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English in Manchester - EC

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Programme Summary:

  • From 1 week
  • Ages 16+
  • Experience the charm of the North of England
  • Small, welcoming school in a modern setting
  • General/business English & 'English in the City' programme
  • Cambridge and IELTS exam prep
  • Host family or residence accommodation
  • VIP service



'What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow.' England's northern capital is an entrepreneurial and innovative city that prides itself not only on being a hotspot for culture and the arts, but also a major media, education and business destination. Music, drama, art and architecture lovers alike all flock to Manchester's vibrant and varied streets, where the legendary humour and charm of England's North can't fail to put a smile on your face.

Manchester is also home to the largest single-site university in the UK, giving the city a young and vibrant student feel all year round.

And of course, sports fans won't be disappointed - Manchester is also famous for its football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, legends of the Premier League.

EC English Language Centres

Our partner school, EC Language Centres, is located in the heart of Manchester, just a few minutes from Piccadilly Station on foot as well as an array of shops and the city's cultural must-sees.

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

School facilities include:

  • 9 classrooms
  • SmartBoards
  • IT suite with 18 computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • 3 tablets available at reception
  • Excellent library facilities
  • 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. You can find the planning on the online platform of EC.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome drink
  • Pub outings
  • Movie afternoons
  • Football nights
  • Bowling
  • Trips


English language courses: the basics

-Lesson length: 45 minutes -Class size: Average 12 students (maximum 15) -Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons every other day -Placement test: first day of lessons -Certificate of completion at the end of your stay -Open access to the EC e-learning site up to 12 weeks after your stay -Regular assessments (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

    • Exam Preparation Courses

      • Cambridge ESOL: 30 lessons per week
        Session length: 12 weeks, available year-round (see "Prices and Dates").

      Your teachers will guide and monitor you to make sure that you progress at the correct rate to succeed in your exam, giving you the specific vocabulary and grammar and study plan you need. Using sample exam papers you will learn how to effectively answer questions so by the time you take the test, you will know the style of questions to expect and how to answer them.

      Language level:

      • FCE: Intermediate
      • CAE: Pre Advanced

        • IELTS Exam Preparation: 30 lessons per week
          Session length: 4 or 8 weeks If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the IELTS exam is the first step to success. EC teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence. Language Level : Intermediate

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!


Host Families (Ages 16+)

Single room, shared bathroom and half board.

Travel time to EC: 25-45 minutes on public transport

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


  • Single room with private bathroom

Residence accommodation

Residence accommodation is a great option for students looking for a bit more freedom and also a great way to meet other students from all over the world.

Vita Studio Apartments


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Shared kitchen space with all kitchenware provided
  • Flat-screen wall-mounted TV
  • 15 minutes' walk to EC
  • Located in the city centre, a popular area with students, near shops, bars and restaurants
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • 24hr security system.
  • Communal sitting room.
  • Study rooms, IT suite with internet access
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Liberty Point Residence


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • 10 minutes' walk to EC
  • Located in a student area, just a few minutes' walk from the city centre
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Shared kitchen and living room Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • Free WiFi access
  • CCTV and secure door access
  • Communal sitting room.
  • Study rooms, IT suite with internet access
  • 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 December 2016 to 2 January 2017, 14 and 17 April, 1 and 29 May, 28 August 2017, 24 December 2017 until 1 January 2018.

English for Work start dates: every Monday for up to 23 weeks.

Exam Prep Course Dates:

FCE Courses:

  • 13/03-02/06 (12 weeks - exam date: 03/06)
  • 18/09-08/12 (12 weeks - exam date: 09/12)

CAE Courses:

  • 13/03-02/06 (12 weeks - exam date: 03/06)
  • 18/09-08/12 (12 weeks - exam date: 09/12)

(Exam dates are subject to change at the local centre's discretion. For more information, visit the Cambridge exam website)

IELTS: every week, for 4 or 8 weeks. Exam dates are posted on the IELTS website

Prices 2017

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Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Accommodation with host family, half-board
  • Single room, private bathroom
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Welcome activity
  • Access to the EC e-learning site up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Manchester
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Optional extras
  • Midday meals
  • Transportation in and around Manchester
  • Deposit on arrival
  • Exam fees, where applicable (Cambridge, IELTS)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Information


Arrivals: Saturday (in residence: after 15h) **Departures: Saturday (in residence: before 11h)

  • Arrival airports/train stations:

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station

  • Manchester Airport
  • Liverpool Airport
  • Leeds Bradford Airport
  • London Heathrow Airport
  • London Gatwick Airport
  • London Stansted Airport
  • London Luton Airport

Airport pick-up 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.