What is General English?
Cambridge Academy of English is proud to present its General English course as a comprehensive English language course designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners.
General English is flexible enough to accommodate learners from any background and English level. Learners may be absolute beginners, or they may already be highly proficient in English and require preparatory language instruction prior to entering university.
CRICOS code: 081928C
All students must be at least 18 years old.
To learn and enhance English skills for:
- Social survival
- Community access and participation
- Personal growth
- Career enhancement
- Professional development
- Further study
This course is delivered as full time study at 20 hours per week of scheduled class time at the Cambridge Academy of English campus in the Brisbane CBD.
Students may enrol for short or long periods of time, however each proficiency level is completed over 26 weeks of full time study, including three weeks of holidays.
This qualification is delivered face-to-face in the classroom. There is a new intake each month.
An example timetable for each proficiency level:
|Hours per week
Students are placed in the class that best matches their English level and learning style.
The General English curriculum is arranged into four proficiency levels:
Entrance to these proficiency levels is determined through diagnostic placement testing occurring at the time of enrolment or course commencement. Each proficiency level is taught over 26 weeks, including three weeks holiday. Learners who progress rapidly may be transferred to the next proficiency level ahead of schedule, and those who require additional tuition may remain in the class for a longer period of time.
There are seven learning areas in General English 1-4:
Each proficiency level covers all seven learning areas.
The curriculum is designed to include ongoing assessment tasks. These assessment tasks cover all the skills of the general English program and are delivered in a variety of methods, including:
- Written tests
- Oral presentation
- Group discussion
- Pairwork or groupwork
- Homework tasks
- Research assignments
- End of course tests
Upon successful completion of General English 1-4, learners may continue in further study in the VET sector, at TAFE, university or other higher learning institution.
|Successful completion of proficiency level
|Learner may enter
|IELTS preparation or further study
|Communicate in simple and routine tasks on familiar topics and activities.
|Understand phrases and common vocabulary on common areas
|Read very short, simple texts.
Find specific, predictable information in
|Write short, simple notes and messages
|Demonstrate elementary comprehension and use of
|Demonstrate elementary comprehension and use of vocabulary to describe:
|Use elementary constructions to
|Demonstrate pre-intermediate spoken comprehension.
Deal with most situations when travelling in an area where people speak English
|Demonstrate pre-intermediate listening comprehension.
|Demonstrate pre-intermediate reading comprehension
|Write at a pre-intermediate level
|Demonstrate pre-intermediate comprehension and use of:
|Demonstrate pre-intermediate comprehension and use of vocabulary to describe:
|Use familiar English functions at a pre-intermediate level
|Demonstrate Intermediate speaking proficiency
|Demonstrate Intermediate listening proficiency
|Read at an intermediate level
|Demonstrate intermediate writing skills
|Demonstrate Intermediate comprehension and use of:
|Demonstrate intermediate comprehension and use of vocabulary to describe:
|Use intermediate English in common and important functional ways
|Demonstrate advanced levels of spoken English
|Demonstrate advanced comprehension of English listening skills
|Demonstrate advanced English reading skills
|Write using advanced English skills
|Demonstrate upper-intermediate comprehension and use of:
|Demonstrate upper-intermediate comprehension and use of vocabulary to describe:
|Demonstrate familiarity with advanced and specialised English functions