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If you are looking for General English courses in London, we have the perfect choice for you!

Our General English course is our most popular course. It is a well-balanced course that focuses on the four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The objective of our General English Course is to help you to use the English language more effectively. The General English course is designed to allow you to:

    • communicate much more confidently
    • speak more accurately and fluently
    • improve your grammar
    • increase your vocabularybe able to socialise in English more effectively
    • have an increased chance of success if you later take an examination course

Many students begin by taking a General English course, and then progress to Executive English or Exam English courses.

General English Course

  •  Our most popular course
  •  6 English class levels for rapid progres
  •  Practise the four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
Course options
Our General English course is flexible. You can start most Mondays and choose a 15, 20 or 25 lessons per week programme. This flexible approach means that you have control of the intensity of your course and schedule. Each lesson = 50 minutes.
General English
Standard
(15 lessons per week)
 
 Premium
(20 lessons per week)
 
Gold
(25 lessons per week)
 
Elective
module options

(5 lessons per week)

• Conversation &   Pronunciation
• Writing & Grammar
• British Cultural studies
• Exam English
• English for Business
 
Course
structure
General English (15lpw)

(Classroom contact time - 12h 30m)
General English (15lpw)
+
One elective module (5hpw)
 
(Classroom contact time - 16h 40m)
 
General English (15lpw)
+
Two elective modules
(2 x 5hpw)
 
(Classroom contact time - 20h 50m)

 How the course works

This course is designed for students who need to improve their English language skills for general use.

Our General English courses typically use a combination of a course book with materials that are prepared by our teachers. You will need a course book which you can rent or buy.

Our English classes in London are taught using dynamic interactive techniques such as role play, pair work and group work in order to maximise participation and develop confidence in use of English.

We offer General English throughout the year and you can begin your course on most Mondays.

You can take our General English classes in the morning (0900-1200) or in the afternoon (1300-1600).

Sample weekly timetable This table shows the typical content of the General English course
 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
First half
Speaking & Pronunciation
Grammar: Tense review
Listening for gist, intonation
Grammar
Group presentation
Break
Second half
Reading & Vocabulary
Writing: Consolidating tenses Learner skills
Using a dictionary effectively Speaking & pronunciation
Role play
Revision of week’s tuition

We offer excellent value for money. To see our General English prices, please click here

We have 6 levels of General English, from Beginner to Advanced.

Please see below for a brief summary of each level.

We will test your level of English before you arrive. For European and Student Visitor Visa students, we ask you to take the Online Placement test.

Beginners

Students studying in this level know no English or only very little English. In this class students practise a lot of speaking and listening and some basic reading and writing. At the end of this level students will be able to deal with very simple and everyday situations.

Elementary

Students entering this course can talk about family, life history and daily routines, but they may use language incorrectly and sometimes be difficult to understand. This level aims to build up the students' confidence in their English; by the end they should be able to have a simple conversation about their daily lives, countries and goals.Study English in London

Pre-intermediate

Students entering this level should be able to talk about events in the past, present and future although they will not always be able to use tenses correctly. The aim of this course is to help students to express themselves more fully and clearly. They should be able to express a wider range of feelings and attitudes, and listeners should be able to understand them without great difficulty. It also aims to develop comprehension skills and vocabulary so that students will be able to understand the gist of TV/newspapers etc.

Intermediate

Students entering an Intermediate class can talk about situations in the past, the present and the future. They should be able to deal confidently with most social situations. This level sets out to help students to improve their accuracy and start using a wider range of language forms. By the end of this level students will able to use language more appropriately.

Upper Intermediate

Students at this level should be familiar with grammar and pronunciation that will allow them to express notions of a hypothetical as well as a concrete nature, using structures which are appropriate rather than resorting to paraphrasing. Students should also be able to cope with authentic texts, though will have difficulties with more abstract readings and listening. Students should continue to develop their writing skills.

Advanced

Students at this level aim to improve general language skills. Their expression should be clear and intelligent, and their functional language should allow them to conduct conversation fairly naturally. Their vocabulary should be sufficient to read newspapers and understand most television programmes that are not too culturally biased and colloquial. At this level most of the language covered will not be new. The areas covered tend to be in the form of revision, recycling or extension but are dealt with at a higher level of complexity or sophistication.

Q. What does General English mean? What will I study on my General English course?

A. The General English course helps you to improve all aspects of your English: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Your teacher will use different materials and techniques that help you make improvements in each of these areas.

Q. Does the General English course use a coursebook?

A. Yes, you will use a coursebook. The coursebook is selected by our Academic Manager. There is a different coursebook for each level of English, from Beginners to Advanced. Your teacher will tell you which book you need to buy for your class in your first week. In addition to using the coursebook, your teacher will give you other materials to add greater variety to your lessons. We change the coursebooks each term so that students do not repeat the same material.

Q. Will my General English class follow a set syllabus?

A. Yes. Our classes follow the syallbuses that are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The coursebook provides a flexible platform and the teacher will supplement this with other materials, which he or she will present to the class depending on the needs and interests of the students in the class. The weekly plan on the classroom wall shows what your teacher intends to teach each week, though this may change if he / she thinks that this is best.

Q. You say that I can begin my General English class on most Mondays. How does this work if my course starts in the middle of the term?

A. Many students start their course in the middle of term, and the General English course is designed for students to join the class at any time. Our coursebooks are structured to help students do this, and there is lots of revision. In addition, your teacher will be prepared for this and he / she will be able to tell you the areas of English that you need to give special attention to.

Q. Will the classes be different from my English classes in my own country?

A. That depends on what sort of English lessons you have had in your country!

Our lessons are 100% in English, and they will help you to communicate in English.

Our teachers are trained to bring the best out of you, and to give you lots of opportunities to practise speaking with the whole class and in groups and pairs. While you are doing this, your teacher will go round the class to correct and help each student. You may also do some language games to help you to practise.

Q. Do I really need to study grammar again? I know lots of it already!

A. Yes, you do! We think that it is really important to be able to use the grammar when you are talking or writing, rather than simply do grammar exercises, which are easier. We will give you lots of opportunities to practise spoken grammar to help you to become more fluent and accurate.

Q. How do I study effectively?

A. We take great pride in the quality of our tuition. Our Principal began her career as a teacher and several of our more experienced teachers have worked for us for many years.

We believe that a positive classroom atmosphere with plenty of opportunity for communicative practice provides the best environment for learning.  We believe that by giving you lots of variety in class and by giving you plenty of opportunities to practice your English with your classmates, we will help you to maximize your progress.

Our academic methodology is set out below:

-  100% interactive communicative lessons

-  All teachers are qualified to teach English and are carefully selected by the Principal and the Academic Manager

-  We have eight levels of English so you can make faster progress at precisely the right level for you

-  We use up-to-date methods and materials

Much will depend on your attitude towards your studies. If you want to make good progress, we have the teachers and other resources to enable you to do this.

Q. How is the course structured?

A. We have 4 terms per year, and we expect our students to make progress to the next level at the end of every term.

At the end of every term, which typically lasts for 11-12 weeks, we will give you a progress test. This is a short test that is designed to test all aspects of your English language ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Once your teacher has marked your progress test, he / she will give you detailed feedback on how your have progressed, and tell you whether you are ready to progress to the next level. 

Very occasionally where your teacher is satisfied that you are able to follow the course at the next level, and where there is availability, your teacher may allow you to move up one level, providing the Academic Manager agrees.

Your teacher will give you regular progress tests in class to check your improvement. Please note that your teacher’s decision on the best level for you is final.

Q. What progress should I make during my course?

A. The flexibility of our courses means that students can study what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. The result is that all of our students are individuals, with objectives that are unique to them. As a result of this, we have different targets for different students:

• Students that study for less than one term (each term is typically 12 weeks) – Whilst we hope that these students improve their level of English, they may not study for long enough to achieve this objective. However, we expect these student to be pleased with the progress that they are making, and we expect these students to increase their confidence in their use of English;

• Students that study for one term or more – We expect these students to pass the end of term test and move up to the next level of English;

• Students that study an exam preparation course (e.g. IELTS, Cambridge FCE and CAE) – We expect these students to work hard, take the examination, and pass it; and

• All students - we want all of our students to be pleased with the progress that they are making in English: in a recent student survey (August 2015), 94% were pleased with their progress.

Q. Please explain more about the LSC End of Term Progress tests

A. We expect General English students that are present for the whole term to progress to the next level of English in the next term. Therefore, at the end of each term all General English students apart from Advanced Level students take the End of Term Progress Test. Students studying Advanced Level General English, Executive English and Exam English courses (IELTS, Cambridge FCE. Cambridge CAE etc) do not take the Progress Test, and continue with classes as normal.

We have developed the End of Term Progress Test over the years, and we regard it as a comprehensive test that examines your English language abilities in all areas. The test is administered in the final week of each term in the following way:

Wednesday, after break: Reading & Grammar Test: This test is taken in examination conditions, with the teacher monitoring the class at all times. It lasts for 75 minutes.

Thursday, before break: Speaking Test: This is a test that is taken in class. Teachers will set the class different tasks and role plays and will divide students into small groups, and observe each group.

Thursday, after break:   Listening Test: This test is taken in examination conditions and lasts for approximately 15 minutes

Writing Test: This test is taken in examination conditions and lasts for approximately 25 minutes.

Your teacher will mark each test, and on Friday he or she will give you an individual tutorial and tell you how you have progressed, which areas you need to work on, and which level you will be studying at during the next term.

Q. What do I do if I find my General English class too difficult or easy?

A. If this happens, please speak to your teacher and explain to him / her what the problem is. They will help you to change level if necessary. If the teacher feels that you should change level, they will speak with the Academic Manager and the teacher of the other level and they will decide f you are ready to do so, and also confirm whether the next level has availability

Q. Will I be able to practise my English outside class?

A. Absolutely! It is really important that you try to do this as much as possible. Try to speak to as many people as possible – classmates, homestay family, people in shops etc. This is good practice, even if they are not English. Please remember that London is a truly international city, so many of the people that you come into contact will have different accents, which makes it fun and challenging to communicate with them! We have an exciting social programme, which is a good way to meet other students, practise English and to enjoy London.

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