Our General English courses are for all levels and have no minimum entry requirements. They are an ideal way to develop your fluency, accuracy and confidence to use English effectively in everyday “real life” situations including travel, work, shopping and study.

The courses focus on spoken English, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing. You will be assessed on an on-going basis in all these skills.

Pathways to further study

Bayside College has pathway arrangements with many TAFE and private Colleges in Melbourne. Students can gain direct entry into these TAFEs and other Colleges from Bayside, without sitting any further English tests.

General English courses in Melbourne


  • All our courses involve a minimum of 20 hours per week of classroom based face-to-face delivery. General English classes run from 9.00am to 1.15pm each Monday to Friday. Students are tested on their first day and placed in the class that is best for them.
  • Our General English course is split into 5 levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels. The course focuses on the 4 macro skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening. You will undertake a wide variety of tasks related to these skills and their use in “real life” situations.
  • You can enrol in our General English courses for any number of weeks, from 1 week to 60 weeks. You can start on any Monday.


Tuition fees depend on the period of the course. Please contact us for a quote for your proposed course.

  • Can start to talk about familiar topics and understand frequently used expressions related to immediate needs.
  • Can share information about personal background, immediate situation and personal needs.
  • Can label objects and read and write simple sentences.
  • Can start and sustain a short conversation with sympathetic native speakers on familiar topics.
  • Can read and understand postcards, short personal letters, emails and short texts.
  • Can express likes and dislikes and talk about recent events and future plans.
  • Able to participate in casual conversations in familiar situations.
  • Starting to comprehend the main ideas from news reports.
  • Can write on general topics including recent events and future plans.
  • Complex sentence structures attempted along with expanded vocabulary use.


  • Can participate with confidence in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social and vocational topics, using a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Can read extended texts of general interest and news items.
  • Capable of extended writing, often using complex sentence structures and easly express and justify opinions.
  • Able to communicate effectively in most situations with evidence of the use of sophisticated language to convey precise meaning.
  • Can use language flexibly to meet predictable and unpredictable social, vocational and academic needs.
  • Can produce complex spoken and written language.

Entry Requirements

None. You will be given a placement test on your first day and placed in the best class for your skill level.

Open to Student, Working Holiday, Tourist and other visas.


Assessment is on-going and involves a variety of tasks including written tests, listening tests, oral presentations and teacher assessment.



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