English in the primary classroom course for teachers at ELC Brighton

Our English in the primary classroom course in Brighton is specially designed for teachers who work with younger, predominantly primary age school children.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 21
  • Course duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A2
    2. B1
    3. B2

We offer a 2-week course that will give you a real confidence boost in your own abilities to teach English to young students. The 2-week course is 45 hours in total (1 week is 22.5 hours) and runs from Monday to Friday, with 30 lessons per week. We provide six courses a year, in January, April, July (twice), August and October.

A preparation pack is sent to participants on enrolment. Before the start of the course, participants should complete a pre-course questionnaire which will enable the course leaders to focus more specifically on the exact needs of the participants.

Course activities

Our English in the Primary Classroom (EPC) course will:

  • provide opportunity to improve teachers spoken fluency and knowledge of English
  • focus on language teaching methodology
  • allow participants to experience different aspects of life and culture in the UK
  • develop participants’ confidence to speak English in the primary classroom
  • provide opportunities to select and adapt appropriate songs, games and stories.

Course outcomes

At the conclusion of the course you should have:

  • improved personal English language skills
  • improved confidence in class
  • deeper sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • knowledge of other European systems of education
  • strategies, skills and activities of teaching
  • better knowledge of Erasmus+ potential for your own and others’ professional development
  • enhanced classroom methodological practice
  • ideas for improving students’ motivation
  • interpersonal skills and teamwork
  • better awareness of learning needs, difficulties and behaviour.
Primary school teachers on the English in the primary classroom course at ELC Brighton paint plates as part of a fun, work-related activity during their stay in Brighton.

Erasmus+ funding

The EPC course at ELC Brighton may be suitable for European Union funding through Erasmus+. This has changed since Brexit so please contact your National Agency. See our guide on how to apply for EU funding.

Minimum class size

The minimum number required for this TECH course is four students. In the event that we receive fewer than four students, please be assured that we will not cancel your booking. Instead, we will give you 20 lessons per week of General English in the morning with 10 lessons in the afternoon focusing on language teaching methodology, in a one-to-one, two-to-one or three-to-one class, as appropriate.

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Course features

  • 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.
  • We conduct a pre-course needs assessment to get your course just right.
  • Each course is tailor-made to the needs of the participants.
  • Suitable for Erasmus+ funding applications.

Who is this English course for?

The EPC course is designed to equip you with the skills to effectively teach primary age children in English. It will develop your understanding and knowledge of the English language, help you gain confidence and fluency for speaking English in the primary classroom, allow you to select, devise and adapt materials for your students, help you experience different aspects of life and culture in the United Kingdom, and finally select and adapt English songs, games and stories appropriate to the primary classroom setting.

You need to be over 21 years old, and you should already be at CEFR A2 to CEFR B2 level of English language ability.

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