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There are no limits to the range of English language courses offered in the UK. Over 600,000 learners a year go to the UK to use the language in its natural home.
UK English language courses include all the language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Study in the UK and you can practise your spoken English and experience the many different UK regional accents, helping to broaden your skills.

UK English language courses available

* General English – skills for life; suitable for all language levels.

* Vacation courses for adults – short courses during your vacation to discover more about the UK.

* Vacation courses for young learners – including social, sports and visits programs; for ages five to 17.

* One-to-one tuition – personalised, individual tuition; only one teacher and one student.

* English for business/executives – to improve language in business life; courses are usually intensive.

* Examination preparation – programs leading to a qualification that is recognised worldwide.

* Home tuition – one-to-one tuition in the teachers’ own home.

* English for Academic Purposes (EAP) – for further study, often at university.

* English for Specific Purposes (ESP) – for careers in a specific professional field such as law, medicine, journalism or travel.

* English Plus – short or long programs to improve English while studying a practical or academic subject such as cookery, sports, fashion design or performing arts.

* Courses for teachers of English – short language/methodology courses leading to qualifications; from postgraduate certificate to doctorate levels.

* Foundation and access courses – combination of academic English with study skills and study of an academic or professional subject.

Places to study English in the UK

There are accredited institutions throughout the UK – in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So you can decide which region best suits your needs. You can also choose the type of English language institution you want to study at:

* Private language school – full-time and part-time courses at all levels – short and long. English language-only courses will be in the majority.

* Private and state language centres – only short-term English language courses are available, normally in the summer. They often include social activities and cultural visits.

* Independent schools and tutorial colleges – a range of subjects can be studied at these schools and colleges.

* Further education institutions – full-time and part-time courses, from beginners to advanced. They also offer career-based training and academic courses in classes where many students speak English as their first language.

* Higher education institutions – full-time and part-time courses are available. Your English needs to be at intermediate level, or better. Many institutions specialise in teaching English for Academic Purposes.

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