General English Intensive and Standard

Decide how long you want to study for, how many hours per week and we'll help you find an English course that's right for you.

Standard (20 lessons per week) or Intensive/Semi-Intensive (28/24 lessons per week*)

Why choose a General English Course?

  • Essential listening & speaking, reading & writing skills
  • English for the real world
  • English in context (use TV, the Internet and interactive games to learn)
  • Develop a special interest or improve weaker areas with Elective lessons (Intensive only)
  • Make steady progress with tests, reports and support from qualified teachers

This is not a VET (Vocational Educational Training) certifying award in Australia. 
*Semi-intensive only available in Australian schools


Do I need to take an entry test before I book?
No, you’ll be tested on arrival to make sure you’re in a class that’s just right for your level.  

Course structure

20 General English lessons


20 General English lessons +
8 Elective lessons (Improve grammar, vocabulary, conversation skills, presentation skills, business communication or prepare for an exam.  Choose 1 or 2 electives per week. Change every 4 weeks).


20 General English lessons +
4 Elective lessons (Electives as above but choose 1 elective per week.)
*Australia and New Zealand only

2-4 lessons of general English will be in different formats, including guided lessons with the “Study Smart” learning portal, lectures and project work.

Entry level

A1 to C2, suitable for all levels See Your level of English


Morning and/or afternoon*, Monday-Friday
Standard: 16 hours 40 minutes a week, Semi-Intensive: 20 hours a week, Intensive: 23 hours 20 minutes a week
*Receive your actual timetable on arrival

Lesson Length

50 minutes

Course duration

2-52 weeks


At the end of the course, receive an Embassy Certificate documenting your language level.

Assessment and progress

Stay focussed with personal learning plans, an e-portfolio of your work, entry/exit test, weekly test/review and a monthly test/report.  Find out what it's like inside the classroom.

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Electives help you focus on an area of interest or improve in a particular area.  For example, if you really want to improve your grammar, choose the grammar practice elective. 


  • Grammar practice 4 lessons a week  
  • Vocabulary 4 lessons a week  
  • Conversation skills 4 lessons a week  
  • Presentation skills 4 lessons a week  
  • Exam preparation IELTS, TOEFL, FCE 8 lessons a week  
  • Business communication skills 8 lessons a week


Can I pre-book Electives?

With some courses you can pre-book business communication and exam preparation Electives. For most of our courses, you confirm your Elective choices after you arrive.

How many Electives can I take?

For Intensive courses  you have 8 Elective lessons per week and you can choose up to 2 electives. For Semi-Intensive courses (in Australia only) you have 4 Elective lessons and can choose 1 elective.  You can change your chosen Electives every 4 weeks.

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Key facts

  • Course duration: 2 weeks +
  • Class size maximum 15
  • Lesson duration: 50 minutes
  • Lessons per week: 20 or 24 or 28
  • Learning materials: Included
  • Start: Every Monday
  • Minimum age: 16