General English Courses

We offer an exciting range of General English courses for all levels, from elementary to advanced. Some courses can be taken in the afternoon, for a lower price. Students may study for any duration, taking from 15 to 30 lessons per week. All programmes provide a good foundation in the main linguistic skills, with a strong focus on communication. The 20 – 25 hour programmes allow students to focus on key areas including conversation fluency, business English and examination preparation.

General English 15

General English 20

In addition to the General English 15 programme, this 20 hour programme includes 5 specialised elective lessons each week which you can choose after your arrival. Elective examples include:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structured Grammar
  • Reading and Listening
  • Conversation Skills
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Examination Preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS)
Key Points
  • Suitable for students who can spend more time in class, but still take part in out-of-class activities.
  • General ‘all-round’ approach plus a focus on one chosen skill.
  • Revision of major grammar and vocabulary at each level
  • In-house examinations
Entry requirements

Age 16 + with at least a basic knowledge of English (A1 level). Those who are complete beginners will have to enter a one-to-one programme until A1 level is achieved and an extra fee may be charged.

Levels

A1 – C2

Schedule

Morning General: 09.00 – 12.15
Elective: 08.00 – 9.00 OR 12.25 – 13.25
Afternoon Elective: 12.25 – 13.25
General: 13.30 – 16.40

Course Start Dates

Any Monday of the year, excluding Christmas vacation

Hours Per Week

20

Duration

1 – 40 weeks

Award

ISI Certificate in English

General English 25

In addition to the General English 15 programme, this 25 hour programme includes 10 specialised elective lessons each week which you can choose after your arrival. Elective examples include:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structured Grammar
  • Reading and Listening
  • Conversation Skills
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Examination Preparation (FCE, CAE, IELTS)
Key Points
  • Suitable for students who want a more academic experience, spending 5 hours per day in class
  • General ‘all-round’ approach plus a focus on two chosen skills from the list above
  • Revision of major grammar and vocabulary at each level
  • In-house examinations
    Less time for out-of-class activities
Entry requirements

Age 16 + with at least a basic knowledge of English (A1 level). Those who are complete beginners will have to enter a one-to-one programme until A1 level is achieved and an extra fee may be charged.

Levels

A1 – C2

Schedule

Morning
Elective 1: 08.00 – 9.00
General: 09.00 – 12.15
Elective 2: 12.25 – 13.25

Course Start Dates

Any Monday of the year, excluding Christmas vacation

Hours Per Week

25

Duration

1 – 40 weeks

Award

ISI Certificate in English

General English 30

Students take two General English 15 programmes – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. While this may lead to some repetition, this 30-hour per week course provides excellent revision and reinforcement of grammar and the main linguistic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Key Points
  • Suitable for students who want a completely academic experience with little time for out-of-class activities
  • Total immersion
  • General ‘all-round’ approach, no electives on specific skills
  • Strong reinforcement of all major grammar and vocabulary at each level
  • In-house examinations
Entry requirements

Age 16 + with at least a basic knowledge of English (A1 level). Those who are complete beginners will have to enter a one-to-one programme until A1 level is achieved and an extra fee may be charged.

Levels

A1 – C2

Schedule

Morning 09.00 – 12.15
Afternoon 13.30 – 16.40

Course Start Dates

Any Monday of the year, excluding Christmas vacation

Hours Per Week

30

Duration

Due to intensity we recommend not more than 6 weeks

Award

ISI Certificate in English

With the main focus on communication skills, this 15-hour per week course also provides a solid foundation in grammar and the main linguistic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The method used is task-based, which means that by the end of each level students are expected to be able to complete a certain amount of tasks through English.

Key Points:

  • Suitable for any student who wishes to improve their English in a less intensive way
  • General ‘all-round’ approach
  • Revision of major grammar and vocabulary at each level
  • In-house examinations
  • More time for out-of-class activities
Entry requirements

Age 16 + with at least a basic knowledge of English (A1 level). Those who are complete beginners will have to enter a one-to-one programme until A1 level is achieved and an extra fee may be charged.

Levels

A1 – C2

Schedule

Morning 09.00 – 12.15
Afternoon 13.30 – 16.40

Course Start Dates

Any Monday of the year, excluding Christmas vacation

Hours Per Week

15

Duration

1 – 40 weeks

Award

ISI Certificate in English

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