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.
- 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 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.
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 SummaryCurrencyCourse YearCourse CodeCourse NameGeneral English - 28 Lessons/weekSchool LocationCourse DatesStart Any MondayMaximum Class Size12Minimum Age16Lessons Per Week28Hours Per Week21.00LevelFrom CEFR A1 to CEFR C1Price1-4 weeks: £310 per week
5-7 weeks: £300 per week
8-11 weeks: £285 per week
12-19 weeks: £270 per week
20-23 weeks: £255 per week
24-33 weeks: £235 per week
34-52 weeks: £220 per weekCourse SummaryCurrencyCourse YearCourse CodeCourse NameGeneral English - 28 Lessons/weekSchool LocationCourse DatesStart Any MondayMaximum Class Size12Minimum Age16Lessons Per Week28Hours Per Week21.00LevelFrom CEFR A1 to CEFR C1Price1-4 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 3225 3 - 4 20 - 39 A1/A2 Elementary 120 1 - 2 0 - 19 A1 Beginner