What is the General English?

General English CRICOS course code: 062541B

This course provides students with either an Intensive 25 hour per week, or Semi Intensive 20 hour per week English development programme. The curriculum is structured to provide development in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and the different language areas of grammar, vocabulary and functional English. All classes are organised to respond directly to individual students needs. The focus is on real-world English, taught with a practical, communicative approach, with activities in a real life environment.

Study Mode


25 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

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Semi-Intensive Day

20 hours per week (Monday to Thursday)

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Semi-Intensive Evening

20 hours per week (Monday – Friday)

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Key Features

Key Features

  • Motivating lessons with experienced teachers
  • A team of tightly selected teachers, using the same high-standard criteria used in the renowned International House Sydney teacher training programs, with a range of experience in Australia and overseas
  • Individual attention with regular academic counselling
  • A communicative approach to English teaching
  • A focus on real English with engaging activities
  • A great mix of students from all over the world
  • Ongoing testing and assessment
  • Small classes
  • Students may move between morning and evening classes free of charge
  • Students who successfully complete this course receive an International House certificate

Who is the General English course designed for?

  • For those who want to improve all-round English language skills at their own pace
  • For  those who want to travel and work overseas using English skills
  • To gain strong  foundations for English language development and the skills you will need for further academic study
  • To enhance professional opportunities within your career

Learning Outcomes

  • Fast progress in everyday English
  • Fluency
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary & grammar
  • Listening, reading & writing skills    

More information about General English

The course is offered at the following five levels:

  • Elementary
  • Pre Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

Students are tested on their first day to ensure that they are in the right class level to maximise their learning potential.

English Level Objective Chart

Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Using basic English for travel Using independent English for work and travel Taking advanced exam courses
Exam courses Advanced Academic English courses for entry to College and University
Academic English courses for entry to College and University

Assessment is an important part of your course. It tells us how well you are doing and what we need to do to help develop your English. There are three main forms of assessment.

First, when you first come to the college you will do a test that will tell us the best level for you to begin. Then you will have a test every week. This will keep you informed of your progress.

Then, in the fourth week of the term, you will do a term test. The term test will cover speaking, listening, reading and writing. The term test helps us to decide if you are ready for the next level of study. It also helps us to check your progress.

You should expect to spend up to three months at each level. However, we have a flexible system so, if you learn quickly, you can progress in less time than that.

If you do stay in a level for three months then you can expect to do three term tests. At the end of your course you will get a certificate that shows how long you studied, the level you achieved and your grades for speaking, listening, reading and writing.


Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 17 years old or over
  • Undertake an English level test on the first day of classes

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In Sydney complete:

Please send the following to register for the in-school English level test:

  • Section A of the application form
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms

Outside Sydney if applying from interstate or overseas, complete:

  • Sections A of the application form
  • Signed Terms and Conditions and Indemnity and Release forms