A General english course is one of the most requested, because it is a full immersion in Shakespeare’s language. Courses last between 20 and 25 hours per week and you can choose to attend lessons in the morning or in the evening depending on the individual availability. Some schools offer lessons during the weekend as well. This kind of course is useful for both those who want to learn English from scratch and those who need to improve it.
All Australian English courses are divided into six levels: beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advanced. Classes start every Monday and the students themselves can choose the duration: one week, one month or even a year. Each school respects the “Nationality mix”, that means classes are made up of international students, so English is the only language spoken during the course.
Why learn English in Australia?
Learning English in Australia means to studying in an English only zone, in other words, English is the unique and only language spoken in this country. The ideal is to attend at least 3 months, because every 10-13 weeks of studying there is a level upgrade. In order to obtain and respect the conditions of a student visa, you are required to attend 80% of classes. In about 15% of the adult population speaks English and less than 20% of the youth between 15 and 34.
These facts place Italy at the bottom of the European charts in terms of English knowledge, with half of the average of the other European countries, and go against the need of the firms, that all over the world require a good knowledge of English. Facing this scenario, General English courses represent the answer and an ace to play on the job market game in Europe and, of course, Down Under.
How an English course works in Australia
- Hours: 20-25 per week
- Schedule: Monday-Thursday (or Friday) morning and evening
- Weekend: weekend lessons available
- Students per class: 10-15
- Nationality: students from all over world
- Levels: from beginner to advanced
- Upgrade: every 10 weeks
- Course duration: from 1 to 55 weeks
- Start: every Monday
- Teachers: native English speakers
- Extra activities: excursions, conversation, parties and events