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General English Courses for Adults 30+

Learn English in the south of England with one of the top language schools in the UK! Here at LSI Portsmouth, we offer a range of General English courses exclusively for adults over 30. The programme is very flexible and consists of core morning classes with optional afternoon electives, so you can choose the course that best suits you, your language needs and your personal preferences.  If you can't choose from our afternoon electives, why not combine the options and do a week of each!  

General English 30 plus course students

Important information!

 Minimum English Level:  A2/Elementary
 Minimum Age:  30
 Maximum Class Size:  8 (Average 5)
 Course Length:  Minimum 1 week

Please note that there are no lessons on bank holidays: In 2017 bank holidays are on 25th March, 28th March, 2nd May, 30th May and 29th August.

 Core Mornings

  • Classes from 09.00 - 12.15 (15 hours of lessons per week)
  • Focus will be on communication with opportunity for practice
  • Opportunity to join our Executive students for accompanied lunch with teachers
  • Enjoy access to our modern Executive lounge offering free tea and coffee

Core mornings - sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lesson 1
9.00 - 10.30 (90mins)
Instructions, greetings and exchanging information Discussing schedules, habits and routines Describing experiences: past actions relating to the present Expressing needs and
Discussing future plans: forecasting and hypothesising
  Coffee Break  
Lesson 2
10.45 - 12.15 (90mins)
Making polite requests and clarifying information Describing past routines and habits Describing experiences: comparing similarities and differences Making plans and arrangements Weekly review and consolidation
  Lunch Break  

Afternoon Electives

In the afternoon, you can choose the option which best suits your needs.  Choose from:

  • Free time to enjoy Portsmouth
  • Intensive afternoon group classes (additional 10 hours per week in classes of maximum 8 students)
  • Individual one to one lessons (choice of either an extra 10 hours or 5 hours)
  • British Culture, History and Portsmouth - Portsmouth has a rich historical and literary tradition so why not discover it in the company of one of our teachers?* 
    *Please note that this option is only available on set dates - please see the dates and fees sheet for more information*

Intensive elective - sample timetable

Lesson 3
1.15 - 2.30
75 mins
Socialising and Entertaining:
Ordering meals and drinks
Making Complaints:
Explaining and apologising
Expressing Opinions:
Agreeing and disagreeing
Understanding and using  idiomatic phrases and expressions FREE
to discover Portsmouth! 
Coffee Break
Lesson 4
75 mins
Using YouTube:
Food, recipes, etc.
Giving advice, suggestions and recommendations Listening and Discussion: The world of work Listening and Discussion: Travel, transport and holidays

If groups are too small, the equivalent 1:1 classes will be offered.

British Culture elective - sample timetable

 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday
 Discover Roman England the lasting
influences of the Romans today
 Find out about the creator of Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle with examples
of his work
 Learn about the famous English monarch Queen Victoria
and the poet Lord Tennyson
 Visit one of the best museums in the UK:
The Historic
Dockyard Museum
 Visit Porchester Castle, one of the most complete Roman castles to be seen in Europe  Visit to Portsmouth City Museum and the Conan Doyle display  Visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight  Take a boat trip around Portsmouth harbour, step aboard the Warrior and HMS Victory or see Henry VIII's ship, the Mary Rose 
    Friday afternoons are free however we usually have social activities organised at this time

 For more information about our 30+ courses, please see our brochure and dates and fees sheets for 2017

To book your course, complete this application form and email it to [email protected]  



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