General English +Private Lessons

General English + Private Lessons offers you the chance to study three hours of English in a group class combined with either one or two private lessons tailored to you and your needs.

Hours per week
15 + 5 or 10 hours



Elementary – Advanced (Beginners on Request)


Start dates

Every Monday


Class size



Minimum Age

15 (10 in the Summer)
* We may take students younger than 10 years old for private lessons only in special circumstances depending on availability. Please get in touch for more details. 

More about this course

About General English + Private Lessons

Lesson 19.00 – 10.00Functional English
Lesson 2 & 310.15  -12.30 General English
Lunch time12.30 – 13.30 
Lesson 4 (& 5)13.30 – 15.45Private Lessons

Functional English

Our Functional English lessons focus on practical skills you will use in everyday situations in an English-speaking environment. How do you ask for help in a shop or order politely in a restaurant? How do you express agreement or disagreement in a meeting or discussion? How do you make your point when writing?

General English

For the second 2 hours we work with a course book to enable you to improve the 4 main skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as grammar and vocabulary.

Private Lessons

Your private lessons take place in the afternoon. You will be able to arrange with your teacher what you would like covered in your lesson.
This could be:

  • Further English practice specifically adapted to your needs
  • English for Specific Purposes (Business, Medicine, Law, conversation, etc.)
  • Examination preparation (IELTS, FCE, etc.)
  • GCSE and Advanced Level (A level) exams


We generally offer you two activities a week, including one free and one paid activity. They start at 4 pm, and you are welcome to join any time.

Free activities could include:

  • Board games
  • CIE Cinema
  • Afternoon Tea at CIE
  • Football
  • Museums
  • And many more


Paid activities could include:

  • Punting
  • Escape room
  • Harry Potter Tour
  • Crazy golf
  • Ice skating
  • And many more

*Courses start every Monday, except on Bank Holidays. Check our opening times for more detailed information.

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Benefits of Private Lessons


  • Quick progress in short time
  • Personalised class to suit your individual needs
  • All course material provided
  • Monitor your progress with optional revisions and homework each week
  • End of course certificate (according to the Common European Framework)
  • Free activities on offer every week

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