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General English Course

Southbourne School of English

Program description

General English Course

This is a general English courses tailored to meet differing student needs. They are suitable for students studying English either as part of their education or for a specific purpose.

• Courses run all year round
• Minimum course length is just 1 week
• Beginner courses start on the first Monday of every second month but, during June, July and August beginners can start any Monday
• All levels of English are catered for, from beginner to advanced

The Course General English Course includes

• 15 hours tuition per week on the General English Course
• 21 hours tuition per week on the Intensive English Course
• All teaching materials
• Structured course programme covering grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, as well as the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing
• Regular progress assessments
• Monthly tutorials (not mid-June to end August)
• Weekly evening social programme (not mid-June to end August)
• Optional weekend excursions
• Access to self-study facilities (computer room, language laboratory and library)

Guide to levels

Each level works towards CEF (Common European Framework) descriptors.


• Can communicate very basic needs and understand very simple conversational language

• Has a limited vocabulary for everyday situations

• Can read and produce short, simple pieces of writing

Elementary (A1)

• Can communicate basic needs and speak about personal topics

• Has sufficient vocabulary for everyday routines

• Can recognise main grammatical structures

• Can write short personal texts and notes

Pre-intermediate (A2)

• Can communicate in everyday situations and hold short conversations

• Can use main grammatical structures

• Can write texts which include details

Intermediate (B1)

• Can communicate with some confidence in a reasonable number of situations

• Has good control of main grammatical structures

• Can write longer texts using paragraphs with reasonable accuracy

Upper-intermediate (B2)

• Can communicate effectively and express ideas/opinions in most situations

• Can discuss a range of topical issues

• Can use a wide range of structures, with reasonable accuracy

• Can produce a range of written texts using the correct register

Advanced (C1)

• Can express feelings, opinions and ideas accurately and precisely using a wide range of vocabulary

• Can produce the full range of texts with unnoticeable, natural cohesion

• Can understand authentic texts with little difficulty

• Has a very good degree of grammatical control

About school

Southbourne School of English

Welcome to study at Southbourne School of English

Southbourne School of English is a family run school that was established in 1966. It is located in a beautiful residential area of Bournemouth where young families and professionals live.  It is in a friendly, safe and clean area and...

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Contact info

Southbourne School of English

30 Beaufort Road
Bournemouth BH6 5AL
the United Kingdom

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