Standard General English (15 Hours p/w)

MC Academy

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Course description

The General English courses we provide at MCSE are designed for students of all levels of English who want to improve their language skills in order to facilitate their everyday lives or improve their English level in order to further their careers or studies. Using a wide range of coursebooks and materials Manchester Central School of English helps students to prepare for a life in English or for exam preparation classes. Classes range from Beginner (A1) to Advanced level (C2).

Aims of the course

The General English courses at Manchester Central School of English aim to:

Improve student grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
Develop student vocabulary and functional language skills
Ensure student participation and collaboration by using a communicative approach in classes
Give students an excellent understanding of British culture through varied class topics

Course topics

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

Class schedule

Course duration
1-51 weeks
Start dates
Every Monday
Classes per week
15 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 60 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Manchester.

Class size

Average 12 students
Maximum 12 students

Student age

Age range 16 years old and older

Certificate

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

Reviews

50% recommend

based on 2 reviews
5 stars
1
4 stars
0
3 stars
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2 stars
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1 star
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Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
School location

"Wanted more courses of business English but this was impossible to arrange."

Iina Vuorinen, student from Finland

I liked to study in a small group. I liked the two teachers (Charlotte and Paul) which I met during my studies.

I didn't like that school was a little bit dirty. I had paid all my studies include materials like book, registration fee and taxi return
airport - hotel-airport, but when I arrived to Manchester. There was no taxi and I had to paid once trip again.

Before I ordered this English course, it is possible at school tailor made to courses what I'll want. This wasn't true.

There were many students from Saudi-Arabia and they spoke Arabic to each other.

In my mind this school wants more students and their money. They don't care about the students needs at all.

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My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
School facilities
Social activities
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Date of study
14 Oct 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
Krystian, Marketing Manager, Social Activities Co-Ordinator & Sales Office at MC Academy responded to this review.
24 October 2019

Dear Iina,

Thank you for your review.
I am sorry that you felt that your time at the school was not satisfactory, however, there are a few points that I would like discuss regarding your review.

1. I am glad that you liked your teachers, Charlotte and Paul, they are both excellent teachers and they very much enjoyed your presence in both of their classes.
2. In regards to the airport transfer, I have been informed that there had been a mix up with your airport transfer, so on behalf of the school, I can only apologise for the inconvenience that this may have caused for you. This being said, I have been informed that a full refund of the taxi was offered to you from the school's Finance Officer.
3. The majority of the students at the school are Arabic-speakers, however, all students present at the school are encouraged to speak English to one another regardless of their native language in order to help improve their fluency in the language.
4 You stated in your review that you would have preferred to have studied a tailored-course, specifically Business English, however, my colleagues were not informed of a desire to study Business English during your studies at the school.
5. The school is cleaned every morning by the school's cleaners, so I can only apologise if you think the school was dirty, however, the school is cleaned to high standard every day.
6. I have noticed that you rated the school's social activities with one star, however, as the Social Co-Ordinator at the school, I can confirm that you did not attend any of the school's social activities during your week of studies and I therefore believe that this rating is unfounded based on this.
7. All members of staff at the school take great care when helping students so I can only apologise if you did not feel this way when studying at the school.

Thank you again for leaving a review of the school and I would be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.

"It has been an interesting experience, funny and useful."

Elisabetta Rovera, student from Italy

The School is well organized and the employees are very friendly. I enjoyed my classes because my teacher was nice and kind. Moreover, the lessons were interesting and entertaining.

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My ratings for this school

Quality of teaching
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Date of study
19 Jun 2017 - 23 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.
housing

Housing

MC Academy offers the following housing types:
homestay

Homestay - Single-person room

A$ 312
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast and dinner on weekdays, 3 meals on weekends (16 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, hardwood, air conditioning, heating, garden, and other
Distance to school: 50 minutes
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 312
Living with a British family is a great way to improve your English while living in Manchester. Our host families are very varied; you may stay with a single person, a family with one child, a family with many children, a retired couple, a young couple, a family with pets etc.

All our Homestay Hosts are inspected to British Council standards so whatever family you live with we guarantee that they will be friendly, passionate about helping you learn English and committed to ensuring you have a great time in Manchester.

If you choose Homestay Accommodation with Manchester Central School of English, you can expect:
- Your own bedroom (usually single)
- Breakfast and evening meal from Monday to Friday and three meals on weekends and public holidays (a more independent self-catering option is available – ask for Private Home Accommodation)
- Shared bathroom with laundry facilities
- Average of 40 minutes to Manchester Central School of English by public transport
- Host families are trained and provided with a copy of our Child Protection Policy. We work closely with them to guarantee the protection and welfare of our under 18’s.

Homestay for under 18’s may be provided by an external agency.

Homestay - Single-person room (16-18 years old)

A$ 343
weekly
Age range: 16 - 18 years old
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, hardwood, air conditioning, heating, garden, and other
Distance to school: 50 minutes
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 343
Living with a British family is a great way to improve your English while living in Manchester. Our host families are very varied; you may stay with a single person, a family with one child, a family with many children, a retired couple, a young couple, a family with pets etc.

All our Homestay Hosts are inspected to British Council standards so whatever family you live with we guarantee that they will be friendly, passionate about helping you learn English and committed to ensuring you have a great time in Manchester.

If you choose Homestay Accommodation with Manchester Central School of English, you can expect:
Your own bedroom (usually single)
- Breakfast and evening meal from Monday to Friday and three meals on weekends and public holidays (a more independent self-catering option is available – ask for Private Home Accommodation)
- Shared bathroom with laundry facilities
- Average of 40 minutes to Manchester Central School of English by public transport
- Host families are trained and provided with a copy of our Child Protection Policy. We work closely with them to guarantee the protection and welfare of our under 18’s.

Homestay for under 18’s may be provided by an external agency.
student-residence

Student residence - HALLS OF RESIDENCE - En-suite

A$ 374
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, carpet, hardwood, heating, garden, and other
Distance to school: 50 minutes
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 374
Halls are great places to live. They are usually very close to the City Centre and they provide an opportunity to meet other interesting and enthusiastic students. You will normally have a private bedroom in an apartment which is shared with a number of other students. Some have private bathrooms whilst other halls have shared facilities. There will be other shared amenities such as kitchens and common rooms.

What is included?
All bills (water, gas and electricity)
Content insurance
Internet
Hospitality welcome

What is provided in your study bedroom?
Bedroom furniture including a bed, built in wardrobe, desk, chair, book shelves, under-bed storage and a bedside cabinet
Data points for high-speed Internet access
Television point

What I can share with other flatmates:
Dining table & chairs
Single electric oven with grill and ring hob/extractor fan
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Vacuum cleaner
Ironing board
Sofa
Coffee table
Notice board
Individual lockable cupboards

What household items do I need to bring with me?
The bedroom will have a single bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and curtains. You will need to bring your own towels.

Student residence - HALLS OF RESIDENCE - Studio flat

A$ 520
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Housing type: Student residence (off-campus)
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, carpet, hardwood, heating, garden, and other
Distance to school: 50 minutes
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, anytime
A$ 520
Halls are great places to live. They are usually very close to the City Centre and they provide an opportunity to meet other interesting and enthusiastic students. You will normally have a private bedroom in an apartment which is shared with a number of other students. Some have private bathrooms whilst other halls have shared facilities. There will be other shared amenities such as kitchens and common rooms.

What is included?
All bills (water, gas and electricity)
Content insurance
Internet
Hospitality welcome

What is provided in your study bedroom?
Bedroom furniture including a bed, built in wardrobe, desk, chair, book shelves, under-bed storage and a bedside cabinet
Data points for high-speed Internet access
Television point

What I can share with other flatmates:
Dining table & chairs
Single electric oven with grill and ring hob/extractor fan
Fridge freezer
Microwave
Vacuum cleaner
Ironing board
Sofa
Coffee table
Notice board
Individual lockable cupboards

What household items do I need to bring with me?
The bedroom will have a single bed, desk, chair, wardrobe and curtains. You will need to bring your own towels.

NOTE- At MCSE we also offer private apartments for students who wish to have a little more privacy. Please email for more information on the types of accommodation we have on offer.
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 MC Academy. 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.

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 Manchester 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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