All the courses we offer for adults focus on improving your confidence and fluency by giving you plenty of opportunity to practice. Practical exercises are used as much as possible, together with a variety of course materials developed by our network of British Council teaching staff. We offer courses at different levels to ensure that you are getting the best tuition in a class with students of similar ability.
Our General English courses develop all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and give you a thorough understanding of grammar. Our practical, hands-on approach helps you use the language from the very first day. After your placement test, we advise you on the best course for your level. Below are the different levels we offer.
You will have had little contact with English but want to take the brave step of learning this powerful international language. We will give you a good start by teaching you useful vocabulary and grammar.
You will know some basic grammar and words but cannot yet communicate many of your ideas. You will study a range of everyday English social expressions you can use for making conversation, shopping, on the telephone, at the airport and checking into a hotel.
You will already be able to describe simple ideas and things around you. Now, you can widen your vocabulary and develop your grammar. You will discover everyday English, such as social expressions and describing feelings.
You will now have confidence to express yourself in English but want to make fewer mistakes and possess a wider range of vocabulary. This level will help you to develop your range of everyday English social expressions (informal language) for use when giving opinions, making requests and offers, expressing interest and surprise, and being polite. You will review grammar from previous levels and explore a range of other grammar. You will also develop your understanding of vocabulary by looking at word formation, adjectives, synonyms, idioms, and compound nouns.
You will be on the way to becoming a confident user of English. At this level you will begin to express more complex thoughts than before and pronounce using features of connected speech. You will use a range of everyday English social expressions for everyday English: cross-cultural customs, issues on sport, and life and social ceremonies.
You will develop your range of everyday English social expressions for adding emphasis, interrupting, contradicting, persuading and spontaneous speaking. You will study a range of grammar including perfect forms, participle clauses, articles, complex sentences and discourse, conditional sentences, and inversions. You will develop your vocabulary skills by guessing meaning from context, understanding subtleties in language, collocation, and multi-word verbs.
Adult learners courses run throughout the year, at our centres. If you would like more information about dates and fees, please visit your country's page on English course details: