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General English Course

Need to learn or improve your English for work, study, travel or simply make a conversation with friends? A General English course at IH Kharkiv focuses on the English you need to communicate well in everyday situations. 


The course covers speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, along with grammar and vocabulary. The main emphasis of this course is on practical communication to build your vocabulary and help to develop fluency and confidence.


The course is available at all levels from Elementary to Proficiency and you will be placed in a class which is suitable for your level.


Group work will be balanced with individual support and encouragement from your teacher.


Course details


  • Minimum English level: Beginner
  • Minimum age: 14
  • Average age: 25
  • Minimum course length: 3 months
  • Hours a day: 1,5
  • Cost: 1550 - 2300 UAH (1 month)
  • Average class size: 10 (maximum 12)
  • Lessons a month: 8 - 12
  • Lesson time a month: 12 hours
  • Lesson times: 08:00 to 21:30
  • Lesson days: Monday to Saturday



Who is the course for?


If you want to improve your general English, at any level from Beginner to Advanced, this is the course is for you. We sub-divide levels so that you are placed in a class with the students of the same level as yours.


Our General English Language courses are designed for students who want to develop  the language they already know or make a start in English. You will focus on the four key language skills:  Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing through interactive study.  You will also study grammar and extend your vocabulary.

You may join any week and immerse yourself in a lively class with a focus on communication.   If you have specific needs, such as exam practice or need to develop confidence in speaking, you can combine General English with a Plus Option for specialist training.


In the General English course there are six levels, ranging from Beginners to Proficiency, each subdivided into 4/5 sublevels. Students attend three or two 90-minute classes a week from 8 a.m. to 9.15 p.m. . Each sublevel consists of 32/48 academic hours of classwork time, and is covered in one semester of approximately 8/12 weeks. At the end of each sublevel students write a progress test.



Course objectives


On completing this course you will have:

  • increased your oral fluency
  • learned “real” English using the latest course books and materials such as DVDs, newspapers and the internet
  • widened your range of active vocabulary
  • developed better listening skills
  • improved your writing, pronunciation and reading
  • developed learning strategies for the future



Course content


We aim to help you improve your communication skills in a wide range of situations. To do this, the course follows a course book and your teacher will use real-life situations and topics to make your learning personal to you. The idea is to help your understanding as much as possible.

During the course you will:

  • work with other students to develop your communication skills by engaging in activities such as role-plays, pair work, group work and class discussions
  • learn, review and consolidate new language everyday
  • learn how to become a more effective learner
  • get regular homework to help you review and check your understanding of what you have learned in class
  • complete can-do statements to track your progress





At the end of the course you will receive an International House Kharkiv Certificate documenting your language level.




International House Kharkiv offers a comprehensive selection of courses in general English, French, German  and Russian for learners of all abilities and ages.  We also offer summer intensive courses, custom-designed courses for closed groups, courses for young learners, exam preparation classes and teacher training courses.  The system of levels corresponds to the IHWO system  and CEF.