English course for PAs and secretaries in Brighton, England

ELC has been working with international PAs and secretaries for over 50 years. Courses take place in our dedicated Business Centre where the fully-equipped executive training rooms include the latest teaching and presentation technology.

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.

Our English course for personal assistants and secretaries consists of 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week for two weeks, with a maximum class size of 8 students.

  • Maximum students: 8
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Course duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. B1
    2. B2
    3. C1
    4. C1+

Each course is designed by the trainer to meet the needs of its participants and is therefore a unique package, targeted to improve business performance in English. There is a focus on written and spoken communication skills such as making arrangements, planning and organising business events and handling digital correspondence.

Trainers use presentations, case studies, workshops and role-play simulations and some sessions may be recorded for detailed analysis and feedback. Participants have free access to our self-study centre outside their lesson times.

By the end of the course you will be able to use English more confidently in your daily work and communicate more effectively in the business areas that were focussed on. The course is based on a detailed Needs Analysis that begins prior to arrival and is reviewed continuously throughout the two weeks. The content is therefore flexible, but a typical course will include:

  • business letter writing
  • organising and preparing for meetings
  • memos and reports
  • making arrangements and preparing schedules
  • greeting visitors
  • telephoning and emailing.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • communicate in English more effectively and confidently overall
  • correspond effectively in emails and other written correspondence.
  • communicate effectively on the telephone in English
  • write memos and reports accurately using appropriate style and register
  • make arrangements (e.g. for meetings and conferences) in English.

Minimum class size

The minimum number required for this English for PAs and Secretaries 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: £1,150.00 for 2 weeks
    • 60 lessons over the course of 45 hours
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    • Includes £90 registration fee
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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.
  • 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 English for PAs and secretaries course for?

Our English for PAs and secretaries course is designed to help PAs, secretaries and administrative staff to develop effective communication skills in English.

Course entry levels range from B1 to C1+ on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) scale.

Find your English level

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