Welcome to England

ELC Brighton, ELC Eastbourne and ELC Chester offer a wide choice of high quality English language courses in a warm, friendly and professional environment. Each school has its own unique character but all of the staff at each of the three schools are passionate about providing comprehensive, practical courses and very personal service.

The group of three schools is ranked the No 1 group of English language schools in the UK by EL Gazette in its review of language school groups and chains.

About our one-to-one English courses in England

Taking one-to-one English lessons in England is an excellent way to maximise your studies if you have a limited amount of free time.

Private lessons may be the ultimate in personal attention, with lessons that are specifically focussed on your English language needs. But when you’re the only student in the class, the attention is always on you, which makes one-to-one lessons challenging and intensive. One thing is for sure: your English skills should improve quickly and effectively.

If you are 16 or over, have a CEFR level between A1 (Beginner) and C1+ (Advanced), these One to One, carefully designed sessions are the ideal choice for students who wish to focus on their own personal learning goals.

Course features

  • Each course is tailor-made to the needs of the participants.
  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • We conduct a pre-course needs assessment to get your course just right.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • One-to-one classes to focus on your specific needs.
  • 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.

Where to study One-to-one English in England

Here you can see which courses are available at each of our locations.

If you know where you would like to study, you can choose your course and location here. If not, see our explore the courses below or learn about our locations.

Courses Brighton Chester Eastbourne
One-to-one English

Choose where you'd like to study your one-to-one course

With these one-to-one programmes, you can choose how many lessons you’d like to study each week. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes, and you can book from 4 to 8 lessons per day.

  • 4 lessons per day gives you 20 lessons (15 hours of tuition) per week
  • 5 lessons per day gives you 25 lessons (18.75 hours of tuition) per week
  • 6 lessons per day gives you 30 lessons (22.5 hours of tuition) per week
  • 7 lessons per day gives you 35 lessons (26.25 hours of tuition) per week
  • 8 lessons per day gives you 40 lessons (30 hours of tuition) per week

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

Do you think one-to-one lessons are right for you?

We think one-to-one lessons are a good option in some quite specific situations:

  • If you’re in a hurry to improve your English
  • If you simply prefer the calm of a one-to-one classroom, where every moment is geared around your learning
  • If you are comfortable with a higher intensity of learning than you’d usually get in a group context

It’s good to remember that being on your own with your teacher means you don’t have quite the same opportunities to meet with other students of your level from around the world, but we do encourage you to take part in social programme events.

If you’d like a combination of group classes and some one-to-one lessons, you can add extra one-to-one classes to most of our morning group classes. Simply tick the box when you book, and we’ll contact you to discuss your needs.

A photo of a man smiling at the camera. It's a library shot. He's wearing a light coloured shirt under a bright red V-necked jumper, and he's standing against a pale blue background. He's representing one-to-one English classes where you have the luxury of having an English lesson with just you and your qualified English teacher.

Cool places that are small enough to be friendly, big enough to be fun

We offer year-round English language courses in three English locations. All our schools are classic, historical buildings with up-to-date, modern language learning facilities, and a warm and friendly welcome.

Map of ELC’s locations in England at Brighton, Chester and Eastbourne, with indications of their distance from major cities, airports and national parks. Brighton and Eastbourne are on the south east coast next door to the South Downs National Park and not far from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports. Chester just to the east of north Wales is close to Liverpool and Manchester airports and roughly half way between Snowdon National Park and the Peak District National Park. An overlaid scale of 50km helps to show that Brighton and Eastbourne are about 120km from central London, and that Chester is about 35km from central Liverpool and 65km from central Manchester.
A photo of the seafront at Brighton which shows an array of white buildings and the sand-coloured pebble beach. There is a large white ferris wheel in the foreground, and a scattering of people sitting looking out to sea.


Brighton and Hove is a lively, cosmopolitan seaside city of about 300,000 people with a vivid cultural life. It is about 85 km – 1 hour – south of central London and surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside. Learn more about Brighton

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.


Chester is an English city with 2,000 years of heritage, excellent shopping and a lively nightlife. It is 30km from Liverpool and 60km from Manchester – major cities of around half a million people each. Learn more about Chester

A seafront photo of Eastbourne taken from the west side. The pier can be seen jutting out into the sea towards the top of the photo, as the beach extends round to the left and the emerald sea takes up most of the rest of the shot. The sun is shining and the white hotels on the seafront are very noticeable.


Eastbourne is a traditional seaside town that’s regularly the UK’s sunniest place. It is about 120 km from central London. The beautiful South Downs national park rises up directly from the western end of its seafront. Learn more about Eastbourne