The Faculty of Management and Administration, the Faculty of English and IT and the Faculty of Tourism Business

The students come for a five month programme from April to September as part of their first year. Students will have the option to return for a further semester at Chaucer College in the second or third year of their studies.

Course Description

At Chaucer College we aim to offer the students a measure of independence in a sheltered, secure environment and the opportunity to experience life in a different culture. Classes are small and the subject courses are all taught in English by native speakers of English with great emphasis placed on improving speaking and listening skills as well as reading and writing. Students are not allowed to speak Japanese in the classroom. The Faculty of Management and Administration, the Faculty of English and IT and the Faculty of Tourism Business are taught at Chaucer College as a single programme.

Students improve their English skills by studying a course book at an appropriate level and intensively preparing for the TOEIC examination.In addition, English is taught through studying a range of subjects.

  • Regional Studies - comparing the geography, history, culture and economies of various regions of the world
  • Development Studies - examining the historical and contemporary relationships between the Less Developed and More Developed countries of the world
  • Business Studies - focussing on the tourism business in the global economy, workplace culture and workplace language
  • Computer Studies - students acquire word processing skills and can gain a recognised qualification
  • Current Issues - a closer examination of what is happening in the news
  • The BBC news bulletins are followed up with work in the classroom

Students of the Faculty of Tourism Business may have the opportunity to undertake a short internship in London. Some students may also study Management Studies.

A Typical Week

Here is a sample timetable:

In addition to their academic study, students have a choice of afternoon activities once a week including visiting local sites of interest, learning Spanish, going on guided hikes around the area, or learning to cook some British and international dishes.

Outside the Classroom

All students have the opportunity to stay with a local family as part of their course and have further individual English speaking practice in conversation classes with the University of Kent students resident at Chaucer College. They also regularly listen to the BBC news bulletin in the evenings.

In addition, a strong volunteering programme is in place, linked to the University of Kent Student Union and students have the chance to participate in a range of local cultural festivals as well as College activities when the public are invited into Chaucer College to experience Japanese culture.

Supervised visits are also arranged, for example, to London, Cambridge and Dover. Our location in Canterbury allows many of our students to take the opportunity to travel around the U.K. and to spend holidays in other parts of Europe, such as Spain, France, Italy and Greece.