General English Course (GEC)

Age: 18+
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Schedule: 9:00 to 12:00, Monday to Friday
Classes: 15 Hours / Week
Minimum Level Required: Beginner
Levels Offered: Low, Intermediate, High

GEC offers daily classes led by fully-accredited English teachers that develop all aspects of students’ English abilities, including speaking, listening, writing, reading and vocabulary. The aim of the course is to help students improve their confidence, fluency, and grammatical accuracy through a variety of communicative activities, such as collaborative projects, discussions, and presentations. Students are encouraged throughout the course to share their opinions and cultural experiences.

Suggested Afternoon Course: Speaking and Pronunciation Course (SPC)

Evaluation and Certificate

At the end of the General English Course, students receive a personalized evaluation and those who succeed are rewarded a certificate of course completion from University of Toronto, New College.

Sample Daily Schedule
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 General English Course (GEC)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 or 16:00 Afternoon Course
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner
20:00 – 22:30 Evening Event (optional)

Course Overview

The General English course is designed to maximize opportunities for students to practice using English to communicate, improving their fluency, confidence, and accuracy. Grammar and vocabulary topics are chosen based on the needs of the class, and practiced through activities such as discussions on current events and culture, presentations, and short writing assignments. Students are encouraged at all times to share their personal opinions, experiences, and cultural background. Particular attention is given to situations that students are likely to meet outside of class during their stay in Canada. Students must also complete a final project, designed by their teacher.

In order to receive a program certificate, students must:

  1. actively participate in class activities.
  2. show improved fluency and accuracy over the course of the program.
  3. complete their final project, as well as any assigned homework, to the satisfaction of the teacher.

General English classes focus on learning grammar and vocabulary by communicating with others. Students wishing additional practice with general conversation and pronunciation have the option of taking an afternoon speaking class.

All IEP classes are assigned based on the results of our written test and a one-to-one interview with a teacher. Students should understand that there is no pre-determined cutoff for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels: students will be grouped with others of similar experience, based on the abilities they show on the test.