General English

General English (15 hours per week)

Our General English Standard course focuses on developing skills in the four core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Using a practical approach based on the CEFR levels for language ability, our General English classes enable you to develop the confidence and skills you need to use English effectively in different situations. Whatever stage you are at in your language learning journey, our experienced teachers can help you progress to the next level and achieve your language learning goals.

Levels: the CEFR
A1: Beginners
A2: Elementary
B1: Pre-intermediate
B1+: Intermediate
B2: Upper-intermediate
C1: Advanced

CEFR Levels Explained

We use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to shape our courses and measure your progress with English. The CEFR is a global standard for learning, teaching and assessment, and provides a key framework to help you develop your English language skills step by step to meet your learning goals.

Key information



Minimum language level

Beginner (A1) to Advanced (C1)

Course length

From 1 week

Hours of teaching per week


Minimum class size


Maximum class size



From £230 (See price list)

What will I learn?

Course content

On this course you will:

  • Receive relevant and interesting classes adapted to each student’s needs
  • Receive an individual tutorial every 6 weeks with the class teacher who will help you to achieve your learning goals
  • Improve your communication skills through class discussions and activities with other students
  • Develop your grammar and vocabulary
  • Read and discuss texts on a wide range of subjects, including magazine articles, news articles or stories
  • Practise speaking and listening skills through discussions, role-play and presentation

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How will I learn?

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Improve your language skills in the four key areas of speaking and listening, and reading and writing
  • Improve your pronunciation, build your vocabulary, and develop your understanding of English grammar
  • Communicate and become more fluent and accurate when using English
  • Be more confident in English-speaking environments and when communicating with other English speakers

Personalise my course

Course options

  • General English plus

    Students join General English in the morning and choose personalised afternoon courses.

    You can choose the following options:

  • Skills & Culture
    Our Skills and Culture module is for anyone with an English level between A1 – C1 who wants to gain a deeper understanding of life and culture in the UK and beyond while practising specific language skills.
    This course focuses on using English to practise real-life situations with other students. Using a variety of real-life texts and materials, students share and discuss information, opinions and ideas to improve their speaking and listening skills and build life skills in English.

  • Cultural Activities
    This course is for people who want to taste a bite of the British way of life while improving their language skills by exploring the medieval city of Norwich.
    The focus of this course is to explore life and culture in the UK while practising communication skills. The course covers different areas of British culture, including food, art, history and more, while outside activities allow you to gain a deeper understanding of British culture and beyond.

  • The Bridge to IELTS
    The course is an introduction to the IELTS exam preparation course for students with English at A2 & B1 levels and who are hoping to get a score of 4 and above in the IELTS exam.
    The focus of this course is to gain an understanding of the framework of the IELTS exam and begin to give you the skills you need before joining the IELTS exam preparation course.

  • English for Work
    This course is practical and focuses on communication skills and the language needed to work effectively in a job in an English speaking environment.
    The focus of this course is to give you skills needed to get a job by helping with writing CVs, cover letters and job interviews. The course also focuses on:

    • Customer care, dealing with customers effectively on the phone and face to face,
    • Effective meeting skills, chairing and participating in meetings and understanding the psychological process of decision making
    • Presentation skills, planning and organising a presentation using PowerPoint, and how to use voice and body language to get a message across effectively.

When will I study?

Sample timetable

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