General English Course - ELS 

General English - USA

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About the program

Our General English course helps you communicate more accurately and efficiently. The ELS General English course supports you as you develop skills that will help you communicate in English-speaking situations. In the mornings, you will study the fundamentals of the English language through Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment (or Skills Enhancement, in Master's levels), and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. Your afternoons will focus on Skills Enhancement Classes.


  • Key Language Skills: Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, Speaking, and Vocabulary
  • Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but Skills Enhancement Classes may be dedicated to subjects such as American Idioms, American Film, Current Events, and American Culture
  • Applied Learning: In the United States, Contact America! allows you to meet with native English-speakers, practice conversing while using real-world English, and listen to guest lecturers

General English

Age Requirements
  • Age varies by center and housing option
ELS Levels Covered
  • 12 Levels: 101 (Beginner)
    to 112 (Masters)
Maximum Students / Class
Structure/Speaking Practice, Vocabulary Enrichment
  • 15
Maximum Students / Class
Skills Enhancement Classes
  • 20
Number of Centers offered
  • 44
Lessons / week
50 minutes each
Monday – Friday
  • 30
Session / level
  • 1 session (4-weeks)
    for each level
Start Dates Annually
  • 26


Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Option on Completion
  • Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Conducts business competently in English

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