General English




The callan Method General English course consists of 12 Levels (or "stages"), and caters to all learners, from total beginner to advanced. At Xpress English schools all teachers are certified by the Callan Institute in the UK.

Every applicant is subject to an initial assessment that will help establish the appropriate level the applicant is at and is then approriately placed at that level or stage which can range from 1-12 with 1 being a novice beginner to 12 being advanced.

The Students's Books are available in printed format or as eBooks with integrated audio. In addition to the books, you will have access to the online Callan Student Practice Area which has:

  • video dictations with auto-correction
  • a unique record-your-answer module
  • lots of interactive exercises to revise grammer and vocabulary


Sample pages from the Callan Method General English course








Exam success with callan




The content of the Callan Method has been decided on with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and popular international English language exams firmly in mind.

Grammar is taught throughout the Method. Rules are clearly explained and then immediately put into practice and constantly revised.

During Stage 5 or 6, most students will be ready to prepare for exams at B1 level, and in Stage 8 or 9 they will be at B2 level in terms of vocabulary, fluency and pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension, and usage of grammar. Different schools may then run short courses to equip students with the techniques needed for specific exams such as Cambridge Preliminary or First, IELTS, TOEIC or TOEFL.

Student workbooks are available to help students practise the grammar required at B1 and B2 levels.

By Stages 11 and 12 (the highest levels), the vast bulk of language being practised is appropriate for learners at level C1 of the CEFR.