General English Courses

Practise your English to communicate effectively

The Standard General English programme at LanguageUK is for students who want to communicate effectively English. The 4 skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are at the heart of the course, with a focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Intensive General English programme has the same aims and focus as the Standard General English course, but with more hours of tuition per week, so as to maximise students’ ability to progress in a shorter amount of time.

Standard General English – 15 hours per week
Intensive General English – 21 hours per week (23 hours with Friday afternoon included on request – please note this is subject to availability)

Designed For Students Who:

  • are aged 16 or over and with a language level of Elementary (A2) or above .
  • need English for university or college.
  • need English for their work or future career.
  • would like to improve their English for generic purposes.
Course Facts 
Course start datesAny Monday
Course duration1 week plus
English levelElementary to advanced
Class hours15 hours (20 x 45 minute lessons) or 21 hours (28 x 45 minute lessons)
Minimum age16 years
Class size15 maximum
Coursebook From £25 or the option to borrow the book


2024 General English

No. of weeksStandard - 20 lessons per weekIntensive - 28 lessons per week
1 - 3 weeks£335£395
4 - 11 weeks£325£385
12 - 23 weeks £305£340
24 - 35 weeks £290£310
36+ weeks
Courses run according to availability - please enquire

20 x 45 minute lessons = 15 hours per week
28 x 45 minute lessons = 21 hours per week

Course Structure

Standard English Course – 15 hours of class taken during the mornings split into 20 x 45 minute lessons

Intensive English Course – 21 hours of class per week. Mornings and afternoons split into 28 x 45 minute lessons

Days of the WeekTuition hoursBreaks
Monday to Friday Mornings09:30 - 13:0011:00 - 11:30
Monday to Thursday Afternoons14:00 - 15:30no break
Lunch13:00 - 14:00

Morning classes:

During the mornings you will be in a class suitable for your English level. We will always send you the entrance test before your arrival unless otherwise instructed. Our teachers will use a course book help you learn step by step. They will also use a number of other resources and materials either in text form or from a selection of media including online resources, radio and television.

You will be given the opportunity to:

  • improve your knowledge of grammar.
  • learn new vocabulary through speaking, listening and reading.
  • be exposed to and take part in conversation to improve your fluency.
  • focus on your writing skills, looking at different types of written text and register.
  • practise your pronunciation including individual sounds, stress and intonation.
  • consolidate what you have learned through regular review activities.

Approximately 1 hour of homework will be given to you every day. If you are a long term student, you will be given a test on a regular basis so that you can track your progress.

Courses start every Monday throughout the year and the maximum class size is 15.

Afternoon classes:

You will be given the option to study in a different class during the afternoons and depending on the number of students attending we have different course options available.

Afternoon Options

Intensive Course – Afternoon Options

General English Extension – Class topics negotiated

During the afternoon you can choose to join a general English class and focus on your chosen topic or skills area that you feel you need to practise further. On the first Monday of every week students are given the opportunity to negotiate in English and as a group what they would like to study or focus on during the afternoons.  It might be a skills area such as speaking or pronunciation . You might want to focus on skills for work such as emailing or cross cultural communications. You would like to know more about Life in Britain and topics that are related to your experience of living in the UK and to the language needed in “real life”.  If you are not sure what topic you would like to study in the afternoon, then your teacher will provide you with some ideas on the first Monday.  Our aims for the afternoon classes are to encourage the students to participate in decision making and to avoid prescribing what we think they need to learn. The weekly plan for the afternoon class will depend on the students attending and what they would like to practise.  We recommend this option for students on short courses of up to 4 weeks

IELTS Preparation

This is a popular option as many of our students during the year are planning to take the IELTS exam at some point.

You will study for 6 hours per week and during this time you will focus on the following:

  • Essential exam strategies and techniques for each component in the IELTS exam.
  • Learning to develop autonomy.
  • Structured exam practice.
  • Formal and academic writing skills.
  • Listening comprehension and note-taking with spelling practice.
  • Speed reading, skimming and scanning for information, leading to effective comprehension.
  • Speaking skills in both general and academic contexts.

Courses start every Monday throughout the summer and the maximum class size is 15

If you have a request to study a specific topic or examination during the afternoons, please contact us as we may be able to help you.

What's Included

What's Included?
Free WiFi access throughout the school
End-of-Course Certificate
All tuition materials
Monthly tutorial with the Director of Studies for students staying for 4 weeks plus


What's not Included in package
Bank charges
Travel and airport transfer
Examination entry fees if required
Registration Fee
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