General English is the first choice for students wanting to be able to use English more comfortably in a wide variety of ‘real life’ situations. Whilst all skills are taught, there is a focus on communication in speaking and listening which includes a wide range of functional English to help students feel at ease in any English-speaking environment right from the beginning.
- News-based lessons
- Task-based lessons
- Individual counselling
- Video lessons
- Computer learning
- Using English in the real world, e.g. shopping, eating out, going to a post office or bank
- Project work
All major skills are covered:
- Speaking & Pronunciation
New Beyond English (Upper-Intermediate to Advanced)
Designed by SELC Teachers for higher-level students (Upper-Intermediate to Advanced) this innovative and functional General English program caters to students looking beyond the traditional style of classroom learning language skills by taking part in real-world projects such as holding meetings, creating blogs, delivering presentations, promoting a product, solving briefs and other activities which can prepare them for use of their language skills beyond the classroom.
By the time students complete the course they will have gained experience and confidence using English in a wide range of practical and ‘true to life’, modern-day situations.
Electives for General English (Intermediate Level)
Every Wednesday students in the General English course (Intermediate and above) do a full-day elective course, giving them a change of learning environment, helping to motivate them and allowing them to focus on those tares they feel most need improvement.
At the beginning of each term students can choose to focus on test preparation, on improving their listening and speaking or grammar and writing, or take fun cultural courses which enable them to explore more of Sydney. Our electives are offered on a rotating basis:
NEW – English Skills for Business
This NEW elective focuses on vocabulary and grammar necessary in the business world. Topics can include Leadership and Management, Project Management, Business Administration and Marketing. Students will be ready and eager to take pro-active steps to further develop a Business.
Listening and speaking
Forget the textbooks! In this elective, students learn the sort of English native speakers use in everyday situations. The lessons are fun and include movie studies, pronunciation practice, role-plays, study of idioms, talking to native speakers and lots of discussion and informal chats. It is a great way to improve listening and casual conversation skills.
Grammar and writing
The Grammar and Writing elective consolidates students’ knowledge of English and increases their confidence by focussing on accuracy in both spoken and written English.
This class usually goes outside the school for activities such as barbecues at the beach, coastal walks, art exhibitions, rock-climbing. There is always something interesting in Sydney making for great discussion and cultural awareness.
This elective offers students the opportunity to learn and practice a new language while developing some basic photography skills, going to unique places in Sydney, possibly a photography exhibition and learning how to use technology to enhance photos.
Foundation to Cambridge
This elective is designed for Intermediate and weak Upper Intermediate students as a preparation for students interested in doing a Cambridge course in the future. It provides a sample of the Cambridge style of examining and learning.
New Business Foundation English (Intermediate to Advanced)
This new General English program has been designed by SELC teachers for students from intermediate level who wish to extend and develop their English language skills for professional or career purposes.
This highly functional and practical language program focuses on workplace English language usage and skills.
Our new Business Foundation English will also assist students as a preparation pathway into SELC’s extensive range of Vocational programs. It is recommended that students choose this program to package with:
One to One / Private Lessons
If you have limited time or specific needs, you may be interested in private lessons.
We can arrange short-term one-to-one private tuition with a SELC teacher.