General English

Study General English in Canada

Suitable for every learner, our General English courses improve your skills, giving you a practical understanding of the language and how to use it. Courses are available in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

What is General English program?

Through the General English program, students will learn how to accurately and effectively communicate in English. Furthermore the will be connecting with other students from all over the world. With this language program you will develop the basic skills which will further boost your confidence in using English in every-day situation. You will receive practical understanding of English and how to use it.

What is it like to take part in General English in Canada program?

Through the General English you will experience how your chosen language is spoken and used in many real-life situations. Relevant and engaging lessons will develop your understanding of grammar, vocabulary, idioms and pronunciation, and allow you practice the four skills of everyday communication: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Creative and energetic classes

Our teachers are qualified and experienced, and when it comes to creating lessons, they know what works. Classes are dynamic, engaging and motivating, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving targeted attention to your weaker areas. Relaxed and informal classroom environments create an encouraging atmosphere, to help build your confidence, realise your potential and advance towards fluency.

Learn by doing

At EC, progress is maximized as students are encouraged to learn by doing. Our task-based lessons focus on the active production of the language, promoting class participation and interaction between students.

Improve your ‘thinking time’

As your skills and confidence develop with support from your teachers, so too will your ability to listen, understand and respond quickly and effectively in either English or French. You will notice these improvements most of all when you take your new skills outside of the classroom and into everyday conversation in one of our vibrant destinations!

Expert support

Your teachers are trained to deliver on-going support, feedback and care throughout your time at EC. You will be taught by at least two teachers, exposing you to a variety of voices, improving your listening and boosting your vocabulary.

Authentic materials

We believe there is no substitute for authentic language so, in addition to text books, our teachers use resources taken from newspapers, TV, radio and the Internet. The authentic nature of these materials gives our students an appreciation of the richness of the language used in a variety of everyday contexts.

General English 30

Students taking the 30 lessons per week option benefit from more exposure in the classroom, which is extremely valuable. As you engage and absorb more, you will naturally adjust to thinking and communicating in your chosen language. This is a great course for developing fluency.

What are the requirements for General English in Canada?

You’ll get more out of this course if:

  • Your level is between Beginner and Advanced.
  • You want to improve your English with free-time spent in an English speaking country.
  • You want to improve your English level quickly and effectively while gaining confidence.
  • You want to improve your fluency and real understanding of English in everyday situations and contexts.

What are the program options for General English?

In order to improve your level and maximize your learning ability, the General English program is available in 3 options:

General English (20 lessons per week) – Provides practical understanding of English. Your confidence will improve as you practice all communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Semi-Intensive English (24 lessons per week) – Includes the 20 General English lessons and 4 special focus electives of your choice.

Intensive English (30 lessons per week) – Includes the General English level and also allows you to customize the course by adding 10 lessons per week from a wide selection of electives.

How to apply for the General English in Canada program?

If you wish to receive information regarding the General English in Canada fees, please Contact us.

In order to help the future students as much as possible, we gathered some useful that will help you budget your stay in Canada:

  • Visa application fee (approximately $100 – $150 CAD depending on exchange rates)
  • Medical insurance for duration of the program ($15 CAD / week)
  • Flight (depending on departure and arrival cities)
  • Airport Reception ($90 – $120 depending on city)
  • Accommodation ($700 – $850 CAD / month depending on meals, dorm, host family)
  • Transportation (monthly public transportation passes range from $80 – $150 CAD depending upon location)

Aside from the aforementioned services, Latitude International provides additional services including accommodation placement, airport reception, medical insurance and more. We are here to help you and advise you so please do not hesitate to ask us your questions!

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“Coming to Vancouver has really been a learning experience. I saw myself mature in ways I thought I had been. Learning from the pros and seeing the difference between learning at university and mentoring/ learning at work. The ability to stand my own and explore this great city. Since coming here I have found my confidence and passion of product design. Whether it’s from presenting or talking to clients I know I saw myself improve. Thank you, Canada.” – Faith, United Kingdom

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“My first job was at a coffee shop chain. I worked there for 2.5 months as a Barista. I also got a job as a server in the restaurant at a private tennis club. During this work abroad experience my English improved a lot. That’s mainly because I use different expressions than I learned in school. I can use a broader vocabulary now. Also, I met new people that have different cultures. All the Canadians here are really kind and helpful.” – Ilse, Germany

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“My volunteering is definitely off to a good start, all the people I met today were super nice and I think I’m going to like the work, too! I’m also settled in with my host family and I think I hit the jackpot with them because they are truly super welcoming.” – Borbala, Hungary

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Participant – National Park Volunteer

“I learned a lot of things about nature, wildlife and myself . I loved all the hikes and also spending time to help Parks Canada. The grizzly bear research allowed me to improve my English during the survey. I strongly recommend this experience!” P., Switzerland

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