English for Adults 50+ at ELC Chester

If you are aged 50 and over, ELC Chester is an ideal place to study English. It is ranked in the Top 2% of language schools in the United Kingdom and is the only year-round English language school operating in Chester.

We have been running English language courses for students aged 50 and over for more than 30 years, and our school offers a very warm welcome, with excellent teaching and accommodation options.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 50
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A2
    2. B1
    3. B2
    4. C1

Our 50+ English course runs throughout Spring and into Autumn each year, with start dates in April, May, June, August and September.

In the mornings, for 20 lessons (15 hours) per week, you will study English in a multinational 50+ class at your level. In the afternoons and on weekends you will join the dedicated 50+ social programme.

A photograph of the famous Eastgate clock in Chester which stands high above the road on a section of the Roman walls. The clock has a round white face with black roman numerals and hands, and lots of ornate black metalwork filled in with orange and gold panels. The letters VR are above it, visible against the turquoise dome roof, and the date 1897. This was erected in memory of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.

Our 50+ English classes aim to:

  • build your confidence in speaking English
  • help you improve your understanding of spoken English
  • introduce you to the beautiful city of Chester and the surrounding area
  • enable you to visit many major tourist attractions
  • take you to outstandingly beautiful National Parks e.g. North Wales, The Lake District or The Peak District and to towns and famous cities like Liverpool and Manchester
  • include a “Meet the British” component.
A photo of the suspension bridge over the River Dee in Chester.

If you are just beginning your English language journey, please contact us to check if we will have a suitable class. If you are a complete beginner we recommend that you take One-to-One lessons.

What is there to see and do in Chester?

The heritage city of Chester is a perfect base for international students on our 50+ course. It has a unique charm that we think you’ll really enjoy.

The buildings, history, traditions and position on the River Dee make Chester a leading tourist centre attracting many international visitors. Within the historic Roman city walls it has excellent shopping, a vibrant nightlife, many independent shops and cafes and an award-winning theatre, a library, cinema and restaurant complex, as well as a variety of pubs including micro-breweries where you can try the local beers and ales.

This photo shows some of the shops in Chester, set against a brilliant blue sky. The buildings have a tudor look to them, built from black timber beams filled with white plaster. The leaded windows are made up of hundreds of small rectangles of glass.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £1,045.00 for 2 weeks
    • 40 lessons over the course of 30 hours
    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

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Course features

  • We will give you a test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • You get a fully guided social programme with your teachers.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study.

Who are these English for Adults 50+ courses for?

The 50+ course is specifically designed for mature people who wish to combine practising their English with an extensive programme of visits, activities and excursions in the company of like-minded people from around the world.

Frequently asked questions

Is the 50+ English course very active?

The programme does include some walking. We recommend flat shoes and a good raincoat.

When does the 50+ English course start?

Our 50+ courses start on set dates. You can book one 2-week course or 2 consecutive 2-week courses for a total of 4 weeks. It is also possible to combine different courses like 50+ and General English. Please ask for more details.

I am under 50, can I join the course?

Usually the course is reserved for students aged fifty or over. It may be possible if you are just under 50. Please contact us for further information.

What do the English classes cover for the 50+ course?

Lessons are designed to build confidence in communicating in English.

Can I book just 1 week of the English for 50+ course, or more than 2 weeks?

Here on the website you can book the standard 2-week course. 1 week may be available depending on the time of year and availability, and it is often possible to extend to 3 or 4 weeks. Please contact us directly to discuss these options.

Would you like to talk to us?

You can contact us at any time, via the chat or contact form, and we’ll be happy to help you personally.

Here are some of the reasons why you might want to have a conversation with us:

  • You’re not sure if you’re ready for our English for Adults 50+ course, and you’d like to be sure before you book
  • You want to check the course dates that are available before you book your flights
  • You want to know more about what, exactly, you’ll study on the course you choose, or what activities are available, so you’d like to speak with one of our academic advisors.

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