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English Language for International (Overseas) Students (Full-Time) at Colchester Institute

Course description

Colchester Institute has been offering English classes for over 40 years, recruiting students from all over the world and achieving pass rates of over 90% in the past 10 years. Our classes have a mix of students from different backgrounds and ages, ensuring that the lessons are a multi-cultural learning experience.

Whether you want to study to improve your CV, boost  your job prospects, prepare for college or university or you just want to meet new people and share interests and hobbies from around the world, Colchester Institute has the English class for you.

Our core staff are highly qualified and experienced language teachers, many of them are teacher trainers and some are established course book writers. With outstanding individual student support and enrichment activities, our English courses offer excellent opportunities to improve your English and experience British culture, giving students the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. The English language department is a member of English UK and in 2013 was named a Centre of Excellence by the ELGazette.

Course content

Students will receive guidance on all parts of the exam (reading, writing, speaking, listening) and the use of English. Working in pairs and small groups with language practice activities will ensure students improve their fluency and accuracy. Students will listen to CDs, read and write a variety of texts and do grammar and vocabulary activities. Students will have regular progress tests throughout their studies and will receive individual meetings with their tutor to discuss their learning and development. Students will also join exam classes, preparing for Cambridge English main suite qualifications (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) and IELTS preparation classes.


The cost of the ESOL Skills for Life examinations is included in the tuition fees, but there is an additional cost to students wanting to take the Cambridge main suite examinations and the IELTS examination (IELTS exams are offered at an external centre).


Exams available Courses are offered from Elementary to Advanced level and the following, internationally recognised Cambridge examinations are available:

EFL Cambridge Main Suite examinations and prices:
  • B1 – PET – Preliminary English Test: £37.25
  • B2 – FCE – First Certificate in English: £71
  • C1 – CAE – Certificate in Advanced English: £75.50
  • C2 – CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English: £81.50
IELTS – International English Langauge Testing Sytem (exam off-campus) ESOL Skills for Life examinations:
  • A1 – Skills for Life Entry Level 1
  • A2 – Skills for Life Entry Level 2
  • B1 – Skills for Life Entry Level 3
  • B2 – Skills for Life Level 1
  • C1 – Skills for Life Level 2

Financial information

Students will need a pen, notebook and folder, which can be purchased from our college shop and will cost approximately £5.00. Students will need to purchase an English learner dictionary (we recommend the Longman active study dictionary or the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary; prices range from £15 – £20).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Institute directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016

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