Confidence, fun, friends – lay the foundation for fluency
The General English program develops students’ English language communication skills with a focus on building confidence and fluency in a friendly and fun environment. Through a communicative approach, students practice listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a variety of ‘real life’ situations. Studying General English will give you the confidence and skills to function in an English speaking country or to go on to further study or examination preparation courses.
The program is designed around a range of course books that vary from level to level. As part of our academic department’s policy of continual improvement, we are constantly searching for the latest and most up to date classroom books and materials.
Discover English offers six levels of General English from Beginner to Advanced. Our Beginners class accepts students with very little exposure to English to students who have not yet acquired a single word; no one’s level is too low. Our Advanced General English class is for students with high level communicative skills and serves as an excellent base for advanced exam courses such as FCE, CAE, IELTS or Academic English.
General English students undertake a placement test to determine their entry point. Each week of class our teachers assess all students and undertake weekly unit assessments based on the material covered. Based on in-class assessment results and class performance, students may be recommended to take a change of level test at any stage of their enrolment.
Beginner to Advanced
1 to 70 weeks
Our General English course is recognised by German Bildungsurlaub.
As students have weekly assessments they have the opportunity to level up in any given week at Discover English.
A teacher is in the library in supervised self-access periods to assist students with homework, resumes and questions from class.
Teachers provide students with weekly feedback on their progress in one-to-one meetings and advise on how to improve in areas of weakness and build on current strengths.
You cannot choose your timetable but will be allocated to a class depending on the course and level at which you study. Requests to change course/timetable will be dependent upon your level and availability in the requested class.
"Last month, July was a different month in my life. After many years without studying English, I decided to try to improve what I had learned in the past. At the beginning, I was worried because I thought that it would be difficult to follow the classes and maybe they would be boring. Fortunately, everything was better than I had thought. The classes and the dynamics were funny and it was a good opportunity to remember some rules and to learn more. It was a good experience to live with so many different people from different countries and cultures too. This is my last week in this class and I’d like to say that I enjoyed it very much and I will miss everybody!"