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General English

If you want to improve your real life English skills, a General English course at Hawthorn-Melbourne is the perfect step.

Our General English courses help you develop language skills for real life situations – like speaking and conversation. You can develop these skills beyond the classroom by joining after class and weekend social activities.

Courses are built around the four core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course will focus on:

  • building fluency and accuracy in spoken English
  • expanding your vocabulary
  • understanding native and non-native English speakers
  • developing skills and confidence to use English outside the classroom.

We offer General English programs for students of all English abilities.

You will be tested and counselled on arrival to determine your needs, your long term goals and to plan your individual study pathway. You will then be placed into a level that is suitable for you.

You will be tested and counselled on arrival to determine your needs, your long term goals and to plan your individual study pathway. You will then placed into a level that is suitable for you.

Your learning outcomes

A General English course is the perfect way to learn to interact with other English speakers for work, travel or to get a great job when you return home.

General English can also help you prepare for further study such as IELTS, Cambridge and Academic English courses.

Reading

Read and understand simple texts, including written instructions

Writing

Write about people and places, likes and dislikes, and your future plans

Listening

Understand simple spoken texts, including following spoken instructions

Speaking

Speak about yourself and others, the past and future, and give instructions

Elementary to Advanced

Lesson plan

Morning

Listening
Take notes from a recorded text about different jobs and fill in the blanks

Speaking and note-taking
Discuss similarities and differences between jobs in other countries

Reading and vocabulary
working in the outback in Australia; closed reading using new work vocabulary

Writing
Create professional profiles for different professions

Afternoon

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

 

Homework
write your CV

Morning

Reading and speaking
Read and answer questions about job advertisements

Grammar
Modal auxiliary verbs

Listening
Listen to a a professional talking about their job, answer the questions

Vocabulary and speaking
Fill in the blanks with new work vocabulary; complete a questionnaire about jobs and discuss in pairs

Afternoon

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning

Reading and speaking
Read an article about a movie star and discuss in pairs

Listening
Listen to an interview with a band member

Speaking and listening
Listen to a job interview; act out role plays and interview other students

Writing
Look for a job advertisement in the computer room and write a letter of application

 

Afternoon

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning

Speaking and listening
‘At the doctor’s’ listening comprehension, discuss in pairs; talk about symptoms and illnesses

Grammar and vocabulary
Present perfect and health vocabulary activity

Writing
Write about your experiences in Australia using the present perfect

Reading and speaking
Read and discuss a health article in pairs; complete a quiz and discuss; revise health vocabulary

Afternoon

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Morning

Listening
Listen to a conversation between a patient and a doctor

Speaking
‘At the doctor’s’ role play

Reading
‘How to eat less’ reading comprehension, discuss the answers in pairs

Listening and speaking
Watch a video of people describing their lifestyles and how they keep fit, discuss in pairs

Afternoon

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Study English in Melbourne

Take the General English course at Hawthorn-Melbourne English language centre, on the University of Melbourne Hawthorn campus. All our teachers are qualified and experienced, and they will work with you to improve your English skills for real life situations.

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