Learn and practise until you succeed! Learn the English communication skills you need to prepare for the new academic year and equip yourself with the confidence and skills you need as you progress to senior secondary and the DSE exam through challenging tasks and exam practice. Instead of a one-way tutorial style of teaching, our Secondary and DSE summer courses provide lots of opportunities for you to practise your English skills with our experienced teachers and your classmates through practical and engaging activities based on real-life topics. You will also receive constant personalised feedback and learn strategies that will help you tackle your school exams, the DSE and future academic work.

Our summer courses:

  • are taught in small classes in an all-English environment and include lots of practical activities to help you improve your exam skills
  • are taught face-to-face with constant interaction with our experienced teachers, whose aim is to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • focus on current affairs and hot topics in order to establish critical thinking skills and widen your horizons. 

Register for selected courses this summer, in September 2019, and in February 2020 consecutively and receive a HK$500 discount* on your February course fees.

Book an English level test now! Please call us on 2913 5100 for details. 

Download the timetable at the bottom of this page.

*Terms and conditions apply.

S1 Step Up to Secondary (July/August)

Moving from primary to secondary school can be an exciting experience, but can also seem like quite a big bridge to cross. On this course, we aim to help you cross that bridge, as you may be expected to use more English in secondary school.

The course is based around some of the school subjects that you will study in Secondary 1, and explores topics and issues, such as travelling and the environment that are relevant to your daily life. Activities in the lessons are designed to encourage natural communication, through individual, pair, group and whole-class activities. You will:

  • learn useful and functional language for secondary school
  • learn vocabulary connected with school subjects
  • improve your pronunciation and intonation during presentations
  • develop your collaboration and group interaction skills
  • learn how to use interesting ways to extend ideas and language.

S2 Crime and Mystery (July/August) [NEW]

In this course, you will plan a film remake, make a film pitch and write a review for the film. You will produce a variety of texts linked to the topic of crime – improving their ability to write in different genres. You will also:

  • learn how to express your opinions and discuss and compare your ideas during the project
  • learn vocabulary for talking about crime, justice and people
  • develop your fluency and confidence in speaking through participating in a range of communicative activities
  • review and practise grammar used in narratives
  • develop writing skills and techniques that will help you write a story, a film review and a newspaper article
  • get tips on making a film pitch and improve your confidence when presenting.

S1–S2 Junior Secondary Writers (July/August)

This course will focus on important writing skills such as notetaking, planning, drafting and editing to help you become a more confident writer in English. You will improve your vocabulary and speaking skills through having discussions, conducting research and interviewing classmates. You will plan and write

  • a comic 
  • a short story
  • biographies and an interview of a famous person by forming questions and creating answers imaginatively
  • an email to a friend
  • a newspaper or magazine article
  • different kinds of poetry.

S1–S2 Debating and Public Speaking (July/August)

You will learn about the criteria used to assess debate performances, how to plan and structure arguments and rebuttals and how to confidently participate in a debate. This course is an excellent way of improving speaking skills and helps you gain experience in developing a convincing argument. By being involved in an actual debate, you will become more confident in speaking in English in public. You will also

  • explore the skill of note-taking and making notes to aid delivery
  • learn how to deliver your speech with appropriate stress and intonation to create rapport with the audience
  • learn how to respond to arguments
  • practise the language and phrases used in debating.

S3–S4 Future Perfect? (July/August) [New]

This course is based on the engaging and relevant topics of gaming, artificial intelligence and STEM. As part of the course, you will put your creativity and new language to practical use by working with other students in the class to design a new video game and look at the issues around artificial intelligence.

  • learn how to express your opinions and discuss and compare ideas during the video game project
  • develop language and techniques for writing a review and presenting your video game concept
  • learn vocabulary and develop arguments that you will then use in a debate about artificial intelligence 
  • improve your confidence and presentation skills.

S3–S4 Senior Secondary Writers (July/August)

This course will focus on improving your writing and reading skills and widening your range of vocabulary through focused activities such as writing and reading comprehension tasks, matching exercises and discussions. You will learn to write a wide range of texts for different audiences, such as

  • a formal letter
  • a narrative
  • a newspaper report
  • an argumentative essay.

You will also be involved in writing a proposal with your classmates and presenting your ideas in front of class.

Constructive feedback from the teacher will help you understand what steps to take to improve your writing in the future.

S3–S4 Present with Confidence (July/August)

The course aims to develop your ability to plan and deliver a presentation with confidence. You will improve your fluency, intonation, body language and delivery, by participating in guided activities. You will

  • increase your range of vocabulary and language patterns
  • develop your digital literacy skills by doing research using iPads
  • learn about ways to organise the information you find to create a presentation that engages your audience
  • present your ideas fluently and accurately with appropriate intonation, body language and gestures.

S5–S6 DSE Preparation Courses (July/August)

Our small classes are taught with our interactive teaching methodology and include DSE exam tips. Our teachers are internationally qualified with a first degree and professional teaching qualifications, and are experienced in teaching secondary school students. 

S5 DSE Intensive Course

Develop your writing, reading, speaking and listening skills by completing a variety of DSE exam related tasks such as writing an article and participating in a group discussion. You will study two DSE text types: autobiography (print non-fiction) and video (non-print fiction). You will be familiarised with different text types and will also do tasks that will develop your ability to express yourself orally. You will do tasks such as

  • writing an email
  • writing an article
  • participating in a group discussion. 

You will

  • learn how to write succinctly and use phrases to show your understanding of the scenario and give suggestions
  • expand your vocabulary for describing characters, science fiction and films
  • learn how to organise ideas and pronounce what you say clearly during presentations
  • practise gist reading and focused reading
  • receive personalised feedback from your teacher on how to improve your performance.

Students need to take an English level test and achieve at least intermediate level in order to take the course.

S6 DSE Focus Course

Develop exam skills and strategies through taking part in challenging activities. You will practise a variety of exam tasks for all four papers: Reading, Writing, Listening and Integrated Skills and Speaking.  You will

  • analyse features of a letter of advice and write a similar letter
  • work on exam-type reading questions
  • participate in Individual Response and Group Interaction speaking exam practice tasks.

You will

  • learn techniques to help you remember new vocabulary and expand your vocabulary range
  • learn about common question types in the reading exam 
  • learn how to make your writing more interesting by using adverb-adjective combinations and adjective-noun combinations.
  • develop listening comprehension and note-taking skills and write a report for the Listening and Integrated Skills paper
  • focus on generating ideas and turn-taking in group discussions
  • receive personalised feedback from your teacher on how to improve your performance.

Students need to take an English level test and achieve at least intermediate level in order to take the course.

S6 DSE Foundation Course

This is a foundation course for students who want to improve their language skills for DSE. You will develop your ability to express yourself clearly and understand texts on a range of issues and exam topics through engaging tasks such as

  • analysing a good report and writing a similar report
  • reading an article and answering exam-type reading questions, such as ordering items
  • practising listening and note-taking skills by watching videos and summarising what you have seen
  • conducting a survey to collect opinions and formulate opinions
  • participating in a Group Interaction task and learning how to give comments.

You will

  • learn how to use headings, sub-headings, sections and supporting sentences to organise content and support your main ideas when writing
  • learn about common grammatical mistakes, such as those relating to the use of articles and superlatives
  • work on pronunciation, including word stress, intonation and individual sounds
  • receive personalised feedback from your teacher on how to improve your performance.

Students need to take an English level test and achieve at least pre-intermediate level in order to take the course.

S5–S6 An Introduction to Academic Writing (July/August)

This course will help you develop the skills you will need to write for university audiences. The course helps you understand how English-language academic writing is structured, and includes work on critical thinking, organising ideas, composing paragraphs, editing and writing persuasively. You will

  • learn how to plan and write an academic essay
  • learn how to write effective introductions and conclusions
  • compose paragraphs with topic and supporting sentences
  • learn how to use linking phrases effectively.

S5–S6 DSE Presentation Skills (July/August)

This course will help develop presentation skills for the School-Based Assessment (SBA) and academic studies. You will learn how to plan and deliver a 3 to 5-minute presentation with confidence and organise your ideas effectively to engage your audience. Through guided activities, you will

  • plan presentations using prompts on note cards
  • learn how to improve your fluency and accuracy to sound more natural
  • increase your range of vocabulary and language patterns
  • deliver a presentation with suitable intonation and body language.

S1–S2 Cambridge Exam Preparation (July–August)

Maximise your success with the internationally recognised examinations Cambridge English: A2 Key for Schools and B1 Preliminary for Schools. Our course focuses on different aspects of the exam. You will learn exam strategies through taking part in engaging activities and exam practice.

Success in Key for Schools (KET for Schools)

Success in Preliminary for Schools (PET for Schools)

For entry requirements and special offers* on Cambridge English Qualifications, please call our Customer Services staff on 2913 5100 for details. 

*The special offers are only applicable to existing British Council students or students who have completed a British Council course within the last six months. Terms and conditions apply.

S5–S6 IELTS Language Preparation (July–August)

This 54-hour course develops your language competency with a focus on examinations techniques and skills. You will be introduced to and thoroughly practise the language skills and examinations techniques for all aspects of the examination.

For more details on the range of IELTS courses we offer, click here.

S5–S6  IELTS Coach^ (July/August)

This course consists of four modules – Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing. You can focus on the particular skill you need to develop, or take all four modules.

Up to 30% discount* for two or more modules

Four 12-hour modules

Eight 1.5-hour lessons over three weeks for each module 

*Terms and conditions apply.

^Students aged 16 or 17 may join IELTS Coach with signed parental consent to study alongside Adult students. Students under 16 cannot study this course.

For more details, click here.

50% off* the IELTS Mock 1-to-1

In this mock exam, you will get authentic exam experience of the Listening, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Speaking tests, and receive one-to-one personalised post mock exam feedback and help from our IELTS experts on how to improve your performance in all areas of the exam.

The 50% off* offer is only applicable to students who take IELTS Language Preparation Programme (54 hours) or IELTS Coach (all 4 Modules).

The minimum age we accept for IELTS is 16 years old.

*Terms and conditions apply.

For more details, click here.