General English Courses (age 17+)

Improve your English language competence and communicative ability in a relaxed and friendly learning environment. Make new friends, discover new places and live the language. Choose from a range of afternoon classes to personalise your course.

Our General English Courses aim to develop your ability to communicate effectively. All aspects of language are covered with an emphasis on speaking and listening. These carefully structured and flexible courses give you an opportunity to select from a range of afternoon classes. This enhances and personalises your learning.

Tuition Fees & Online Enrolment

Course Length Start Date Weeks Tuition per week Enrol
2 - 4 weeks £285.00
5 - 12 weeks £265.00
13 - 23 weeks £250.00
24 - 35 weeks £230.00
36 + weeks £215.00

Tuition fees include:

  • e-Chester - e-Chester is our online guided learning programme. You can have free, full access to e-Chester from the time of booking, during your course and for 6 months after your course finishes.
  • Self-Access Centre - A teacher is available to help you in our well-equipped centre for an additional 7 hours a week.
  • Tutorials - Regular meetings to discuss your progress / study plans.

For information on deposits, payment of fees and our refund policy including cancellations please see our terms and conditions.

Course Programme (Morning)

All students follow a course-book based morning programme from 09.30 to 13.00 in classes at an appropriate English language level. You will see two teachers; one focussing on general language development and the other on the development of language skills. In all lessons the emphasis is on spoken English.

Course Programme (Afternoon)

Afternoon lessons run from 14.15 to 15.45. There is a lot of choice in the programme. You will discuss your needs with the academic team and choose the most appropriate afternoon classes. Afternoon classes are flexible and you can change your options as your needs change. The range of afternoon classes offered will also change from time to time to reflect the overall composition of students in the school. Options include a range of skills and communication classes preparing you to function more effectively in your everyday life, in the workplace and in your academic studies.

Sample Timetable (Intermediate)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09.30 - 11.00: Language Development
Vocabulary: Technology Grammar: Comparatives & Superlatives Grammar / Pronunciation: Question Tags Self-Study: Self-Access Centre & Vocabulary: Word Building Everyday English: Polite Requests & Weekly Review and Feedback
Coffee Break
11.30 - 13.00: Skills
Reading: 20th Century Technology Speaking & Listening: Technology Writing & Discourse Markers: Advantage / Disadvantage essay Reading: Problems and Solutions Listening & Speaking: Top Gear DVD
Lunch Break
14.15 - 15.45: Option Classes Free Afternoon 14.15 - 15.45: Option Classes
  • Vocabulary
  • Conversation Skills
  • British Life
  • Academic Writing
  • Pronunciation
  • IELTS introduction
  • Grammar Workshop
  • Listening and Discussion
  • English for Work and Business
  • IELTS Foundation
  • IELTS Higher
  • Supervised self-study in the self-access centre
  • Join the writing workshop
  • Join a social programme activity
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Writing Skills
  • Reading and Discussion
  • Focus on the News
  • IELTS introduction
  • Communication Activities
  • English for Work and Business
  • Film and Literature
  • IELTS Foundation
  • IELTS Higher
15.45 - 16.45: Supervised self-study in the self-access centre (optional) 15.45 - 16.45: Supervised self-study in the self-access centre (optional)
  • Daily homework is set by morning teachers.
  • Students at A1 level have extra General English classes in place of afternoon Option Classes.
  • Additional Options available in the summer include: English through Song, English through Drama, English in Chester Blog and Focus on Chester.

Individual Lessons

Students on a General English Course can combine their course with additional individual lessons.

General English Courses (age 17+)
Lessons / hours per week
28 lessons / 21 hours including:
  • 20 core morning lessons
  • 8 afternoon option lessons
Start dates
Any Monday between 5 January and 18 December 2015 for a minimum of 2 weeks. Students at Elementary A1 level who want a 12 week+ course are advised to start on 5 January, 7 April, 29 June or 28 September.
Minimum: 17
Average: 24
Age Range: 17 - 60
Written parental approval is required for 17 year olds joining this course. Please read the section in our Terms & Conditions about students under the age of 18.
Maximum class size
Elementary to Advanced (A1 to C1)
Students with a level lower than A1 are only accepted for individual tuition.
Special feature
A flexible, personalised course structure. Inclusive afternoon options ensure that the specific needs of each student are met.