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English Language Centre Bristol (ELC)

English Language Centre Bristol (ELC)


ELC Bristol is the UK’s number 1 English school, according to the EL Gazette rankings based on British Council inspectors’ publishable statements. Established in 1969, they are a family-run school offering intensive General English and Examination Preparation courses for IELTS and Cambridge.

They have an average of 175 students from 27 different countries and the average age of their students is 23. Their courses include 21 full hours of classroom time per week plus daily homework. There are 7 levels from A2 (Elementary) to C2 (Advanced), with several classes at most levels. The average class size is 10 and the maximum is 14.

Included in the programme
• Personal study programme with 4 hours’ optional supervised self-study per week.
• Course book every 3 months, supplementary teaching materials and a leaving certificate.
• E-learning service from the moment you enrol until 3 months after you leave.
• On two afternoons a week, if your level is B2 (upper-intermediate) or above, you can choose from a range of electives including Business English, Academic English and Sports. During this time, lower level students focus on developing communication skills.
• After classes have finished, optional free language activities are arranged twice a week, such as Conversation Club, Job Club, Singing Club and Friday Film Club.

An exciting social programme is arranged every week of the year. It includes regular sports, a minimum of two evening activities a week and an excursion on Saturdays. The programme is organised by their teachers and is a great way to see the country, explore the local area, make new
friends and practise your English.

Free activities may include: School Parties, Film Club, Conversation Club, Banksy Street Art Trail, Karaoke, Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Bristol Harbour Festival

Paid activities may include: American Pool and Darts (£4), Opera/Ballet at the Hippodrome (£12-16), Laser Fusion (£8), Tour of BBC Studios (£9), Golf (£8), Bowling (£8), Salsa (£3), Harbour Cruise (£6), Bristol Zoo (£11), SS Great Britain (£10), Paintball (£25), live music (£15-20)

Weekend Excursions
May include: London (£20), Oxford (£20), Bath (£20), Stonehenge and Salisbury (£30), Cambridge (£25), Longleat House and Safari Park (£30)

With more than 50,000 students, Bristol is well-known for its nightlife and music scene. You can use the facilities of the University Students’ Union Building, which is located only 5 minutes’ walk from Pembroke House.

A special advantage for ELC students is that, if you become an Associate Member of the Students’ Union, you can also join many of the University Students Union’s clubs and societies during the academic year - the perfect way to make English-speaking friends!

They can arrange your accommodation in single rooms, usually within walking distance of the school.
• Homestay. Includes bed, breakfast and an evening meal.
• Independent student houses and flats (self-catering).
• Goldney Hall University Residence (self-catering). Available July – August.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)