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General English Courses in Chester, England (16+)

English for travel, study and your career

The General English course at English in Chester aims to develop your ability to communicate effectively in English. All aspects of language are covered with an emphasis on speaking and listening.

There is a balanced programme, focusing on the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, whilst covering essential grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms and colloquial language.

Our minimum age for individuals is 16, but we occasionally accept 15 year olds on the General English course in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

The course consists of 28 lessons of General English per week (21 hours). In addition to a core morning programme of 20 lessons, afternoon options allow you to personalise your studies.

For stays of more than 24 weeks see Study Year Programme.

Fact File

  • classes from Beginner (A1)* to Advanced (C1)
  • multi-national classes
  • all course books and course materials included
  • e-learning from point of booking to 3 months after course ends included
  • regular tutorials with class teacher to give study advice
  • use of the Study Centre after lessons
  • regular progress checks and daily homework
  • placement test to ensure a class at your level
  • end of course certificate with hours of study and final level

*If you are a beginner, please contact us to check if we will have a suitable class. If you are a complete beginner, then we recommend that you take One-to-One lessons.

General English class in Chester

General English afternoon electives

Speaking, pronunciation & listening

Develop your real-life conversation skills and fluency. Improve your pronunciation so that people will understand you better.

Reading, writing and vocabulary

Build your vocabulary and learn techniques to remember and use more words and phrases correctly. Practise vocabulary in context.

Academic English IELTS/EAP**

Preparation for the academic IELTS exam and for university study. Study all 4 IELTS papers, practise listening for lectures and giving presentations.

Cambridge exam preparation*

Training in exam techniques. Study reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar in use for Cambridge First (FCE) and/or Advanced (CAE).

English for Work*

Introduction to English used in work situations. Focus on making phone calls, language for presentations, meetings and negotiations.

TOEIC preparation*

Complete and thorough preparation for the listening and reading exam. Practise exam questions and learn exam techniques.

Electives are subject to availability. *intermediate to advanced. *pre-intermediate to advanced.

  • Course Summary
    Course Code
    Course Name
    General English - 28 Lessons/week
    School Location
    Course Dates
    Start Any Monday
    Maximum Class Size
    Minimum Age
    Lessons Per Week
    Hours Per Week
    From CEFR A1 to CEFR C1
    1-4 weeks: £305 per week
    5-7 weeks: £295 per week
    8-11 weeks: £280 per week
    12-19 weeks: £265 per week
    20-23 weeks: £250 per week
  • ELC Level Guide


    The following table shows the levels we use at ELC.

    ELC Level Level Aims
    C2 Upper-advanced - use English very well in demanding situations
    - performance level may be above average native speaker
    C1 Advanced - use English well in all but the most demanding situations
    - use and understand complex language
    B2 Upper-intermediate - use English effectively in all familiar situations
    - use more complex English and cope with more demanding situations
    B1 Intermediate - use English to express simple ideas and achieve results
    - use range of basic language well in most situations
    A2 Pre-intermediate - use English in most familiar situations
    - use English in a limited way in more difficult situations
    A1/A2 Elementary - develop English skills to 'survival' level
    - use English only in very familiar situations
    A1 Beginner - learn basic vocabulary and structures for simple communication
  • ELC Exam Guide


    Here is an approximate guide of exams at each level.

    ELC Level Cambridge IELTS TOEIC GESE Cambridge BULATS
    C2 Upper advanced CPE 8 - 9   12   90 - 100
    C1 Advanced CAE 7 - 8 945 10 - 11 BEC Higher 75 - 89
    B2 Upper-intermediate FCE 5 - 6.5 785 7 - 9 BEC Vantage 60 - 74
    B1 Intermediate PET 4 - 5 550 5 - 6 BEC Preliminary 40 - 59
    A2 Pre-intermediate KET 3
    3 - 4   20 - 39
    A1/A2 Elementary     120 1 - 2   0 - 19
    A1 Beginner            
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