Our Combined General English Plus Business English courses at ELC Brighton

ELC has been working with international business people for over 50 years. Business classes take place in our dedicated Business Centre where the fully-equipped training rooms boast interactive whiteboards.

Our specialist trainers are highly experienced and well-qualified with a proven track record of success working with business people of all types and at all levels.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Minimum duration: 1 week
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A2
    2. B1
    3. B2
    4. C1
    5. C1+

Our combined General English plus Business English course lasts for 2 weeks, with 40 lessons per week between Monday and Friday:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of Business English

Course format

You can start most Mondays throughout the year. You’ll be tested on the first day and placed in a mixed nationality General English morning class at the appropriate level. General English classes are designed to develop your confidence to communicate effectively in everyday, real-life situations.

In the afternoons, you follow a Business English course in small groups with other working professionals.

Business language skills options

Each business course is tailored to the particular working contexts of the course participants, and can include:

  • conducting and contributing to meetings and interviews
  • giving presentations
  • negotiating
  • developing specialised business vocabulary
  • discussing key business concepts
  • developing cross-cultural awareness
  • communicating effectively on the telephone
  • corresponding effectively in business (emails, letters and faxes)
  • writing reports.

Specialised lesson content

We provide specialised training in areas such as:

  • engineering/technical subjects
  • management
  • marketing and sales
  • secretarial English
  • military English
  • banking and finance
  • computing
  • travel and tourism
  • aviation
  • medicine, pharmacy and law.

Minimum class size

The minimum number required for this combined General English plus Business English course is two students. In the event that we receive fewer than two students, please be assured that we will not cancel your booking.

Instead, we will give you the alternative course of General English Plus One-to-One. This consists of 30 lessons per week, made up of 20 General English lessons in a class of up to 12 students and 10 one-to-one lessons of specialised tuition.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £780.00 for 1 week
    • 40 lessons over the course of 30 hours
    • Includes £90 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

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Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • Use of our dedicated business suite to catch up with work.
  • Presentation training rooms with ActivPanels, iPads and high-speed Wi-Fi.
  • Business lounge with complementary hot drinks.
  • Dedicated PC suite for work or study, with complementary colour printing.
  • We conduct a pre-course needs assessment to get your course just right.
  • Each course is tailor-made to the needs of the participants.

Who is this combined General English plus Business English course for?

Our course is ideal for business people who use, or will need to use English in their daily job but who also want to improve their general English skills.

Course entry levels range from A2 to C1+ on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) scale.

Find your English level

Which Executive English course is best for you?

We have a lot of different options to choose from if you’re a business executive.

If you’re uncertain what is right for you, you can always get in touch and we can make suggestions once we better understand your needs.

You might like to think about whether you would like:

  • General English lessons as part of the mix
  • Any (or all) of your lessons to be one-to-one where it’s just you and your teacher
  • Executive English group lessons, either in a group of 6 people or 4 people.

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Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC level Equivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

Test your English level now

Would you prefer closed group English training for your company?

If you prefer, you can talk to us about English classes which are totally focussed on the needs of your organisation, where you book a closed group exclusively for your employees. The benefit of this approach is that you can work on language and situations (such as role-plays) which are entirely relevant to your business context.

The pre-requisite for this kind of course is that your people have a similar level of English. Depending on the size of the group, we may need to create a mixture of group and individual lessons to ensure everyone can progress properly.

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