International Communications Council


Oxford Debate Campus

The Oxford Debate Campus Course helps international students improve their academic written and spoken communication.

University of Oxford

  • Location: Oxford, England
  • The number of the students: About 24,000
  • Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.] After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled north-east to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two English ancient universities share many common features and are jointly referred to as Oxbridge.
The university is made up of 39 semi-autonomous constituent colleges, 6 permanent private halls, and a range of academic departments which are organised into four divisions. The University of Oxford has four academic divisions, within which are individual departments, faculties or other centres: the Humanities Division, the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, the Medical Sciences Division, and the Social Sciences Division. All the colleges are self-governing institutions within the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. All students are members of a college.
It does not have a main campus, and its buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. Undergraduate teaching at Oxford consists of lectures, small-group tutorials at the colleges and halls, seminars, laboratory work and occasionally further tutorials provided by the central university faculties and departments. Postgraduate teaching is provided predominantly centrally.
Oxford operates the world's oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world and the largest academic library system nationwide.
Oxford has educated a wide range of notable alumni, including 28 prime ministers of the United Kingdom and many heads of state and government around the world. As of October 2020, 72 Nobel Prize laureates, 3 Fields Medalists, and 6 Turing Award winners have studied, worked, or held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford, while its alumni have won 160 Olympic medals. Oxford is the home of numerous scholarships, including the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest international graduate scholarship programmes.

The Oxford Union

The Oxford Union Society, commonly referred to simply as the Oxford Union, is a debating society in the city of Oxford, England, whose membership is drawn primarily from the University of Oxford. Founded in 1823, it is one of Britain's oldest university unions and one of the world's most prestigious private students' societies. The Oxford Union exists independently from the university and is separate from the Oxford University Student Union.
The Oxford Union has a tradition of hosting some of the world's most prominent individuals across politics, academia and popular culture, including US Presidents Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron and Theresa May, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, activists Malcolm X, the Dalai Lama, Tommy Robinson, Mother Teresa and Malala Yousafzai, actors Morgan Freeman, musicians Sir Elton John and Michael Jackson, and sportspeople Diego Maradona and many.


The Oxford Debate Campus Course helps international students improve their academic written and spoken communication. The course is combined with online and onsite lessons. It is designed 8 Saturdays online lessons, 2 weeks of residential onsite lessons and 4 Saturdays online lessons. The course is taught by specialists in Academic English and designed to meet the needs of students. The students will build skills and increase their confidence.
During the online lessons, the course follows the same curriculum and the same quality of experience as in-person offering. The students will not miss out on personal feedback and social interactions. The students will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with students in a virtual classroom environment.
Over the weeks, students will learn to write well-organised papers in a style appropriate to their discipline for their presentation. Students will practise their spoken English, learning how to express their ideas concisely, and to interact appropriately with others in seminar style classes and during presentations. Furthermore, students will receive advice and practice on improving their listening skills.


The Oxford Debate Campus is composed of 2 parts: Academic Written Communication and Academic Spoken Communication. The part 1 Academic Written Communication is designed for international students who have very little experience in academic writing and want to develop their basic knowledge of English syntax and academic writing and to advance their competence in using academic language to perform satisfactorily in their written work.
The programme introduces a foundational understanding of the organisation of ideas in common types of academic texts, as well as the skills needed to communicate effectively and to develop their competence in the use of the grammar, vocabulary, expressions, style and conventions typically used in academic writing.
The part 2 Academic Spoken Communication is designed to develop further and practice a student’s ability to understand academic speech as used in a variety of academic contexts, and to participate actively in presentations.
Students perform a variety of spoken tasks designed to improve their use of English. These activities include simulations of seminar discussions, mini-presentations, role plays and problem-solving tasks.
Students practise aspects of pronunciation that are common in academic discourse, including the use of voice tone, pausing and stress.
Students focus on academic literacy skills and self-learning to continue to positively impact themselves following the course. Students are helped to identify their strengths and weaknesses and receive regular feedback on their performance to monitor progress.


Academic English






English Proficiency

It is advisable that the participant has the following proficiency in English to take the course.


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8.5 119 293 670 83-86 - -
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7 100-108 250-263 600-627 65-72 870-970 Grade 1
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2 12-19 - 350-389 - 260-269 Grade 4
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