General English

ELC courses

These courses are designed for students wishing to improve their English language skills for general use, IELTS, Cambridge or Trinity College exam preparation.

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

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

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.

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
Minimum duration: 2 weeks for ‘ELC’ Certification


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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Dates for your Diary
Winter / Spring Term11th January until 1st April2021
Easter vacation2nd April until 12th April2021
Summer / Autumn Term12th April until 10th December2021
National Public Holidays2nd & 5th April, 3rd & 31st May, 30th August.2020
202210th January2022

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