About Us

We are delighted to say that we have just had our goverment inspection (ISI) in November 2023.  We have been approved as EXCELLENT for our Teaching.  Thank you to all the hard work from the students and teachers.

We have been an English Language Centre since 1984 and we welcome you to our current Academic Term. There are eight members of staff who are qualified and experienced teachers, and up to 100 international students at any one time.

We offer full-time and part-time courses in general English.  There are day time and evening time classes, and also the £2 classes with the new teachers in training.

The school is in an attractive historic building in a quiet conservation area in the heart of Reading.  It is only 5 minutes' walk from the Oracle central shopping and leisure area.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the following organisations who support the school by providing funding for our English Language courses:

Berkshire Community Foundation

The Berkshire Masonic Charity

Johnson Matthey PLC


The school has been inspected on a regular basis by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and has received the highest rating of EXCELLENT in most areas.


Teacher Training

Our on-site courses are for native and non-native students to train for the University of Cambridge CELTA qualification, the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

We also run courses for experienced teachers leading to the University of Cambridge Delta.


Cambridge Exam Centre

Cambridge Assessment Exam Centre

This is an Accredited Centre for the Cambridge Assessment English ESOL Examinations which we organise in Reading for our own students and also students from other schools and language centres in Berkshire and surrounding areas.

Contact us

The English Language Centre

Call us on +44 (0)118 939 1833

Email us on info@efl-reading.co.uk

Drop in to see us any time during the week at 6b Church Street, Reading, RG1 2SB

Principal: Kate Pepper