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"We have small classes which focus closely on interaction, communication and pronunciation so you’ll be speaking a lot from your first day."

It will also probably be very different to studying in your home country. This is because you have to speak English and listen to both your teacher and your classmates. Your teacher will even ask you to stand up and walk around the room, chatting with them (your teacher) and your class members… in English!

KEY POINTS

OUR APPROACH TO GENERAL ENGLISH

At Inforum, there is a strong focus on interaction so you’ll often be asked by your teacher to work in groups or pairs to practise new language.

This is an exciting but very important part of learning a language because you have to get used to listening to, and understanding people from other cultures and at Inforum, we have students from all over the world!

CORE SKILLS

16 hours per week

FOCUS LESSONS

4 hours per week

WORKSHOPS

3 to 6 hours per week with optional free lessons to give you more chances to study

Total study time: 20 to 26 hours per week

GENERAL ENGLISH HAS THREE PARTS

At Inforum, you’ll study Core Skills and then a Focus Class, where you’ll have the chance to practise and apply your English language knowledge in new and exciting situations. Core Skills are grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Students study 4 hours per day, 5 days per week Monday to Friday.

General English - Upper Intermediate A (Sample Timetable)

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30AM - 10:30AM

UNIT 1.1
Grammar: Question forms
Vocabulary: Talk about feelings
Intonation in yes/no and wh- questions

UNIT 1.2
Grammar: Tense review
Vocabulary: Personality adjectives and noun suffixes
Intonation: Connected speech

UNIT 1.2
Reading: Read biographies of famous people who overcame challenges
Speaking Hub: Discuss someone influential from your past

UNIT 1.3 CAFÉ HUB
Vocabulary: Idioms family 
Watch a video about an Olympic medal winner
Speaking Hub: Debate the influence of practice on ability

STUDENT CONSULTATIONS
Quiz to check grammar and vocabulary understanding
Weekly speaking task and assessment

BREAK
10:40AM - 12:40PM

UNIT 1.1
Reading: Read an online article about everyday heroes
Skimming for the main ideas
Speaking Hub: Design and present a new meet-up group

SOCIAL MEDIA FOCUS CLASS
Introduction to social media related
vocabulary
Study and discuss: What is a "not-for-profit organisation"

SOCIAL MEDIA FOCUS CLASS
Facebook photo album activity
(Revise places and building vocabulary)
Group work: "What's a good presentation?"

WRITING 1
Write a formal letter asking for information
Structuring formal letters

UNIT 1 REVIEW &
CONSOLIDATION

1:20PM - 2:20PM
WORKSHOPS
INFORUM ACTIVITIES

INFORUM'S GENERAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVELS
- THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA

Placing students in the right level is the start of a successful English course. There are two important steps to getting this right and at Inforum, we’re the experts in getting you into the right level to maximise your language learning from your first day.

STEP 1

Inforum's
placement test
Before arriving in Australia, log on to our online orientation site on your phone or computer and sit our English language placement test. It will take about 40 minutes and will cover all the important points: reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and a short interview with one of our teachers. Then, book a 10-minute online meeting with one of our great teachers to have a short chat with them - this will help us to know your English level even better!

STEP 2

Inforum’s 8-level General English language program
Most English language schools have just 4 - 5 levels for General English; however, at Inforum, we have 8 levels:

  • Elementary A (6 weeks)
  • Elementary B (6 weeks)
  • Pre-Intermediate A (6 weeks)
  • Pre-Intermediate: B (6 weeks)
  • Intermediate A: (6 weeks)
  • Intermediate B: (6 weeks)
  • Upper Intermediate A: (6 weeks)
  • Upper Intermediate B: (6 weeks)

Because we have 8 levels in our General English program, this means:

You’ll be placed in exactly the right level from your first day; and, you have more chances to go up to the next level. Most colleges you have to wait 12 weeks to take an end of term test but at Inforum, it’s only 6 weeks!

And remember, for your end of term test, you have to remember 6 weeks of work not 12 weeks like at other schools, which will give you a much better chance of success in going up to the next level and staying with your friends!

Do you have a question?

If you have questions about this course, or anything else, please let us know.