Confidence in an English speaking country
Course duration: 2 - 48 weeks
Our General English course is great for helping you make your way with confidence in an English speaking country. Our experienced teachers aim to make it fun to learn real-life, everyday English. You will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking during 23 hours of instruction every week depending on the course you choose.
Content & delivery
Delivered by: Foundation English and Concordia Institute of Business
Our General English classes are fun and interesting, drawing on a range of materials and media. You will learn with classmates from around the world. Our teachers will help you develop your English skills to build confidence so you can make the most of your experience in New Zealand.
Depending on your English you will start at one of these levels and cover language points and topics such as.
Starter Class (CEFR A1)
- To be – including negatives and questions
- There is/There are
- Common prepositions
- Food and drink
- Places in town and shopping
- Nationalities and countries
Elementary Class (CEFR A2)
- Past Simple
- Future time
- Comparatives and superlatives
- Adverbs of frequency
- Countable/uncountable nouns
- Describing appearance and personality
- Travel and services
Pre-Intermediate Class (CEFR A2-B1)
- Going to
- Modal verbs
- Prepositional phrases
- Zero and first conditional
- Common phrasal verbs
- Money and shopping
Intermediate Class (CEFR B1)
- Second and third conditional
- Present Perfect
- Simple Passive
- Defining relative clauses
- Making predictions
- Colloquial language
- Comparing and contrasting
- Work and jobs
Upper-Intermediate Class (CEFR B2)
- Reported speech
- Mixed conditionals
- Narrative tenses
- Compound adjectives
- Cause and effect
- Crime and punishment
Advanced Class (CEFR C1)
- Wish/If only
- Cleft sentences
- Participle clauses
- False friends
- Idiomatic language
- Language register
- Urban issues
On completion of this programme:
A student finishing the Starter level can:
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
- Introduce him/herself and others.
- Ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
- Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A student finishing the Elementary level can:
- Understand sentences and common expressions related to basic personal and family information and shopping, directions and employment.
- Communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
- Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background and immediate environment.
A student finishing the Pre-Intermediate level can:
- Understand the main points of clear and standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Deal with most routine situations likely to arise in an English speaking environment.
- Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
- Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
A student finishing the Intermediate level can:
- Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
- Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with English speakers quite possible.
- Produce clear, detailed text on a range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.
A student finishing the Upper-Intermediate level can:
- Understand a wide range of longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
- Express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
- Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
A student finishing the Advanced level can:
- Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
- Summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
- Express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
There are no mandatory prerequisites to meet regulatory body, or legislative requirements for this qualification.
Please contact us for fee information
Your study options
How to apply
Complete Pre-enrolment Application Form
Receive an OOP
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Sign one copy of the Offer of Place (OOP) and return it, with full payment of all fees, by the due date
When we receive your fees, we will send you an official fee receipt
Start your programme
Arrive at the campus reception to start your programme