Key Facts - Part-time General English Classes


The ELTC offers a range of part-time  General English language classes to both existing University of Sheffield students and staff, as well as members of the public. The classes are at different levels and focus on improving speaking, writing, listening and reading skills as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Our current part-time  General English classes are:

1) Pre-Intermediate Level

2) Intermediate Level

3) Upper-Intermediate Level

4) Advanced Level

Programme Objectives

GENERAL ENGLISH - The improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. To encourage students to fully participate in the English language and culture. In addition at each level:


-understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance

-describe aspects of his/her background, talk about familiar topics

-write a series of phrases and sentences using simple connectors

-read short, simple texts and find specific information


-understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters

-deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling

-produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest

-describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


-understand the main ideas in complex pieces of writing

-keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments

-produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.


-read quickly enough to cope with an academic course

-understand complex opinions

-produce clear, well structured and detailed pieces of writing

-express themselves well with a good degree of fluency

-use English flexibly for social, professional and academic purposes


Pre-intermediate: (IELTS 3.0+), CEFR A2 or equivalent

Intermediate: (IELTS 4.0+), CEFR B1 or equivalent

Upper-Intermediate: IELTS 5.0+, CEFR high B1/B2 or equivalent

Advanced: IELTS 6.5+, CEFR high B2/C1 or equivalent

Proof of English Placement test and interview
Minimum Age 18
Eligibility Open
Exclusions Students without the required level of English for each course
Maximum Class Size 20
Full or Part-time? Part-time

Monday & Wednesday from  5.30-7.30pm OR Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-7.30pm

Hours per week 4

Semester 1

Start/End Date:  24 September 2018 to  15 December 2018

Semester 2

Start/End Date: 11 February 2019 to 24 May 2019

Non-teaching dates

Bank Holidays in England - Monday 6 May 2019

There are no classes during University Easter holidays from 8 April to 26 April 2019.

Location ELTC, 78 Hoyle Street
Rooms ELTC rooms: specifically designed language classrooms with seating for a maximum of 25 students, equipped with audio-visual and computer technologies (interactive whiteboards).

Semester 1 - 12 weeks (48 hours) = £480

Semester 2 - 12 weeks (48 hours) = £480

Materials Free Course Book
Exams None
Credits None
Certification Certificate of Attendance
Report No
Support Regular marking of student work, online study materials and practice test.
Access to University services and facilities
Teachers’ Minimum Qualifications First Degree (or equivalent)
Certificate-level teaching qualification (or equivalent)
Accommodation Not Applicable
Leisure and Social Not Applicable
Financial Info Online Payment which must be made before course begins
Refunds - you may attend 1 week of the course and still get a full refund, after that no refund is possible
Visa Info Not eligible for TIER 4.  You will need to provide a valid visa or other documentation that allows you to study part-time in the UK.
Accreditation The British Council
Application Process On-line and Interview
Placement Test Yes - online, written and spoken interview
Further Information
Telephone +44 114 222 1780 (international)
0114 222 1780 (UK)
Fax +44 114 222 1788 (international)
0114 222 1788 (UK)
Post English Language Teaching Centre
The University of Sheffield
78 Hoyle Street
S3 7LG
United Kingdom
Programme Director Maria Puro
Director of ELTC Richard Simpson