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At A Glance

  • Length of Course: 2 or 4 Weeks
  • Tuition: 15 Hours Per Week
  • Campus: St Hugh’s College
  • Age Range: 15 to 17 Years
  • Class Size: Maximum 15 Students
  • Key Skills Developed: English Language, Critical Thinking, Research & Presentation
  • Language Level Required: Intermediate and Above
  • Suitable for Further Study or Career: Any English Language Teaching Universities or Career

Download a summary of the General English course here.

Why Choose General English?

General English is the perfect course for students wishing to improve their English language skills for both general and academic purposes. Our curriculum consists of interactive lessons and thought-provoking workshops, to develop students’ knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar, and ability to effectively participate in university lectures and tutorials. Successfully using English in academic situations is not only a question of choosing the appropriate register, vocabulary and grammar. Critical thinking plays a crucial role too, as it is used to construct sound arguments and critique the arguments of others.

Course Objectives

  • To improve all-round confidence in using English communicatively
  • To develop and practice knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
  • To prepare for tutorials and lectures at university
  • To develop and practice critical thinking skills
  • To develop and practice academic listening, reading and writing skills

Time to Shine

In today’s world the ability to demonstrate effective research skills and speak confidently are vital for achieving academic and professional success, so our weekly Time to Shine research and presentation projects are central to our General English course. Students will practice analysing sources and selecting relevant information, learn to think critically about topical issues and arguments, and work together to create and prepare engaging presentations to deliver in front of their peers. In doing so, our General English students will develop greater confidence in using English in public situations.

What You’ll Take Away

Communication is at the heart of our General English course, ensuring students develop not only their knowledge of the English language, but also their confidence to use English in a variety of situations: in reading, writing, interacting, speaking and in giving presentations. Our emphasis on nurturing critical thinking and collaboration skills will also help our students to succeed in a wide range of general, professional and academic situations, useful for further study in any discipline.