The School


I have a great memory of all at ‘ELC’, excellent teachers, friendly staff and meeting lots of new friends.

Gabriela, Italy 5th March 2015

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The School

English Language Courses (‘ELC’) established in 1973 is a well-recommended English Language School. Most students come to ‘ELC’ 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.
Students from 18 to 80 years old.
Non-EU students must follow a 15 hour per week course.

School facilities

‘ELC’ English Language Courses school is located near the centre of Reading town, very convenient for all bus and train transport, cafés, restaurants and The ‘Oracle Shopping Centre’.

‘ELC’ is a small family run school with 3 + classrooms, internet access, Wi-Fi and reception area.

‘ELC’ is an officially UKVI approved school for UK visas and ‘ASIC’ 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 46 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 small, family owned school, providing a friendly personal service.

Courses include General and Intensive English with examination preparation e.g. IELTS and Cambridge in groups.

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

‘ELC’ teachers are English 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 range of services designed to make your personal learning experience at ‘ELC’ beneficial, stimulating and memorable.

Click for General & Intensive Courses
Au pairs and busy people may attend classes 2, 3, or 4 days per week. ‘ELC’ has a safe and secure private bicycle park.
General English Courses – 15,12,9,6 hours per week