, achievement level, and aspiration
  • Three hours a day (30+ hours total) of in-class instruction