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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This long-term course offers the best value for students who want to maximise their English fluency.
  • You will have a personalised study plan, regular progress tutorials, and regular language level tests.
  • You’ll gain confidence through total immersion in English and live like a UK or US national.

Key Facts

Available in:

  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Start Dates:

  • Every Monday (first Monday of each month for beginners)
  • Read our school calendar for exceptions


  • Beginner (Kings Level 1) *

Minimum age:

  • 16


  • 24 – 48 weeks

Class size

  • In the UK: Maximum 14
  • In the US: Maximum 15

Lessons per week:

  • 20 lessons per week total (15 hours)
  • The course includes 3 hours of additional guided study in the USA

* If a Beginners level group is not available, you can take 8 hours of one-to-one lessons before joining a suitable class.

Included in the price:

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Access to multi-format course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Guidance from specialist university advisors (if required)
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
  • Free grammar book 
  • Access to the Kings Learning Progress Guarantee
  • One-to-one interview with a senior academic staff member every 6 weeks 

Section 2: Course structure and content

General English lessons

Your 20 General English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

You will be assigned to your General English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes suitable for students at Level 1 (Beginner) right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Section 3: The advantages of long-term learning

Gain recognised formal qualifications

  • The Diploma of General English is a great way to prepare for formal language exams — such as IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Exams
  • All are recognised by universities and employers around the world.

Learning Progress Guarantee

You will reach the level we have agreed with you. Guaranteed.

If you don’t, you can study for free until you do!

Note: you must have attended all classes and completed all assignments.

Progress tracking and testing

  • We'll agree a fluency target with you. It will be challenging but realistic and attainable.
  • We use our own Kings Scale, benchmarked against all main exams and assessment scales: IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge/CEFR so you can compare your progress to these other measures
  • You will receive progress assessments and individual tutorials every 6 weeks. These will benchmark and test your progress.
  • You will also be continually assessed based on your performance in class, your homework assignments, and your weekly in-class progress tests.
  • All students will receive an ‘End of Course Report’ which will include your final grade, determined by progress across all key skills areas.

Sample timetable

Please note:

  • Sample timetable is subject to change. General English lessons may take place in mornings or afternoons in summer.
  • Placement test, induction, locality walk and ice breaker activities, which take place on the students' first day at Kings, are an essential part of the teaching programme, included in the weekly hours of lessons.
Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:00 – 10:30
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing

Individual and group feedback on test

Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests

Open and closed questions (intonation)

Professional skills

Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations

Understanding how technology works

Functional language
Giving instructions

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses

Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree

Beyond right and wrong?

10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break

11:00 – 12:30
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs

Understanding cultural differences

Phone addiction.

Asking for and offering help

Study skills
Making effective notes

Real English
People in the newspapers today

Defining relative clauses

Adjectives of character

An email describing a new invention.

A future without cars.

Diplomatic language

Professional skills
Giving and receiving feedback

Beyond right and wrong?

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Thank you for your enquiry.
We'll be in touch soon.
The Kings Admissions Team