This main programme develops effective communication and fluency by focusing on the four main skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing, plus grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Students will follow a course book plus supplementary course material, Students on a General Student Visa (Tier 4) must study 15 hours (20 lessons) or more.
Length: 1-52 weeks Start date: Any Monday
Further course information
“To have another language is to possess a second soul”. ‒ Charlemagne
We offer 4 levels of General English classes: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. This corresponds to levels C2, B1, B2 and A1 in the CEFR. Students are expected to progress one level over a three month period, or 180 class contact hours.
Ultimately General English tuition is directed towards allowing students to:
♦ Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
♦ Express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious earching for expressions.
♦ Use language flexibly, for social, academic and professional purposes.
♦ Produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts, on complex subjects, showing
controlled use of organisational patterns and cohesive devices.
♦ Express themselves clearly and appropriately with a broad range of language.
♦ Consistently maintain a high level of grammatical accuracy.
♦ Interact skilfully by selecting a suitable phrase from a range of discourse in order to contribute appropriately.
You are also expected to carry out self-study outside the classroom. This involves:
♦ Preparing for the class (e.g. homework, reading, listening to the radio etc)
♦ Following up on work done in class (e.g. homework, revision, improving notes, learning vocabulary)
♦ Completing assessments
♦ Computer lab-based learning (e.g. improving essays, research, language learning websites)
♦ Extra Practice exercises from the back of the Language Leader coursebook
Homework will be set from the syllabus, and will come from either the English File course book or other materials the teacher may give you. Homework is given to help you and to judge your progress, so should be done.