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I improved my English day after day. Thanks to ‘ELC’. Reading is a very nice town, great, lively and quiet. I chose ‘ELC’ as my best friend advised me. I would recommend ‘ELC’ as it is interesting to meet people from different countries and there read more...

Adrien, France 5th March 2015

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English Language Courses (‘ELC’) is a well-recommended English Language School. Most of our students come to us by ‘personal recommendation’ from other satisfied student customers, Universities, Embassies, and International companies.

‘ELC’ is located in central Reading, a commercially vibrant medium sized town in the south of England, beside the River Thames, 25 minutes west of London and Heathrow airport by train.

School facilities

‘ELC’ London Street occupies a town house near the centre of Reading, very conveniently located for public transport, cafés, restaurants and shops. Interestingly the building was a Girls school from 1837 until 1852 and the private residence of a former Mayor of Reading 1880.

As a small to medium sized family run school we have an administration office, 5 classrooms with internet access and computers, Wi-Fi, a library and Students’ common room equipped with a microwave oven and fridge. At the back of the school there is a small terraced area and ‘multi – faith’ prayer room.

‘ELC’ is an officially UKVI approved school for UK visas and ‘ABLS’ Accredited and Inspected.


‘ELC’ was established in 1973 by Mr. Séan Mc Burney the Principal and Director. This was the year that the UK joined ‘The Common Market’ now called the ‘EU’. We provided English and Foreign language training, with translation and interpreting services and quickly earned a reputation for innovation and quality.

‘ELC’ has helped thousands of students for over 43 years progress English for work, study and become more confident in the English language. More than 30 nationalities have been taught at our Reading location, a global network of former students developed – so the ‘ELC’ experience is a truly international one.

‘ELC’ is a medium sized, family owned, school, providing a friendly personal service.

Courses include General and Intensive English with examination preparation e.g. IELTS/TOEFL and Cambridge in a group or on individual tuition basis.

Also, English for Business and for Special and Technical Purposes in preparation for UK ‘in company’ training courses.

‘ELC’ teachers are British native speakers, with a good sense of humour. They are experienced and well qualified in the teaching of English using the ‘laugh, learn and succeed – osmosis technique’.

‘ELC’ offers a full range of services designed to make your personal learning experience at ‘ELC’ London Street beneficial and stimulating.

Click for General & Intensive Courses

General English Courses – 15,12,9,6 hours per week
Intensive English Course – 25 hours per week