FAQ’s / Frequently asked questions

Who comes to 'ELC' English and why?

Our students and mature people of all ages come from all over the world – we frequently have more than 15 different nationalities studying with us. Students study for pleasure and progress in English and to prepare for examinations in general and business English for entry into higher education in England such as Private Independent Schools, colleges, Universities, Defence Forces, Police Forces, Fire services and Companies.

How long are the courses?

‘ELC’ offers year round courses from 2 to 36+ weeks. We have a continuous entry system so that after entrance testing, students can start on any day with the group of their English level.

What is the minimum age for attending your courses?

We accept students from 18 years old until 88 years old.

Where can I find your dates and fees?

You will find the dates and fees information for a particular course on our website. Prices 2022

If I cannot study for 15 hours per week, what can I do?

Students who are unable to attend everyday may join classes for two or more sessions per week, mornings, from September to June. This flexible concession is payable for 10 classes, billed after your first morning. If you can not attend classes any week, having paid then e-mail ‘ELC’ English by 9:30am and we shall give you a ‘time credit’ so you do not lose your time nor money- this is very fair.

Does 'ELC' English have Entrance Level Testing?

Yes. All students take an ‘ELC’ English online placement test together with a student profile needs analysis, to determine their level of ability in English. They then join the group appropriate to their level.

Does 'ELC' English offer Certificates and Reports?

Yes. At the end of the course all students will be given a graded certificate of attendance and progress (2 weeks study minimum). On request a detailed report can be sent every month to parents or sponsoring organisations – click for a sample.

Does 'ELC' English assist with Visa Applications?

Students who need a visa for entry into Britain will be sent a Short Term  Study  visa letter on payment  of the fees for the length of their course for up to 6 or 11 months.  Fees will be refunded, less a handling charge of £275.00 if a visa is not granted – see  Terms and Conditions.

Can I extend my visa if I want to stay longer?

Short Term Study visas cannot  be extended in the UK under UKVI rules. However, if you have an unconditional offer from a higher education institution e.g. College / University because you have achieved the appropriate IELTS score, you may apply for another visa while you are in the UK.

Can I work part time while I am studying?

Under UKVI  rules you are not allowed to work part time if you are a non-EEA / EU student on a Short Term Study  visa.

Do I have to make full payment before the course starts?

All Non-EU students requiring a UK visa must pay school fees (host family and DHL services if applicable) in full, in advance for the period booked. This must be shown on the ‘ELC’ English visa letter, with UK postal address and amount of fees paid.

How should I make payment?

Payment may be made online by bank transfer, by bank cheque drawn on a UK branch bank, Western Union, MoneyGram or cash in the office.

How much will my accommodation cost?

Room , breakfast and dinner ( minimum stay 2 weeks ) – £195.00 per week (7 nights).

Not available at the moment, due to Covid-19. For students from 18 years old.

Click section ‘Accommodation

How far is the 'Homestay' from 'ELC' English ?

‘ELC’ English has personally selected and inspected all homestays. A few homestays are within walking distance of the school. Others may be up to 30 minutes bus ride from the school.

Can I stay in my accommodation for longer than the course?

Not normally as accommodation is arranged for those students studying at our school. In exceptional cases special arrangements may be made.

What can I expect from my host family?

* A welcoming environment to ensure your welfare is always considered and awareness of cultural differences and customs.
* A clean and tidy bedroom with wardrobe, small table and chair for studying.
* Breakfast and evening meal.
* At least one shower or bath per day.
* At least one laundry service per week.
* Door key on request.

What does the family expect from me?

1) A call or email from you a few days before you come to confirm your arrival time.
2) Respect for the family home and house rules – no phone calls in the house after 10 pm except for emergencies – no visitors in the house without permission from the hosts – keep your bedroom tidy and leave the bathroom dry and clean.
3) Call the family if you are going to be home late for dinner or late in the evening. No self-catering (cooking) unless agreed by the host landlady – the kitchen is her special & private area!.

How do I get to Reading town in central southern England?
Should I arrange insurance?

We strongly advise you to arrange insurance before you leave home.

Term / Semester Dates 2023

Winter / Spring TermOpen 9th January, closed 7th April
Easter vacationClosed 7th April, open 17th April
Summer / Autumn Term17th April until 9th December
National Public Holidays7th & 10th April, 1st, 8th & 29th May, 28th August.
20248th January 2024