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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  • 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

  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 18
Average age: 29

  • Group size:

Maximum 12

  • Hours per week:

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

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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.

Friday 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 Friday

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.

Included in the fees

What is included in the fees

Fees include training plus:

  • Monthly networking reception
  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to LondonSchool Online learning portal
  • All course material and resources
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Weekly lecture programme on British culture and history
  • Monthly tutorial with your trainer
  • Additional support from Long-Stay Consultant (stays of more than 12 weeks)
  • Detailed end-of-course report

Case Study

Read about the experiences of our course participants on this course

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I'd been studying English in LSE for almost four months. For me the time spent in this school turned into an unforgettable experience. I'd like to say an enormous THANKS to all members of LSE as well as my teachers: Daragh, Andy, Sarah, Fiona and especially Mary who is an extraordinary teacher and one of the most patient, enthusiastic and energetic people I've ever met.
My English has improved a lot compared to when I first came to LSE.
I would definitely recommend London School of English to everyone. Thinking about overall quality of this school I can hardly imagine anything better.


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.

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