About this course

Our General English courses are designed to improve every aspect of your English. Each lesson has clear objectives that contribute to your overall progress and move you closer to achieving your language goals.

In every class, your teacher will provide you with structured learning tasks and monitor your progress, providing you with feedback to help you become more fluent and more confident communicating in English.


Take a General English course and you will:

  • learn with a qualified and experienced teacher
  • improve your communication skills
  • communicate more confidently
  • improve your pronunciation
  • expand your grammar and vocabulary
  • build strategies to improve your English both inside and outside the classroom
  • get feedback on performance
  • get a certificate on successful completion of the course.


We offer General English courses, which will improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as your grammar and vocabulary. These courses are from Beginner level to Upper Intermediate.

If you are new to the British Council, you will need to take a placement test to find out which level is right for you.


We measure your progress using continuous assessment.

We do this to help you understand what your strengths are and where there is room for improvement. We also measure your progress to see if you are ready to move on to the next General English level.

All continuous assessment is based on practical can do tasks.


Addis Ababa

Dates and Prices

Course Information 


Starter, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper-intermediate, pre-advance

How long:

60 hours over ten weeks

How much:

 7000 ETB per Term or Course

All payments over 500 ETB must be made through cash payment order (CPO) made out to British Council from any branch of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia. You must pay for your course in full in order to reserve your place.  Please note that from Monday to Friday after 04:30 pm and on Saturdays, we will not conduct any financial transactions such as issuing receipts, cheques and receiving payments.

Course duration

Morning classes are scheduled twice a week (3-hour per day.)

For the afternoon and evening classes, the classes are sheduled twice a week (3-hours per day) or  three days a week (2-hours per day.)  

Afternoon and evening (extensive) course

General English three days per week  12 February - 4 May

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 16.15 - 18.15 or 18.30 - 20.30 


General English two days per week  12 February - 4 May

Monday and Wednesday - 9:15 am – 12:15 am


Tuesday and Thursday - 9:15 am – 12:15 am


Tuesday and Thursday - 14.00 - 17.00 or 17.30 - 20.30 

Placement Test

If you are a new student, you will need to take a placement test so that we can place you at the right level. 


Placement test covers grammar, vocabulary, reading and speaking  


Every Wednesday and Friday (13.00 - 14.30) 

How long:

90 minutes

How much:

300 ETB

Please visit our teaching centre or call +251 116 174 300/ +251 911 512 835 to book your level test.  

You can apply for a full refund or transfer before the start date of your course, minus an administrative fee of 700 ETB. No refunds or transfers are available after the course start date, apart from in exceptional circumstances as agreed by teaching management e.g. a medical emergency. Refunds / Transfer Policy

Occasionally, the British Council may have to cancel a class just before it starts due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens we will transfer your payment to an alternative or future course. If this is not possible we will provide a full refund.

No refunds or transfers will be issued after the first day of the course.