Courses - General english 1
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Courses - Gneral english 18+

Our Intensive General English is a highly practical course which helps motivated adults to develop their knowledge, skills and fluency in English. Experienced trainers use dynamic teaching methods and engaging materials to deliver measurable results. Regular progress tests ensure effective learning.

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • Group size:

Maximum 12

  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 18
Average age: 29

  • Course level:

Levels 2 - 8 on the school's level scale


  • Course length:

Minimum registration: 2 weeks
no maximum
Start any Monday except last Monday of a course block

  • Hours per week:

22 hours per week (22 x 60 minutes)
09.15 - 15.45 Monday - Friday except Wednesday 09.15 - 12.45

  • Date and Fees:

  • Location:

Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs 

This course is designed for mature, motivated adults who need to improve their English language skills for general use. Group sizes are small (maximum 12) - so joining a course here is about participating.

The courses are lively and fun, but also challenging, because we know that making rapid progress is the highest priority. All participants are serious about improving their practical English language skills as quickly as possible.

Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

The day is split into two parts:

  • Morning sessions: You will spend the morning developing your general English language skills, focusing on listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as covering grammar and vocabulary.
  • Afternoon sessions: In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to spend more time on key areas of the language in order to focus on specific areas of need.

Wednesday afternoons are free: you can join in our organised social events, spend time on self-study or simply spend the time as you wish.

The day is split into two parts:

Morning Session (9.15 - 12.45)

15 hours per week

In all General Course programmes, you will spend the morning developing your general English skills. Key areas include:

  • active speaking
  • listening to a wide range of audio materials
  • practical grammar
  • expanding vocabulary
  • better communication strategies
  • confident and fluent reading
  • better writing
  • discussions and role-plays
  • computer based learning

Afternoon Session (13.50 - 15.45)

7 hours per week

No afternoon classes on Wednesday

In the afternoons the work is based on a number of different topic areas, depending on the interests and needs of the group:

  • social and intercultural English
  • pronunciation
  • modern British culture
  • films and other arts
  • media, news and views
  • English for work and business

The topics which can be included on each course are shown above. Within your chosen course you will cover a variety of topics, but you may not cover them all. We will advise you about this when you start.

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

The key to the value of our courses is what you can do after you leave us.

All our courses are very practical. We help you to use the language more effectively. A course here will help you to:

  • communicate much more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • improve your grammar
  • increase your vocabulary
  • be able to socialise in English more effectively
  • have an increased chance of success if you later take an examination course
  • be much better able to study on our English for University course, if that is your aim
  • be able to get, and succeed in, a job which needs English

Read more about how we help you progress as quickly as possible.

Dates & Fees

When this course takes places and how much it costs

Each course runs for the length of a course block. This is usually five or six weeks, but in the summer it is four weeks. Although we recommend that you to start on the first Monday of a course block, it is possible to start any week except the final week of a course block.

The minimum booking is two weeks and there is no maximum booking. Please see the current Dates & Fees for the dates of each course.

If you are staying in the school for a number of months, you will have regular progress reviews with a personal tutor to ensure that your total course experience closely matches your needs.

Case Study

Read about the experiences of our course participants on this course

Kelly (Soon Yeong) Choi, South Korea

I’ve been here for about 4 months and I’m really satisfying and enjoying myself to study in The London School of English. I’ve met a lot of people who are from different countries and we became best friends. What I really like is that teachers and staff are very skilled and great supportive, encouraged me and other students' needs individually, and they are very very friendly and kind. The school atmosphere is familial warmth and comfortable. I get advice and help anytime from teachers and staff. In the class, in which is IGE course : discuss, meetings, presentations and games and watching films and so on, I am learning English various ways. Actually my English has improved a lot in about 4 months, especially in communication skills. There is always offering coffee,teas, and I can have lunch at school too moreover there are lots of DVD’s and books, so I sometimes borrow them. I use computer and print, copy anytime and wifi all around building. Furthermore, it’s near and easy to get to Central London, so I go to cinema, museums, galleries, shopping, pubs with my friends after school sometimes. Also I am happy to join various social programs in school. Coming to the LSE was a good decision. Thank you for LSE.    

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Read reviews & comments


I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to improve their English skills in a short period of time. I've made some progress.


The teaching, making people speak as much as possible, making people self-confident, making people feel as if they were at home, being friendly and open-minded, making people meet, encouraging cultural mix between students.
The people are friendly, it helps to improve our general English level, and overall, it made me feel more confident about my English and discussing with other people.


I really enjoyed my course. I'll definitely recommend this school, if anyone of my friends decide to do a language stay in London. The teachers were great, everybody was really nice. I'd definitely come back.


The things you do best are:
1. Giving the students the right amount of attention;
2. Being welcoming;
3. Helping improve language with confidence;
4. Other than studying offering a chance to get to know London.

You give the attention that every student needs.

It has been pleasant, very interesting to interact with people from different cultures, something different. And another thing that I liked is that we didn't have to be afraid of making mistakes because no one would laugh but instead help.


Absolutely fantastic - the staff, the way that the teacher teaching, the social programme, the facilities....I liked everything.


The classes are very stimulating and all the member of the school are friendly, so I feel like I'm at home. Was an amazing experience and I want to come back and stay longer.


Much better than I expected. Total support to the students from the school was great.


It was a nice atmosphere between the students and with the teacher. Excellent method to teach English.


In my first time here I was satisfied with all the things that the course have, including the people of my country speaking in English, that was the reason that I decided to come back and do more 05 weeks.


It was a difficult decision to come to London to learn English because I thought it was little bit late comparing to other Korean students who go abroad to learn English. I had expected it was not easy to live in London in a different environment and with different people. But after I stayed in LSE for 5 months, now I think it was a great choice.
I took Intensive General English courses, which have two different teachers of morning and afternoon classes, so I could learn many different expressions. It is a group class but teachers take care of individual students, point out each student’s errors so I could know what my weakness in English is. Another great opportunity in LSE is that you can meet a lot of friend from different countries around the world and people who work in different fields. I met some friends who work in a financial sector like me and we shared some information about our jobs. I think my English skill has been improved while I talked to friends. The other advantage of LSE is you can join various social programmes. They offer lots of social programmes like watching the musicals, pub tours and free guided tours to London’s attractions. Furthermore, you can also choose your courses for your purpose. I studied in IGE course for 4 months and then changed to CEE course to improve my English speaking skill. CEE course focuses on speaking skill so I could speak English with more confidence.
I enjoyed staying in London for 5 months due to LSE’s teachers and staff who are very friendly and always listening to students’ voices and opinions.

I liked the fact that topics were very interesting and useful for your daily life in London. The course was extremely helpful for my English.

Ksenia Nebrat, Russia

It's a very serious school and I love it!

Stefania Barbaglio, Italy

I’ll remember LSE forever. I was able to meet interesting people, have fun, improve my English and have a direction to the future.

Fabiana Prado Bezerra, Brazil

Great organisation, friendly atmosphere. The course was perfect it lived up to my expectations.

Jakub Gorka, Poland

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