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Chaucer College

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About Chaucer College

Chaucer College is a British Council accredited language school with over 26 years’ experience in teaching English as a foreign language at our study centre in Canterbury, Kent – ‘The Garden of England’.

Located within minutes of the city centre, our campus is private and secure, set within its own grounds on the University of Kent campus. We offer students studying with us on-site residential accommodation, classrooms, dining and leisure facilities on our enclosed campus. Alternatively, students can choose to stay with any of our long-standing, nearby, host families. Safety is of the upmost importance to us, with a porter on duty 24 hours a day, along with 24 hour monitored CCTV surveillance.

With a teaching capacity of up to 240 students, our campus also boasts a student common room with leisure facilities, playing fields, sports facilities and a basketball court. Wi-Fi is available all throughout the campus and residential accommodation. All teachers have a professional background and are fully qualified with the minimum of an internationally recognised TEFL certificate, for example CELTA, DELTA or equivalent.

With direct access to London within 1 hour by road or high-speed rail, we are perfectly positioned to explore what the South East of England has to offer.

Chaucer College delivers a range of English language courses all throughout the year to groups (minimum age 9 years) and individual students (aged 16 years +). We offer a range of courses in general English (standard and intensive programmes), exam preparation, teacher training, school immersion programmes and business and corporate training. During the summer, we run a very popular Junior Summer Camp for students aged 11 – 17 years.

Chaucer College is also the registered test centre in Kent for the IELTS academic examination.

Additional Services

  • Student counselling
  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Facilities for students with disabilities
  • Visa support


  • Host family accommodation
  • Student Residence
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • On campus


  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Football/Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Track and field/Athletics
  • Volleyball


  • Dancing
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Art / Painting
  • Art history
  • Cooking
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Historical sightseeing
  • History
  • On campus events
  • Volunteering
  • University student social events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)


General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Seasonal Course: April, May, March, June, July, August, September

Location Type: Town/City , University campus

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate

Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge CAE, Cambridge FCE, IELTS

Our General English language courses are designed to help improve and consolidate each learner’s English, with a focus on speaking and communication skills, vocabulary and grammar development.

Lessons include a mix of language input and communicative activities. The language input and practice lessons follow a topic based syllabus which aims to maximise interest and, as a result, increase motivation to learn. The primary language focus is on speaking and fluency, supported by listening and pronunciation work throughout. The communicative classes are designed to further extend and practise the language through videos, games, role plays and so on.

Available to students aged 16 years and above, choose from our standard course of 15 hours tuition per week or opt for a more intensive course of 30 hours tuition per week.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Exams and Prep offered: IELTS, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge CAE

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City , University campus

Levels: Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced

As the registered test centre for IELTS examinations in the South East, on completion of any of our preparation courses, students can register to sit the official IELTS examination here at Chaucer College, subject to booking and availability.

IELTS Preparation - 15 Hours per week:
Aimed at any student who is planning to sit the IELTS academic exam and wanting a more flexible preparation programme, as opposed to our 2-week intensive course.

IELTS 2 Week Intensive Course - 30 hours per week:
Designed for any students planning to sit the IELTS academic exam and wanting an intensive course, with exam techniques and practice as its focus. Prior to arrival, we issue each student with a pre-course needs analysis, in order to identify your learning needs and areas for development.
The course covers all aspects of the IELTS academic examination and will provide students with the opportunity to sit a mock IELTS writing examination with focused, individual feedback.

IELTS Evening Course:
Designed for academic IELTS students who are looking to improve their writing skills to achieve a band 7 for professional or academic purposes.
The course covers all aspects of the writing section of the IELTS academic examination and will provide students with the opportunity to take mock IELTS writing examinations.

Cambridge FCE/CAE Exam Preparation:
Covering all aspects of your chosen Cambridge exam – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from sample exam papers in order to be better prepared and achieve the best possible result at your English level.

Tailor made English courses

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This course is for students aged: 9-70

Location Type: Town/City , University campus

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced

Exams and Prep offered: Cambridge FCE, IELTS, Cambridge CAE

Aimed at groups of students and schools wanting to study in the UK, where the course length and content are designed specifically to meet the requirements of the group. Our dedicated academic team will work with you to create a course that is truly unique, tailored to meet the interests and specific learning needs of your students.

Whether the group is looking for an intensive academic programme; a fully immersed cultural and trip programme; preparation for a specific examination; or a course focused around a specific theme, sport or project that students are studying or are passionate about.
Contact us today and we will be happy to help create a course designed specifically to meet your groups’ learning requirements.

Topics may include:
School immersion - For groups of students aged 11 – 17 years, we can provide school integration days with one of our local partner schools. Each student will be partnered with a ‘buddy’ and follow the school’s timetable of lessons and break times, for a true experience of life and learning at an English school. The group will be asked to share a piece of their cultural background through presentations or performances for a shared cross-cultural experience. Our school integration days provide students with the opportunity to study specific school subjects as well as build lifelong friendships with students from England.

Practical English teaching course - Delivered by a team of dedicated and suitable qualified staff, with over 26 years’ experience in teaching English to international students, our Practical English Teaching course is designed for non-native elementary and junior high-school teachers of English. Teachers will learn practical teaching ideas and methodology, practice common classroom instructions, explore language, literature and classroom management techniques whilst developing their own fluency and learning of the English language.
There is also a possibility to observe lessons in a British primary school, subject to availability.

OET preparation course - The OET examination assesses the English language skills of 12 healthcare professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology and veterinary science and is available monthly in 40 countries worldwide. The examination is intended to provide accepting organisations with a reliable assessment of the English language proficiency of health care professionals seeking to register & practise in an English speaking environment. Our OET preparation course covers all aspects of the OET exam: speaking, reading, listening and writing.

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 11-17

Location Type: University campus, Town/City

Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk

Seasonal Course: July, June, August

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced

Our Junior Summer Camp is an exciting mix of communicative English language classes, fun activities, project work and excursions. By the end of the course, students should see a significant improvement in their level, confidence and fluency.

Students enrolled to our Summer Camp will share classes and trips with others enrolled during the week. Classes are divided according to placement test results, taken during the first morning lesson.

Course Summary:
Tuition: 20 hours per week
Course Dates: Tuesday 23rd June - Tuesday 11th August 2020
Arrival & Departure Day: Every Tuesday
Course Length: 1 - 4 weeks
Minimum Age: 11 - 17 years (group bookings), 16 & 17 years (individual enrolments)
Student Level: Beginner to advanced (A1 - C1)
Excursions: 1 full day trip & 1 half day trip per week
Activity Programme: Full afternoon & evening activities (2 evening activities for homestay residents)

Junior English Programs

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This course is for students aged: 9-70

Location Type: Town/City , University campus

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Levels: Basic, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced

Chaucer College can help organise General English short-stay courses for both junior and adult groups. Providing a personalised service for each group, we will work with your group leader to organise the students’ preferred trips and activities throughout the duration of their stay.

All packages include:
Flexible start dates throughout the year
Full board residential or homestay accommodation
Mix of classroom based lessons and project work
Full day and half day excursions
All course materials & end of course certificates



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