The Red Rock English Language Center (ELC) uses the Oxford-based curriculum which is aligned to the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations system.

General English Course Program

List of General English Courses

The General English Curriculum is based on the New English File series, published by Oxford University Press, and this curriculum offers five levels of language instruction, ranging from "Beginner" to "Upper Intermediate":

  • Level 1 (A1): New English File Beginner
  • Level 2 (A2): New English File Elementary
  • Level 3a (B1): New English File Pre-Intermediate
  • Level 3b (B1): New English File Intermediate
  • Level 4 (B2): New English File Upper Intermediate

For more information on each of our General English Courses, please see the Course Descriptions page.

Placement for the General English Courses

The following information and tables will help you to understand how the ELC has structured its classes according to internationally recognized standards, where in this structure of classes you are prepared to begin, and how you may attain a certain higher level of English proficiency.

Placement According to the "CEFR"

The Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment, or "CEFR", is a system which can be used to compare language levels for the teaching and testing of languages in Europe. The Council of Europe developed the CEFR for the purpose of setting clear and attainable standards for different levels of language learning for European languages. The system is by no means perfect, but the system does enable English language instructors to establish a relationship between the CEFR language levels and the standard language levels. The CEFR has established the following six levels of language proficiency, and the Red Rock ELC follows this hierarchy of proficiency assessment and development in its curriculum and resource development.


Level Sub-Level Description
Basic User A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type; Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Use a Beginner course or Elementary course.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, materials, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.
A3 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Resources for the General English Courses

The General English Curriculum and its corresponding levels of instruction use the following resources from the Oxford University Press:

  • The Student's Book presents a core grammar syllabus and a progressive development of reading and listening skills. The Student's Book also includes the Practical English Lessons, the Grammar Bank with rules and exercises, the Vocabulary Bank, the Sound Bank to take advantage of the English File illustrated pronunciation system, which is a system that provides to the student both a Writing page and a Revise and Check page for every file within the English File illustrated pronunciation system.
  • The self-study Workbook accompanies each of the five levels of instruction.
  • The Multi-Rom, an enhanced CD-Rom for computer and CD player, is available with the Workbook and includes video extracts and activities, interactive grammar quizzes, vocabulary banks, pronunciation charts, and Listen and Practise material for home or car.
  • Students also have the use of a companion website for the purpose of completing exercises which are based on the Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation resources from the five different levels of language instruction.

Assessment and Testing for the General English Courses

Classes here at the Red Rock ELC will prepare the students for one or more of the above-listed Cambridge English language exams, and the Red Rock ELC instructors will use the Cambridge exam preparation curriculum and resources provided by the Gold series, published by Pearson Longman. Each exam preparation course book is divided into 14 units with a language review at the end of each unit. The authors of these books combine thorough exam syllabuses with enjoyable topics and tasks. Authentic texts, motivating topics, and fun communication activities engage students of different ages. Graded texts and exam tasks allow students to become familiar with the exam formats while building their confidence.

Extensive Writing Reference sections, including model answers, help the student to develop his/her writing skills. Grammar References provide information on all the key language points.

Throughout the course books are regular review sections, progress tests, exam tips and strategies. The Exam Maximiser provides extensive exam practice, and additional exam activities are found on the CD Rom. The iTest CD ROMs provide authentic exam practice with instant feedback, allowing students to identify areas which require further practice.

Students also have access to a companion website which provides additional resources and activities for each course book in the series.


To see the curriculum information for our Examination Preparation Courses, please click here.

To see the curriculum information for our Business English Courses, please click here.