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Academic English & IELTS

Courses are for 25 and 30 hours a week and consist of Academic English for three hours per day, developing your understanding and ability to use English by participating in topic-based morning classes. In the afternoons you study for 2-3 hours, with other prospective university students, in our IELTS exam preparation classes.

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Academic English classes

Experienced, friendly and qualified teachers expand your academic English in the four skills as well as teach you study skills necessary for university success. You will learn how to write an academic essay, take clear and concise notes during university lectures or seminars or when working through university reading lists. You will also learn presentation & speaking skills needed to start a degree course at a UK or USA based English speaking university. 


All students have individual tutorials with action points for future learning. Students are also helped with university applications especially personal statements.


Most universities require at least 6.0 for undergraduate and 6.5 for entrance onto post graduate degrees. In our university preparation course we teach you essential strategies for each task on the IELTS exam papers to make sure you have the best chance of achieving the score you need. All students have full mock exams as part of the syllabus, helping students to cope with the pressure of exam conditions.

You can start our Academic English & IELTS exam preparation at any time of year. If you are below B1 level you must first join our general English program to improve your English.

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I learnt a lot while I was studying at ELA. I chose ELA over other options because I was studying general English in the morning and in the afternoon classes I took a preparation course on IELTS, finally, after taking my exam I had a month left which was already paid for, so I decided to change to that class in order to gain experience in business area (It would have been boring if I had taken the IELTS course again). The first thing I would highlight from my experience at ELA, it is the teachers, they share all their knowledge without hesitation, I went to class everyday with many doubts and they clarified everything, whatever it was from grammar, vocabulary, idioms, etc. They made easier and pleasant my stay. Thank you so much every teacher but specially to Steve and Hedvig for helping me improving my English to get a higher score on IELTS. I find it very useful how the classes are arranged for the student to interact with their classmates, personally, I believe teamwork does the magic, it is the way of learning. I believe not only Edinburgh is a great place to study but all United Kingdom, but regarding Edinburgh I find it fascinating, it is a multicultural place where you can come upon distinct cultural and social events. Surely, you will meet local people but also many foreigners. Like they say here, "first-come, first-served". I would recommend to those who come here, please if you want to apply to a university do it straight away, otherwise you will lose your place in a matter of days or weeks! Do not let the time decide for you - you decide! And please do not skip classes do not be irresponsible, you will regret it in the future.

Please send my greetings to Olga, Steven and everyone there.

Raul Melendez, Mexico

A thousand thanks to ELA, they have got me onto my PhD at Bristol University

Usama Alwan Zpon, Iraq
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