General English

Become confident using English in social and everyday business situations. Our General English course, available in both the day and evening, provides you with intensive development of practical, real-world English. 

Learn to communicate accurately and become more confident using English in everyday business and social settings.

Why is the ELS Sydney GE program the best choice?

  • Benefit from technology-supported learning in Language Technology Classes.
  • Customise your program – Our electives allow you to customise your course by focusing on subjects that you find interesting or important.
  • Study for longer – If you choose to enrol in our daytime classes, you can further personalise your General English experience by attending three additional, Flex classes each week. 

What will you study in the General English course?

The General English program will support you as you develop your skills in:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing

Applied Learning

Use practical, real-world English to practice conversation with classmates from all over the world. Improve your writing and grammar, and develop strategic listening skills.

Language Technology Classes

Take ownership of your goals through technology-supported learning in our Language Technology Classes.

Elective Classes

Twice each session you choose from a variety of classes designed to focus on areas of your choice. These classes provide you with the opportunity to advance your language skills in a variety of specialised areas. Sample classes include:

  • Business English
  • Vocabulary
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Media Studies
  • English for Hospitality

Flex Classes

Three additional classes are held each week on the day course to enhance communication skills. These flexible classes focus on listening, speaking and pronunciation and allow you to customise your learning program. Classes include:

  • Active Listening
  • Pronunciation Clinic
  • Speaking Fluency Practice

Sample weekly timetable

Lower Intermediate + Elective
Day Program: 22.5 hours per week (20 contact teaching hours + 2.5 hours of Flex classes per week)
Evening Program: 20 hours per week

Day classes Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Evening classes
8:45
9:30
Useful Vocabulary Help with
Pronunciation
Speak with a friend Listen Carefully Useful Vocabulary 16:30
17:15
9:30
10:15
Reading Strategy Language
Technology
Class
Reading
Comprehension
Language
Technology
Class
Speak with a friend 17:15
18:00

10:15
10:30

BREAK      18:00
18:20
10:30
11:15
Get the Grammar Right Get the Grammar Right Useful Vocabulary Speak with a Friend Help with
Pronunciation
18:20
19:05
11:15
12:00
Writing Letters Speak with a Friend Writing Diaries Writing Essays Listen Carefully 19:05
19:50

12:00
12:45

LUNCH BREAK (day classes only)   
12:45
13:45
Elective
Behind the News
Elective
Behind the News
Elective
Behind the News
Elective
Behind the News
Elective
Behind the News
 19:50
 20:50
14:00
14:50
  Flex Option
Active Listening
Flex Option
Fluency Practice
Flex Option
Pronunciation Clinic
   

How do I move up an English level?

To make sure your English classes are challenging and suited to your ability, you are assessed throughout the course. The standard of your classwork and your test results at the end of each 5-week session help determine your next class level. Each level is 10 weeks long, but there is flexibility to move up at the end of every five weeks depending on your individual performance.

Is higher education your goal?

When you begin your studies in General English, after a minimum five weeks of study at Lower Intermediate level you can take the Academic English entry test. Successful completion of the Academic English Preparation program prepares you for higher education in Australia.

2019 Session Start Dates*
January 21, February 25, April 01, May 6, June 11**, July 15, August 19, September 23, October 28, December 2
*You can begin your General English course on any Monday ** Tuesday is a start date because Monday is a public holiday.