Our General English courses are designed to improve your knowledge of everyday English language skills and give you more professional and academic options in the future. You will also develop your comprehension skills and build your vocabulary.

The Elementary course is 70 hours long and builds a strong foundation for students. It focuses on the following areas and skills:

  • Common tenses to describe habits, the past and the future.
  • Vocabulary related to countries and nationalities, social media, the internet, jobs, education, personality and feelings, weather and places.
  • Asking and answering basic questions related to food and drink, free time, family and work, holidays, jobs, and restaurants.
  • Writing social media posts, basic emails and reviews.
  • Understanding the main points in simple conversations. 
  • Identifying specific information in texts describing the past.

The 70 hour Pre-Intermediate course further develops the student’s range of language and vocabulary. It covers a wide range of skills and topic areas with a specific focus on the following:

  • Simple and complex structures including the past tenses; future tenses, present perfect; conditionals; relative clauses; too and enough; and quantifiers. 
  • Vocabulary related to people, transport, sport and health, science and research, work, films and music, relaxing, and money.
  • Discussing people, journeys and travel, jobs, films, TV, attitudes to money and spending, life experiences, and achievement.
  • Writing a cover letter for a job application including useful information and details.
  • Writing different types of emails while developing an awareness of style.
  • Understanding the gist in an extended listening.
  • Understanding the main points of a news article.

The Intermediate course is an intense 70-hour program delving into specific and advanced aspects of the English language. The following are examples of the skills and language areas covered in the course:

  • Complex structures including defining relative clauses; real and unreal as well as mixed  conditionals; the passive voice; reported speech, used to and would for the past.
  • Words and phrases related to family relationships, work and business, employment skills, films and entertainment, waste and the environment, goals and resolutions, work and travel. 
  • Talking about topics including social media, food and eating out, resolutions and plans. 
  • Giving a presentation using a range of techniques.
  • Writing different types of emails and business letters using the correct conventions and style.
  • Understanding the main points in extended conversations and monologues.   
  • Skimming a text quickly and understanding the gist of it. 
  • Scanning a text for specific information.