General English

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Our General English classes are designed to help you improve your ability to use and understand English. These classes incorporate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; and they will also help you to develop your grammar and vocabulary.

Each course is based on a different coursebook, which changes each term, and also includes a graded reader, appropriate for your level. They cover a wide variety of topics including: holidays, food and drink, sport, culture, jobs, transport, and entertainment. We provide certain materials free of charge, depending on the length of your course.

We offer up to seven levels of General English:

Level CERF Level Cambridge Exam
Preliminary A1
Pre-Intermediate A2 KET
Intermediate B1 PET
Upper-Intermediate B1 - B2 FCE
Cambridge English First (FCE) B2 FCE
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) C1 CAE
Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) C2 CPE

Please contact reception for any further information.

Our courses use a communicative methodology, meaning there is a strong focus on speaking and listening skills. They are designed to help you develop your fluency and pronunciation to help in many everyday situations as well as improve your ability to listen and understand native  English speakers.

At the end of each course you will be given a test to see if you are ready to move up to the next level. Some students may need more than one term at each level.

COURSE DETAILS

minimum English level: A1 Elementary


minimum age: 16


average age: 25


average class size: 8 students (maximum 12)


minimum course length: 1 week


 

FULL-TIME (AFTERNOON)

hours per day: 3


base cost: £88 per week (when you book four weeks or more, the weekly cost will be lower)


lessons per week: 5


hours per week: 15


lesson times: 12.45-16.00


lesson days: Mon – Fri


start dates: any Monday


 

FULL-TIME (MORNING)

hours per day: 3


base cost: £120 per week (when you book four weeks or more, the weekly cost will be lower)


lessons per week: 5


hours per week: 15


lesson times: 9.00-12.15


lesson days: Mon – Fri


start dates: any Monday


 

PART-TIME (EVENING)

hours per day: 2.5


base cost: £50 per week (when you book four weeks or more, the weekly cost will be lower)


lessons per week: 2


hours per week: 5


lesson times: 18.00-20.30


lesson days: Tuesday & Thursday


start dates: any Tuesday


 

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

General English is suitable for language learners at any level who want to improve their English for a wide range of real-life situations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

improve and develop your speaking fluency and pronunciation
improve your listening skills with a focus on authentic English
widen your English vocabulary over a range of topics
improve, develop and practise your English grammar
develop reading skills including skimming and scanning techniques
help you with writing patterns and techniques
help you develop self-study learning strategies

DURING THE COURSE YOU WILL

complete a needs analysis in order to ensure your teacher can give you what you need
develop and widen your range of English (not only focus on your mistakes)
listen to and practise authentic English
take part in pair work, group work, role-plays and discussions
have regular homework assignments
learn practical techniques for self-study
have one-to-one tutorials with your teacher to assess your progress and set new learning targets
take regular short tests in order to assess your progress