Prices 2024

Students from 18 to 88 years old.

Start on any date after completing the online application form:

There is no registration nor book fee. There are no extra fees to pay.

CourseTime TablePrice 2024
General English9.30am – 12.30pm – (3 hours)
5 days per week
£120.00 per week
Flexible English9.30am – 12.30pm – (3 hours)
2, 3 or 4 days a week, September to June if places are available.

Flexible English payment: This flexible concession is payable for 10 classes, after your first morning.
We shall send you an invoice / bill online, payable within 48 hours.
£24.00 per morning

VISA Students

Non-EU Standard Visitor Visa Up to 6 months.12 weeks to 20 weeks
Non-EU Short Term Study VisaUp to 11 months.32 weeks to 40 weeks
See visa information
Any visitor coming to the UK can study English for up to 6 months without any 'ELC' visa supporting documentation.
If you wish ‘ELC’ to provide supporting visa documentation for study, complete the online application form under Apply Now, on our website homepage. We shall invoice you for the period booked.
**We believe that the UKVI / HO / TLS / VFS authorities consider study visa applications more seriously for 20 or 40 weeks of study**  (Tell us how many weeks you wish to study)

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.

‘ELC’ Homestay: accommodation, subject to availability: per week = Fees: £210.00
(Room, breakfast and evening meal 7 nights) For students from 18 years of age.
See ‘Alternative Student Rooms, Studios and Apartments’:

‘ELC’ is an ‘Accredited UK institution’ for study and visa purposes.

ASIC Accredited 2021 to 2025‘ELC’ English Courses (1973) holds UK Accreditation from ASIC (Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges, and Universities) with Premier Status for for its commendable Areas of Operation.

Term / Semester Dates 2024

Winter / Spring TermOpen: am 8th January
Closed: pm 29th March
Easter vacationClosed: 29th March
Open: am 8th April
Summer / Autumn TermOpen: am 8th April
Closed: pm 13th December
National Public Holidays29th March & 1st April, 6th & 27th May, 26th August.
2025Open: am 13th January 2025

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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

‘Focus on IELTS / Cambridge exams’


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

Gabriela, Italy General English Course 5th March 2015

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‘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. I love ‘ELC’ school.

Alison, Spain General English Course 5th March 2015

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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 is nice, friendly atmosphere here.

Adrien, France General English Course 5th March 2015

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Thank you ‘ELC’ for the period I spent with you. It was one of the best experience of my life.
I would like to greet Mr McBurney and fantastic teachers when I return to Reading.

Alessandro, Italy General English Course 5th March 2015

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I have met some good friends at ‘ELC’ from other countries. I will always keep in touch with them. When I came to England my English was rubbish. I see, it’s better now.
Bianca and Mr McBurney are really good teachers. Especially, McBurney teaches very well. I will never forget his different stories and vocabularies. Thank you ‘ELC’.

Busra General English Course 2nd April 2024

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I have had a great experience at ‘ELC’ school not only about the professional teachers but also about the organisation in general. Olena and Mr McBurney, both are very helpful and kind people and they provide you with the best option to attend your classes and also the best home stay accommodation. I strongly recommend the college and the tutors to anyone to coming in UK to learning English.

Beatriz General English Course 2nd April 2024

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I learnt a lot of valuable skills and information. The course content met my expectations. The teachers were very knowledgeable in the subject and presentation of lessons was easy to follow and understand. The teachers made course interesting and stimulating. Thanks ‘ELC’. I had a very good time.

Doriana General English Course 2nd April 2024

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I arrived here by coincidence and I couldn’t be happier. I met a lot of great people and had fun in the classes and I learnt a lot of English too. I would recommend ‘ELC’ if you want to learn English it is the best way to do it, it’s not like learn in a job, because they can correct your mistakes. You meet a lot of people with more or less the same level of English as you and it makes it easier to go out and communicate with other people.

Gonzalo General English Course 2nd April 2024

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Husain Abdul Wahid

On my first day at ‘ELC’, I was afraid that I might not have what it takes to get the grade I needed, but as soon as I met the whole staff, teachers and the principal it all changed . I didn’t thought that they will be so friendly and helpful . When I started to study, teachers really helped me to work on my weak points and to improve what I am good at. Whenever I had a question they always make sure to give me that I need. I recommend ELC to any student who wants to learn English in an academic and a friendly environment. I am sure that all students will feel like home and if you are a student you will get excited to attend every class and every debate.

Husain Abdul Wahid General English Course 2nd April 2024

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‘ELC’ is a good combination of intensive, productive work and a friendly atmosphere. I improved my English and it makes me feeling more confident.

Above all, tutors and all staff of ‘ELC’ is very attentive to every student, every question and wish.

Reading is a small, nice and beautiful town, situated on the river, not far from London, Oxford and Windsor, so you can combine both studying and a good rest, going sightseeing. Life in Reading is calm and slow and people are polite and friendly, I like it very much.

At the same time you can find everything here – nice restaurants and pubs, shopping centres and concert halls. I’d strongly recommend ‘ELC’ because you feel at home here from the 1st day of classes. You get attention both as a student and a person. Personal of ‘ELC’ is high qualified. At the same time price is very reasonable. Location is also very good – in the centre of the town with its infrastructure. So, it’s the best school so far. If I have chance to come back to ‘ELC’ again, I’ll be happy! Thank you, ‘ELC’!

Irina General English Course 2nd April 2024

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Ellie's class is perfect for me. I really like her and her teaching style and I learned a lot during my stay in 2012. Therefore, I am very happy to continue in Ellie's class. I haven't taken any of IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge exams yet, because my University here in Germany didn't accept any of them. The University has its one placement examination which one has to pass in order to study English. Would you recommend that I take one of them? And if yes, which one?

I really look forward to coming back.

Katharina General English Course 2nd April 2024

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Dear Mr. Mc Burney,

I hope you are fine and in good health.
I am one of your students I had my best English course ever in 2011, you may not remember me but l'll never forget you. You just came across my mind and I can't stop smiling while remembering all that happy moments you let us feel. I really wish to study with you again and wish you all the best Mr. Mc Burney.

Afraa General English Course 2nd April 2024

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