General English (Day) - Australia

About the program

ELS Australia's General English daytime programs support you as you improve essential English language skills. The General English program in Sydney, available in both the day and the evening, can increase your confidence in using English during everyday business and social situations. Practice your conversation skills, improve your writing and grammar, and develop strategic listening skills. If higher education is your goal, after a minimum of four weeks in the General English program, you can take the Academic English entry test.

Curriculum

Key Language Skills

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing

 

Applied Learning: Benefit from technology-supported learning in Language Technology Classes.

Skills Enhancement Classes: Skills Enhancement Classes (SECs), which rotate every two weeks, allow you to customize your course by focusing on subjects that you find interesting or important.

Flex Classes in General English (Day): Further personalize your General English experience by attending three additional, optional classes each week. These flexible classes will enrich your course. Classes include: Active Listening, Pronunciation Clinic, and Fluency Practice.

 

Start Dates

3 January                   24 April                  17 July                           9 October
30 January                 22 May                  14 August                      6 November
27 February               19 June                  11 September               4 December
27 March                 

 

General English (Day)

  • Number of levels:
    • 5 Levels: Elementary–Advanced
  • Number of hours per week:
    • 20 compulsory hours per week. In the General English (Day) program ONLY, an additional 2.5 flex class hours are available (22.5 total hours)
  • Number of weeks for each level:
    • Between 8 and 12 weeks to complete each level
  • Course length:
    • Student Visa: up to 52 weeks
    • Working Holiday Visa: up to 17 weeks
    • Tourist Visa: up to 12 weeks
  • Maximum number of students per class:
    • 18 students
  • Age requirements:
    • Minimum age is 18
  • Entry requirements:
    • You must be able to read and write the English alphabet and have a basic conversation, e.g. introduce yourself and say where you are from

 

Universal Education Centre Pty Ltd CRICOS Code 00053J

Levels

ELS offers 5 proficiency levels (Elementary to Advanced), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. Each level is 12 weeks long, but your performance on assessments every four weeks determines when you can move up to the next level.

Elementary
Levels
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Lower Intermediate
Levels CEFR B1
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Can participate in conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Intermediate
Levels CEFR B1+/B2
  • Communicates fairly fluently in familiar situations
  • Can describe more complex ideas
  • Uses a range of vocabulary and is able to find alternative forms of expression
Upper Intermediate
Levels CEFR B2
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Can maintain conversations on a range of familiar topics
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
Advanced
Levels CEFR B2+/C1
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Conducts business competently in English
  • Reads and writes with a high degree of proficiency

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