The General English course is a full-time programme that runs all year. The course has a strong focus on the practical needs of both short and long term visitors to the UK. It is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their all-round communication skills. There are 22.5 hours of classes each week. You can study from as little as one week to one year or more. You can enrol most Mondays (see calendar below for start dates and holidays).
This course covers six levels from Beginner (CEF Level A1) to Advanced (CEF Level C1) and includes regular opportunities to progress through these levels. Although every student improves at a different pace, students typically spend 3~4 months in each level until intermediate when progress usually takes longer, around 4~6 months.
|Level||Cambridge Exams||CEF Level||IELTS Score||TOEIC Score|
|Advanced||CAE, BEC Higher||C1 Effective Operational Efficiency||6.5-7.0||701-910+|
|Upper Intermediate||FCE, BEC Vantage||B2 Vantage||5.0-6.0||541-700|
|Intermediate||PET, BEC Preliminary||B1 Threshold||4.0-4.5||460-540|
|Pre-Intermediate||PET||B1 / A2||3.5-4.0||381-459|
|Elementary||KET, YLE Flyers||A2 Waystage||3.0||246-380|
|Beginner||YLE Movers||A1 Breakthrough||1.0 - 2.0||<246|
Please note all test scores are approximate. External examinations must be taken to provide proof of your level of English.
In the mornings, you will study a balanced mix of the four language skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing) and the four language systems (Grammar, Vocabulary, Functions & Pronunciation) with a strong emphasis on practical, every day communication. There are also regular feedback sessions so you can discuss with your teacher what you would like to do.
In the afternoons, you will attend special workshops which focus on a specific skill or language area. These are Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Culture & Communication .
We use the latest course books and audio from major ELT publishers and supplement these with DVD, online resources, and authentic materials. Our experienced teachers also create their own materials for classes depending on the students' interests and needs. The materials cost is £25 per level studied.
Please see the PDF files below for the Example Timetable and Calendar.