What is the General English Course?

General English CRICOS course code: 062541B

This course provides students with either an Intensive 23 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 supplemented with activities from real life environments and contexts.

Study Mode

Intensive 23 hrs/wk Morning Classes Only

IH Sydney City, IH Bondi, IH Darwin, IH Melbourne,  IH Gold Coast, IH Byron Bay, IH Adelaide:

M-F 8.00am to 12.15pm

Students taking intensive classes will have three extra hours delivered either:

Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm





Semi Intensive Day 20 hrs/wk

IH Sydney City, IH Bondi, IH Darwin, IH Melbourne,  IH Gold Coast, IH Byron Bay, IH Adelaide:

M-F 8.00am to 12.15pm

(The time-slot 12.30pm – 4.45pm will be opened in peak season for duplicated classes)




Semi Intensive Evening 20hrs/wk

IH Sydney City, IH Bondi, IH Darwin, IH Melbourne,  IH Gold Coast, IH Byron Bay, IH Adelaide:

M-F 5.00pm to 9.15pm


Condensed English 3 days per week

IH Gold Coast/ IH Melbourne

Monday & Tuesday 8am – 5pm

Wednesday 8am -12.15pm

Key Features

Key Features

  • Motivating lessons with experienced teachers
  • A team of trained and experienced teachers who follow renowned International House Sydney teacher training methods and deliver high-quality lessons through a range of experience in both Australian and overseas classrooms
  • 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 of their 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 six levels:

  • Beginner
  • 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-IntermediateIntermediate
Using basic English for travelUsing English independently for work and travelTaking advanced exam courses
Exam coursesAdvanced Academic English courses for entry to college and/or university
Academic English courses for entry to college and/or 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 3 weeks. This will keep you informed of your progress.

Then, in the 12th week of the term, you will do a progress test. The progress test will cover speaking, listening, reading and writing. The progress 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, if you learn quickly and attend all your classes, you can progress in less time than that.

If you do stay in a level for three months then you can expect to do 2 quizzes, 1 mid-term test and 1 progress test. 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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