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General English is for you if you need to use English language for your social life, your future study or for work. In the Kingsway General English class you will practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a lively way that gets you motivated. Our teachers encourage you to speak and to get involved in a wide variety of activities.
General English classes have tests every five weeks. Your progress is recorded and if you achieve our promotion grade of 70%, you may be allowed to move to the next class. However, it is important that you show consistent improvement during your studies. Many students are able to progress from one class to the next with around 12 weeks of study.
Our classes have no more than 18 students. This allows a closer interaction between you and your teachers, with more personal attention.
Normally this is not allowed, but under special circumstances you may change either from the Morning to the Evening session or from the Evening to Morning session. For details, please talk to our Administration Department on Level 1.
You can study English for Academic Purposes or the IELTS Preparation Course if you meet the English entry requirements. You can also go on to a Vocational Course with most of our VET partners.
Your teachers are experienced and qualified with a proven record of teaching international students. We only have native-level English speaking teachers, so you can be sure you are learning correct grammar, pronunciation and usage.

General English (Beginner to Upper Intermediate) (2 to 75 weeks) at Kingsway Institute, will teach you how to develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing for everyday use of English. You will have fun practising and improving your English skills by interacting with your classmates inside the class and also outside when you go on excursions.

There are regular assessments in the four skills and also in grammar so that you know how you are progressing.

General English has five levels from Pre-Elementary to Upper-Intermediate. You can study in the day, Monday to Thursday, or in the evening, Monday to Friday.


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Entry requirements: Morning Classes: there is no specific entry or minimum language proficiency requirement for General English, but students will be tested and placed in classes according to their assessed level. Evening Classes: students need to have at least Pre-Intermediate English level. Therefore, students will be tested to estimate their level. 

Minimum 2 weeks; Maximum 75 weeks of General English (a choice of Morning and Evening sessions is available for some levels )

Level 1 Pre - Elementary
Level 2 Elementary
Level 3 Pre - Intermediate
Level 4 Intermediate
Level 5 Upper - Intermediate

General English Morning session 9.00am - 3.00pm, Monday to Thursday

General English Evening session 4.00pm - 8.20pm, Monday to Friday

General English Intensive session 8:30am - 6:00pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 9:00am - 1:15pm Thursday

General English Morning session - sample of timetable

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:00 - 11:00
Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for vocabulary, speaking, and listening Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for vocabulary, speaking, and pronunciation Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for grammar, writing and speaking Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for speaking, vocabulary, listening
11:00 - 11:15 BREAK TIME
11:15 - 12:45
Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for writing, reading and grammar Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for grammar, listening and writing Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for listening, vocabulary and pronunciation Core lessons from GE textbook with activities for reading, grammar, speaking
12:45-1:30 BREAK TIME
1:30 - 3:00
Speaking skills Listening skills Reading skills Writing skills


Writing: Can complete a form, write a list, a short, simple text of 45-50 words  (e.g. a personal email, a personal description) using simple sentences with present simple, simple past, present continuous verb tenses.

Reading: Can understand short, simple descriptive texts of 150 – 200 words written using simple present and past tenses and high-frequency vocabulary.

Listening: Can understand short, simple conversations about everyday events and answer simple comprehension questions.

Speaking: Can participate in very short social exchanges e.g. introductions, everyday routines


Writing: Can write short, simple notes and messages using simple sentence structures. Able to write a simple postcard, recount and description of 80 - 100 words using basic vocabulary.

Reading: Can understand, and extract the main idea and key information from short texts of 200-250 words containing high-frequency vocabulary.

Listening: Can understand basic phrases and expressions related to areas of most immediate needs (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, travel, work); can follow instructions and ask for clarification.

Speaking: Can interact in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters to do with work and free time.  Can have a simple planning discussion, can handle introductions and express likes and dislikes. Can correctly pronounce learned words and phrases.


Writing: Can write simple paragraphs using linked sentence structures, short descriptions, recounts, narratives and simple personal letters of 100-150 words using adequate vocabulary for familiar situations and topics.

Reading: Can understand short texts of 250-350 words including narratives, descriptions, instructions and newspaper items consisting of high-frequency everyday language; can extract information from short texts such as letters, brochures, advertisements and short news articles.

Listening: Can identify the main point in short clear messages and TV news items. Can listen for specific information in short familiar spoken texts.

Speaking: Can communicate with reasonable ease in short conversations on topics of interest. Can deliver a simple descriptive presentation, share information and exchange ideas on familiar matters. Pronunciation is generally clear.


Writing: Can write letters, short essays, articles and reviews of 150 -250 words on topics of interest using more complex sentence structures with an adequate level of accuracy.  Is able to express thoughts using sufficient vocabulary on more abstract topics such as films and music.

Reading:  Can understand short, factual texts (350-500 words) to a satisfactory level. Able to identify the main argument, find and gather information in longer texts and from different parts of a text, including guessing the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Listening: Can follow the main points from a lecture or talk on a familiar topic. Able to identify important keywords and details from presentations and other audio material. Can begin to follow a less predictable spoken text.

Speaking: Can communicate reasonably comfortably in familiar situations and on some more abstract topics. Can deliver a reasonably fluent presentation on a topic of interest. Speech is easily understood despite occasional mispronunciations.


Writing: Can write 250 – 350 words clearly with good grammatical control using a variety of genres. Minor flaws in sentence structure do not detract from the overall meaning. Able to develop a researched argument with significant points and supporting detail that is generally relevant.

Reading: Can understand longer more complex texts of 500 – 700 words on a variety of subjects with a greater degree of independence. Can quickly identify the main idea and locate details in long texts. Is able to understand a broad range of vocabulary but has difficulties with idioms.

Listening: Can understand spoken language on familiar and unfamiliar topics including most TV and radio news. Is able to identify details and main ideas from presentations of quite complex material.

Speaking: Can contribute comfortably to classroom interaction and discussions on a range of topics. Can interact comfortably with native speakers, producing generally coherent discourse. Can deliver a detailed presentation, including supporting ideas and examples with good grammatical control.




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