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English lessons are closely linked with pupils' other activities, with excursions
to Stratford, London, Bath, Winchester, Salisbury, Stonehenge, but especially with
the course in drama given by practising actors and directors. Students take part
in short plays or condensations of longer plays by important English-
These are studied and rehearsed for three weeks and performed in a theatre in front
of an audience at a Gala Evening at the end of the course. Many pupils have made
remarkable improvement in their English pronunciation and fluency, and have increased
their vocabulary and built their self-
We offer students a choice between contemporary dance and physical theatre classes. The advantage of physical theatre is that it can exploit the themes of the plays being prepared, so adding a new dimension to rehearsals.
Music lessons are given in a wide range of instruments, sometimes by musicians with
an international reputation. Our pianist and music director plays with some of the
world's leading orchestras, at the Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, on
the Continent and in Japan and the United States. Music pupils perform their pieces
at the Gala Evening at the end of the course, and the Summer School programme includes
a recital by our MD and sometimes one by a well-
One of the most enthralling projects at the Summer School is the twenty-
take part. More technically minded pupils are given instruction in camerawork, scripting
and editing and shoot and cut the film themselves. Past students treasure their memories
The painting and drawing course is based on some of the many subjects of architectural beauty that Oxford offers the painter and draughtsman. Landscape painting, portraiture, still life, abstract and figure work are also included. Stimulating exercises, in synæsthesia for example, develop the painter's skills and imagination.
The Gala Evening is the climax of the three weeks and is held in a theatre on the final evening. Food and wine are served. Students bring the English families they have been staying with.
The plays pupils have been preparing are performed with costumes, props and music. The film is shown. Paintings and drawings done during the course are put on display. Pupils with a special talent for music play their pieces. The evening often ends with a dazzling display of flamenco or sevillanas by our Spanish pupils.
The Gala Evening sometimes lasts until nearly midnight but, because of the mood of celebration, the enthusiasm of the students and the high standard of their work, the audience never wearies or loses interest. The Gala Evening seals the spirit of community that has developed during the Summer School among our pupils.
English and Arts Courses
The European School of Arts and Languages at Oxford
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