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Learn General English

We offer an exciting range of General English courses for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, and to suit different budgets. We also offer timetables that give you the flexibility to choose a course that best suits your needs.

Course Features

  • Objectives - Our core class is an integrated skills class. It covers reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary. In this class you'll improve your accuracy (how correct your English is) and fluency (how well you can communicate). Lessons have daily and weekly objectives so you know what you’ll learn and how you’ll learn it.  Our teachers provide you with regular assessments that allow you to keep track of your progress. We use the Communicative Approach, so you'll learn English by using English—not by listening to grammar lectures and doing worksheets. We feel strongly that this is the most effective method to acquire English that students can use in the real world.
    The Syllabus for each level is mapped to the CEFR levels A1-C2. The levels define what you can do and Stafford House believes that language is for communication. Each of our Core Class Course Books is also mapped to the CEFR providing a consistent basis for developing your language skills.
  • Flexibility - From Standard to Intensive and Super Intensive, our range of English language courses offers you a choice on how intensively you want to study - whether that’s 20 lessons a week on a Standard course or 30 lessons a week on our Super Intensive. Plus with our range of modules you get to personalise your course to fit your needs.
  • How you learn - We believe that you will learn faster and more effectively if your lessons are engaging, fun and relevant, that’s why our teachers use a range of techniques and develop classes that are motivating and build your confidence. This will allow time to focus on any areas of weakness. Any weekly programme is influenced not only by the course book syllabus but also by the learning goals and interests of the students in any one group.
  • Testing on arrival - On your first day you will take a language assessment, to assess your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and how well you are able to understand and speak English. This helps us to understand the class you’ll be happiest and most successful in.
  • Monthly Tutorial - Every month you’ll have a one-to-one tutorial with a senior member of the academic team to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential. It’s a great opportunity to review your course choices and learning methods and to really make sure you achieve what you want to achieve.
  • Quality Assurance -  Our Directors of Studies are based in all of our schools to ensure our programmes are of the highest possible quality, our average class sizes are small, and that our students leave having gained the maximum from their time with us.

Quick Facts

Start Dates
Every Monday
Minimum Level
All UK and Canada English schools:
Standard, Intensive and Super Intensive
London & Toronto:
Flex English Programme
Max Class Size
Programme In-Class Clock Hours per Week  Number of Proficiency Levels Number of Weeks per Level Number of Programme Lessons per Week
Standard 15 7 12 20
Intensive 19 7 12 25
Super Intensive 23 7 12 30

Students will progress at their own pace. We recommend at least 80% attendance and completion of all homework and self-study recommendations

Sample Modules

All students on our Intensive (core course +1 module) and Super Intensive (core course +2 modules) courses can personalise their learning through the addition of specific modules. These modules allow students to study topics that best fit with their learning goals. Below are just a few for you to think about:


    Gain tools necessary to succeed in an English-speaking academic environment. Learners will gain the needed skills in: listening to lectures, note taking, academic discussion, presentations and essay writing.


    For Intermediate+ students who are on an IELTS path. An overview of the reading and writing components of the exam, the strategies needed for the question types and tasks, and a close look at vocabulary.


    Aimed at students studying for the Cambridge First, Advanced or Proficiency.This practical module is full of exam tips, practice tasks, vocab review and activation and will boost the skills of any Cambridge student.


    The purpose of this module is for students to develop their speaking skills for effective verbal communication in a variety of functional contexts such as socializing, complaining, apologizing, and persuading.


    Listen to interesting texts on a range of relevant topics and extract useful or interesting language while engaging with the content. You can also make your own talks, presentations, sketches etc, to practise your new language.


    This class will focus on isolated sounds, connected speech, and a look at variation of accent and dialect. People will understand you more easily and you will understand other people’s English faster.


    Learn and practise the collocations and phrasal verbs that make speaking natural. Excellent for Cambridge students, or anyone who would like to speak more naturally.


    A chance for low-level students to keep practising using the grammar they have been learning in class but don’t feel confident with. This could include tenses, irregular verbs, sentence structure, articles… anything they like! and make sure you are on track to reach your goals and fulfil your potential.


    For higher level students to practise using more complex grammatical structures and begin experimenting with different ways to express themselves.


    Learn to create successful presentations and acquire confidence to speak in front of an audience. Everything from body language to intonation, this module will give students all the tools to become a master presenter.


    Students will improve their social media skills to market themselves and their business. Students learn how to post on social media effectively and how to engage with their audience. Study how people use social media in their professional lives.


    Explore corporate cultures and traditions within different nationalities. Focus on the diversity of business cultures and their connections to and comparison with other countries. Share your own experiences and learn from others.

Available in all Stafford House Schools

Additional Options

One-to-one English

Our One-to-One English options can be completely tailor made according to your needs and objectives. This option is particularly useful for students who have a very particular need or for students who wish to learn very intensively.

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Adult Groups (UK & Canada)

Stafford House is a specialist in providing bespoke group services. We can adapt a package specific to your needs. Ideal for groups of students who wish to improve their language skills in a particular field of interest.

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Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read details student profiles

  • Abdullah


    Saudi Arabia

    “Stafford House is not too big, in fact it’s just the right size for me. I get lots of attention from the tutors and I get to interact with the classes. If I was in a larger school I do not think my English would be improving so quickly! These are the best teachers I have ever met in my life. I have been taught by so many in the past and it’s the teachers at School of English that have affected me the most.

    I love the social side of the School of English, the activities we do really involve me in the culture. When I tell friends of mine who are studying at other English schools about the activities I do here, they become jealous!

    I take part in activities every night; parties, football, music. I especially liked the recent ‘Arabic night’ we had - we cooked Arabic food, listened to Arabic music and dressed in traditional Arabic garments - I meet a lot of different people.”

  • Ahmad


    Saudi Arabia

    Teachers here are very experienced and they are very supportive! They listen to everyone and organise lessons in a way that it is useful to all. My vocabulary is growing and that’s very important for my future studies in civil engineering. I am very confident in my progress.

  • Ahmed



  • Alexandra



    “I love my morning lessons – my teachers are really good and my English is improving really quickly. The classes really make you think – you get to discuss ideas and this helps you learn better.

    I chose Stafford House School of English because it was recommended by my cousin. I like that there are so many people from so many countries here.

    I love Canterbury, it’s beautiful. I love the shopping, the history, the Cathedral, the coffee shops – I love being here and getting to hang out with my friends.”

  • Anna


    Viet Nam

    My name is Anna. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because I want to live and work here. I like this school because the teachers are fun and sociable.

  • Arda



    I want to share my happy moment with you. I got 6,5 IELTS score.
    Thank you for your assistance, advices and perfect IELTS teaching skills. It really helped me to improve a lot and I'm grateful for this. I think my London adventure is going to continue in September. I spent great time in London and gained very good friends. There's no doubt that I'll visit Stafford House to see my good teachers and friends who are still there. I'm looking forward to seeing you in September.

  • Asako



  • Asim


    Saudi Arabia

    Before Stafford House:
    I have never thought that I am going to be able to speak English in my life. When I see my father speaks English, I used to ask myself, how is it possible to speak another language like this? Until I decided to do my masters in the UK, I thought there might be a good opportunity to learn English language.

    At first, I had an acceptance from an English school in the north of Wales. I was very advocated to see what this country is like and how I am going to experience this completely new life. But when I arrived I was surprised that there are so many students who speak my own language, I even didn’t have a resident arrangement from the school.

    I was really disappointed. After spending 4 months without any improvement in my English, my friends advised me to change this school to another one called Stafford House School of English. To be honest I was afraid that I would end up with the same problems.

    First Day in Canterbury:
    After deep thinking I managed to go to Canterbury. My first impression was quite good. Very nice small city, friendly people and it seemed that every thing is close to the school. I visited the school to get an acceptance. They were very welcoming. It was enough for me that the stuff was trying to understand what I was saying, because my English at that time was very poor.

    Then I got my acceptance with all dilates needed for the embassy including my host family information. I really liked the way they organise their business. After one long day, I went back home to renew my visa and come over again to start my course on 20/07/2009.

    Studying experience:
    My first day was completely different than the one I had in Wales. I saw so many people from all over the world, even people who are from my country they don’t speak my language in the class. There were so many activates during the week, such as, watching movies, playing pools, dancing, social activates and even sports. Even though I don’t like to do sports I started playing some.

    Stafford house has an excellent range of very qualified stuff and teachers. They helped me a lot to see my future direction and set up my plans wisely. Most importantly is that students can share their experiences with each other especially during the international activities. I can say now that I had the chance to enjoy learning not only English language but also every single thing about English culture and the world.

    I spent 10 fruitful months in Stafford House starting with pre-Intermediate level until I reached Advanced level. Throughout that period I did IELTS and FCE courses.

    Finally, This is only a little of the experience I had in this lovely school. I promise to advise every singe student who want to study English to join Stafford House School of English.

    Special thanks to
    Teachers: Marina, Annie and Jane.
    Director of studies: Nicky

  • Bader


    Saudi Arabia

  • Bernardo



    I met a lot of great people at Stafford House, and made good friends who I will stay in touch with when I leave. All of our teachers and staff are kind and helpful and I felt really prepared going into my IELTS exam.



  • Claire


    South Korea

    My name is Claire. I am from Korea and I was born in Seoul. I am studying English because I don’t speak English very well. This school is different because I have many friends here. I like to make friends.

  • Cleide



    "Canterbury is a very nice city because it’s old and rich in history. It’s a chance to meet people from other cultures. It’s nice to open your mind. I’ve enjoyed going to museums and gardens. And pubs! I’ve made friends. It’s very nice. You can meet people from all over the world. The students are very friendly and nice. I think I’ll stay in touch with some.

    I think the teachers are good and very friendly. There are good buildings and computers. It’s a good school and a responsible school."

  • Daisy


    Viet Nam

  • Dani



  • Daniel



    I’m really happy here, all the teachers that I have are very good and now that I’ve passed more time in the school and from the marks on different tests I can see that I’m progressing. I have a lot of friends in the school and they are from different nationalities and we can learn about different cultures.
    And I really like people in London – they are very friendly!


  • Eduardo



  • Einar



  • Ekaterina



    "I like Canterbury, I wish I could live here always – it’s so small, safe, peaceful and clean.”

  • Fahad


    Saudi Arabia

    "The School was recommended to me by my uncle because it has good teachers and a good study atmosphere. All the staff are helpful and you feel that you are in safe hands.

    My English has really improved here and I hope to do well in the FCE and IELTS exams. My plan is to go to university in England."

  • Federico



  • Gary



  • Giulia



    “I hope to study medicine at university. I know that having a good understanding of English will help me with this.

    I love my lessons at Stafford House School of English. My teacher, Marina, really helps me with my English speaking – she is very understanding and friendly.

    There is a lot of freedom here. Everyone is free to do what they like (within reason!). Canterbury is a wonderful town – everything you need is here; shopping, coffee shops and the beach close-by, plus there’s a great social life.”

  • Goksenin



  • Hani


    Saudi Arabia

    “Canterbury is a really friendly and safe city.

    My favourite thing about School of English is the teachers, because they make me feel so welcome - I really feel like I am in my own country!

    The other students are like my sisters and brothers - I feel like I am at home here. Canterbury is not too big or too strange - you can walk anywhere, explore and find great places to hang out.”

  • Hee-Young


    South Korea

    I like Stafford House, teachers are very nice, my host family is great and I get to spend a lot of time with my international friends at social programme. It’s my first time in Europe and it’s been an amazing experience so far – I would recommend it to my friends!

  • Hosam


    Saudi Arabia

    The teachers here are very very good! I started here as a beginner and I didn’t know what I was saying, it was difficult to talk and understand others, communicate with people from different countries with different accents, now really I find it so easy to communicate with both internationals and native speakers and understand what they say. I think I’m ready to start my university studies and that means I’ve achieved my goal. I’ve passed the exams to start my pre-sessional course so Stafford House helped me to get into university that I wanted.

    Staff here is very helpful they always smile and always friendly – provide us help with everything we need. Stafford House is something else, it’s difficult to explain, it’s like my second home – I will miss it very much.

  • Jan



    “Canterbury has a lot to offer; it has a great social life, it’s really welcoming to international students and it has a friendly atmosphere. I find the School to be an exceptionally pleasant place to study in – a really relaxed environment. The teachers are fun and approachable, and I enjoy mixing with so many other nationalities – learning about other cultures and making new friends."

  • Jingwen Li

    Jingwen Li


    I’m a Chinese girl who have been in Toronto for 6 months. When I arrived in Toronto, it was winter and the snow covered everywhere. I thought it wouldn’t be great but enjoyed the difference from my country and for the first month, I always went to the library and tried to practice English by communicating with local people. In this multi-cultural city, people are very helpful to others especially the teachers and staff at this school. By participating in many different activities the school offers, I was able to make many friends from different countries. I’m currently in Academic Program and will go to College next year through the pathway program.

  • Jixing



    “We always have fun in the lessons, plus they are always interesting – my English is improving all the time. Canterbury is perfect for studying – it’s so peaceful. Plus the coast is really close by – I love being able to swim in the sea and relax at the beach.”

  • Juan



  • Juan



  • Kevin


    Hong Kong

    Kevin spent 5 months at Stafford House School of English in Canterbury and is now preparing to begin the Pre: Programme at CATS College Canterbury.

    Kevin's story
    Kevin finished F.5 in HK in last July, but the result was disappointing, with an English IELTS of only 2.5.

    His mother visited Stafford House in September together with Kevin, and they decided it would be a good place for him to improve his English before further study.

    Kevin made many friends from around the world - Korea, Saudi Arabia and more.

    After only 5 months at Stafford House, Kevin's mother was delighted to find that Kevin had improved significantly – he is now able to speak English well and his listening skills are also very strong.

    For his accommodation, Kevin chose the homestay option, staying with a local family. This was so successful he has asked to stay with the same family when he moves over to CATS College Canterbury.

    Kevin's aim is to study the A level Business pathway at CATS and is looking forward to going to University in a couple of years.

  • Kirill Medintcev

    Kirill Medintcev


    Toronto is a unique city where people from all over the world live and work. My language school is a part of Toronto, there are students from all over the world. The school is conveniently located near the subway station. All the formalities and any issues are solved quickly with excellent student service staff: Akane, Veronika and Sam.

    I really like the size of classes and the large windows with them. This school also has computer room and a comfortable room where you can have lunch. My lovely teacher doesn’t leave any questions unanswered and make sure everyone in my class understand. I’m sure that the study in this school will bring the expected result! Education is always in a positive way and many events and activities are hosted by the school almost every day.

  • Lee


    North Korea

    "A friend recommended the School to me because of the teachers who are so friendly and the nationality mix which means I can speak English all the time.

    I like Canterbury because the people are welcoming and I can take the opportunity to talk with them."

  • Leo



  • Man


    Hong Kong

    “The teachers do not just teach us English, but they also understand how we are feeling – they are really supportive, they really care about you. Canterbury is good for shopping, and having London so close by is great."

  • Marcella



  • Mizuki



  • Natalia



  • Noelle



    “I love to travel and wanted to improve my English because it’s the world’s language. My time at Stafford House really helped me a lot to talk to people from other countries and understand different accents. The classes at School of English are fun! We play lots of games and I felt immediately welcome.”

  • Paddy



  • Pat



  • Pattanan



    "The school provides everything a student wants and the teachers are very helpful, cheerful and kind.

    I chose Canterbury because it's a quiet town where I can concentrate on my studies. The environment here is suitable for studying in every way. The most important thing is that the staff care about what students think and listen to them."

  • Rui



  • Sarah


    Viet Nam

    My name is Sarah. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because my English is still very low. I want my English to be better before entering high school. I feel comfortable when I study here because the teachers teach very well. I have many people here who are the same as me; I don’t feel alone. 

  • Sasha



  • Selver



  • Sofia



  • Sohayeb


    Saudi Arabia

  • Song Bae Lee

    Song Bae Lee

    South Korea

    I’m from Korea and am studying English here. At this school, I can meet various people from other countries! And every staff are really helpful. As I’ve been taking the Academic program, my English skills including reading, listening, vocabulary, as well as writing have been improved a lot.

    Toronto has over a hundred races and is known as a multi-cultural city. There are many places to visit, many attractions and events to participate in this city. It’s a great place to study English and get to know different cultures at same time. It’s your turn to experience it!!

  • Stephanie



  • Takamasa



    “The nationality mix at the School is great because there are so few Japanese students and lots of other nationalities. This has made learning English much easier and has enabled me to learn about lots of different cultures at the same time.”

  • Thai Carvalho

    Thai Carvalho


    Toronto is a large multi-cultural city located in the East of Canada, which is a beautiful and developed country attracting tourists and students from all over the world. This school is a very welcoming school located in the area called North York. This area is very safe and clean. There is easy access to the transportation and to Downtown Toronto as well.

    That’s why I chose Toronto and think that it was my best choice for my exchange experience. The opportunity to meet people from many different countries and learn about their cultures in one city that also offers both nature and city side, is very satisfying! 

  • Thiego



  • Vivianne



  • Wenyan



  • Zaid Alsubaie

    Zaid Alsubaie

    Saudi Arabia

    My study abroad experience is completed in Toronto. I can live in one of the biggest, greatest, and safest Metropolitan cities. Every day, I have a new experience and face many opportunities.

    About English study, I took ESL and am currently in Academic Program and my teacher is amazing. She provides us with different materials, not only from the textbooks but some reading materials from the news, Internet and some other books like TED. I’ve learnt and been given more than I expected.

  • Zhanar



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