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EC English, Gold Coast, Australia

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EC English

The language school EC English was founded in Gold Coast, Australia in 1976. The school Has been recently refurbished. It is in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Australia's Premier holiday destination. It is in the middle of the business, cafe and shopping district and just a two minute walk to world famous beaches. EC English operated previously under the name CES Embassy English.

Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by EC English

Guiding principles:
• Only the EC part of campus is open on shared campuses
• Temperature checks are done on entry of every person entering the campus - Australia only
• Use of the government COVID Safe App is encouraged - Australia only
• Staff and students are told not to come to campus if suffering symptoms
• Signs posted prominently throughout the school to remind all of the importance of distancing and hygiene
• Encouragement of social distancing measures: 1 metre for Auckland and 1.5 metres for Australian campuses

Common areas
• Students can eat lunch in their classroom ‘bubble’ to minimise contact with other classes
• We strongly recommend students bring food for break time and not leave at break time
• Every second computer in the computer lab is available to encourage physical distancing. A maximum of 12 students are permitted in the computer room at any given time
• Bathroom doors are kept open to allow staff and students to enter and exit without touching the doors. Of course, privacy
considerations dictate whether this is possible in all campuses
• Lifts are encouraged only for deliveries or those affected by disabilities and health issues – stairwells should be used by all others

Class management and timetables
• Staggered start, break, and end times to minimise contact at ingress, egress and on campus - Australian campuses only
• Class sizes kept to 10 or 15 in the case of suitably large rooms, e.g. partitioned double rooms opened to be one
• Furniture is arranged to allow safe distancing

Personal protective equipment
• Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and additional sanitizer dispensers at reception and in staffrooms

Cleaning
• Schools are cleaned twice daily, with specific attention to door handles, keyboards, switches and buttons

Alternative delivery and work arrangements
• Students who request to continue studying online are welcome to do so.

Accreditations and Quality seals

AAIEPACCET ALTOBritish councilEANEAS NZQAStudy in Australia

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

7

Number of public PC workstations:

18

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled toilet

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 5

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years

English teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree
  • 100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

23
2
2
1
33
6
4
9
3

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Gold Coast - Coolangatta.

Brisbane Airport:
150 AU$ pick up
300 AU$ return (both ways)
Gold Coast Airport:
150 AU$ pick up
300 AU$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 27 Jan. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 25 Apr. 2020, 04 May 2020, 28 Aug. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020, 21 Dec. 2020 - 28 Dec. 2020.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 20 24 36
Price in AU$ 410 820 1230 1640 2460 3280 4100 6320 7900 9240 13860
Price in US$ 278 556 834 1112 1668 2223 2779 4284 5354 6262 9393
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:15  - 14:05
Afternoon: 11:35  - 17:25
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 16 23
Price in AU$ 380 760 1140 1520 1900 2280 3040 3800 4440 5920 8510
Price in US$ 258 516 773 1031 1288 1546 2061 2576 3009 4012 5768
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:15  - 11:35
Afternoon: 14:05  - 17:25
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 23 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- 880 1320 1760 2640 3520 4400 9660 9840 14760 19680
Price in US$ -- 597 895 1193 1790 2386 2982 6547 6669 10003 13338
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9025 12795 17055
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6117 8672 11559
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 30 Mar. 2020, 11 May 2020.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9270 13165 17550
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6283 8922 11894
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 30 Mar. 2020, 11 May 2020.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Brochures
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Business
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Price in AU$ 440 880 1320 1760 2200 2640 3080 3520 3960 4400 --
Price in US$ 299 597 895 1193 1491 1790 2088 2386 2684 2982 --
20 General English + 8 English for Work per week. These 8 lessons focus on teaching the student skills for working in a English speaking environment. This includes negotiations, management, HR, branding, promotional strategies, project management, business ethics, giving presentations and preparing for interviews. There will be assessments throughout the course which take place both in the classroom and through assignments. Additionally there will be a 5 weekly progress test, 5 weekly tutorial and progress reports and an exit test. Students will receive a certificate on completion in recognition of the skills they have learnt.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
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Exam Preparation
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 23
Price in AU$ -- 760 1140 1520 1900 2280 2660 3040 3800 4440 8510
Price in US$ -- 516 773 1031 1288 1546 1803 2061 2576 3009 5768
This course is designed to prepare the students for the IELTS Exam. Not available on a Student visa. Tourist Visa: 12 weeks maximum. Working Holiday Visa: 17 weeks maximum.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:15  - 11:35
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 23 24 36 48
Price in AU$ 410 820 1230 1640 2460 3280 4100 9085 9240 13860 18480
Price in US$ 278 556 834 1112 1668 2223 2779 6157 6262 9393 12524
This course is designed to prepare the students for the IELTS Exam.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
 Prices (PDF)
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See availability »
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 23 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- 880 1320 1760 2640 3520 4400 9660 9840 14760 19680
Price in US$ -- 597 895 1193 1790 2386 2982 6547 6669 10003 13338
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
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Note: All courses offered by EC English, Gold Coast can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 230.00 AU$
Comments about courses:Morning classes - Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced/IELTS.
Afternoon Classes - Pre-Intermediate, Elementary.
Course add on One-to-One package:
5 lessons: AUD 825.
10 lessons: AUD 1500.
Overseas health care for students holding a student visa:
Up to 6 months: AUD 55 (per month).
Up to 9 months: AUD 53 (per month).
Up to 12 months: AUD 52 (per month).
1257 welfare undertaking fee (under 18s): AUD 500.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 260 520 780 1040 1300 1560 1820 2080 2600 3120 260 20 265
Price in US$ 186 371 557 742 928 1113 1299 1484 1855 2226 186 15 190
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Aquarius - Dorm Room , EC English, Gold Coast - 1
Aquarius - Dorm Room , EC English, Gold Coast - 2
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 310 620 930 1240 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 265
Price in US$ 222 443 664 885 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 17
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 285 570 855 1140 1425 1710 1995 2280 2850 3420 285 265
Price in US$ 204 407 610 814 1017 1220 1424 1627 2034 2440 204 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Supplement of AUD 28 per week for students under 18.
Price extra night:
39 AU$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Daily cleaning, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 315 630 945 1260 1575 1890 2205 2520 3150 3780 315 20 265
Price in US$ 225 450 675 899 1124 1349 1573 1798 2248 2697 225 15 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 625 1250 1875 2500 3125 3750 4375 5000 6250 7500 625 20 265
Price in US$ 446 892 1338 1784 2230 2676 3121 3567 4459 5351 446 15 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 670 1340 2010 2680 3350 4020 4690 5360 6700 8040 670 250 265
Price in US$ 478 956 1434 1912 2390 2868 3346 3824 4780 5736 478 179 190
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Carlton Apartments, EC English, Gold Coast - 1
Carlton Apartments, EC English, Gold Coast - 2
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 385 770 1155 1540 1925 2310 2695 3080 3850 4620 385 250 265
Price in US$ 275 550 824 1099 1374 1648 1923 2198 2747 3296 275 179 190
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Carlton Apartments, EC English, Gold Coast - 1
Carlton Apartments, EC English, Gold Coast - 2
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 440 880 1320 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 265
Price in US$ 314 628 942 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 880 1760 2640 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 265
Price in US$ 628 1256 1884 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
5 minutes walking
Includes:
No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 255 510 765 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 265
Price in US$ 182 364 546 190
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
This dorm room has an ensuite bathroom which is shared between the guests in the room.
The room is only bookable for either a 1, 2 or 3-week duration.
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Includes:
No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Football (soccer) 
Music 
Sailing 
Squash 
Table Tennis 
Tennis 
Volleyball 
Windsurfing 

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Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

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    FAQ about EC English, Gold Coast

  • English courses at EC English start at 376 AU$ for Language Semester Abroad (24) course with 24 lessons per week. When booking here you get the guaranteed best price.
  • The accommodation Aquarius - Dorm Room is the most popular among all our clients of EC English
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Brisbane Airport (150 AU$), Gold Coast Airport (150 AU$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at EC English varies from 15 students (Standard Plus Course ) to 18 students (English for Work )
  • 100% of teachers at EC English hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at EC English comes from Japan with a 33% representation, followed by students from Brazil (23%) and Thailand (9%).
  • EC English offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 22 during the summer and 22 for the rest of the year.
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