The General English 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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