General English course is taught at 3 levels:

  • Basic English
  • Intermediate English
  • Advanced English

A placement test will be conducted to assess learners’ English proficiency level to place them in the right course.


 The General English course will equip learners with a basic/intermediate/advanced command of the English Language and communication skills for the purposes of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Learners will learn significant oral communication skills relevant for an interpersonal setting, for small-group setting as well as for public speaking. They will learn to present their ideas effectively during meetings and through public presentations. Those enrolled in the intermediate and advanced courses will learn workplace communication skills—particularly, the skills related to engaging in more formal interactions and meetings, summarising, email-writing, note-taking and presentations.

Learning Outcome

  • Listen, read, speak and comprehend English communication
  • Converse effectively in English in both informal and formal contexts on a range of topics
  • Write grammatical sentences and paragraphs to convey ideas effectively
  • Craft written documents with appropriate supportive points
  • Avoid the influence of first language features in spoken and written English
  • Present ideas persuasively in front of an audience using appropriate
    verbal and non-verbal features

At the end of the basic/intermediate/advanced course, learners will attain the respective CEFR proficiency levels indicated in the table below.

Common European Framework of References (CEFR)

Common European Framework of References (CEFR)
Courses Proficiency Levels Description
Basic English Basic User



Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Basic User


Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Intermediate English Independent User


Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Independent User


Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Advanced English Proficient User


Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Proficient User


Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

– Extracted from Council of Europe Linguistic Framework

35-70 hours (for each level)

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