General English

LILA* Liverpool

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Course description

General English is a full time, 15 hour per week course which aims to give you confidence in communicating in an English speaking environment. The course is taught in weekly modules focusing on the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing whilst covering essential grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and common English phrases. General English is designed for students who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English while experiencing the vibrancy and excitement of Liverpool or London.

General English can also be combined with Plus 6, IELTS preparation, or Business English to create an intensive programme.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
1-52 weeks
Start dates
Every Monday
Classes per week
20 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 45 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday
School holidays
08 May 2020, 10 May 2020, 31 Aug 2020, 25 Dec 2020, 28 Dec 2020

Class times

Morning session
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Break
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Morning session
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Afternoon session
02:45 PM - 04:15 PM
Break
04:15 PM - 04:30 PM
Afternoon session
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test before your arrival in Liverpool to determine your class level.

Class size

Average 10 students
Maximum 18 students

Student age

Age range 16 years old and older
Average 26 years old

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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reviews

Reviews

92% recommend

based on 13 reviews
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"It's very good experiece !"

Claire Orhan, student from France

It's very good experience, the teachers give desire learn english and their courses it's excellent and dynamic. A location Lila's it's good and it's simple for find a school.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
21 Jan 2019 - 8 Feb 2019
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Very good experience!"

Omar Nasser A Alghamdi, student from Saudi Arabia

Very good classes! ..........................................................................................

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
6 Aug 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Good experience"

Sara , student from France

Everything (teachers, location,housing ..........) was perfect.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
10 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"A great experience!"

iury carlos da silva, student from Brazil

Though I had very good moments at Lila, with good classes, staff very friendly, awesome teachers, I would like to point some issues:

The rooms are not lit enough. As an electrical engineer, I`m able to talk with property about this topic. All rooms have some deficiency of light to read tasks. I recommend a review of the light system that must change according to the colors of floor and walls.

During the first week, we had classes in a room without lights! The problem was solved just at the middle of the second week. I had headache almost every day. A teacher tried to move us to another room. But, even there, some lights were not working.


On the end of my period there, many friends were complaining about a specific teacher that is not native and had a very hard accent. I never had classes with him and I think this is not a rule, but travel abroad to study in a native english country and had classes with not native english teachers doesn`t make sense.

In Lila there are very good not native teachers, but would be nice a more criterious way to evaluate the new teachers.

Except by these points, everything was fine.


I must leave here my congratulations to the host family. They were amazing, very friendly! They deserve some kind of award. I felt in home for all time that I share with them.
They made the difference!

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
5 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"The best introduction to the city and the culture of Liverpool."

Daniel Gil, student from Venezuela

I was comfortable with the class and the teachers. Everybody was so cool with me. My host family was the best part of the experience, excellent people and excellent condition of a place to stay.

The only thing I didn't like was to wait so much time to know my host family details. It would've been better to have more time prior to my travel to make a phone call to my host family. Fortunately they were special people and I could feel like at home since the first day.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
7 weeks
Date of study
3 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"I spent three wonderful weeks in Liverpool and going to Lila school was a right decision!"

Maria Polishchuk, student from Russia

I loved everything in Lila! The school has a great location, very close to the city center and the bus stops. The lessons were exciting, I learned lots of new things. All the staff and teachers were so kind and always ready to help; and special thanks to Alex Evans, the best English teacher ever!
I really enjoyed the activities, there was a wide variety of different trips and excursions for any taste.
It was so cool to meet many people from all over the world and make lots of new friends.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
8 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Excellent experience"

Emanuele Magri, student from Italy

I really liked the classes, teachers, location, facilities, activities, and housing.

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My ratings for this school

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Date of study
15 Aug 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Nice school"

Abdullah Sameer A Alsaad, student from Saudi Arabia

The school is in down town and everything is near. The activities aren't that good. There aren't many activities.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
24 Aug 2015 - 18 Sep 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"It was a very interesting experience to get to know people from all over the world."

Charline Gerwert, student from Germany

I was in one advanced class and I really liked it. We usually were around 8 people and could discuss a lot of different topics such as the law, fashion and health. We had different teachers almost every week, so that it was very interesting to see in what way they tried to teach. Sometimes there were games, sometimes we had a discussion as a whole group or in pairs and sometimes we tried to work for ourselves so that it was a good mixture. The school has normal classrooms with whiteboards and tables so that it is no problem to learn there.

The social activities Lila offered were quite nice and it was good that there was a plan with all the activities available for each week. My housing was a bit outside the city centre, so that I had to walk 25 minutes. It was okay when it did not rain. I would have wished that more people of my accommodation would have gone to Lila, but on the other hand, I got to know nice people in the accommodation too who did not got to Lila but studied or worked in Liverpool.

All in all, it was a great experience and I was happy to go to Lila, because I think that it is one of the best and easiest way to make new friends.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
5 weeks
Date of study
27 Jul 2015 - 4 Sep 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"I am happy I learned English"

Jérémy Lambert, student from France

Learn English to Lila was really interesting, because the teacher was interesting and dynamic. Liverpool had very nice people. My level in English is better now.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
13 Jul 2015 - 7 Aug 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
Lisa Santamera, Sales and Marketing Officer at LILA* Liverpool responded to this review.
26 August 2015

Hi Jeremy,
Thank you for taking the time to tell us a little about your recent experience at LILA*!
We hope to see you again in the future.
The LILA* Team

"It was a very very great experience. I have learned a lot and I would like to go back!"

Sophie Dostal, student from Austria

The teachers were very friendly and nice. I have learned a lot of new things. The lessons were fun, but we still learned new things. My classmates were very nice too. The location was quite nice and it was near to the train station, which I liked.

All in all, it was wonderful!

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My ratings for this school

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Date of study
27 Jul 2015 - 31 Jul 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
Lisa Santamera, Sales and Marketing Officer at LILA* Liverpool responded to this review.
24 August 2015

Hi Sophie,
Thank you so much for leaving a lovely review of LILA* Liverpool.
We'd love to have you back in the future!
The LILA* team

"I had a great time. LILA staff was really kind and tried to help wherever they could."

Barbara Zweiel

I liked classes. The teachers were great, but one thing I really missed was improving my grammar. Even in advanced class, we didn't practice much grammar. Most of the time we just did speaking which improved my English skills, but also got boring because we didn't write things down or write any essays.
I stayed at Alexander Terrace which, I think, was the worst part of my stay in Liverpool. During the last week, there was no hot water and anyway it was so dirty that it was impossible to use the kitchen there.

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
29 Sep 2013 - 19 Oct 2013
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"The school and the people are nice but it has no sturcture and the teacher are not really organised"

Schnyder Reto

The time in LILA was nice, but i have to say that in my opinion the school should have a better structure. The teachers should be more organized.

With that I mean is that some teachers did at the same topics at the same time, and have also the same handouts for the students, which were quite boring.

Also the variety of the lessons are often the same, and if a person is not that into Art and stuff like this, it is just not interesting. Of course, Liverpool has a great history of music and art, but after one or two months I had enough. Everybody was talking about these things, even out of the school. At the advanced level, I also wish to talk about politics and business in English, but the teacher never talked about that. I couldn't figure out why, but sometimes I thought the teachers were afraid to talk about it, because they had a lot of different students with different cultural backgrounds. If a person like me is at the school for a couple months, it is a lot of repetition of the topics.

I also wished that the classes are better split, like grammar lesson, conversation, and write and reading, because if a student would like to improve their grammar skills it is almost impossible because 80% of the lessons are conversation. That is also the main reason why I can't recommend the school. Sometimes I thought some teacher were just not willing to do some grammar lessons because it is a bit a dry topic, but i mean that's a part of the language.

Another important thing is that all of the teachers should work with the schoolbook, because we have to buy the book for 25 pounds and at the end we got always handouts from some teacher from other books because they thought their own book would be better. Of course some teacher doesn't like this book, but if the teachers work with different books, the students shouldn't have to buy this books because that is quite piss-take.

I really a have to say Faith, Steven, and David did a great job it was a pleasure to have these three people as a teacher I wish more teachers would be like them.

The last negative thing the LILA wifi please remove it or change it with a wifi which works. The most of the time the wifi was so bad that I couldn't use my English dictionary. Better no wifi than a wifi like that. big minus point.

What I really liked were the Tutorials. It was really interesting to see how I improved my level from month to month. What I also liked were the trips. Hanna organized them always very well.

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Duration of study
11 weeks
Date of study
5 Aug 2013 - 25 Oct 2013
Would you recommend this school?
No
housing

Housing

LILA* offers the following housing types:
homestay

Homestay Half Board, Twin Room

A$ 281
weekly
Age range: 12 years old and older
Location: Various Liverpool and Merseyside locations
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends (15 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and heating
Distance to school: 20 - 45 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
Restriction: 2 students must book together
A$ 281
Homestay is perfect for students who want to stay with local people and immerse themselves in the English culture. Students are welcomed into the family and encouraged to settle in to their 'home away from home'. Students can be placed in a single or twin room and share the other living areas with the hosts who range from singles or couples to families and young professionals.

We also have specially selected DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked hosts who are experienced in hosting juniors and younger students - perfect for our Junior Programmes and Groups!

Available to students aged 12+

Homestay accommodation is available all year subject to availability.

There are two options when staying with a host family in Liverpool:

Half Board –Breakfast and dinner included (Monday – Saturday, with lunch on Sundays)
Full Board – Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (Monday – Sunday)
Most of our host families live in the suburbs of Liverpool, not in the city centre, so students must be prepared to travel for approximately 20-45 minutes to and from school via public transport.

Homestay Half Board

A$ 312
weekly
Age range: 12 years old and older
Location: Various locations across Liverpool and Merseyside
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends (16 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, free internet, and heating
Distance to school: 20 - 45 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 312
Homestay is perfect for students who want to stay with local people and immerse themselves in the English culture. Students are welcomed into the family and encouraged to settle in to their 'home away from home'. Students can be placed in a single or twin room and share the other living areas with the hosts who range from singles or couples to families and young professionals.

We also have specially selected DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked hosts who are experienced in hosting juniors and younger students - perfect for our Junior Programmes and Groups!

Available to students aged 12+

Homestay accommodation is available all year subject to availability.

There are two options when staying with a host family in Liverpool:

Half Board –Breakfast and dinner included (Monday – Saturday, with lunch on Sundays)
Full Board – Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (Monday – Sunday)

Most of our host families live in the suburbs of Liverpool, not in the city centre, so students must be prepared to travel for approximately 20-45 minutes to and from school via public transport.

Homestay, Full Board, Twin Room

A$ 312
weekly
Age range: 12 years old and older
Location: Various Liverpool and Merseyside locations
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and heating
Distance to school: 20 - 45 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
Restriction: 2 students must book together
A$ 312
Homestay is perfect for students who want to stay with local people and immerse themselves in the English culture. Students are welcomed into the family and encouraged to settle in to their 'home away from home'. Students can be placed in a single or twin room and share the other living areas with the hosts who range from singles or couples to families and young professionals.

We also have specially selected DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked hosts who are experienced in hosting juniors and younger students - perfect for our Junior Programmes and Groups!

Available to students aged 12+

Homestay accommodation is available all year subject to availability.

There are two options when staying with a host family in Liverpool:

Half Board –Breakfast and dinner included (Monday – Saturday, with lunch on Sundays)
Full Board – Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (Monday – Sunday)
Most of our host families live in the suburbs of Liverpool, not in the city centre, so students must be prepared to travel for approximately 20-45 minutes to and from school via public transport.

Homestay Full Board

A$ 333
weekly
Age range: 12 years old and older
Location: Various locations in Liverpool and Merseyside
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, free internet, and heating
Distance to school: 20 - 45 minutes by bus
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 333
Homestay is perfect for students who want to stay with local people and immerse themselves in the English culture. Students are welcomed into the family and encouraged to settle in to their 'home away from home'. Students can be placed in a single or twin room and share the other living areas with the hosts who range from singles or couples to families and young professionals.

We also have specially selected DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked hosts who are experienced in hosting juniors and younger students - perfect for our Junior Programmes and Groups!

Available to students aged 12+

Homestay accommodation is available all year subject to availability.

There are two options when staying with a host family in Liverpool:

Half Board –Breakfast and dinner included (Monday – Saturday, with lunch on Sundays)
Full Board – Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (Monday – Sunday)

Most of our host families live in the suburbs of Liverpool, not in the city centre, so students must be prepared to travel for approximately 20-45 minutes to and from school via public transport.
student-residence

Residence (Shared Bathroom) - Self-catering

A$ 249
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Liverpool
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, and heating
Distance to school: 5 - 30 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, before 10:00 AM
A$ 249
Shared Student Accommodation is for students who want to share with a varied mix of other LILA* and non-LILA* students and expand their social circle whilst in the UK. If you love your independence and meeting new people from different backgrounds then this option could be perfect for you.

Shared Student Accommodation options range from medium-sized shared houses to rooms within larger accommodation buildings which are all furnished and decorated to the highest standards. All of our shared accommodation options are located in popular student areas with access to local amenities (shops, bars etc) and good transport links. Some accommodations in Liverpool are within walking distance of LILA* while others in Liverpool and London require travel by public transport meaning you'll really get to know the city well!

Communal areas are cleaned and maintained regularly by the accommodation's management teams but it's students' responsibility to clean their individual rooms and common areas after preparing and eating food.

Only available to students aged 18+

Available year round subject to availability

All Shared Student Accommodation is self-catered and includes:

Fully furnished rooms
Shared kitchen/bathroom facilities
Kitchen utensils
Modern common area with TV
Onsite check in
Wi-Fi or internet
Bedding
Laundry facilities (some providers charge a small fee of approximately £2-£4)
Some properties have Sky/digital television, an IT suite and car parking available
Arrival Sunday, departure Saturday (extra nights available upon request)

Residence (En-Suite) - Self-catering

A$ 281
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Liverpool
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and tV room
Distance to school: 10 - 15 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 281
Residence (En-Suite) is a goodquality option for students who want to socialise and make new friends whilst in the UK but value having their own privacy, too. It is high standard, modern accommodation with en-suite facilities, common areas and fully equipped kitchens.

Residence (En-Suite) is located within walking distance of LILA* Liverpool, requires some travel in London, and is perfect for groups of friends coming together or even the single traveller hoping to make friends!

Communal areas are cleaned and maintained regularly by the accommodation's management teams but it's students' responsibility to clean their individual rooms and common areas after preparing and eating food.

Available year round to students aged 18+ subject to availability.

Supervised residence is available in Liverpool to students ages 16+ during the summer period only.

All Residence (En-Suite) accommodation includes:

Single en-suite bedrooms
Shared kitchen facilities and common areas
TV area
Wi-Fi
24 hour check in
Onsite management and security
Laundry facilities (some providers charge a small fee of approximately £2-£4)
Arrival Sunday, departure Saturday (extra nights available upon request)
apartment

Residence (Private Apartment) - Self-catering

A$ 322
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Liverpool
Housing type: Apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, and 24/7 supervision
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 322
This accommodation is available all year with limited availability.
Minimum booking 6 weeks for students studying minimum 21 hours per week.
Availability must be checked for studio apartment accommodation.

LILA* also offers self-contained studio apartments for one or two students who would prefer to live independently in the city centre of Liverpool. The studios have their own mini-kitchen and bathroom and are within walking distance of LILA* (5 minutes).

Facilities include:

Single and double apartments available
Fastest Wi-Fi available
Power showers
Hotel style access systems
Mini fridges and safes in all rooms
On site laundry service (approximately £2-£4)
24 hour reception and check in service
Extra night (up to 3 nights) = £30 per person/per night

Only available to students aged 18+.
visa

Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

If you are studying in the UK for over 11 months, you will receive a reference number called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that you need to submit to the UK embassy along with your General Student Visa application. Students who have successfully booked a language course and have paid their fees will receive a CAS from LILA*. Please note that UK law states that a CAS can only be issued to students who intend to pursue English language studies for over 11 months.

If you are studying in the UK for 11 months or less, you have to apply for a special visitor visa called a Student Visitor Visa. As a student visitor, you will not be able to work part-time while studying. If you plan to study in the UK for 11 months or less, a letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged £ 50 when you register.

Learn more about how to get a UK visa »

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Liverpool based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

Learn more about our insurance plan »

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