The General English course is for students who want to improve their English but are not planning to study at university.

The General English course teaches students about everyday English for a range of different real-life situations, including travelling, socialising, working, or just generally living in an English-speaking country.

Classes in the General English course often include excursions and opportunities to practice English outside of the classroom. It’s also a great way to learn more about Australian culture and society.

Each level normally takes 10 weeks to complete but can, depending on students’ grades, be completed in 5 weeks. Completion is based on exit exams and assignments at the end of the level.


  • Elementary (subject to campus availability)
  • Pre-intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-intermediate
  • Advanced (subject to campus availability)

Course details

  • Course intake dates:

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  • Tuition fees:

    $400 per week

  • Course length:

    5-50 weeks

  • Class size:

    Maximum 15 students

  • Timetable:

    Classes are between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday

Entry requirements

  • Elementary – under IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
  • Pre-intermediate – IELTS 4.0-4.5 or equivalent
  • Intermediate – IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
  • Upper-intermediate – IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • Advanced – IELTS 6.0 and above or equivalent
  • Students without external test results will be placed in the General English programme based on the IELI placement test.

Course Structure

  • Reading and Writing class:

    10 hours per week

  • Listening and Communication class:

    10 hours per week

  • Extra classes:

    2-6 hours per week

  • Available at:

    IELI Flinders campus and IELI City campus (Elementary and Advanced levels are subject to availability at the city campus)

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