General English

General English classes are designed for students of all levels who wish to study English intensively and make recognised progress in speaking, reading, writing, listening and grammar. A test is taken on arrival and progress is monitored with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) given to you on your first day. 

ISE teaches full time General English classes all year at these levels:
1. Beginners
2. Elementary
3. Pre-Intermediate
4. Intermediate
5. Upper Intermediate
6. Advanced

See our current class timetable

ISE offers a flexible timetable with classes running in the morning, afternoon and evening. We always try to create the best timetable to fit in with your time in Brighton. 



Progress Promise

Your English is guaranteed to improve at ISE.

Improving our students' level of English is our priority. Our teachers are all qualified, experienced and trained to help you develop your English skills and reach your targets using proven classroom methods, ISE's student centred philosophy and an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for each student. 

To make guaranteed improvement in English, we ask you to follow the ISE Rules of Study:

  1. Attend all your classes
  2. Complete all your homework
  3. Arrive in class on time
  4. Participate in all classroom activities
  5. Speak only English in class

To progress from one level to the next, on average the following classroom study hours are required:

Level CEFR Level Full time (15 hrs  p/w) Total Hours Exam
Absolute Beginner to Beginner 0 - A0 6 to 10 weeks Up to 150 -
Beginner to Elementary A0 - A1 6 weeks 90 -
Elementary to Pre-Intermediate A1 - A2 8 to 9 weeks 135 KET
Pre-Intermediate - Intermediate A2 - B1 10 to 12 weeks 180 PET / IELTS
Intermediate - Upper Intermediate B1 - B2 12 to 20 weeks 300 FCE / IELTS
Upper Intermediate - Advanced B2 - C1 12 to 20 weeks 300 CAE / IELTS
Advanced - Proficiency C1 - C2 12 to 16 weeks 240 CPE / IELTS


International Enrolment form

Take a free online test to check your level of English:

British Council English test  

Cambridge General English test

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