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General English (English Foundation)

Learn the building blocks of the English language and develop strong foundational skills to grow from.

Start building your English Foundation online in interactive classes with other international students.

Set yourself up for success in your learning journey by building foundational English language skills through General English online! This program is designed to equip you with a solid understanding of English basics that you can grow from as a beginner student. Take the first step towards your English studies with this interactive and dynamic program, and enjoy the freedom and flexibility to learn from anywhere in the world with an internet connection!




1 week minimum


Intensive Online (20 hours per week),
Semi-Intensive Online (15 hours per week),
Elective Online (5 hours per week)
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Every Monday (except the last week of a session)

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ILSC Beginner 1 to Beginner 4

Students must complete the ILSC ACADEMIC English Placement Test in order to be placed in the right level.


What you'll learn

Learn the fundamentals of the English language for effective communication while forming a basis for higher-level language learning and growth. 

Online General English can help you develop English language proficiency for everyday communication, work opportunities, and future studies. Whether you're new to English or desire to build a strong foundation before learning higher-level language skills, this program is the perfect start for beginner students.

Our English Foundation Class makes up the core of the learning in this program. Students who want to strengthen their English skill set and target specific skills can choose a schedule that includes elective classes.

English Foundation Class

English Foundation is designed to help you develop a solid understanding and application of English language fundamentals. This beginner course will equip you with essential language skills, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

  • Language Levels:  B1,  B2,  B3,  B4

Elective Class*

If you choose the Intensive Online Schedule, you'll have either 1 elective class to complement your core English Foundation learning. Students who choose the Elective Online schedule will participate in the Elective class only. Choose from classes like: Academic Vocabulary, Academic Writing, IELTS Skills, Grammar, Reading, and Writing.

*Class selection is subject to availability and may vary depending on enrolment.

Why Choose the Online General English Program (English Foundation)

  • Learn the basics of the English language in interactive, virtual classes designed for students at the ILSC Beginner 1 to Beginner 4 levels.
  • Schedules available in two time zones to fit your life wherever you are around the globe
  • Choose to study 5, 15, or 20 hours a week, depending on your budget, availability, and progression goals.
  • Develop a strong English language foundation to prepare for our higher-level Online English (or in class) programs.
  • Join classes from wherever you are in the world and study English online for your future travel, higher education, or career dreams.
  • Study with teachers who have bachelor’s degrees, English teaching qualifications, passion, and years of experience helping students achieve their language learning goals.
  • Classes are powered by leading-edge technologies like Microsoft Teams and Moodle. You’ll also have full access to the Office 365 suite of online resources.
  • Easily access your virtual English for Academic Purposes classes through or the myilsc app.

Study Schedules

Choose the study schedule that fits your English learning needs and goals. The more lessons you take each week, the faster your English skills will progress.

CORE CLASSES: Core classes provide a strong, comprehensive foundation in the subject area.

ELECTIVE CLASSES: Elective classes build on your core learning and enhance linguistic skills through content focused on your particular interests, weak areas, or to help you achieve specific learning goals.

PROGRAM: A program at ILSC is the study package you build that meets your interests and helps you achieve your goals. A program can also be a pre-packaged selection of classes created by ILSC.

1 lesson = 50 minutes.


Intensive Online

24 lessons / 20 hours per week
Ideal for goal-driven & university pathway students who want to progress fast and enjoy a variety of course options
Mon-Fri  OR  Sun-Thu*
3 hours
Mon-Fri  OR  Sun-Thu*
1 hour
*Exact start and end times and days of the week will vary depending on your time zone.  All students will enjoy 5 consecutive days per week of study.

Semi-Intensive Online

18 lessons / 15 hours per week
Ideal for students who want progression and a variety of class options with more flexibility
Mon-Fri  OR  Sun-Thu*
3 hours
*Exact start and end times and days of the week will vary depending on your time zone.  All students will enjoy 5 consecutive days per week of study.

Elective Online

6 lessons / 5 hours per week
Ideal for students who want maximum flexibility to fit their English study into their busy lifestyle.
Mon-Fri  OR  Sun-Thu*
1 hours
*Exact start and end times and days of the week will vary depending on your time zone.  All students will enjoy 5 consecutive days per week of study.

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