The General English course is excellent if you want to advance your English language for everyday life, work and travel.

It also provides a base for further study for your university journey or to advance onto business English to improve your career prospects.  

General English will enable you to:

  • use English for everyday occasions such as discussing the news, travel and sharing opinions 
  • communicate with native and non-native English speakers
  • expand your vocabulary
  • speak more clearly, fluently and accurately
  • understand news, movies and websites without translation or captions
  • write emails and informal notes.

Course details


Basic to advanced. We will give you a simple test on your first day in our Brisbane campus to work out the best class for you.  You do not need an IELTS or any other test score for entry to this course.


Find out more about our tuition fees.


5 - 45 weeks in 5-week sessions. Students usually study for 10 weeks at each course level. If you already know your English level and what you want to achieve, work out how long you may need to study English to reach your goal.


Courses are held throughout the year. Check for course start dates.  


Full-time: 20 hours per week in class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8:15am - 12:45pm
Afternoon: 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Class size

Up to 18 students


We recommend that you bring your own laptop.


Your teachers will provide informal feedback throughout the course. Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session. Read more about assessment and certification.

Related courses

To develop English skills for a specific purpose, you may progress to:

What our students say

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Seong from South Korea

Li Cong from China

John from Taiwan

Ming-Chen from Taiwan

Hyewon from South Korea

Learn more about General English from ICTE Academic Manager, Kit Nuttall

Kit Nuttal explains how our General English course works, some of the ways student's learn and why students may choose the course.

Contact us

Contact us with any questions or concerns - we're here to help.

Ask us about fees, insurance, accommodation, weather, packing ... anything! 

You may also find answers to your questions in our information for new and current students.

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