ELC courses

These courses are designed for students wishing to improve their English language skills for general use, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Trinity College exam preparation.
Students from 18 to 80 years old.
Non-EU visa students must follow a 15 hour per week course. Preferably, students should start on a Monday.
‘ELC’ History
Those students wishing to follow a General English course, including elements of IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity College examination preparation, should have a pre – intermediate level of English equivalent to a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 / 4.5 – CEFR B1

Those students wishing to follow an IELTS and / or other examination course e.g. Cambridge First should have an Intermediate level of English equivalent to a minimum IELTS score of 4.5.
This is particularly if they wish to join a University International Foundation Programme in the future which will normally require and entry score of 5.5 or higher for UK Universities.
A University Masters (MSc) course will normally require an IELTS entry level score of 6.5.
A doctorate (PhD) will require an IELTS entry score of minimum of 7.0 or higher.’

TOEFL for US University entrance, a minimum score of 100 on the iBT test, 250 on computer-based test, and 600 on paper-based test (PBT).

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


  1. CEFR AI / A2 – false beginner / elementary
  2. CEFR B1 – pre-intermediate – IELTS 4.0 / 5.5
  3. CEFR B2 / B2+ standard / upper intermediate – IELTS 5.5 – 6.5

Books and materials:

Students do not need to buy any books. ‘ELC’ provides all hand outs and materials which will include photo copies of standard texts, specifically prepared materials by ‘ELC’, use of the Internet and audio systems. Courses use a variety of materials to make classes interesting.
Courses are arranged during the morning for General English.
English for Special Purposes courses in ‘closed groups – (4 – 8) students’ can be organised in the afternoons by arrangement.

Morning classes:

Development of speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation practice and vocabulary expansion, as well as relevant grammar.

A Progress Test may be taken and must be passed before a student moves up a level.

Alternatively, a student may be upgraded, by special recommendation, from the teacher.

Homework will be given at all levels to encourage self-study and academic discipline.

English in ‘closed groups’ for Special and Technical Purposes is provided, in preparation for UK ‘in company’ training courses – see the link below:

Benefits – After your ‘ELC’ course you will be able to:

  • Speak and communicate more effectively and confidently.
  • Speak and pronounce more accurately and fluently.
  • Expand and develop your vocabulary range.
  • Be able to socialise in English more efficiently.
  • Improve your chance of passing an exam e.g. IELTS, Cambridge, Trinity.
  • Better able to follow and succeed at a University.
  • Learn skills through role-play for interviews, meetings and conferences.
  • Improve your chance of getting a job where English is necessary.

Prices 2022 Programme: Fees for privately funded independent students

Hours Per Week:15 Morning (9.30am until 12.30pm - 3 hours per morning)
Start Date:Any Day, preferably a Monday
Registration Fee:None
Class Size:Normally class numbers are 4-12 students from September until June with a maximum of 15 in July and August
** Students may attend 2, 3 or 4 mornings per week from September to June
Age:18 - 80
Minimum duration: 2 weeks for ‘ELC’ Certification


‘ELC’ experience for me it has been an amazing experience because I'm confident person when I speak English with people. ‘ELC’ is a friendly school. I recommend ‘ELC’ because I hve learnt a lot, the teachers are very professional. Mr McBurney is a good man. read more...

Alison, Spain 5th March 2015

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Term / Semester Dates 2022

Winter / Spring TermOpen 10th January, closed 15th April
Easter vacationClosed 15th April, open 25th April
Summer / Autumn Term25th April until 16th December
National Public Holidays15th & 18th April, 2nd May, 2nd & 3rd Jun, 29th August, 26th & 27th December
20239th January 2023

CEFR A1+ False Beginner, CEFR A2 Low Elementary, CEFR B1 Pre-Intermediate, CEFR B2 Standard Intermediate, CEFR B2+ Upper Intermediate.

Payment Methods :

‘ELC’ English accepts payment for tuition fees and accommodation by:
1. Direct online Bank Transfer: The ‘ELC’ invoice will show all the relevant banking information so you can make the transfer easily.
2. Cheque drawn on a UK based Bank made payable to:
3. Payment by a Friend:
Please, ask a friend, already in the UK, to make payment for you.
4. Western Union or Moneygram
5. Cash