General English Course

General English Course

It's More Than Just Learning English

We offer an exciting range of General English courses for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, and to suit different budgets. We also  offer timetables that give you the flexibility to choose a course that best suits your needs.

Course Features

  • Objectives:  Our core class is an integrated skills class. It covers reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary. In this class you’ll improve your accuracy (how correct your English is) and fluency (how well you can communicate). Lessons have daily and weekly objectives so you know what you’ll learn and how you’ll learn it.  Our teachers provide you with regular assessments that allow you to keep track of your progress. We use the Communicative Approach, so you’ll learn English by using English—not by listening to grammar lectures and doing worksheets. We feel strongly that this is the most effective method to acquire English that students can use in the real world. The Syllabus for each level is mapped to the Cambridge board qualifications. The levels define what you can do and Newcastle Language School believes that language is for communication. Each of our Core Class Course Books is also mapped to the Cambridge University providing a consistent basis for developing your language skills.
  • Flexibility: From Standard to Intensive and Super Intensive, our range of English language courses offers you a choice on how intensively you want to study – whether that’s 20 lessons a week on a Standard course or 30 lessons a week on our Super Intensive. Plus with our range of modules you get to personalise your course to fit your needs.
  • How you learn: We believe that you will learn faster and more effectively if your lessons are engaging, fun and relevant, that’s why our teachers use a range of techniques and develop classes that are motivating and build your confidence. This will allow time to focus on any areas of weakness. Any weekly program is influenced not only by the course book syllabus but also by the learning goals and interests of the students in any one group.
  • Testing on arrival:  On your first day you will take a language assessment, to assess your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and how well you are able to understand and speak English. This helps us to understand the class you’ll be happiest and most successful in.
  • Monthly Tutorial:  Every month you’ll have a one-to-one tutorial with a senior member of the academic team to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential. It’s a great opportunity to review your course choices and learning methods and to really make sure you achieve what you want to achieve.
  • Quality Assurance:  Our Director of Studies ensure our programs are of the highest possible quality, our average class sizes are small, and that our students leave having gained the maximum from their time with us.

Students will progress at their own pace. We recommend at least 80% attendance and completion of all homework and self-study  recommendations.

Sample Modules

All students on our Intensive (core course +1 module) and Super Intensive (core course +2 modules) courses can personalise their learning through the addition of specific modules. These modules allow students to study topics that best fit with their learning goals. Below are just a few for you to think about:

  • CAREER PREPARATION: Write a professional Curriculum and cover letter. Learn interview skills and UK business practices.
    CURRENT EVENTS AND DEBATE: Learn to speak your opinion confidently. Debate current world news and business topics.
  • POPULAR ENGLISH: Study popular slang and idioms from TV shows, movies and songs. Develop vocabulary to help you communicate in all situations.
  • DIGITAL MEDIA AT WORK: Improve your social media skills to market yourself and build your network. Study how Americans use social media in their professional lives.
  • NEWS AND NEWSPAPERS: Explore different types of printed media and discuss the raised issues of current affairs incorporating useful language and vocabulary at Upper-Intermediate – Advanced level. Students learn and develop reading skills to help them become informed and involved in the future.
  • HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE: A study in register, form and audience. This module is a business inspired look at communication. As necessary, it will address the business English needs around networking, correspondence, socializing, meetings, etc. It is also very much for non-Business English students ready to examine the effect their language has on their interlocutor.
  • PRE-IELTS: GRAMMAR: A scintillating taste of grammar in the context of the IELTS exam. This could entail any part of the exam and will focus on the variety of grammatical knowledge necessary to achieve top marks.
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: A mid-level offering for students to improve their speaking skills particularly when it comes to expressing opinion, agreeing & disagreeing, exercising diplomacy and politeness, and being able to talk about subjects that are important to them.
  • PRONOUNCIATION CLINIC: Isolate sounds, intonation, stressed syllables and sentence stress are the focus. Speaking and listening activities to help the students identify the differences between students’ first language and English and offer opportunities to practice.

Adult groups

We can adapt a package specific to your needs. Ideal for groups of students who wish to improve their language skills and have a total cultural experience. We run courses for a wide range of students, including teachers (TEFL), tourism industry professionals, equestrian students, agriculture students and groups of students seeking a course of cultural interest. Secondary and high school groups and groups of students preparing for Cambridge exams can also request a program focussed on preparation or revision of   particular areas of interest. The content of the classes and visits can be discussed in advance to make a program that is just right for you.

One to One Lessons

Our One-to-One English options can be completely tailor made according to your needs and objectives. This option is particularly useful for students who have a very particular need or for students who wish to learn very intensively.

Ideal for students who wish to take the premium route to English success through personalised one-to-one tuition.
Content tailored to your needs – highly personalised tuition to help you succeed in your goals. Working with your own personal teacher, you will identify the specific language areas and skills that you wish to improve and together create your own special program of learning.

Our teachers will provide suitable materials for the focus you have chosen.

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