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General English

Commencement dates: Every Monday
Hours per week: 23 hrs/wk
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Course length: 2 to 48 weeks
Class size: Average 14
Requirements: None

General English classes are available from Beginner to Advanced levels and comprise 23 hours of English language tuition per week (equivalent to 29 lessons) delivered in six week modules throughout the year.

The Academy’s comprehensive syllabus ensures that speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are covered every day with grammar, vocabulary and syntax studied in context.

The main features of the General English Course are:

  • Emphasis on fluency in oral language skills in the lower levels.
  • Accuracy and expanded vocabulary and complex structures (context and syntax) presented at the higher levels.

A range of language levels to ensure complete satisfaction.

 

  • Interactive, student-centred teaching style.
  • Regular progress counselling.
  • 3 hours of optional Special Focus Classes or Self Study

Special Focus Studies

Available as two 1.5 hour sessions every Tuesday and Thursday, the Special Focus Studies classes allow students to focus their studies on a particular skill or area of need or interest from the choices available in any given 6 week module.

Special Focus choices may include:

  • Strategies for IELTS
  • Communication Skills
  • Advanced Writing Reports/Essays
  • Grammar & Writing
  • Pronunciation Skills

Sample Timetable

Level: Intermediate
Theme: Travel and Tourism
TimetableMonTuesWedThurFri
8:45 am - 10:15 amIntroduction to topic of the weekGrammar
Using the Present Perfect
Vocabulary
Eco-tourism
Roleplay
Interview an expedition member
Writing a Facebook post while on holiday
10:15 am15 minute break
10:30 am - 12:00 pmListening and reading skills
"Walking for Wildlife"
Critical thinking
Reading "The Real Cost of Travel"
Grammar
Present Perfect Continuous and Simple
Reading
"A good holiday"
Listening
Following directions and reading a map
12:00 pm45 minute break
12:45 pm - 1:45 pmGroup discussion on the impact of tourism on the environmentClass survey
What makes a good holiday?
Pronunciation
Strong and weak forms
Pair work
Unusual travel experiences
Video
A disappearing world & class discussion and role play
1:45 pm15 minute break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pmSelf studySpecial Focus StudiesSelf studySpecial Focus StudiesFree time

Class Level Comparison Table

Class DescriptionCEFR*Expected progressapprox. IELTS Band Score EquivalentRecommended Entry Point for further study
BeginnerA16 - 8 wks1
ElementaryA1+12 wks2
Pre-Intermediate AA26 - 8 wks3Primary 3/4
Pre-Intermediate BA2+6 - 8 wks3.5Primary 5/6; Job Club
Intermediate AB16 - 8 wks4High School Year 7/8; Demi/Au Pair
Intermediate BB1+12 wks5High School Year 9; AEP
Upper IntermediateB26 - 8 wks5.5High School Year 10/11/12; Foundation; Dip. Business; TAFE
Pre-Advanced / Express EnglishB2+6 - 8 wks6Bachelor Degree; Internship; Cambridge CAE
Advanced AC16 - 8 wks6.5Postgraduate Coursework
Advanced BC1+6 - 8 wks7CELTA
Expert AC26 - 8 wks7.5DELTA
Expert BC2+6 - 8 wks8+

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