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General English
Intensive Course

This course is designed to increase your fluency in as short a time as possible, and to introduce a range of specialist subjects taught in Special Interest Groups.

Sample of timetable for the Intensive course

Intensive Course

The course

This is our most popular course across our five schools.

It has the right balance of hours of study to maximise fluency in a short period of time. Aside from the hours of General English, you will be able to choose from a range of Special Interest Groups. 

What is included in the price

  • 28 lessons per week
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Kings Study File, teaching materials and use of coursebook
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to ClassMate online learning
  • Wireless internet in College
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate

Course structure and content

28 lessons per week, mornings and afternoons.


20 lessons per week of General English

8 lessons per week in Special Interest Groups, in which you study a range of more specialist English language topics to suit your needs and interests.

Plus for courses of 24 weeks or more:

6 guided independent study sessions each week, with support from a teacher.

During the summer you might have lessons in the mornings, afternoons or a combination of both.

Special Interest Groups

These are lessons you combine with an Intensive Course or a Diploma of English. As for the General English lessons, these lessons are 45 minutes-long. Their purpose is to integrate the General English lessons with additional learning opportunities.

The number of lessons will depend on the course you choose:

  • Intensive Course: 8 Special Interest Groups lessons per week
  • Super Intensive Course: 16 Special Interest Group lessons per week
  • Diploma of English (only Intensive version): 8 Special Interest Group lessons per week

The choice of subjects will depend on the student's level of English and on the location: Kings Levels 1-4, Kings levels 5+ and additional location-specific Special Interest Groups. 

Please note we also offer five different types of English Plus courses, which include specialist lessons. Go to English Plus for more details.

Kings Levels 1-4 (Beginner to Intermediate)

Lower level students take SIGs in both Fluency and Discussion, and Listening and Pronunciation. They can also follow the Art and Design SIG.

Fluency and Discussion

Contributing to discussions
Using role-play to communicate
Developing mini-presentations
Taking part in drama activities

Listening and Pronunciation

Sounds, stress, rhythm and intonation
Sound units (phonemes)
Articulating sounds
Using primary and secondary stress
Understanding sentence rhythm — intonation, emotion and meaning

Art and Design (Oxford and London)

Developing your creative expression
Practical project work
Drawing and painting techniques
Using different media and materials
Preparing a portfolio

Kings Levels 5+ (Intermediate to Advanced)

Students at higher level cal take Special Interest Groups in specialist subjects including:

IELTS Preparation

Essential grammar and vocabulary
Exam techniques and strategies
Read more quickly and effectively
Listening comprehension
Organising your writing
Self-correction techniques

TOEFL Preparation (USA)

Essential grammar and vocabulary
Exam technique and strategies
Self-correction techniques
Regular practice exams

Academic Reading and Writing

Developing presentation skills
Learning to plan and write an essay
Learning effective subject research
Improving reading strategies

General Writing Skills

Improve general writing skills in a variety of documents
Informal letters
Short essays
Feature articles
Formal reports

Grammar Expert

Provides deep understanding of different grammar topics
Specialist class dedicated to grammar development

Business English (London, Boston)

Practical English for the workplace
Making phone and skype calls
Business presentations
Interview practice and resume writing
Email and formal letter writing

Other Special Interest Groups

Depending on your choice of location, additional Special Interest Group subjects might include:

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation (FCE/CAE)
  • GMAT preparation
  • Business English
  • British Life and Culture
  • American Culture and Film
  • Elementary Writing Skills
  • General Reading
  • Pronunciation
  • Acting and Debate