General / Semi / Intensive English
Improve your fluency, confidence and conversation skills with our most popular course! Give yourself a practical understanding of the English language. You will focus on the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Improve your level and maximise your ability to use English. If you choose 24 or 30 lessons per week, you can also personalise your course through a choice of electives.
You’ll get more out of this course if
- Your level is between Beginner and Advanced
- You want to improve your English level quickly and effectively while gaining confidence
- You want to develop your fluency in everyday contexts
What can you expect on this course?
Learn real English
These courses will teach you how to use English in real-life situations. You will develop your understanding of grammar, vocabulary and idioms, and learn the secrets of perfect pronunciation. Through interesting and engaging lessons, you will practise the four skills of everyday English: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Improve your ‘thinking time’
'Thinking time' - The time it takes you to listen, understand and reply in English. On our General English course, you will shorten your thinking time, making it quicker for you to respond and improve your fluency.
Topic based lessons
Every lesson you take will be based on a specific topic or theme. The language skills and grammar are taught within the framework of the topic and serve to help you apply everything you have learned in a natural way. Simply put, you will learn the correct English to use in specific situations.
Creative and energetic classes
Our teachers are qualified and experienced, and when it comes to creating lessons, they know what works. Classes are dynamic and motivating, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving focused attention to your weaker areas.
Learn by doing
At EC we very much believe in students taking a full and active part in lessons. In other words, you will learn by doing. You can expect to take part in the lessons - there won't be a moment when you are not directly involved.
Support from your teacher
Your teachers create a relaxed and informal classroom environment and are trained to deliver constant support, feedback and care throughout your time with us. This focus on support and encouragement will build your confidence as you advance towards fluency.
As well as using text books, teachers supplement lessons with authentic resources such as newspapers, videos, internet and CD's. All of which will give you a clearer understanding of how English is really used.
Semi-Intensive and Intensive English
Reach your English goal faster by taking more lessons!
You can take 24 lessons per week (semi-intensive) in the US or Canada, or 30 lessons per week (intensive) at any of our schools.
With more lessons and a range of electives to choose from, it’s your chance to focus on the areas of your English that you want to improve. Electives include the following:
Your Choice of Electives
Learn the specific English you need to discuss issues surrounding the environment, cultural diversity, equality, industrialisation and globalisation.
Comparative Culture & Communication
Develop your awareness and understanding of different cultures, and how communication varies between them.
Survival English/Living in English
Develop a practical understanding of English at different levels and activate your newly-acquired language in different everyday situations.
A World of Words
Gain inspiration and vocabulary to learn about and discuss world issues and global geography.
Improve your skills in writing for different audiences, using appropriate language and style.
Develop confidence, practise conversation and develop fluency.
Develop critical skills by watching, analysing and learning to express your thoughts on different types of film.
Basic English Writing
Boost your written English skills and develop confidence.
Sharpen your analytical skills by studying a variety of news media, identifying fact, opinion and meaning.
Academic Techniques in Practice
Focus on improving the skills you really need, such as writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations.
The Language of Music
Explore music of different types, cultures and eras, and learn the language to discuss it.
Grammar in Real Contexts
Take a closer look at how the English language is structured, with a focus on relevance and appropriateness.
- Available all year
- Start Monday; End Friday
- Beginner to Advanced levels
- 20, 24 (USA and Canada only) or 30 lessons per week
- 1 lesson: 45 minutes
- Minimum stay: 1 week
- Maximum students per class:
- Maximum students per class:
- USA and UK 14 (London: 12/Manchester: 15)
- Canada: 15
- Malta: 12
- Cape Town: 14
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