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Academic English Courses

SGI - St George International has considerable experience of providing Academic English courses in London enabling students to access UK universities and colleges and good international work opportunities.

We have a comprehensive range of full-time IELTS preparation courses, a University Foundation course and evening classes in Academic Writing, and Cambridge FCE and CAE exam preparation.

At our London school, our team of native-speaker tutors are all highly-qualified and experienced in teaching Academic English to an excellent standard; we are dedicated to ensuring all of our students come away with the knowledge and skills that they need to achieve their goals.

In order to provide a more personal and intimate learning atmosphere, we keep our groups small, ensuring that all students can feel that they are receiving the attention they deserve to help them achieve the level of English they need.

Furthermore, we work closely with UCAS - all applications to UK universities for full-time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS. 

IELTS Exam Course in London

Our IELTS Exam Preparation course runs from 9.15 - 12.45 and starts every Monday. This popular Academic English course is ideal for students who wish to enter a British University for either...

IELTS Intensive Course in London

The IELTS Intensive Mini-Group combines the morning IELTS...

IELTS Individual lessons in London

Our IELTS Combination courses integrate group study with one-to-one English lessons in the afternoon starting at 13.30 or 15.15. This is an ideal...

University Foundation

This English preparation course for British universities is designed for students who have completed their secondary education and...

SGI SELT Preparation Course

Trinity College London's Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) are approved for applications to the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) for...

Academic English Skills Programme

The 12 week SGI Academic English Skills course teaches students the skills they require to succeed at a British University. These include:

  • Developing the ability to read selectively...

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When studying on an exam preparation course, a key factor in achieving a successful grade is familiarising yourself with the structure of the test. A strong candidate knows exactly what type of questions they will face and also specifically how they should answer, knowing what kind of things that the examiner is looking for.

The SGI London courses are created to instruct each individual student in the test requirements, so that even before you sit the test, you are already fully accustomed to the structure, so that there will be no nasty surprises or difficult questions. In that way, you can perform excellently, avoiding the famous ‘exam nerves’ and get the result that you deserve and need.

To make this possible, there must be top-quality teachers that have detailed understanding of the test format. This is where SGI London excels. Our outstanding teachers have successfully guided thousands of students through all available Academic English courses. Every week, every learner studying in the IELTS class for example, undergoes a rigorous and complete exam.

This “Thursday testing” system (with the results given out on Friday) results in all students becoming comfortable with the type of questions they will face, knowing their strengths, improving on their weaknesses and most importantly, certain in the knowledge that if they follow their teachers’ assured instructions and study hard, then they will easily become a success in Academic English... with a smile on their face, too!

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular standardised Academic English exam with well over 1,000,000 people sitting the exam every year. It is run by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and The British Council, so it is the Academic English test to do if you want to enter an English speaking university.

SGI runs highly professional and focused IELTS courses with experienced, qualified native-speaker teachers that know how to train students to get the best results possible on the IELTS exam.

IELTS tests all English skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and it has a unique marking system called Band Scores. The table below shows the language ability of the student related to their band score result.

Undergraduate degree courses for most British universities have IELTS requirements of somewhere between 5.5 and 7.5. Better universities (e.g. Oxford, Cambridge, LSE & UCL) require higher Band Scores of 7.0 or 7.5, as do postgraduate Masters programmes for all other universities.

Once you know your current English level and your required band score, you can estimate the amount of study time required. If you are currently at IELTS level 4.5 and you require a 7.0 band score for your selected university course, then two months of once-a-week group English lessons will not achieve that amount of progress. To give you a general idea, an average student that studies on an SGI St George International IELTS Combination Course may be able to improve by one band score after a month of studying. Be warned, this also requires around 2 hours of daily self-study after the class as homework. On that basis, you should work out a schedule to allocate enough time to realistically improve your English level.

Academic Exams are generally taken by students wishing to enter higher education degree courses. Typically such students have already been studying English and are accustomed to the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Language) system of rating your language skills and what their current level is according to those descriptions. So, it is useful to see how the most popular ‘university entry’ English exams compare to your CEFR English level.

SGI runs an Academic English writing course for students who intend to study at university, or those who are currently in further education in London and need to improve their essay and report writing skills.

Classes are held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:30 - 20:30 and the course lasts for either 4 or 8 weeks depending on the student’s choice. There are a maximum of 8 students, so everyone enjoys a very high level of personal attention from the teacher. For participants to get the most out of the course, lots of writing practice is required, which means that there is a good deal of written homework involved

Key Aims of Academic English Writing Course

The Academic English writing course is a practical one and covers key aspects including:

● Improving students’ ability to write longer reports and essays

● Improving formal writing style and register

● Creating passive and objective/scientific compound noun phrases

● Structuring of written content

● Practising the 'process approach' to writing - including brainstorming, planning and drafting

● Focussing on writing micro-skills: effective introductions & conclusions, communicating ideas clearly, using evidence to support ideas

● Develop formal academic style and and learning more complex sentence structures

● Deleting common grammar mistakes and broadening appropriate academic/scientific vocabulary

● Receiving tutor guidance for university assignments

● Developing the ability to paraphrase and summarise

● Understanding how to avoid plagiarism

● Using a consistent referencing system