Part-time General English Language Classes

Open to all students, staff and members of the public, the ELTC offers fee-paying part-time classes to improve your English language skills for personal or professional reasons.

General English Class PhotoLevels

We currently offer part-time General English classes at five different levels. (We require a minimum number of students to open a course.) Our current part-time classes are:

1) Pre-intermediate (A2+ / B1)

2) Intermediate (B1+)

3) Upper-Intermediate (B2)

4) Advanced (C1)

5) Post-Advanced (C2)

Further information about each class can be found below.

Course Details

1) Pre-Intermediate (A2+ / B1)

A class for learners who are starting out and want to improve on their basic general speaking, writing, listening  and reading skills as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. A course book is used together with suggestions from the course participants on what areas of language they want to focus on. This class is suitable for students who can already communicate in simple everyday situations.

Entry Levels IELTS 3.0+, A2+/B1 or equivalent.

2) Intermediate (B1+)

A class for learners who want to improve on their basic general speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. A course book is used, together with suggestions from the course participants on what areas of language they want to focus on. This class is suitable for those students who already have a basic understanding of English and want to improve their confidence before taking an exam or moving to higher levels.

Entry Levels IELTS 4.0+, B1+ or equivalent.

3) Upper-Intermediate (B2)

A class for learners who want to improve their general speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. A course book is used, together with suggestions from the course participants on what areas of language they want to focus on. This class is suitable for those students not wanting to prepare for an exam or those not quite ready to take FCE.

Entry Levels IELTS 5.0+, high B1/B2 or equivalent.

4) Advanced  (C1)

A class for learners who want to improve and master their general speaking, writing, listening and reading skills, as well as gain excellent control over their grammar , vocabulary and pronunciation. A course book is used, together with suggestions from the course participants on what areas of language they want to focus on. This class is suitable for those students not wanting to prepare for an exam or those not quite ready to take CAE.

Entry Levels IELTS 6.5+, high B2/C1 or equivalent.

5) Post-Advanced (C2)

A class for learners who are already at an advanced level and want to 'polish' their language skills and take them to the next level.  The four skills (speaking, writing, listening and speaking) are covered as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation at C2 level. A course book is used, together with suggestions from course participants on what areas of language they wish to focus on. Whilst the class is a general English class, it is suitable for those students who may wish to take a Cambridge Proficiency Exam in the future.

Entry Levels IELTS 7.0+, high C1 / C2 or equivalent. 

When will the classes take place?

Courses are offered at all three levels between the following dates:

Term Start Date End Date Weeks / Hours Fees
1 Monday 2nd October 2017 Friday 8th December 2017 10 weeks / 40 hours £420
2 Monday 15th January 2018 Friday 23rd March 2018 10 weeks / 40 hours £420 
3 Monday 16th April 2018 Friday 8th June 2018 8 weeks / 32 hours £340

Classes in Terms 1 and 2 will be on MONDAY and WEDNESDAY OR TUESDAY and THURSDAY. This will be confirmed during the placement test.

Can I move up to a higher language level course after one term?

Students are able to move from one level to a higher level depending on the progress that is made. Students  can take progress tests during the course and an end of the course progress test if they wish. The courses are part-time and we have found that students usually need to take a minimum of TWO courses before making sufficient progress to move up a level. For example, a student usually needs to take Intermediate Level in Term 1 and Term 2 before being ready to move up to Upper-Intermediate Level. Unit progress tests and final progress tests will be taken into account when students request to move up.  

How can I join?

If you are interested in joining one of the above part-time courses, please complete the Application Form at the bottom of this page.

After completing the application form you will be required to attend a part-time course enrolment event. You will need to bring evidence of your English level (e.g. an English test certificate) if you have any to the enrolment event. At the enrolment event you will complete a written task and have a spoken interview. We will then discuss with you which class is best suited to you, taking in to account your preference.

The enrolment dates and times will be sent to you after you complete the application form.

How much do the courses cost?

The fee for Term 1 (10 weeks) is £420. The fee for Term 2 (10 weeks) is £420 and for Term 3 (8 weeks) is £340 - Course fees will include tuition, study book and extra learning materials. You will also receive a University of Sheffield student card, giving you access to the University facilities, including library and computer systems, for the duration of the course.

All fees must be paid in advance before you start the course.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for a place on the course, you should complete the online application form by clicking the link below.

Application Form