General English Course

Improve your General English Skills

Kaplan's certified General English courses are designed to improve your English skills and help you learn English as a second language, while also giving you enough time to really enjoy your destination.

  • 15 hours of classroom study per week and an additional 5.25 hours of study sessions.
  • Start any Monday and study for as many weeks as you need.
  • This course is available in over 45 schools in 7 English speaking countries.

How can a General course help me?

General English Courses focus on allowing you to achieve English fluency at a semi-intensive speed that you will feel comfortable with.

The courses focus on the four main aspects of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll also learn vocabulary and grammar, and how to speak in formal and informal discussions, interviews and strategies. 

If you wish to take a more intensive English program, Intensive English Courses are available. These courses offer additional skills lessons that include English for business, as well as the opportunity to take IELTS or TOEFL preparation sessions.

Course Facts: General English

  • Start Dates: Every Monday, all year-round
  • Course Length: 2 Weeks +
  • Ideal For: Elementary to advanced levels. Learn more about Kaplan's English levels
  • Teaching Method: The K+ learning system has been developed by a team of experts to meet the needs of Kaplan students. Learn more about K+.
  • Course Timetable: Monday-Friday with morning and afternoon classes. See a typical timetable
  • Class Size: Between 10 and 15 students
  • Minimum Age: 16

Course Structure

20 lessons per week.

Each lesson lasts 45 minutes.

20 Lessons of General English:

Focus on the four main aspects of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. (15 hours)

7 K+ Sessions

Your K+ sessions give you access to the K+ facilities, resources and activities in K+tools and K+clubs, all specifically prepared to complement your in-class English lessons (5.25 hours)


At the end of the course you will receive an accredited Kaplan International English Certificate of Achievement documenting your new language level and attendance.

Related Courses

  • Intensive English Courses: With 6 hours more study per week than a General English course, you will learn English at a very fast rate. Additional skills lessons allow you to tailor your own course, choosing from topics including English for Business and Local Culture.
  • Vacation English Courses: With 5 hours less per week than a General English course, you will have even more time to explore the city where you're studying
  • Groups English Courses: Perfect for groups of friends who want to travel and learn together, you can take an intensive or vacation group course
  • 50+ English Courses: With a light workload of 15 hours per week, this course for mature students allows plenty of time for sightseeing
  • Semester or Year abroad: Live in your chosen destination for 5-6 months (semester) or 9 months (year). Achieve English fluency and experience real immersion into the local culture

    View all English Courses

How Can We Help?
Our Student Advisors will help you choose the right course to suit your academic and professional goals.

We'll also help you with your:
  • Accommodation
  • Visa information
  • Travel arrangements

Please contact a student advisor, or call:

+44 (0)20 7045 5000


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