General English


What is General English (GE)?

Our General English courses cater for those who wish to improve their English communication skills for work, international travel and further study. Our teachers use a combination of resources and teaching techniques which target the specific needs of each group of students.

How is the GE course taught?

General English is taught using the communicative approach, where students are encouraged to actively participate in the classroom. The syllabus is based on the very latest ESL materials and text books, with the use of supplementary materials gathered from a wide range of sources including newspapers, magazines, films, radio and the Internet. Our teachers adapt many of these authentic materials to suit the level and characteristics of each particular class.

Task-based learning also features in the programme, which means learners are actively involved in improving their English skills whilst working cooperatively with other students to acquire new knowledge in their areas of interest.

All General English students have 2 morning classes a day for the main syllabus, and an afternoon class where the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are developed.


8 - 52 weeks.


Metro English College offers all levels of General English, from Beginner to Advanced.

When you arrive at MEC

You need to arrive before 9am on the first day of your course (usually Monday). Inform reception on Level 4, 127 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Please then go to Room 409B to complete registration.

The Director of Studies will introduce you to Metro English College with a presentation telling you what you can expect during your stay. You will also receive help to set up your online student account (MyGCA) and go on a guided tour of the building and facilities.

You will be given a placement test in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, so we can put you in the most suitable class for your level.

Intake Dates

Every Monday of each week excluding public holidays and the Christmas period. If there is a public holiday Monday, intake falls on a Tuesday.