General English Language Programme
The General English programme is a non-specialist course for
students who wish to improve their level of English. The aim is to
make you an effective communicator in English by developing fluency
and building confidence in speaking and understanding.
In your classes you will work in pairs and
small groups on a wide range of varied and interesting activities.
You will have the opportunity to practise grammar and new
vocabulary in real-life type situations. Your tutors will also
adapt the content of the course to suit the personal needs and
interests of the group.
You will be tested on joining the programme,
and will be placed in an appropriate group studying English at your
The programme is accredited by the
British Council, guaranteeing
you quality in teaching, study facilities, and accommodation. We
offer state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including an excellent
multi-media Language Support Centre, where a
qualified teacher will give you individual attention after normal
class time, to assist you in meeting your personal study goals.
Start dates: Every Monday (except Bank
Holidays). A General English summer programme is also
Students may be able to join the course on other Mondays during
this period, but should contact us to check
Age limit: Normally 18+
Class size: Normally 10 – 12 per group
22 hours per week, Mondays to Fridays with
breaks for coffee and lunch as follows:
09.00 – 10.30
11.00 – 12.30
13.30 – 14.30
14.45 - 15.30 (Monday –
Thursday, classes finish at 12.30 on Fridays)
You will be taught using a variety of methods:
language classes, seminars, group and individual projects, and
£215 per week. The course fee includes all
tuition, including any individual tuition in our multi-media
Language Support Centre and use of IT facilities including a free
e-mail account. Students are required to purchase course textbooks
at a cost of approximately £35, every three months of study.
Please note: From 1 September
2013, fees will be increasing. Discounts will be given to students
studying for 12 weeks or longer.
Social programme and excursions
Over the summer months there is an optional
Social Programme with events such as boat trips, the York Ghost
Walk, folk nights and theatre visits; these are at an additional
cost of £5 – £15 per activity.
Optional excursions are available throughout
the year, for example to London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, the
Lake District. These are at an additional cost of £10 – £45 per
Homestay accommodation can be provided by the York St John
International and would include single study bedroom, breakfast and
evening meal staying with a British homestay host for £126 per
Residential accommodation (self-catering)
Residential accommodation may be available, in one of our
University residencies. You must be at least 18 years old to stay
in residential accommodation.
For more information please see our accommodation pages.
How to apply
Download the application form »
How to contact us
To find out more about our General English
Language Programme please contact us at York St John International
at the details below.
T: +44 1904 876964
F: +44 1904 876929