Standard General English

Helping to bring your English language skills to a whole new level

With our Standard General English Course, you get high-quality teaching and real-life local experience. Every weekday morning you’ll take classes from 09:00 – 13:00 in Ireland and 09:30 - 13:00 in the UK. While in Canada, the lessons are from 09:00 – 12:15. And every afternoon, you can study on our CES Online e-learning platform or offline in our reading rooms, or you can spend afternoons on our fun-filled social programme to get a real flavour of local life and culture.

CES Leeds Adult Class

Key Info

Details may vary between course location

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From €335 p/w
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Minimum Level
Elementary (A1)
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Start Date
Every Monday
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Minimum Age
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Lessons Per Week
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Average Class Size
12 (Max. 14)

Course Details

Right from the start, our experienced teachers will help you focus on the four crucial skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. From Monday to Friday in the classroom, our course is designed to make sure you are always building your language skills, while gradually increasing your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar at the same time. 

What you need to know

Designed for beginner level and above students, you will take 20 lessons per week from 09:00 - 13:00 (Ireland), 09:30 - 13:00 (UK) with each lesson lasting 45 (UK) - 55 (Ireland) minutes.

In Canada, the lessons are from 09:00 – 12:15, Monday to Friday.  Each lesson is 45 minutes in Canada.  


When can I start my course?

You can begin your Standard, Intensive and IELTS Prep courses every Monday morning. If you are taking Cambridge, IELTS Express, Business English and Teacher Training courses, these will have specific start dates and times during the year which they run.

What are the Class times?

In Dublin, your classes run Monday to Friday, starting at 09:00 and ending at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 20 minutes until 11.20.

In the UK, your classes run Monday to Friday, starting at 09:30 and ending at 13:00. Classes break at 11:00 for 30 minutes until 11:30.

In Canada, the Standard courses are from 09:00 – 12:15, Monday to Friday.  Intensive lessons are from 09:00 – 14:00, Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 12:15 on Fridays. 

What time does the school building open?

Our school buildings open at 08:30 Monday to Friday and are not open at the weekend.

Will the classes follow a textbook?

Your lessons are developed by your teachers and are designed specifically to meet your needs. Every week a new programme will be shared with you so that you will be aware of that week’s learning goals.

All classes at CES use a coursebook. These are available from reception and form an essential part of your lessons. Please note, each level uses a different book, so you will need to purchase subsequent textbooks as you progress.

How will you decide which class I will be placed into?

A level test will be sent to you in advance of your arrival. This will assess your grammar, writing and speaking skills and is used by our academic teams to place you in the most appropriate class.

Will I be able to move up or down levels during my stay?

We offer a system of continuous assessment during your study and at the end of each week our academic team will discuss which students should move to a different level in order to maximise their language experience.

If you have any questions about your level, please speak to your class teacher or to the Director of Studies.

Accommodation Options
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We carefully choose people and families to host hundreds of students every year. You’ll get to share meals with your host in their home while practising your English in a fun and relaxed setting.

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student accommodation


If you need self-catering student accommodation, we can offer you many options, dependent on availability, in Dublin, London, Vancouver, Toronto, Leeds and Worthing.

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Social Programmes

Enjoy life in your new home city just like the locals do. Our Social and Cultural Programme is a great way to improve your English, get to know your classmates, and truly experience and understand your new culture. From museum visits to sports afternoons and everything in-between, you’ll be kept busy.

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Hear from our Students

“After four weeks, I finished the General English Course at Centre of English Studies (CES) in Toronto - Canada. It was an incredible experience and an amazing oportunity to put my skills in another level. I feel grateful to everyone that I met..."

Gustavo - Brazil


“I want to express special thanks to Billy and Molly - you are the best teachers! Thank you for everything @cesschools and to my classmates from around the world!”

Dmitrii - Russia

Ready to Start your CES Journey?

CES has a dedicated team that will be able to look after all your needs and requirements with CES Online.