Elac run courses in a number of locations around the UK, and in each venue there is a programme adapted for students at that centre.
you will also find that there are many things that don’t change wherever
you choose to study with us. Our approach is always the same: at
Elac we firmly believe that our students will learn English best by
following a carefully planned course of study that involves them in a
varied programme which they will find both stimulating and enjoyable.
This balanced approach has been the cornerstone of our successful courses
for many years.
The word “opportunity” figures prominently in the Elac vocabulary.
We make it
very clear to all our students that we will provide them with a series of
wonderful opportunities while they are on our courses. Opportunities
to develop and improve their English, opportunities to make new friends,
opportunities to learn a lot about Britain, and very importantly,
opportunities to have a lot of fun. However, we also make it clear
that they must then take those opportunities in order to get the most from
their courses; we cannot do this for them. We hope that this will
teach them to be more responsible for themselves. We can provide the
environment, but our students have to play their part in making it most
effective. Clearly the most important effort that our students have
to make is to SPEAK ENGLISH AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!
We all try hard to make sure they do.
|Learning: a positive attitude|
We believe that attitudes to language learning play a significant role in the success or otherwise of the process. We understand, therefore, that we have an important job to do in reinforcing our students’ positive feelings towards English. We aim to provide an experience that will benefit the student in the short term, but will also reinforce their longer-term commitment to language learning.
Learning: acquisition, consolidation, activation
Our aim is
to provide an environment where students encounter new language,
consolidate and practise language not yet a secure part of their language
repertoire, and also activate and reinforce the use of familiar language.
balance of priorities between these three modes is one that will vary from
class to class, but we believe our main contribution is in the
activation of language previously taught and learnt at home: the
ability to use this language is where we can have a significant input.
More specifically, the ability to use language orally is where we can play
the most valuable role in the students’ language learning, and for this
reason much of our skills development work will focus on or contain
practice in speaking.
The Activity Team
Everyone at Elac gets involved with the recreational side of our courses – even the Centre Managers! It is a great way to get to know the students and to find out how they’re feeling. However, the majority of the organisation falls on our dedicated team of Activity Leaders, led by the Activity Manager. Their job is to organise, to supervise, to engage and to inspire. They are selected for the skills they bring, and above all for their enthusiastic approach. The activity programme is therefore a great way to continue practising language skills outside the classroom.
It’s Your Course!
We believe that our courses are designed in
a way to achieve a good balance between effective learning and
fun and enjoyment. However, sometimes groups of students are
looking for something a little different, perhaps a more
intensive language programme, or a wider range of visits. Elac
offers great flexibility when it comes to meeting the
requirements of partners, and where possible we can vary our
standard course, or even design a specific programme to run
alongside our standard programme.