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General English

We offer a range of General English programmes at Kings: the Compact Course, Intensive Course, Intensive 25+ and Diploma of English. If you take our Intensive, Intensive 25+ or Diploma of English courses, you have the option to join Special Interest Groups which focus on areas such as Fluency and Discussion, Academic Reading and Writing, IELTS Preparation, and Business English.

By having such a wide range of options available, we can help you find a course that perfectly matches both your level and your aims.

One-to-one lessons

If you take a General English course, you have the option to take additional one-to-one lessons to improve specific areas such as vocabulary, idioms or pronunciation practice.  

One-to-one lessons are ideal just before an examination, job interview or university interview.

We offer one-to-one lessons in areas including:

  • Business English
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Exam Preparation
  • Academic Study Skills

One-to-one lessons in more specialised areas such as English for law or accountancy are available by special arrangement.

Please note that one-to-one lessons cannot be booked on their own but can rather be requested on top of one of our main courses. 

Language level progression

Kings LevelLanguage competenceDescriptionTOEFL iBT equivalentIELTS equivalentCambridge examCEFR level
8 Advanced Fluency, accuracy and appropriacy approaching that of a native speaker. Can understand and use complex and idiomatic language. 94 7.0+ Cambridge English: Proficiency C1+
7 Pre-advanced Fluent and accurate in most situations. Occasional mistakes with appropriacy and when attempting more complex expressions. 80 6.5 Cambridge English: Advanced C1
6 Upper Intermediate Confident and effective communicator in a wide range of situations. Noticeable lapses in fluency and accuracy with complex structures or ideas. 61 6.0 Cambridge English: First B2
5 Intermediate Can communicate independently and effectively on familiar topics. Frequent lapses in accuracy and fluency in more demanding situations. 50 5.5 Cambridge English: Preliminary and Cambridge English: First B1
4 Lower Intermediate Can appear confident and fluent when communicating in familiar and non-pressuring situations. Regular lapses in accuracy, fluency, and appropriacy. 41 5.0 Cambridge English: Preliminary B1
3 Pre-intermediate Can communicate and understand in a fair range of familiar situations. Sustained communication restricted by problems with fluency and accuracy. 29 4.0 Cambridge English: Preliminary and Cambridge English: Key A2
2 Elementary Can answer basic questions and communicate some information slowly. Vocabulary and understanding limited to everyday situations. 19 2.5 Not applicable A1
1 Beginner Very little or no previous knowledge of English. Can use and understand simple vocabulary and phrases. Considerable assistance needed to communicate. 0 0 Not applicable N/A

Learning Progress Guarantee

We are so confident of the quality of our courses and teaching that we make this simple promise to you:

If you are on an Intensive Course for 12 weeks or more we guarantee you will reach the level we have agreed with you. If you don’t, you can study for free until you do.

You must have attended all classes and completed all assignments.