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Learn English in Edinburgh, Scotland

We offer the following courses:

  • Intensive English Course (small group tuition)
  • Combination Course (group + 1:1 tuition)
  • Individual Tuition
  • Plus English (One week learning tours with special interest themes)
  • Home tuition with your English teacher including accommodation 

Learn English in Edinburgh, the cosmopolitan and dynamic capital city of Scotland with a rich offering of history at every corner. From its world famous castle dominating the skyline, world class art galleries and national museums, winding streets of the Old Town and impressive Georgian architecture of the UNESCO designated New Town, there is so much to see and admire.  Edinburgh is also known as the Festival City, with cultural festivals all year round and home to the largest international arts festival in the world every August.

  • Please keep reading for full details of our courses.

“ Edinburgh is a wonderful and inspiring place to learn English.  A historic city with beautiful architecture and scenery and home to world-famous international festivals – it really has something for everyone.”

RC, Edinburgh

Our School
For all courses except home tuition (see below for details of this type of intensive course), lessons are taught at a small, friendly, family-run school located right in the heart of Edinburgh and easily reached from all areas of the city.  The 18th century building housing the school is close to cafes, restaurants, shops and parks and the main shopping area on Princes street is just a short walk away. Coffee and tea facilities are available as well as a well stocked library with books, magazines and other learning resources.

Public Holidays
Our school does not close on public holidays and classes will be held as normal on those days. However, it is closed for an annual holiday at Christmas and New Year – please get in touch for exact dates.

Cultural Activities and Excursions
All Intensive and Combination English courses include one afternoon excursion per week to a place of cultural interest, either outside or within Edinburgh. For full details of the English Plus cultural tours, please refer to the tab below.

Excursions are an extra opportunity to practise your English listening skills, talk to other students and visit places of interest. Popular excursions include a whisky distillery, castles, historic houses, palaces and local typical villages.

Transfers
Transfers from Edinburgh Airport can be arranged at the cost of £50 each way and collection from other airports is available on request

Courses
All courses are designed for those who wish to learn effective communicative English skills, ideal for use in everyday life.

Courses are available all year round for a range of levels. Fees for courses at our school include all teaching, all learning materials, one weekly afternoon excursion, tea and coffee at break time, guided self-study, use of books & DVDs, certificate of attendance, end of course progress report, free internet/WiFi at the school.

Intensive and Combination courses are for adults who want to work in a small group with a maximum of 5 students to improve speaking and listening ability in English.  All lessons are taught in English only and teachers discourage the use of any other language in the classroom. Small groups mean you can practice English conversation naturally and participate fully in every activity.

Please click on one of the options below for more details:

Intensive English Courses

Intensive English Course

Course duration: 1 or more weeks
Consists of: 20 group lessons per week
Class timetable: 09.15 – 12.30  with 15 minute break
+ 3 afternoons 13.30 – 15.10 (Mon/Tue/Thu)
Jul/Aug: 09.00 –  12.15 as above
+ 4 afternoons 13.30 – 14.45
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Maximum class size: 5 students
Minimum language level: elementary
Minimum age: 18 years
Cost:  £375 per week

2019 start dates: 

  • Courses start on any Monday throughout the year.
  • The school does not close on public holidays and lessons will take place as normal on these days
  • The school closes for Christmas/New Year, please get in touch for exact dates
  • We recommend complete beginners enroll on an individual 1-1 course for 1-2 weeks before they join a group course

Combination Courses

Combination Courses combine group and individual lessons. During the 1-to-1 classes you can choose to study more general English or focus on specific language areas, grammar problems or specific areas such as English for professional purposes(Business, Environment, Tourism,  specific English language examinations such as Cambridge or TOEIC).  Other specific areas are available on request.

Course duration: 1 week or more
Consists of: 20 hours of General English  + 5 or 10 individual lessons per week
Class timetable: group: same as Intensive course (see above)
individual: flexible
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
Maximum class size: 5 students (group)
Minimum language level: elementary
Minimum age: 18 years
Cost per week:

 20 group + 5 private lessons: £595

20 group + 10 private lessons £780

2018 start dates: 

  • Courses start on any Monday throughout the year
  • The school does not close on public holidays and lessons will take place as normal on these days
  • The school closes for Christmas/New Year, please get in touch for exact dates
  • We recommend that complete beginners enrol on an individual 1-1 course for  at least 1 week before they join any group course

Individual Tuition 1-to-1

Individual tuition is ideal for those who are looking for intensive learning or those who wish to focus on specific topics, as lesson content can be tailored to an individual’s needs. We recommend one-to-one classes for beginner level students.

Included: All teaching, all materials, one weekly afternoon excursion, tea and coffee at break time, guided self-study, use of books & DVDs, certificate of attendance, end of course progress report, internet/WiFi.

Course duration: 1 week or more
Consists of: 20/25/30 hours of lessons per week
Class timetable:  flexible depending on course booked
 + 1 afternoon cultural activity
Lesson duration:  60 minutes
Maximum class size:  1 person
Minimum level:  beginner
Minimum age: 18 years
Cost per week:

 20 lessons: £1120

25 lessons: £1250

30  lessons:£1420

2018 start dates: 

  • ourses start on any Monday throughout the year.
  • The school does not close on public holidays and lessons will take place as normal on these days
  • The school closes for Christmas/New Year, please get in touch for exact dates
  • We recommend individual tuition for complete beginners

Plus English Learning Tours

NEW!  Our themed Plus English learning tours run on scheduled dates throughout the year for a  maximum of 6 clients.  Each tour runs for 6 days, from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Three full days are based in and around Edinburgh and 3  full day trips take place outside of Edinburgh.

This is an ideal way to learn more about Scotland and improve your English on an active learning adventure and means that you do not have to choose between booking an English course and having a holiday in Scotland – these tours combine both options!

On each of the tours, there are always be two native English language speakers. One is a professionally qualified Scottish tourist guide and the other a qualified English language teacher.  A maximum of 6 clients means that each person has the opportunity to hear native English language being spoken and to practise communication skills too.

English language practice is introduced throughout the day in a natural way. Short English lessons will be held at the places being visited or at our English school in central Edinburgh. All lessons are taught by professionally qualified teacherswith vocabulary and grammar notes included. You will have plenty of opportunity to practise new vocabulary during the tours and your teacher is there to help with any language matters.  Your tour guide is there to answer questions about Scotland and the locations you are visiting.

We offer learning tours with different themes such as Food and Drink;  Natural Scotland; Historic Houses and CastlesGlasgow and Edinburgh. Please ask us for a more detailed programme for each tour.

Each tour  costs £750 + booking fee (£35 + VAT =£42), and does not include accommodation.

2018 start dates:

Food & Drink: 03 June; 30 September

Natural Scotland: 20 May; 17 June; 23 September

Historic Houses, Castles & Palaces: 22 April; 09 September

Glasgow & Edinburgh: 08 April

It is also possible to have a customised tour organised for 4 – 8 people, with visits and activities included according to your specific interests.

Home English Tuition

NEW! Home Tuition 

If you would like to have individual tuition and time with your teacher outside the classroom, with home cooked meals in a relaxed atmosphere to help you  practise your English, then this type of course will suit you well.

With 3-6 hours of formal contact hours daily (this can be a combination of lessons +  accompanied activities, all in English)  you will find that your ear will become attuned to English quickly and that you will have plenty of opportunity to speak and listen to native speakers.  Accommodation is provided in your tutors home, a comfortable house providing you with a single bedroom and your own bathroom, as well as breakfast, lunch and evening meals. One week from just £745. Ask us for more details!  Available from January – June and September – December.