A great intensive course for all levels to improve your English, with an extra focus on speaking to boost your conversation skills.


Study three lessons in the morning and one in the afternoon, leaving you with plenty of time to relax and explore the local London area. This course is suitable for all levels and you will be placed in a class with people of a similar ability. With a specific focus on English speaking skills, you will meet new people and get to know your fellow classmates and teacher. Lessons take place in the morning and afternoon.  


Hours per week 

Lessons: 20 per week
Lesson times: 18 hours 20 minutes per week

Lesson schedule: 9.00-12.00 & 12.15-13.10 OR 12.15-13.10 & 13.15-16.15

Bank holidays 

There will be no lessons taking place on UK Bank Holidays when the school will be closed. Fees are not pro rata for weeks where bank holidays take place

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The course follows the same programme as General English 15 morning or afternoon, with the addition of special focus classes that enhance your English speaking skills.

The following focus classes are examples for your daily 12.15 – 13.10 lessons.


Speaking and grammar

A2 (elementary) to C1 (advanced)
Become more accurate and fluent when speaking in English. Students will work together to explore and review grammar in context through role-plays, discussions and presentations. The topics, language areas and materials will reflect the interests and needs of the class.

Speaking and writing

A2 (elementary) to C1 (advanced)
Enhance your writing skills with more accurate language. Gain confidence producing a wide variety of written materials such as creative writing, proposals, reviews, surveys, blogs, CVs, and discussion essays. Students will also be encouraged to analyse texts.

Speaking and vocabulary

A2 (elementary) to C1 (advanced)
Expand your range and accurate use of vocabulary when speaking and discussing ideas. Become a more confident speaker with tasks that encourage problem-solving, discussion and opinions. Sample topics include the media, food and culture, and the environment.

Speaking and listening

A2 (elementary) to C1 (advanced)
Focus on your listening skills. Teachers will use a variety of published and authentic materials in order to build confidence at all levels. Sample learning tasks include presentations, short talks, podcasts, interviews and role-plays.

Speaking and reading

B1 (intermediate) to C1 (advanced)
You will evaluate and think more critically about what you are reading, which is an essential skill for academic study and careers. Topics and texts are chosen from a range of materials (for example websites, newspapers, and articles) to generate discussions.


This course helps you improve your General English skills, with added opportunities to develop speaking and communication.

By the end of the course you will…

  • Have a deeper understanding of the English language
  • Communicate more fluently
  • Be more accurate in English
  • Have improved across all four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking (including pronunciation)
  • Be confident in English-speaking environments
  • Receive a certificate with your new English level

What can I do next?

  • Access to the student portal
  • Opportunities to attend additional free English lessons with trainees
  • Social activity programme  – see our weekly calendar for more details and prices
  • A level certificate to add to your CV
  • Access to the library and computers
  • Free wifi
  • A monthly 121 tutorial 

*By the end of the course, you will be better able to… 

Spoken Interaction   

  • Take part in extended conversations on a range of topics using strategies such as turn-taking   
  • Express opinions and develop arguments to hold a long conversation or discussion  
  • Use and understand features of connected speech  
  • Use functional phrases to hold a natural sounding conversation   
  • Communicate more confidently in discussions, debates and conversations on a range of topics  
  • Take part in group discussions as well as long turns (such as presentations)   

Spoken Production  

  • Use a range of formal and informal phrases and expressions   
  • Use colloquial phrases when speaking   
  • Use different strategies to negotiate meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary  
  • Use connected speech and sentence stress 


  • Follow an extended conversation or long speech  
  • Decode the meaning of some difficult or unfamiliar language  
  • Recognise features of connected speech  
  • Follow the main points when there are multiple speakers 


  • Write about familiar topics using a range of grammar and vocabulary  
  • Write a range of texts in order to communicate and convey personal opinions and ideas, such as a social media / blog post  
  • Write more accurate sentences or paragraphs with awareness of how to connect the ideas  


  • Read informal texts, such as emails, in order to find the key information for the correct response  
  • Use different strategies to understand a text for general meaning 
  • Use different techniques to guess the meaning of unknown vocabulary 

 Life Skills   

  • Confidently hold a conversation   
  • Understand how body language, pronunciation and intonation can affect meaning and understanding  
  • Understand aspects of British culture  
  • Apply study skills and strategies outside the classroom and after your course ends 

*Some course outcomes may vary depending on your starting level of English and personal learning goals. 

You can view the sample timetable here for the General English 20

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