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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 dreamed of learning English in London? England's ** capital** is one of the world's top destinations, blazing a trail in any field you can name - politics, education, finance, fashion, art, music... You won't fail to be swept up in the energy and verve of the Big Smoke.

This multicultural metropolis has something for everyone. History buffs will admire the sights that draw thousands of tourists every year: Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London and its many attractions offering free entry such as the National Gallery and the British Museum.

If shopping is more your thing, Harrods, Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden have everything you're looking for and more. And 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 all over the city and in the West End's famous playhouses.

EC English Language Centres

Our partner school, EC Language Centres, is located in the heart of London, just a few minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras International on foot as well as an array of shops and the city's cultural must-sees. Kings Cross is a 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:

  • 8 bright classrooms with SmartBoards
  • A movie screen in the lounge
  • IT suite with 10 computers
  • 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

You´re ready to learn!

Activities and events during your stay

As an EC student, you will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.The planning can be seen on the online EC platform.

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 telephone business English and interview preparation are also covered.

    Language level: Low 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!



Single room, shared bathroom and half board.

Choose from the following options:

  • Zone A : maximum 45 minutes' travel time to EC on public transport
  • Zone B : maximum 60 minutes' travel time to EC on public transport

For students travelling in pairs, roooms in Zone B may be shared.

Optional extra (Zone B only):

  • Private bathroom

Practical information:

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

Flatshare accommodation

Flatshare accommodation, located in central London, is a great option for students looking for a bit more freedom and also a great way to meet other EC students from all over the world.


  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Self-catering
  • 35 minutes' travel time to EC on public transport
  • Located in different areas of the city centre
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see 'Prices & Dates' tab), to be refunded at the end of your stay provided no damages are incurred

  • Shared rooms are also available

Facilities and services

  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • Shared kitchen space with all kitchenware provided
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Free WiFi access
  • 24hr security system
  • Living room
  • Rooms and common areas are cleaned once a week; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Optional extras:

  • Private bathroom

Residence Accommodation

Residence accommodation is a great way to meet other international students as well as the locals.


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Travel time: 30 minutes' travel time to EC on public transport (Zone 1)
  • Located in Camden Town
  • 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 damage

Facilities and services

  • Shared, fully equipped kitchen
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • Reception (please call ahead to confirm arrival time)
  • Common room
  • Common areas are cleaned once a week; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Studio, Nido King's Cross


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Travel time to EC: 20-25 minutes on foot, 15 minutes on the Underground
  • Located near EC
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival (see 'Prices & Dates' tab), to be refunded at the end of your stay by EC provided no damages are incurred
  • Facilities and Services:

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • Reception (please call ahead to confirm arrival time)
  • Common room
  • Gym
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Prices & Dates 2017

Dates 2017

Course start dates Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be made up or refunded): 26/12/2016-02/01/2017, 14 and 17 April, 1 and 29 May, 28 August, 24 December until 1st of January 2017.

Prices 2017

Programme prices -

Taxes and enrolment fees included

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Lessons & accommodation with host family - Single room, half-board, zone B
Duration20 lessons30 lessons or Business English
1 week600 £670 £
2 weeks1,070 £1,210 £
3 weeks1,565 £1,775 £
4 weeks2,060 £2,340 £
6 weeks3,050 £3,470 £
8 weeks4,040 £4,600 £
12 weeks5,600 £6,380 £
16 weeks7,440 £8,480 £
18 weeks8,360 £9,530 £
20 weeks9,280 £10,580 £
24 weeks11,120 £12,680 £
32 weeks14,800 £16,880 £
36 weeks16,640 £18,980 £
Extras - per week
Host family - Zone A30 £
Host family premium - Zone B80 £
Additional night - host family45 £
Host family - Peak season (from 26/06 to 01/09/17)35 £
Host family - special diet (Halal, vegetarian) 40 £
Residence student house, single room, shared bathroom20 £
Somerset Court residence - single room, no meals140 £
Residence Somerset - extra night55 £
Residence - High season (from 26/06 - 01/09/17)10 £
Residence Studio Aprt - single room, without meals235 £
Residence Studio Apt - extra night65 £
Studio Apt - High Season (from 26/06 until 01/09/17)20 £
Transfers - per way
St Pancras85 £
Heathrow110 £
Gatwick120 £

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Accommodation in host family (Zone B)
  • Single room, shared bathroom
  • 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

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.