London summer school courses

LEXICAL LAB runs a short, face-to-face summer school in north London every year featuring our most popular teacher and language development courses. We are accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider. The training takes place at London Metropolitan University’s Holloway Road campus just 10 minutes by tube to Covent Garden and the heart of London. You can also get accommodation nearby though our partners London Homestays.

In addition to the taught classroom hours, we also provide a great cultural and social programme that allows you to see hidden corners of London, understand more about the history and inner workings of the city and participate into daily life here.

All our courses are available for Erasmus+ funding and are listed on the School Education Gateway. We can provide a complete package of a course plus accommodation in Euros. Our PIC number is 931866585.

For full course details, an application form and full terms and conditions, please contact:

July 3rd – July 14th 2017 (40 hours**)



Our Teaching Lexically course offers you the opportunity to take a fresh look at all areas of your teaching development , from principles of how language works to what and how you teach. It may completely revolutionize your classroom or it may just give you support and new ideas about the way you are teaching already. A stimulating, practical course based on a love of language and teaching and two weeks of lovely London in the summer! What more could you want from a teacher training course? Minimum Language level of B2-C1

After this Teching Lexically course, you will:
● be clearer about your principles of learning and teaching
● understand a lexical view of language better
● be better able to analyse texts for language
● be better at asking language-focused questions
● be able to anticipate language and correct students better
● have new strategies for developing students’ skills
● be able to use students’ own knowledge to develop language and engage them in their learning


July 3rd- July 14th 2017 (48 hours including visits)



Advanced Language and Culture is a short course for teachers and students of English with a level of English of C1 or C2. It contains a minimum of 48 hours with a teacher including visits and 40 hours of classroom-based lessons. It will give you confidence and familiarity with current issues, media representations, stereotypes, cultural and political figures and recent events in Britain. Material and tasks are more adult and appropriate for university-level students or simply for your own pleasure and language learning! The course combines lectures, discussions and visits within London on the connected themes


We will provide a questionnaire for participants before they arrive to express preferences or make request which we will try to incorporate in to the course if possible and where there is agreement between participants. Topics on offer cover everything form the role of class in British society to food culture to modern media. Often we will look at influential people in modern British culture and what they say about the country. Through these topics and the discussions they generate, we will teach you new language with a focus on colloquial language, new terms in common use in the media as well as general language at C1 and above. This means specific course content will vary from course to course.

After the Advanced Language and Culture course, you will:
● be more comfortable in their knowledge of contemporary UK culture
● be better able to deal with cultural references in conversation
● be better able to understand colloquial language
● go away with some material they can use in adult or university classes


July 17th – July 28th 2017 (48 hours including visits)


English Boost


Do you feel your English has gone a bit rusty? Feel you don’t have enough confidence in your speaking? Well, English Boost is here for you. Aimed at students and teachers who are at B1 or B2 levels, our course includes 24 teaching hours a week and includes a range of tours and activities to keep you highly engaged and talking. You will also get better at different types of talk including chat, storytelling and short presentations.

Each course is unique because we offer you a list of topics to choose from before you arrive and work with you on the course to follow the class’s interests. We also select and use our own material rather than placing you in a class with students following a coursebook. This means that you are sure to meet a wide range of vocabulary and grammar. And, of course, we teach the language you are trying to say – and make sure you revise and learn it. For students and teachers at C1 and above we recommend Advanced Culture and Language


July 31st – August 4th 2017 (25 hours)



All teachers are involved in testing and assessment of different kinds and this course will help you do it better. Taught in conjunction with a leading expert in testing and assessment, Dr Zeynep Ürkün, the starting point of the course is understanding the links between the goals of your course, the way you teach and how you test. It also challenges you to think about your view of language and how this interacts with course outcomes, teaching and tests. The course combines lectures and case studies with practical workshops where you work on assessments or ideas for testing that you have brought to the course. You will be expected to bring your own device to work on these assessments. Minimum requirement for teachers and test writers of C1.

By the end of the Better Testing and Assessment course, you will:
● understand how to articulate course outcomes.
● have new insights into the role of lexis in learning.
● be clear on the uses of formative and summative testing.
● know how to make clear links in your course content, teaching, and assessment.
● have a collection of techniques for informal formative testing.
● be better able to write and test criteria for assessment.
● be better able to write items and rubrics for tests.
● be better able to evaluate your tests and assessments.
● have improved an area of assessment that you are involved in.


July 31st – August 11th 2017 (38 hours: 30 classroom based + 8 hours minimum of visits accompanied by a teacher)




This intensive English language course is aimed at staff involved in education who have a low level of English (around A1-A2), and who want to gain enough language and confidence to have basic conversations. For those involved in classroom teaching, it also shows a model on which to base possible future teaching and learning of English.

As well as learning to do simple things such as order food and drink, say what you want/need to do and make simple requests, participants will learn to ask about and state basic opinions, likes and dislikes, etc. People taking the course will also be able to practise their English (and develop further) through daily cultural and social activities with the teacher that happen outside the class. Most visits take place in the morning and classes will be in the afternoon.


August 7th – August 11th 2017 (25 hours)




Most teachers will write for their class at some point, whether it’s a vocabulary quiz or a discussion task, a lesson based around an authentic text or even a whole course. Guided by Hugh and Andrew, with their vast experience in materials writing and publishing, this course will help you produce better materials. We consider the principles underlying developing materials and how they will be used in class by you and other teachers and provide workshops where you bring your own material to get advice and develop. You will be expected to bring your own device to work on these materials. We also believe that the process of writing materials will make you a stronger teacher. Minimum requirement for teachers and materials writers of C1.

At the end of the Developing materials course, you will
● leave with improved materials for your class
● be clearer about your own principles underlying your teaching and materials writing
● be better able to think about how your material fits with outcomes
● take more into account the users of the material
● have an insight into the professional publish process.


* There is a registration fee of £100 on top of all prices that covers all materials, admin and entrance fees for timetabled activities.

**Teaching hours for all Lexical Lab courses are 55 minutes to account for breaks and changeover.