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English in London (Ages 30+) - EC

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Why study English in London?

  • Ages 30+
  • From 1 week
  • State-of-the-art school in the heart of London
  • School catering to students aged 30 and up
  • General and business English, English in the City
  • Activities tailored to students' needs
  • Homestay, residence accommodation or flatshare
  • VIP service



Who hasn't dreamt of learning English in London? England's capital city is one of the world's top destinations with a huge presence in every field you could think of, from politics to education, finance, fashion, art, music... let's just say it isn't hard to get swept up by London's energy and bustling city life.

This multicultural metropolis has something for everyone. History addicts adore the renowned landmarks that attract thousands of tourists every year, like Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square & the Tower of London. For those who love art, many of London's museums have free entry such as the National Gallery and the architecturally beautiful British Museum.

If shopping is more up your street, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden will have everything you're looking for and more. Music & musical and theatre aficionados are spoilt for choice thanks to the huge range of concerts, shows and plays happening every day of the week across the city. Step into the famous West End playhouses for incredible british theatre and a theatrical experience unlike any other.

EC English Language Centres

Our partner school, EC Language Centres, is located in the heart of London, just a few minutes from King's Cross, Euston Station, St Pancras International on foot as well as an array of shops and the city's famous cultural landmarks. King's Cross is a central transport hub in London, making getting around as easy as can be.

EC is accredited by the British Council and Private Further Education.

School facilities include:

  • 26 bright classrooms
  • EC Cafe, with homemade meals and snacks
  • Movie screen in the lounge
  • IT suite
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Study room
  • Student lounge
  • Disabled access

VIP service - The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online platform of EC to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport of station
  • A warm welcome in the residence or in your host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
  • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
  • A presentation of all members of the EC team

Now you're ready to learn!

Activities and events during your stay

As an EC student, you will be able to enjoy a diverse range of social and leisurely activities every week, in the afternoons or evenings. You are very welcome to participate in these activities, although they are not mandatory. Many of these activities are free of charge, but some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without and differ depending on the season.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome Event
  • London Eye, Madame Tussaud's, Museums
  • Musicals
  • Local restaurants
  • Trips outside of London


English language courses: general information

  • Lesson length: 45 minutes
  • Class size: Average 10 students (maximum 12)
  • Schedule: morning/ afternoon lessons every other day
  • Placement test: first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of your stay
  • Open access to the online EC platform up to 12 weeks after your stay
  • Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • CELTA-qualified native English speakers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 20 lessons per week

    4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: all levels

  • Intensive English: 30 lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

    • Write Now
    • Media Studies
    • The Language of Music
    • Film Studies
    • Global Citizenship
    • Comparative Culture & Communication
    • Basic English Writing
    • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
    • Get Talking
    • And many more!

    Language level: all levels

  • English in the City: 30 lessons per week

    This Special Focus Programme combines 20 lessons of General English with 10 lessons focused on language study inspired by your destination, for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning. Students enrolled in this course visit a number of fascinating locations, from stunning museums and inspiring galleries to successful local businesses and charming neighbourhoods all over the city.

    Themed lessons include:

    • Business English - Tours of Local Businesses
    • Describing Art & Culture - Museum Tours
    • Talk like a Local - Neighbourhood Visits
    • The Language of Sports - Stadium Visits

    Language level: all levels

  • English for Work: 30 lessons per week

    EC's English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

    Business Skills:

    • Expressing personal opinions
    • Making suggestions
    • Presenting case studies
    • Problem solving

    Business Focus - 10 tailored lessons :

    • Negotiating contracts
    • Management and HR
    • Branding and promotional strategies
    • Project management
    • Business ethics and CSR

Specific business techniques such as business English on the phone and interview skills are also covered.

Language level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced

EC Teaching Methods

EC follows a 'Communicative Method' syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions - the best way to improve your fluency - you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC's teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students - so you'll feel at home while your English improves!


Accomodation places are located in so-called Zones A and B, which gives you the approximate distance from the school. These zones have nothing in common with the London Underground Zones.

  • Zone A: between 20 and 45 minutes travel time to EC by public transport
  • Zone B: between 45 and 60 minutes travel time to EC by public transport

Host family

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast.

You can live in either Zone A or Zone B. If you live with a host family in Zone B it will be in a shared room.

Optional extras :

  • Half board
  • Private bathroom (only for families in Zone A)

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Student residence

Residence accommodation is a great way to live alongside international and local British students

Comfort Scape Wembley Studio Residence (newly built and opened in September 2017)


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Travel time: 35 /40 minutes to EC via public transport (direct route via the tube)
  • Located close to Wembley stadium
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see 'Prices & Dates' tab), to be refunded at the end of your stay by EC provided your room is clean and tidy with no evidence of damage

Services and facilities available

  • Bed linen provided
  • Wifi access and TV in each room
  • Shared kitchen
  • Multimedia room
  • Air-conditioned building
  • Gym
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • 24 hour security
  • Common areas are cleaned once a week; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Superior Liberty Plaza Residence


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Travel time: 30 minutes to EC via public transport (direct route via the tube)
  • Location: in Zone 1 on the East side of London in a lively area
  • Deposit to be payed on arrival

Services / Facilities available:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Free WiFi access
  • Air conditioned building
  • Shared kitchen
  • Multimedia room and lounge
  • Study room
  • Gym complete with yoga & dance studios
  • Soundproofed music rooms
  • Small supermarket inside the building
  • Laundry facilities (for a fee)
  • 24-hour security
  • Organised cultural and sports events
  • Common areas and bedrooms are cleaned once a week; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Course start dates

Most courses start every Monday year-round (apart from the exceptions indicated below). If the Monday is a holiday, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not rescheduled or refunded): 01/01, 19/04, 22/04, 06/05, 27/05, 26/08, 25/12, 26/12

Business English session start dates : Every Monday for a duration of up to 23 weeks.

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Booking prices -

Includes all taxes and enrolment fees

Lessons - Accommodation in a host family, zone B, single room, breakfast included
1 week580655
2 weeks10751225
3 weeks15751800
4 weeks20702370
6 weeks30653515
8 weeks40604660
12 weeks56306470
16 weeks74808600
18 weeks84059665
20 weeks933010730
24 weeks1118012860
32 weeks1488017120
36 weeks1673019250
Extra week520535
Summer extra (from 17/06 to 13/09) - per week1515
Accommodation extra - per week
AccommodationExtra per week
Res. Scape Wembley, single room, no meals80
Res. Scape Wembley - peak season (16/06-15/09)90
Res. Liberty Plaza, single room, no meals175
Res. Liberty Plaza, single room, no meals - peak season210
Host family - single room, breakfast inclded, zone A30
Famille - Private bathroom, breakfast included, zone A85
Host family - Peak season (15/06 - 14/09)40
Host family - half board, Zones A & B25
Host family - Special diet (halal, vegan)45
Transfers - Price per trip
Londres St Pancras85

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Accommodation in host family (Zone B)
  • Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast
  • Half board
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome event
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to London
  • Airport transfers
  • Add-ons
  • Meals (when staying in residence)
  • Transportation in and around London
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Information


Arrivals: Saturdays

Departures: Sundays

  • Arrival airports/train stations:

  • Eurostar: St. Pancras International

  • London Airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

Brexit : no visa will be required for EU-citizens until the 31/12/2020

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.