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About the program

Bond University College’s General English is designed to improve your English skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar for every day usage


Classes are available at six levels graded from Beginner to Advanced, with each level lasting 10 weeks. Class activities include:

  • active listening
  • pair and group practice
  • vocabulary and grammar
  • role play and drama
  • excursions
  • writing workshops
  • games, music, television and movies
  • you also have the option of choosing test preparation classes including Cambridge FCE, CAE, and IELTS programs.


Our General English programs are self-paced, with students assessed on weekly tasks, as well as a final test again in week 10 in the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and grammar.  Once a student has demonstrated the required competency, they will move up to the next level.

Suggested study schedule

General English programs commence every 10 weeks throughout the year (except for the 10 days over Christmas and New Year). It is best to start either at the beginning of a 10-week block or halfway through at the 5-week point, but students can commence on any Monday, if necessary.

Full-time study involves *25 hours per week. On average, a student can expect to take 10 weeks to complete each level.

* Full-time study hours include face-to-face tuition, teacher supervised activities & the opportunity for one-on-one teacher consultation

Course commencement dates for 2018

General English, IELTS, Cambridge FCE and CAE Preparation Streams
* Programs follow a revolving curriculum: students are welcome to join courses any Monday of the academic year.

Session 1 2nd January – 9th March, 2018

Session 2

Study Break

12th March – 18th May, 2018

4th - 15th April, 2018 (Commonwealth Games)

Session 3 21st May – 27th July, 2018
Session 4 30th July – 5th October, 2018
Session 5 8th October – 14th December, 2018

Sample Timetable: General English

Monday to Friday (excluding Wednesday) Wednesday (free BBQ lunch for all university students)

Session 1: 8:30am - 10:30am

Session 1: 8:30am - 10:00am

Session 2: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Session 2: 10:30am- 12:00pm

Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session 3: 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Students share their General English experience