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Improve your English language skills
for everyday situations
This course will enable you to quickly improve your English language skills and help you reach your goals. You will gain confidence and fluency in the language whether for leisure, further studies, or business. We teach practical real-life English for real-life situations.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for elementary to advanced level students aged 18 and above. At the start of your course you will be placed in a class, according to your level. You can join the course at any time during term time* and study for the length of time you need.
*We recommend that low level students start their course at the beginning of term. Important basic English language grammar and structures will be studied in the first 1 – 3 weeks of the term so low level students will benefit from attending classes during these weeks.
- You will develop English skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening
- Your confidence in the language will improve
- Your career prospects will be enhanced by achieving a level of English required for international business
- You could progress to an academic English language course such as English for Academic Purposes, or an exam focused programme, for example FCE, CAE, or IELTS, to receive an internationally recognised qualification
How we teach
At BLC, we teach English in a communicative way. This means that you will learn English in an active and engaging environment, with plenty of opportunities for you to practice what you are learning. Our teachers are well qualified and experienced, and will give you all the support you need to improve your English.
We use a range of authentic material such as music, video, newspapers, radio and the internet, to help you understand and use real English. You will learn with students from all over the world, which means you will learn about other cultures, and at the same time, you will have to speak English with your classmates.
All BLC teachers are qualified and experienced. All BLC teachers hold a minimum of a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL qualification. Many have studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language to a higher Diploma or Masters level, holding additional DELTA, Trinity DipTESOL and MA qualifications.
General English courses take place in the morning, and are made up of 20 lessons of 45 minutes per week( a total of 15 hours per week, 3 hours per day).
Lesson 1 and 2 (9.15 – 10.45)
Using a course book, the lesson will focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Track your progress with Friday’s short test, which is based on the work covered during the week’s classes. You will have a weekly individual tutorial.
Lesson 3 and 4 (11.00 – 12.30)
After the break, make the best of the skills lesson with the opportunity to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing. Benefit from flexible content based around the your needs and requests. You can let the teacher know which topics and language points you would like to study in these sessions.
You could, for example, ask to do work on improving your pronunciation, practising role plays for life and work in an English speaking country, listening and reading from authentic sources such as the radio or TV, or learning to use natural English phrases and idioms in your speaking and writing.
How is the course assessed?
Your teacher will give you some homework every day, so you can practice what you have learnt in the lessons. Textbook activities to improve your vocabulary, or written work to develop your grammar will be part of your daily routine.
You will be given an individual study plan on our online platform, BLC Anytime, and you will be able to track your progress through regular tutorials with your teacher.
Every week, you can check your improvement with the Friday test, and if you want to know your exact level on departure, you can choose to take an exit test.
You will receive a certificate and report on your level, progress and attendance when you finish the course.
Access to our online learning environment BLC Anytime As soon as your booking is confirmed, we will send you a login for BLC Anytime, which you can use before, during and for 3 months after you finish your course. Through BLC Anytime you will have an individual study plan, access to a vast range of online learning resources and much more.
Access to our BLConTEXT service. While you are studying at BLC, we will send you a daily SMS text message to help your English language learning with links to videos, websites and photos.
Conversation club. You are welcome to join our conversation club on Monday afternoons and make the most of the opportunity to practice speaking English with a qualified teacher and students of other levels.
Access to BLC’s Social Programme. We offer activities and excursions after classes, in the evening and at weekends. Join other BLC students and our dedicated BLC Social Programme Leader for a night out, cultural activities or a trip to another UK cities other cities on Saturdays. (Many of these activities are free with an additional costs for things such as meals, cinema entry or train tickets. For full details see this months’ programme
Personal attention with an individual study plan and a dedicated tutor
You will have use of BLC’s 17 modern, light and well-equipped classrooms, with interactive whiteboards or screens and projectors.
BLC’s computer room has several computers for personal use or self-study; interactive online lessons and individual student tutorials are delivered using tablets.
There are several break-out areas where students can purchase drinks and snacks, as well as the BLC shop for practical items such as adaptors and mobile phone credit. You can enjoy free wi-fi throughout the school.
You can join the course on any Monday during term time although we recommend that low level students start their course at the beginning of term. (See: Term Dates)
Our General English Course starts at £190 per week. For more details see our Course Fees.
Need to make faster progress? Try our Intensive English Course
For just £45 a week, you can take our Intensive course of 22.5 hours per week for faster progress and free access to our Friday afternoon electives.
Find out more about our Intensive English Course.