“The General English course has been one of the most important experiences of my life. The teachers are friendly and available, they spend time to schedule lessons in the best way and choose topics that make students improve in the language.”
Coronavirus (covid-19) update
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are no longer offering General English courses in Term 4 (summer) 2020. We are accepting applications for General English courses from October 2020.
If you have applied to study the University of Leeds General English course between July and September 2020, you will receive an email shortly from the University of Leeds Language Centre. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
For all other updates and information, visit our coronavirus website.
Our General English course is for adults wanting to improve English language skills. You'll develop skills so you can communicate confidently using English in everyday situations, such as work, study or travel.
- No course books - use articles and current topics to explore
- Practise what you learn by visiting interesting places in and around the local area.
- You'll be taught by university academics who contribute to research into teaching languages.
- Study full-time or part-time, for three to 40 weeks.
- There are start dates throughout the year so you can study when it suits you.
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Learn to communicate better and gain an understanding of British culture. You'll explore
You'll develop your skills so you can continue your learning when you finish your course.
Youll gain skills in the following areas:
Language knowledge and skills
Develop your confidence in using English vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation accurately and fluently.
Learn about British and other English-speaking cultures so you can communicate effectively with other English speakers.
Learn how to effectively read, speak and listen in different everyday situations. Increase your confidence to help you make the most of your time in Leeds and in the UK.
Independent learning strategies
Well help you develop ways to continue your learning when you leave the classroom.
What you will study
Full-time and part-time course content
You will learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the context of:
- word and sentence structure
- vocabulary and spelling
- gist (getting a general idea) and detail
- adapting your language to suit different scenarios
- formality, politeness and appropriateness
- communicating even when its difficult
- non-verbal communication
- communication strategies
Twice each term, all classes become project-based for a week. Practise your skills by collaborating on a creative project, or doing a piece of investigation work in the local community. Previous examples have included creating a video about a topic and interviewing people outside the classroom.
Additional activities on the full-time course
General English Plus
This module makes the most of the English-speaking environment around you to learn language.
Each week you'll take part in a different experience, such as a local trip, and complete a speaking or writing task related to that experience. Previous examples have included visiting local parks, towns and art exhibitions, and producing creative writing, podcasts and group presentations. This module is for full-time students only.
As well as the modules listed above you'll have time with a tutor to discuss your progress and learning.
You'll be assessed at the end of each General English unit to encourage you to use what you have learnt, track your progress and identify areas for you to improve on.
Assessments vary across units; examples of previous assessments have been creating a blog, taking part in discussions, making a vlog (video blog), evaluating news articles, doing a presentation and producing pieces of creative writing.
You'll receive grades, detailed feedback and a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level for your work. The CEFR is an internationally recognised grading system of measuring your language ability.
Our General English course is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.