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Summer at Woodstock – English Masterclass

Stretch your academic English skills

In light of the current situation, we are offering our popular English Masterclass course through an engaging, interactive distance learning programme.


Over the past three 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. 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 this 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:

  • Three hours a day (30+ hours total) of coursework guided by written instructions and engaging video lessons from our teachers and instructional videos from around Woodstock campus

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, through daily office hours


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

1-13 June & 22 June – 3 July 2020

Age Range: 10-18

Fees: INR 25,000 (inclusive of GST)


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.


“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