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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) *Available on Jan 1, 2024

Vancouver & Toronto ESL timetable

Intensive (36 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023

General English - Intensive

This intense and fast-paced course is designed for students who want to accelerate their English learning effectively and fast, focus on specific language skills, and improve their overall fluency.

Includes: Essential English Class, Elective Classes, English for Real Life class

Learn Fast (32 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023

Tamwood Schedule Learn Fast

Ideal for students who want to accelerate their English learning, focus on specific language skills, and improve their overall fluency.

Includes: Essential English Class, Special Interest Classes, English for Real Life Class

Toronto Campus Only: Options to select Sparta Speaking as your Special Interest classes

Skill Builder (28 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023

Skill Builder Schedule

Ideal for students who want to improve their overall fluency and build specific language skills.

Includes: Essential English Class, Special Interest Classes


Intensive (30 lessons per week) *Available on Jan 1, 2024

Core 28: Winter Schedule (28 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023


Basic 20: Winter Schedule (20 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023


Core 28: Summer Schedule (28 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023


Basic 20: Summer Schedule (20 lessons per week) *Offered until December 31, 2023


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).

Essential English Skills Class (All Courses, Levels 2-7)

Master the Basics
In this class, you will learn and practice all the skills you need to understand and communicate in English including listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and grammar. You will also learn the common phrases and expressions that native speakers use.

Elective Classes (Toronto & Vancouver)*

Improve Your Skills in Specific Areas
Improve your skills in specific areas. Our special interest elective classes will help you strengthen your abilities in the areas you are most interested in or need extra practice.

Class Options

Conversation, Pronunciation & Vocabulary (Levels 3-7)
Grammar (Levels 3-5)
Focus on Speaking (Level 2-7)—Toronto Only
Listening & Speaking (Levels 2-7)
Reading & Writing (Levels 2-7)
Pronunciation (Levels 2-7)

*Electives offered on a rotating basis and not all electives are offered in all periods and on both campuses.

English for Real Life Class (Intensive & Core 20 Students Only)

The More You Practice, The More You Learn!
You will solidify the skills learned in your morning classes through interactive activities such as conversations, discussions, debates, and role play.

The focus is on fluency and functional communication skills. You will read about, listen to, research, and write about interesting personal, local, and social issues using TV, newspapers, the internet, and social media.

This class is fun, effective and very popular!

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.
Progress at a rate of one level every 12 weeks.
How? Find out more about our Tamwood Learning Guarantee.

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!

Students who want to improve their leadership skills can volunteer to become a Tamwood Ranger and help to lead Tamwood activities.

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