General English

Which class will I be in?

When you arrive and enrol at the school you will be given a placement test, which will determine which class/classes you will be able to attend. The placement test includes a grammar,writing and speaking test. The staff and teachers will look at your overall results and decide which level(s) to put you in. You may be put into two different levels. For example if your spoken English is good but you have a low score in the grammar part of the test we may decide to include Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate classes so that you benefit from two levels.

Beginner and Elementary

The school does not run courses for beginners or at the elementary level although private one-to-one tuition may be available. Please contact us for more information.


This level enables people to gain basic English skills, understand short notices and simple spoken directions, communicate in familiar situations.


At this level, learners should be able to cope linguistically in a range of every day situations which require use of English in their own or foreign country, in contact with native and non-native speakers of the language.

First Certificate

Learners should have a wide grasp of vocabulary, be able to construct an argument, use appropriate communication styles for a variety of situations, be aware of register and of the conventions of politeness and degrees of formality as they are expressed through language.


It indicates a high level of language competence for candidates wishing to use English for professional or study purposes and communicate confidently in most daily situations & work.


This is the highest level course which shows progress beyond a good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and the ability to use the language in real contexts. Ideal for those seeking to work or study abroad, or to develop a career which requires language skills.

Student Testimonials

When I decided to go England alone, I was worried because I couldn’t speak English. However, when I came to study at the school, I was felt better, because of the school not too big, teachers and staff were very kind, and they were always ready to help me. They fully intended on easing my worries. So, it was quite easy to get used to living in England. My friends that I have met here, were very wonderful, although I couldn’t speak English well. They tried to communicate with me and help me when I had problems. When we had time, we always went traveling together. Studying English at school was very fun, not only for learning a language, but also exchanging knowledge and cultural experiences with my friends that came from many parts of the world. I learnt so many things about England from my teachers at school. The school was located in the city centre of Reading, not too far from London, 30 minutes by train. The cost of living here is cheaper than London, but you will have enough to live comfortably. If you have an opportunity to study English in England, I would recommend The English Language Centre.

Ayumi, Thailand

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