General English for International Students

L3 Level 3
Contact us for dates
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This course is intended for students that want to improve their general English. We offer programmes to support a range of English language levels, from beginner to advanced (CEFR A2-C2). Each course follows an integrated skills syllabus which covers the four key language skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening, as well as grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects of the language. You will not only develop your proficiency in the English language, but also your confidence to communicate and use English in the real world.

All General English students will receive:

  • English language tuition 
  • A free official English language exam and certificate– LanguageCert  
  • Access to a wellbeing programme (In person and online) 
  • Social programme and trips 
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus 
  • 1 – 1 progress meeting with an English language tutor (In person or online) 
  • Course materials (Including Course Book)
  • CAVC Certificate

What you will study

Speaking

You will take part in interactive communication tasks that are appropriate for your level, such as role-plays, discussions, information gathering and interviews. You will also focus on managing conversations and pronunciation. You will receive personalised feedback from your teacher and participate in peer-feedback activities.

Listening 

You will have the opportunity to practice listening for general understanding and for detail from a variety of sources on a range of topics.  Tasks may include note-taking, blank filling, sentence completion and matching multiple-choice.

Reading

You will be encouraged to read widely whilst studying with us at the CAVC English Academy.  In class, you will be given a range of texts to read with accompanying tasks that are appropriate for your level.  These texts may be authentic and come from newspapers, magazine articles, public notices, fiction, brochures, or graded texts from a coursebook. You will be building both your range of vocabulary and your general understanding.

Writing

You will be given the opportunity to develop your written accuracy, focusing on spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and text coherence. You will practice writing formal and informal texts, such as letters, emails, essays and stories. You will also receive valuable oral and written feedback from your class teacher to help you to improve your writing skills.   

Grammar

You will study and review the important structures such as tenses, word order, and question formation.  You will be given the opportunity to practise the new structures actively in both writing and speaking, through controlled practice and freer communicative activities and homework exercises.

Vocabulary

You will study essential areas of basic vocabulary according to your level and topic-related vocabulary.  You will be given the opportunity to try out your new words and phrases actively in both writing and speaking, through controlled practice and freer communication activities in class, and homework exercises.

Pronunciation

You will study the key areas of pronunciation including individual English sounds, syllable stress, connected speech, intonation, rhythm and word stress. You will be taught the phonemic symbols of English sound in order to help you understand how to say ‘new’ vocabulary correctly.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and Learning methods

  • Tuition from a qualified and experienced lecturer
  • Peer Learning Activities
  • Language workshops
  • Individual Tutorials
  • Individual and group projects
  • Guided self-study tasks

Examples of Assessment methods

  • Diagnostic assessment
  • Individual presentations
  • Group projects/reports
  • Form completion
  • Formative quizzes
  • In-class tests and exercises
  • Progress tests following the LanguageCert exam structure

Entry Requirments

General English for International student courses are suitable for a range of levels from beginner to advanced (CEFR A2-C2).

The course is specifically intended to help students develop their general English and is not suitable for those students looking for exam preparation classes.

You do not need to provide proof of your English level before starting the course. All students will have an informal online assessment after completing an application to ensure you are in the most suitable level class.

Course Fees

Tuition: £20 per hour

Discounts available:
10 weeks booking – 10% tuition fee discount  
20 weeks booking – 15% tuition fee discount 
30+ weeks – 20% tuition fee discount 

If your plans change:
If your plans change and you are unable to travel due to COVID 19, we can give you a credit voucher valid for two years or a full refund of paid fees.
No registration, course materials or enrolment fees
Offer to all applicants if tuition fee is paid in full on enrolment

Key information

Start date

Contact us for dates

Location

City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code

EFCCGEN
L3

Qualification

General English for International Students

Career prospects & further study

  • Students can take a LanguageCert examination at the end of their course to certify their English language level which can be used as evidence for personal, educational or employment purposes.
  • Students can move onto a higher level of General English, or choose to develop their Academic English with the CAVC English Academy.
CCC

Why CAVC International

Cardiff and Vale College International is a great place to study whether you want to take your first steps into higher education, improve your English or add a vocational or professional qualification to your CV.
CAVC International

Apply Online

Find out more about the application process
CCC

Visas and Immigration

Our dedicated Cardiff and Vale College International team can help you with your visas and immigration processes

Reserve your place

If you'd like to reserve your place on the Introduction to Leadership & Management course, click below

Accommodation

We can help Students find accommodation

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with us

Career prospects & further study

  • Students can take a LanguageCert examination at the end of their course to certify their English language level which can be used as evidence for personal, educational or employment purposes.
  • Students can move onto a higher level of General English, or choose to develop their Academic English with the CAVC English Academy.

Locations

City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,

Cardiff,

CF10 5FE