General English Program in India - ELS 

General English - India

About the program

Our General English course helps you communicate more accurately and efficiently. The ELS General English course supports you as you develop skills that will help you communicate in English-speaking situations. In the mornings, you will study the fundamentals of the English language through Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment (or Skills Enhancement, in Master's levels), and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. Your afternoons will focus on Skills Enhancement Classes.


  • Key Language Skills: Listening, Pronunciation, Grammar, Speaking, and Vocabulary
  • Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but Skills Enhancement Classes may be dedicated to subjects such as Idioms, Film, Current Events, and Culture
  • Applied Learning: In India, Contact America! allows you to meet with University English-speakers, practice conversing while using real-world English, and listen to guest lecturers and participate in local excursions.

General English - India

  • Age Requirements
    • 18 (students below years permitted with Center Director's approval)
  • ELS Levels Covered
    • 12 Levels: 101 (Beginner) to 112 (Masters)
  • Maximum Students / Class Structure / Speaking Practice, Vocabulary Enrichment
    • 15
  • Maximum Students / Class Skills
    Enhancement Classes
    • 20
  • Number of Centers Offered
    • 1
  • Lessons / Week
    50 minutes each Monday – Friday
    • 30
  • Session / Level
    • 1 session (4-weeks) for each level
  • Start Dates Annually
    • 12


ELS offers 12 levels of instruction to accommodate students of all abilities. All ELS programs offer placement testing to help determine your level of proficiency and place you in the level that is the best fit for you.

You will learn the basics and foundations of the English language in the lower levels. As you progress through the levels, you will find more and more complexity in your courses.

At the end of each three-month session, students who meet the requirements of their level will move up to the next level.

As you move through the levels, you will gain new opportunities through more challenging courses and through higher education options.

Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
  • These abilities and options apply to both English for Academic Purposes and General English
  • These abilities and options apply to English for Academic Purposes students, who receive more reading and writing as part of a balanced curriculum.
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Option on Completion
  • Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Option on Completion
  • Begin an undergraduate degree program
  • Begin a University Certificate Program at participating ELS locations

Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Reads and writes with sufficient proficiency to satisfy professional and university requirements
  • Conducts business competently in English    
Option on Completion
  • Begin an undergraduate or graduate degree program

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