UNSW Institute of Languages


General English

Josiane Serrano

Josiane Serrano (Brazil)
General English - Level 5

"I have learnt about different cultures and how to improve myself and my English.

I’ve enjoyed the teachers, the facilities and the classroom program at the Institute. In my classes, the lessons are very interactive. We learn faster this way."

UNSW Institute of Languages offers General English at 6 levels - elementary to advanced - to suit your needs.

You will develop the language skills you need for any situation - social, academic or work.

The classes and self-access online learning resources will help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing and develop your fluency and confidence in using English.

CRICOS Code Type Duration Maximum Class Size Levels Fees
043922B Full-time 5 - 40 weeks 18 Students 6 Level AUD $435 per week (2017)

Key Benefits

  • Classes focus on building fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written language.
  • Courses at 6 levels suit students from elementary to advanced levels.
  • General English leads directly to courses in Academic English and to courses in Professional English.
  • Classes of no more than 18 students allow for close levels of interaction between you and your teachers.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers understand the needs of students and provide the support and advice that you need.
  • Up to date classroom technology is used to engage and motivate you in your learning.

You will be interviewed and given a UNSW Institute of Languages Placement Test on your first day to assess which class you should be placed in.

Students require a minimum upper intermediate score in the placement test for Cambridge examination preparation.

Course content at each level is based on progressively developing language skills using topics of interest to you. Classes maximise student interaction and practice, using pair and group work as well as individual study.

  • vocabulary building in topic areas
  • listening to conversations, news, documentary and drama programs
  • grammar in context
  • reading and  writing emails, stories, articles, essays and reports
  • speaking skills including conversation, discussion and presentations as well as pronunciation

The tuition fee for each 5 week module is AUD$2,175.

Terms 2017 Dates
Term 10 14 Nov - 16 Dec
Term 1 4 Jan - 5 Feb
Term 2 8 Feb - 11 Mar
Term 3 14 Mar - 15 Apr
Term 4 18 Apr - 20 May
Term 5 23 May - 24 Jun
Term 6 27 Jun - 29 Jul
Term 7 1 Aug - 2 Sept
Term 8 5 Sept - 7 Oct
Term 9 10 Oct - 11 Nov

Classes may be scheduled in the morning or the afternoon at our Kensington or Randwick Campus

Morning class times: 9.00 - 11.00am and 11.30am - 1.30pm
Afternoon class times: 1.30 - 3.30pm and 4.00 - 6.00pm

Sample timetable for an Advanced level General English class

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.00 -11.00am Theme Introduction: Working life-
Reading +
Multiple matching skills (CAE skills) Use of English (CAE skills practice) Introducing collocation
Grammar Analysis: Using reported speech to talk about work experience
Listening - Multiple choice - Are you a self-starter? and discussion
Speaking Skills: Language of possibility and speculation - a Guided speaking practice (CAE skills) Grammar: Overview of verb tenses (perfect aspect)
+ Open cloze practice
The Power of file sharing
Weekly Grammar and vocabulary review and short test:
Australian English - idiomatic language
11.30 -1.30pm Presentation skills+
Practice + feedback
Writing skills:
Writing a Resume - organisation (dos and don’ts)
Video listening:
"Love and Money"
comprehension and discussion
Language laboratory:
Note taking skills and pronunciation - linking sounds
Media study:
Current video news + discussion

Final course marks are based on:

  • Ongoing assessment in class based on clearly focused tasks.
  • Participation in class activities such as pair work, group work and special projects.
  • Homework tasks and special assignments based on researching topics and spoken presentations.
  • Term tests based on material covered during the period of study.

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