General English is a communicative English language course balancing the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as focusing on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and aspects of British culture. The classes are personalised and engaging, with a clear focus on meaningful and developmental activities which promote language learning in the context of the classroom and beyond. We take a task-based approach, working to clear, measurable goals. We teach problem-solving skills and learning strategies, so that you can continue to learn outside the classroom. Courses are flexible and respond to your individual needs and difficulties.
The IELTS part of the course will focus on the strategies needed in each part of the test: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The lessons are communicative, with a lot of interaction, pairwork and groupwork. There will be plenty of exam practice and students will develop the academic skills required in order to pass the exam.
All students take a placement test on the first day of the course, followed by regular progress tests and mock IELTS exams. Teachers give continuous feedback on students’ progress. There are regular one-to-one tutorials which give students the opportunity to revise their learning goals and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement.
Course Schedule (21 hours per week)
Monday to Thursday
9:15 – 11:00 lessons
11:00 – 11:15 break
11:15 – 12:30 lessons
12:30 – 13:30 lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 lessons
9:15 - 11:00 lessons
11:00 - 11:15 break
11:15 - 12:30 lessons
On Friday afternoons students can choose to have free time or participate in an extra-curricular activity. In autumn 2020, extra-curricular activities will be delivered online.
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Christmas 2020: 21 December 2020 – 8 January 2021
Good Friday: 2 April 2021
Easter Monday: 5 April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday: 3 May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday: 31 May 2021
Summer Bank Holiday: 30 August 2021
Christmas 2021: 20 December 2021 – 7 January 2022
Please note that we do not offer any refunds for bank holidays, or other pre-scheduled days when the Centre is closed.