General English

Your goals

This course is for you if you want to learn English for travel or work in Australia, or to get a better job when you go home.

This course is also an ideal way to prepare for further study in academic or business English

  • Your class will be small - no more than 18 students - and social, with lots of pair and group activities and personal interaction with your teacher. 
  • You will become confident in using English through fun activities in and out of the classroom, with native and non-native English speakers. 
  • Your teacher will use topics [such as travel, world news, can we give concrete examples?] and modern course materials to get you learning quickly from day one.
  • Classes will cover a balance of speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks.  


Speak more fluently and confidently, develop your pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

ear Listening

Understand real-life conversations with native English speakers and on current television programs.


Understand a variety of written media including print and websites.



Course pathways

We will talk with you about your personal goals and test you before you start.  We will place you in a class group that matches your English level and interests. You do not need IELTS or any other testing before you arrive.

General English is offered at 7 levels so you can start and finish your program at the level you need.

You can progress to:

  • Advanced English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for International Business Communication.

Bring your own laptop

We recommend that you bring your own laptop to class to assist with studies.

What our students say

Hear Henrique from Brazil talk about his experience studying General English at ICTE-UQ (Vimeo, 3m:04s).

Course details



5 - 45 weeks in 5-week blocks.

Students usually study for 10 weeks at each course level.



20 hours class time and 5 hours self-directed learning each week.

Morning or afternoon timetables.


Tuition fee

Around $400 per week for tuition.



Intakes are held throughout the year, around every 5 weeks.

What our students are doing

From General English to English teacher training

My time at ICTE-UQ was extremely joyful, as I had the opportunity to study interesting topics and to be taught by brilliant teachers. Fortunately, my experience at UQ was not only limited to classes but clubs as well. My times in conversation club and chorus club had broadened my experience at UQ via being able to engage in various activities. Also I made many friends from different countries which increased my knowledge and understanding of different cultures.

I was fascinated by how people from different backgrounds who had spoken different language throughout their whole lives, were able to converse through one language. This connection that can exist through the English language has inspired me to set a new goal, by spreading the language to my own people as well. 

I have taken my first step by taking a TESOL course where I will learn how to teach English.

Cindy Youngshin (Korea)

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