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General English

The world grows larger when you can understand and communicate in English. As you improve your English skills, new opportunities and life experiences will be waiting for you. Our General English program will expand your horizon by helping you improve in all areas of English communication. You can choose between five courses, depending on your preferred location, and how much time per week you would like to invest in your learning experience.

You should take this course if:

  • • Your English level is between beginner and advanced
  • • You want to improve your overall fluency for daily usage
  • • You use English in a variety of settings and want to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • • You want to join interesting elective courses and fun social activities
  • • You are ready to benefit from a strictly English-speaking environment – in school and outside

Toronto & Vancouver

Intensive (30 lessons per week)

Vancouver & Toronto ESL timetable


Intensive (30 lessons per week)

Class Descriptions

General English (Level 1 - 9)

Beginner English to University Proficient English

Beginner to High-Intermediate students start with General English before moving on to more advanced courses. Through the Cambridge Communicative Method, students develop all 4 language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
General English Program level

Program Outcomes

From this program, you will…

  • • Gain fluency and confidence in using English on a daily basis in speaking and writing
  • • Enlarge vocabulary and increase reading speed and comprehension
  • • Learn the correct usage of English grammar in writing and speaking
  • • Enhance self-esteem, independence, and organizing ability
  • • Make new international friends and develop intercultural awareness
  • • Experience the North American culture firsthand
  • • Have an amazing international experience!

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of studies.

Pricing Breakdown

Starting from $320 CAD per week. Want a discounted price?

Optional add-ons include accommodation, airport transfers, and health insurance.

Talk to one of our consultants for more information about each course.

Admission Requirements

Age: By the time applicants plan to finish their program, they must be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the program.

English Level: Beginner to Advanced (Tamwood Level 2 or Higher)*. You should be open to learning in an intercultural environment and motivated to use English with your teachers and peers. The language of instruction will be English only but staff is available for most common languages.

Documents: You must have a valid passport and be eligible to enter Canada as a tourist or as a student. For up to 6 months, you will need either a tourist visa, an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or in some cases, only your passport. For a program duration of longer than 6 months, you will have to apply for a study permit. Check with travel authorization you need here or get in touch with one of our consultants.

*Students will take a written and speaking test on their first day for suitable placement in classes.

Available Services

English Acceleration Workshops (Toronto & Vancouver):

Every Friday afternoon you can participate in free interactive workshops designed to help you learn more quickly and improve your English knowledge and skills.

Workshop topics include:

✓ Back to basics
✓ Canadian Culture
✓ Confusing Words
✓ English Through Songs
✓ English Through TV
✓ Fun with Vocabulary
✓ Grammar Fun
✓ Power Speaking 1 & 2
✓ Pronunciation Practice
✓ Read & Discuss
✓ What does that say
✓ Games

Personal Coaching

If you study at Tamwood for more than 4 weeks, you can use our free personal coaching service. A teacher will work with you 1-on-1 to focus on your goals and help make a plan to achieve them through practice and exercises that you can do outside of class.


If you want to have housing arranged pre-departure for either the whole duration of your course or only the beginning, then you can book high-quality accommodation through Tamwood, view our price list here or get a quote by clicking the button at the bottom of this page.


  • • Carefully screened, English-speaking homestay families
  • • Fully furnished private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms
  • • Three meal options: Full-Board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Half-Board (breakfast and dinner), No Meals
  • • High-speed wireless internet and laundry facilities available

Social Activities

Tamwood offers exciting experiences outside the classroom to help you discover Canada. Enjoy fun activities in and around Vancouver, Whistler, and Toronto with your new friends from around the world. You’ll take part in social events, sports and activities, sightseeing, spectator sports, cultural experiences, shopping, and dining.

Activities vary by campus and by week and may include:

  Board Games

  Day Trips

  Food & Fun



  Language Exchange

  Movie Nights


  Night Out

  Pub Crawls

   Festivals & Holidays




& Many More!

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