Language Improvement courses

Who is it for?

This is a course for people who want to study & improve their English ability in a university environment. It runs all year and provides:

  • 21 hours of learning a week
  • A wide range of activities
  • Work with a text book
  • IELTs preparation (these classes are also open to non-ELCOS students. For further details, click here )
  • Projects
  • Socials

The course is for people who are at A2 level (IELTS 3/elementary) and above. It is a flexible and varied course for people wishing to study all aspects of English language & use. If you are looking for English for Academic Purposes, click here for more information on our Pre-sessional Courses. Please note: Text books are used on most ELCOS courses, which students need to buy (normally 1 book per course but this can vary)

*It is not possible to join a Degree course or an ELCOS Pre-sessional course without an IELTS test result at the required level

This is the timetable for a typical week:

9.30-11.00 Reading
vocabulary, listening, reading
IELTS Preparation Textbook
Grammar, vocabulary and skills
Grammar, vocabulary and skills
Review, practise, play
11.30-13.00 Reading
vocabulary, listening, reading
IELTS Preparation Textbook
Grammar, vocabulary and skills
Grammar, vocabulary and skills
Review of the week
Plan for next week
[End of the month tutorials]
14.00-16.00 Project
group work and communication
Everyday English
speaking, pronunciation, spelling, real-life situations
grammar, speaking, writing
[End of month formative/ summative test]

What does it do?

The Language Improvement Course is a full-time English course that aims to improve your English through real-life interaction and formal teaching. We will practise the four skills; speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the classroom and out of the classroom.

This course aims to:

  • Improve your English skills
  • Develop your grammar and vocabulary
  • Use English for communication in project work
  • Use monthly assessment to check your progress and your needs
  • Use individual learning plans so you can see your progress and make targets
  • Prepare you for the IELTS test
  • Help you get involved in university life and life in the community in Bangor

We aim to improve your English communication skills with a wide variety of activities in a relaxed and friendly setting.

You can prepare for an IELTS test. Click here to see how you can progress onto an ELCOS pre-sessional academic English course.

When can I join?

The course runs throughout the year. You can join the course on the first Monday of each month and study with us for as long as you like (one week minimum).  This is different in the summer when you can join on any Monday.

The course costs £200 a week.

Course Dates 2017 - 2018:

25th September – 15th December 2017
8th January – 23rd March 2018
16th April – 1st June 2018
25th June – 7th September 2018

Monday start dates:

25th September
2nd October
30th October
6th November
8th January
29th January
5th February
26th February
5th March
16th April
30th April

8th May (Tuesday because Monday 7th May is a Bank Holiday)

In the summer you can start on any Monday up to August 27th:

25th June
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August


University accommodation is normally only available during July, August & September. However, we can provide a list of local private accommodation providers in the Bangor area.

How do I apply?

To apply you need to be elementary level or above (A2 or IELTS 3).

  1. Download the application form.
  2. Email your completed application form to
  3. We will send you a letter of acceptance confirming your place on the course

The course costs £200 a week.

The following methods of payment are acceptable for deposits:

(a) "Cheque or draft drawn on a UK Clearing Bank (see Note below for cheques/drafts not drawn on a UK Clearing Bank).
(b) Electronic funds transfer from your bank directly into the University bank account quoting the student ID number and full name as a reference.

Cheques/drafts not drawn on a UK Clearing Bank

In the event that a cheque or bankers draft is not drawn on a UK Clearing Bank this could create very significant delays before the University is able to either confirm receipt of payment or process any refunds that may subsequently become due. Students will remain liable for payment until the University is able to confirm receipt of payment, which it will be unable to confirm until "cleared" funds are received to the University's bank account.

Bangor University Bank details:

Bank Name: Santander UK PLC

Sort Code: 09-02-22

Account No: 10364019

IBAN: GB46ABBY09022210364019

Swift Code: ABBYGB2L

Account Name: Bangor University

Please ensure that any bank charges are paid by yourself and please make sure that the transfer indicates that the payment is for a deposit for an ELCOS course. The payment of the remaining amount can be paid in Bangor by cash, traveller's cheques, eurocheque, banker's draft or Visa Credit Card. You will receive an invoice for the remaining amount during the first week of the course.

IELTS classes

Lessons every Wednesday 9.30 – 13.00

TR 3 Rathbone Building

  • 9.30 – 11.00

Skills practice, activities, types of question, how to answer questions

  • 11.30 – 13.00

Exam practice questions, peer marking, and feedback

Lessons cost £25 for three hours. They are available to buy at the online shop.

TBA WRITING (Task 1&2)

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Contact us

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Phone: +44 (0) 1248 382252

Or come and see us in the ELCOS office in Rathbone House, College Road, Bangor.