Our General English Course plus tennis lessons at ELC Eastbourne

Located in the same town as the annual ATP and WTA Rothesay Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament, ELC Eastbourne offers a great combined programme of General English and tennis lessons for international students.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A1
    2. A2
    3. B1
    4. B2
    5. C1
    6. C1+

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

In the mornings you study on the core programme of the General English course in a multinational class at your level for 20 lessons (15 hours) per week.

For 3 afternoons each week you will have tennis lessons, led by an expert tennis coach who will help you raise your tennis skills to the next level.

The tennis lessons will also help you practise your English further. Some key features of the tennis option are:

  • maximum 4 per group for tennis coaching lessons
  • lessons take place at an indoor tennis centre in Eastbourne
  • all coaches are qualified (LTA level 3 and above)
  • each tennis lesson lasts one hour
  • more lessons available at extra cost
  • transport to and from the tennis centre included
  • minimum stay normally 2 weeks.
Course timetable
Times Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Morning break

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Core GE lessons

Lunch break




Free time or supervised self-study
Free time or supervised self-study until school closes
  • Exact days and times of tennis lessons may change.
  • 1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £1,185.00 for 2 weeks
    • 40 lessons over the course of 30 hours
    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

Next steps

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.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • At least one lesson a week in the computer laboratory.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.
  • Activities on 3 afternoons per week with a qualified trainer/coach are included.
  • Taxis to and from school to the activity location are included where required.

Who is this General English plus tennis course for?

Our combined General English and tennis course is suitable for students of all levels of English and all tennis abilities. Morning classes focus on your core General English skills, while your three afternoons on court with a professional coach will help you achieve your sporting goals!

General English courses typically require CEFR levels A1 to C1+ to participate.

Find your English level

Frequently asked questions about the English and tennis course

I’m a very good tennis player. Is this course suitable for me?

Yes. We have had players of all levels.

How do I get to the tennis club? How far from the school is it?

We organise taxis for you, this is included in the course fee. The centre is outside the centre of Eastbourne, approximately 10-15 minutes away.

How many sports lessons does the course include?

You will have three sports lessons per week.

Can I take extra lessons on the English Plus programme?

Yes you can, please contact the school for prices.

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

And finally...

We love this course, and we hope you will love it too. If there is anything you’d like to discuss, any way we could adapt the programme to be even better for you and your needs around tennis, please let us know. Also, if you are interested in organising this programme for your tennis club or your friends, we can help with that too!

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