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General English Courses

Typical Course Content

The General English Courses are designed to give you the confidence to communicate effectively in real-life situations.

The course provides a balanced programme, focusing on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, whilst covering essential grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms and colloquial language.

It provides effective training for students who need English for work, study or travel. In addition it can help provide preparation for a number of exams including IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, KET and PET.

You can choose either:

  • 25 or 30 lessons General English (all levels)
  • 20 lessons General English Plus afternoons of activities

In addition to a core morning programme of 20 lessons, we offer the possibility to focus more specifically on your goals with 1 (on GE25 programme) or 2 (on GE30 programme) electives per afternoon. Electives include:

Speaking, pronunciation & listening: Develop your real-life conversation skills and fluency. Improve your pronunciation so that people will understand you better.

Reading, writing and vocabulary: Build your vocabulary and learn techniques to remember and use more words and phrases correctly. Practise vocabulary in context.

Academic English IELTS/EAP*: Preparation for the academic IELTS exam and for university study. Study all 4 IELTS papers, practise listening for lectures and giving presentations.

Cambridge exam preparation*: Training in exam techniques. Study reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar in use for Cambridge First (FCE) and/or Advanced (CAE).

Reading, writing and vocabulary: Build your vocabulary and learn techniques to remember and use more words and phrases correctly. Practise vocabulary in context.

English for Work*: Introduction to English used in work situations. Focus on making phone calls, language for presentations, meetings and negotiations.

TOEIC preparation*: Complete and thorough preparation for the listening and reading exam. Practise exam questions and learn exam techniques.

Electives are subject to availability. *intermediate to advanced. 


  • placement test to ensure a class at the right level
  • regular progress checks
  • daily homework
  • multi-national classes
  • at least one lesson a week in the computer laboratory
  • all course material and e-learning provided
  • regular tutorials with class teacher to give study advice
  • use of the Study Centre after lessons
  • the minimum age is 16
  • end of course certificate with hours of study and final level


The following table shows the levels we use at ESOE.

ESOE Level
Level Aims
Upper advanced

- use English very well in demanding situations

- performance level may be above average native speaker

- use English well in all but the most demanding situations

- use and understand complex language

- use English effectively in all familiar situations

- use more complex English and cope with more demanding situations


- use English to express simple ideas and achieve results

- use range of basic language well in most situations

- use English in most familiar situations

- use English in a limited way in more difficult situations

- develop English skills to ‘survival’ level

- use English only in very familiar situations
- learn basic vocabulary and structures for simple communication