Learn English for life, work or university

Study English language with a course at UQ's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE)

The General English (GE) 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.  

What you will learn:

  • Develop your confidence with the English language
  • Understand and participate in conversations and discussions
  • Speak with fluency, accuracy and clarity
  • Read with greater speed and understanding
  • Express yourself in writing

Course modules

Integrated Skills
• Practise reading, writing, listening and speaking in real-life situations
• Build your vocabulary so that you can express yourself
• Become an effective communicator in English.
• Learn the language and style of English writing
• Express yourself clearly and precisely.

Sample timetable

Class structure: 

  • 20 contact hours per week
  • Access to additional online and self-directed learning resources
  • You may be placed in a morning or afternoon session based on your course and class level.
  • Up to 18 students per class
Morning session
(8:15 am - 12:45 pm)
  Afternoon session
(1:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
Monday - Friday   Monday - Friday  
Class 8:15 am - 10:15 am Class 1:00 pm - 3:00pm
Break 10:15 am - 10:45 am Break 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Class 10:45 am - 12:45 pm Class 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Entry requirements

GE is suitable for all levels

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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.

Learn more about General English

ICTE student, Pichaorn from Thailand, tells us about her experience in the General English Course and the different activities available at ICTE.


General English

Length: From 5 to 45 weeks. 

Dates: Classes start every 5 weeks. Check for course start dates

Fees: Tuition fees will vary depending on course duration. Learn more

Entry criteria: Suitable for all levels.

Levels: 5 levels from basic to advanced.

Hours per week: 20 hours in class

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UQ English Language Guide

Learn more about ICTE from our 2020 UQ English Language Courses brochure.

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If you have an IELTS (or other recognised) test result, please include a copy with your application.

Can't apply online?  Complete the print application form and send it back to us.


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

Download the enrolment print version.

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