General Language Courses

General Language Courses: from $55 per hour

We provide language training for individuals for a wide variety of personal and/or professional reasons. We will discuss your requirements and goals with you in order to devise the best language training solution for you. This will take into account the time you have, your level, your expectations, your learning style and budget.

In our experience, some of the most common reasons for undertaking general language training include: overseas relocation, travel, romance, communicating with the in-laws, working abroad, and personal or professional development.

What will I learn?

All General Language courses are academically sound and promote long-term aims with the language. The teaching is communicative, challenging, interactive, and will engage and stretch you.

The key focus will often be to develop communicative fluency, accuracy, and confidence. The communicative work will also be underpinned by a systematic approach to grammar, vocabulary development, and skills work.

The sample syllabi below are designed to provide you with a good idea of what you might cover over a typical course, and include possible themes, grammar and vocabulary fields. They are flexible rather than prescriptive, in that they will be adapted to your specific level, aims and interests.

Cactus Trainers – Who will teach me?

Cactus trainers are qualified, experienced, native-speakers. We do our best to match the appropriate trainer to you, and their flexibility means that you can take classes when and where you need, incorporating what you need.

Training Formats – How will I study?

The most popular training formats are 1:1, 1:2, and small group. We are also increasingly running blended learning courses, which involve a combination of different training formats designed around an individual's schedule and learning preferences.


We believe course monitoring to be essential to the success of your course. Our courses are monitored throughout using online questionnaires, and are acted upon by Cactus wherever appropriate.

Quite amazed by how much we have managed to cover in three days and also how well it has sunk in, but that is due to the teacher who is fabulous. She is giving me a real good grounding of the grammar etc whilst making it fun at the same time.

Sandra Garnham, Prinovis, German

Sample Syllabus