General and working English for professionals

This intensive course, which is available from a fairly low level, is less commercially focused than the International Business Communication course. Participants come both from business and from a wide range of other professional backgrounds. The course develops practical skills such as the English used for meetings and presentations alongside more general communication skills.

You can choose to do the full day, or follow the morning-only programme (15 hours per week). Some people taking only the morning programme choose to follow a combination course, which offers individual tuition in the afternoons. The morning-only option is also ideal for those wishing to combine serious study with the opportunity to do other things in London.

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

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  • Course level:

Levels 3 - 8 on the school's level scale


  • Fees:


£785/week (full time)
£595/week (mornings only)
£1795/week (combination 15 hours group + 15 hours individual tuition)

  • Course length:

1 - 8 weeks

  • Participants age:

Minimum age: 23
Average age: 39

  • Group size:

Maximum 8

  • Full programme:

25 hours per week (15 x 60 minutes mornings + 10 x 60 minutes afternoons)
09.00 - 16.00 Monday - Friday

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  • Morning only:

15 hours per week (15 x 60 minutes)
09.00 - 12.35 Monday - Friday

Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs

This course is for professionals who want to develop their English in a work and social context. They may be working in business but don't need a strong commercial focus. Typical participants include:

  • Academics
  • Administrators
  • Architects
  • Automotive engineers
  • Business people
  • Charity workers
  • Consultants
  • Doctors and healthcare professionals
  • Education and training professionals
  • Engineers
  • Fashion designers
  • Hospitality and tourism industry professionals
  • International executives
  • IT professionals
  • Journalists
  • Legal professionals
  • Media communications professionals
  • Military and police
  • Public officials
  • Sales people
  • Secretaries
  • Sports professionals

– in fact, any working professional who needs to develop professional English communication skills.

Course content

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

Course participants can expect the following areas to be covered in the course:

  • presentation about one's own work and organisational structure
  • simulated meetings
  • communication in a professional environment
  • presenting figures and graphs and describing social and political trends
  • comparing national economies, working practices and social conditions
  • aspects of international relations including intercultural understanding

When working people are speaking with their counterparts, discussion often turns to broader matters. The course reflects this with practice in the context of a range of topical issues such as:

  • current affairs
  • social, political and environmental issues
  • political systems and developments
  • education and training
  • advertising and the media
  • technology and society

In order to give participants greater confidence in taking part in discussions and handling meetings and negotiations, time is usually spent looking at appropriate communication strategies such as:

  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • interrupting
  • clarifying and confirming
  • asking for comments
  • summarising
  • asking appropriate questions
  • challenging/defending an opinion
  • persuading and compromising
  • making proposals, offers, suggestions
  • opening/closing meetings

Professional hospitality, entertaining visitors and handling social situations are important for many professional people. Areas include:

  • meeting and greeting
  • dealing with enquiries and offering advice
  • arranging and cancelling appointments/social engagements
  • travel arrangements, bookings and reservations
  • giving and understanding directions
  • restaurants and pubs
  • small talk

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

Whichever Communicating Effectively in English course you take with us, you can expect to improve your English in the following ways:

  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • participate more successfully in meetings
  • improve your written English including emails
  • expand your professional vocabulary
  • improve your understanding of grammar
  • socialise and network with greater confidence
  • work successfully in a cross-cultural environment

In addition to the benefits outlined above, you can expect to communicate more confidently in a range of life and work situations, do better presentations, and use the telephone for effective communication.

Included in the fees

What is included in the fees

Fees include training plus:

  • Daily 3-course lunch (Monday to Friday)
  • Access to LondonSchool Online learning portal
  • All course material and resources
  • Detailed end-of-course report
  • Networking reception every Monday

This school gave me after two weeks, more than eight years of learning English in my own country.

Stanislav Mozny, Czech Republic

I think I have made more progress than in all my previous experiences in learning English.

Dr Michele Laffranchi, Italy

This is the most effective way to learn English - intensively and with enjoyment.

David Vuillaume, Switzerland

The course has helped me to communicate with more confidence. All the people here are helpful and friendly and the trainers are very experienced.

Mohammed Aldawaud, Saudi Arabia

I’m very happy with the school, I feel I couldn’t have made a better decision.

Lorenzo Kohler, Brazil

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