Welcome to Chester

Chester is in the north of England, where the locals are chatty and welcoming, and the scenery is just breathtaking.

Chester is a Roman walled city which quickly feels familiar and friendly.

It is also perfectly placed for you to discover other rich, complex and historic cities like Liverpool and Manchester, whilst being equally well placed to escape to the wilderness of north Wales and the tranquil beauty of the Lake District.

At ELC Chester we offer a broad range of options to make your General English course just right for you. Our experienced, friendly staff provide a comprehensive programme of lessons at our school in Stanley Place, which has been ranked in the top 2% of language schools in the United Kingdom.

About our general English courses in Chester, UK

Our General English courses take place in groups of up to 11 other students (12 including you) of a very similar level of English. After you choose and book your course, we’ll contact you to arrange a detailed test and a friendly online meeting with one of our tutors, who will find out more about you and assess your speaking level, to make sure you’re placed in a group which is right for your level and needs.

Over 25s

People aged at least 25 years old get special treatment in Chester, as there is not only a course, but also a separate building for you! Ideal for working professionals that are comfortably through college and are climbing corporate ladders.

Over 50s

If you’re fortunate to be 50 years old or over, then you too have a dedicated group for your English lessons so you can learn with like-minded people who possibly have their eye on other objectives, like expanding cultural horizons and taking in the great British countryside.

Staying for longer?

If you can stay with us for 24 weeks or more, then our Study Year programme will give you some welcome extras.

Find your English level

Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online 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.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Our range of General English courses in Chester

General English courses in Chester deliver between 20 lessons (15 hours) or 35 lessons (26.25 hours) of tuition per week, through different permutations of General English group classes and other options, such as one-to-one classes.

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 levelEquivalent 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

Is General English right for you?

Our General English courses are perfect for international students who are over 16 years old*, and who have at least an A1 level of English. If that’s you, then you can take a General English course on its own, or you can combine General English with other options.


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.

Long-term study

If you plan to learn English in Chester for more than 24 weeks, you may wish to consider our Study Year Programme.

Students busy in class together in one of the classrooms at the English language centre in Chester. The teacher is standing at the whiteboard and we guess she is the teacher because she is wearing an ELC blue lanyard reserved for staff members. The three students are smiling in the photo. You can see a generously proportioned table and there is plenty of room for all the English students.