ELC offers a wide range of English courses for adults and young adults (aged 16+) at our 2 schools in the south of England, close to London. Whether you need to study English for your future studies, for travel, for work or just for the pleasure of learning, we have a wide range of courses to meet your needs. We offer courses suitable for students of all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Our courses include General English, Exam preparation, teachers' courses, specialised Business English, summer vacation and 50+.
In today's world a good understanding of English is essential as English is a truly global language. One of the most widely spoken languages in the world, English is the main language of science, the language of the skies, the language of business, of diplomacy, of travel and of computing. No wonder why it is useful to learn English.
Although 400 million people have English as their first language (UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland), it is estimated that up to 2 billion people world-wide speak English to some degree. English is the official language of 54 countries and for many other countries it is either officially or unofficially the second language. In Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Finland more than 65% of the population are fluent in English.
It is generally acknowledged that English is the lingua franca of the scientific community and Aviation English is the language of civil aviation. Nowadays, more and more multinational companies are using English as the common corporate language - companies such as Renault, Samsung, Nokia and Microsoft in Beijing.
Thanks to Hollywood and popular music from Elvis Presley to the Beatles to Adele and Lady Gaga, popular culture has only increased the spread of English. Although it was once 80%, more than 50% of content on the internet is still in English.
For travellers, although speaking some words of the language of the country you are visiting is still the best way to get by, English is one of the most useful languages to speak.
And if the reasons above weren't enough to encourage you to study English, learning another language in the country can be a life-changing experience. As the old saying goes 'travel broadens the mind'. Not only can you grow as a person but scientific studies have shown benefits to brain capacity and memory.