General English

Course goals

This course will suit you if you want to learn English for travel, work, life or as a base for further study.  

Course level

General English is offered at all levels, from beginner to advanced, so you can start and finish at a level to suit you. We will give you a simple test and talk with you about your interests on your first day.  You will be placed in a class group that matches your level.  You do not need an IELTS or any other test score for this course.

Why choose General English?

Through this course, you will learn to:

  • use English with greater confidence
  • learn to understand real-life conversations and television programs
  • read with greater understanding
  • speak more easily, clearly and correctly
  • extend and apply your existing grammar knowledge
  • understand both formal and everyday English.

You will learn through interacting with your teacher and other students in pairs and groups.  Classes will be based around interesting topics and use a mix of course materials, including books, television, radio and digital. 

Course content focuses on the development of communication skills with a balance of speaking, listening, reading and writing tasks.

Course details


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


Around $400 per week for tuition. View all fees [link].


Full-time: 20 hours per week in class, 5 hours per week on tasks outside of class.

You will be placed in a morning or afternoon class.

Morning: 8.15am-12:45pm
Afternoon: 1pm - 5.30pm

Class size

Maximum 18 students


Start dates throughout the year.  See the course calendar [link] for intake dates.


We recommend that you bring your own laptop.

Tests every 5 weeks.  Read more [link]


Course pathways

If you want to learn English to work in a business, you can progress to English for International Business Communication [link].

If you are seeking entry to a university degree program, you can progress to English for Academic Purposes [link]. If you want to get into a particular program at UQ, apply for a package offer [anchor link].

Some of our students want to teach English, and go on to study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [link].

What our students say

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)

Adam Alyahya

From General English to English for Academic Purposes to UQ degree program

My experience at ICTE-UQ is a remarkable one. The unique teaching style and the supportive approach of teachers towards me, made my learning of English seamless. The learning facilities along with the range of inclusive activities and student services at ICTE-UQ contributed to my unforgettable learning experience.

Today I hold an executive role in two students’ societies as well as proudly being one of Brisbane’s International Student’s Ambassadors, a program that is part of the Lord Mayor’s initiative to introduce Brisbane to the world as a modern world city and a student destination. I am also completing my degree of International Tourism Management here, at UQ.

Adam Alyahya, Saudi Arabia

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