General English 25/30 course in Brighton

The General English course at ELC Brighton is designed to give you the confidence to communicate effectively in real-life situations.

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.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A1
    2. A2
    3. B1
    4. B2
    5. C1
    6. C1+

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

You can choose to study for either 25 lessons (18.75 hours) per week or 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week.

This is made up of a core morning 20 lessons of General English, with 5 or 10 lessons each week where you can focus more specifically on your goals with 1 or 2 afternoon electives.

Afternoon electives include:

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.

**Please note: You need to have at least an intermediate level of English for Academic English IELTS/EAP, Cambridge exam preparation, English for Work and TOEIC preparation.

Valentina Martinoli, Mina Jang and Elisa Hentsch together in class in Brighton at the English Language Centre in 2023
Course timetable
Course options Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25/30 lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

Morning break
25/30 lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

Lunch break
25/30 lessons

13.30-14.30 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

Free time or supervised self-study
30 lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

14:30-15:30 GE lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

Free time or supervised self-study
Free time or supervised self-study until school closes
1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £795.00 for 2 weeks
    • 50 lessons over the course of 37.5 hours
    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

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Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Is this English course in Brighton right for you?

Our General English course is popular for good reasons. It’s a great way to level up your English by working on all the skills you’ll need later.

Working on all aspects of your English

  • builds strong foundations
  • fills in any gaps in your knowledge
  • makes the job of specialising in English later on much easier.

General English also helps enormously with exam preparation. Our friendly teachers and personal support will also make sure we understand your own personal goals and challenges, and we can guide you carefully so that you get the best possible outcomes.

Academic Director Jess teaching a class of English students in the English Language Centre in Brighton, UK.

Some common questions about our General English courses in Brighton

Do you accept complete beginners at ELC Brighton?

We do not normally take complete beginners. In order to get the most from your stay, we would normally recommend that you know some basic English like the alphabet and simple phrases (My name is X, Where are you from?, How much is?)

When do General English courses start?

Our General English courses start any Monday and finish any Friday. You can book a minimum of 2 weeks. Please note that the school is open year round except for 2 weeks around the Christmas period – usually the last 2 weeks for the calendar year.

What is the best choice of English programme for studying 6 months or more?

Our most flexible and economic option is our Study Year Programme. You will normally start on the General English course, then when you have reached a B1 intermediate level you can join an exam preparation course (e.g. IELTS or Cambridge First). The Study Year Programme includes one free airport taxi transfer on arrival and one free examination.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

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Do you need help choosing?

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