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English school in Melbourne: EC English

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation
  • Excellent rating of student apartments

EC English (EC)

  • The language school EC English was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1990.The school is situated in the heart of Melbourne's business district. It is close to the main shopping plazas, cinemas, restaurants and public transport. EC English operated previously under the name CES Embassy English.
  • Abbreviated name of school: EC Melbourne
  • 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

EA

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Soccer field / football pitch

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

22

Number of public PC workstations:

99

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for deaf students

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

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
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • INCLUDED Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by a qualified consultant

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6

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):

3
4
2
9
1
16
12
2
1
3
9

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Melbourne.

Melbourne Airport:
200 AU$ pick up
400 AU$ return (both ways)
Avalon, Avalon Airport:
300 AU$ pick up
600 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, 09 Mar. 2020, 08 Jun. 2020, 03 Nov. 2020, 21 Dec. 2020 - 31 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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Price in AU$ 490 980 1470 1960 2940 3920 10925 10800 16200 21600 450
Price in US$ 332 664 995 1327 1990 2654 7395 7311 10966 14621 305
This course consists of 20 general English lessons and 8 special focus lessons per week. The student can choose from the following options; speaking with confidence, real life listening, expand your vocabulary and global awareness.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 23
Price in AU$ 415 830 1245 1660 2075 2490 2905 3320 4150 4680 8970
Price in US$ 281 562 843 1124 1405 1686 1967 2248 2809 3168 6072
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in AU$ 455 910 1365 1820 2730 3640 10120 9960 14940 19920 415
Price in US$ 308 616 924 1232 1848 2464 6850 6742 10113 13483 281
This course consists of 20 general English lessons and 4 special focus lessons per week. The student can choose from the following options; speaking with confidence, real life listening, expand your vocabulary and global awareness.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in AU$ 490 980 1470 1960 2450 2940 3430 3920 4410 4900 --
Price in US$ 332 664 995 1327 1659 1990 2322 2654 2985 3317 --
20 General English + 8 English in the City per week. Course hours above include 5 electives per week from 12:45 to 14:15. These 8 lessons per week are focused around learning more about the city in which the students are learning English. They will learn about the art and culture and focus on how the locals use the language. Depending on the available timetable, students enrolled in this course will be taken outside the classroom 1 or 2 times per week. There will be assessments throughout the course which take place both in the classroom and through assignments. Additionally there will be 5 weekly progress test, 5 weekly tutorial and progress reports and an exit test. Students will receive a certificate on completion of the course, in recognition of the skills they have learnt.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9765 14275 19035
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6610 9663 12884
Starting dates
2020: 07 Jan. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 30 Mar. 2020, 11 May 2020.
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 9515 13905 18540
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6441 9412 12549
This course is perfect for a gap year experience, by steadily improving your English each week. The course focuses on improvements in speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. By regularly tracking your progress enables students to reach your language goals. The course includes study visits, lectures and tests.
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 17 Feb. 2020, 30 Mar. 2020, 11 May 2020.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in AU$ 330 660 990 1320 1650 1980 2310 2640 2970 3300 3630
Price in US$ 224 447 671 894 1117 1341 1564 1787 2011 2234 2457
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:
Afternoon: 16:45  - 21:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
Brochures
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Work & Study
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Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4900 9500 13500 18000
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3317 6431 9138 12184
Starting dates
2020: 27 Jan. 2020, 02 Mar. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 15 Jun. 2020, 20 Jul. 2020, 24 Aug. 2020, 28 Sep. 2020, 02 Nov. 2020, 07 Dec. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Business
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Price in AU$ 490 980 1470 1960 2450 2940 3430 3920 4410 4900 --
Price in US$ 332 664 995 1327 1659 1990 2322 2654 2985 3317 --
This course consists of 20 general English lessons and 8 English for work classes. The 8 English for work 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 5 weekly progress tests, 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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Price in AU$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4900 --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3317 --
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 21 Sep. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam dates
13 Mar. 2020, 27 Aug. 2020, 01 Dec. 2020
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Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3317 --
This course is designed to prepare the students for the CAE Exam.
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 28 Sep. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Exam dates
14 Mar. 2020, 28 Aug. 2020, 05 Dec. 2020
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 23
Price in AU$ -- 830 1245 1660 2075 2490 2905 3320 4150 4680 8970
Price in US$ -- 562 843 1124 1405 1686 1967 2248 2809 3168 6072
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.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Exam fee
395 AU$
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 23 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- 910 1365 1820 2730 3640 4550 10120 9960 14940 19920
Price in US$ -- 616 924 1232 1848 2464 3080 6850 6742 10113 13483
This course is designed to prepare the students for the IELTS Exam.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam fee
395 AU$
Brochures
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 23 24 36 48
Price in AU$ -- 980 1470 1960 2940 3920 4900 10925 10800 16200 21600
Price in US$ -- 664 995 1327 1990 2654 3317 7395 7311 10966 14621
This course is designed to prepare the students for the IELTS Exam.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam fee
395 AU$
Brochures
 Prices (PDF)
Reserve this course »
See availability »
FREE changes
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in AU$ -- 660 990 1320 1650 1980 2310 2640 2970 3300 3630
Price in US$ -- 447 671 894 1117 1341 1564 1787 2011 2234 2457
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:
Afternoon: 16:50  - 21:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Exam fee
395 AU$
Brochures
EC English Brochure (PDF)
 Prices (PDF)
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Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 230.00 AU$
Comments about courses:Course add on One-to-One lessons:
5 lessons: AUD 850.
10 lessons: AUD 1545.
Course material is recycled amongst students. To purchase a course book: USD 25 (per level).
Student insurance up to 24 months: AUS 45 (per month).
1257 welfare undertaking fee (under 18s): AUD 500.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 240 480 720 960 1200 1440 1680 1920 2400 2880 240 280
Price in US$ 171 342 513 684 855 1026 1197 1368 1710 2052 171 200
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), 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$ 345 690 1035 1380 1725 2070 2415 2760 3450 4140 345 280
Price in US$ 246 492 738 984 1230 1475 1721 1967 2459 2950 246 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Students must provide legal guardian consent form and book a transfer.
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Bedding/linen, 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$ 325 650 975 1300 1625 1950 2275 2600 3250 3900 325 280
Price in US$ 232 464 695 927 1158 1390 1621 1853 2316 2779 232 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
44 AU$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Bedding/linen, 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 One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in AU$ 805 1610 2415 3220 4025 4830 5635 6440 8050 9660 805 280
Price in US$ 574 1148 1721 2295 2868 3442 4015 4589 5736 6883 574 200
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), 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$ 410 820 1230 1640 2050 2460 2870 3280 4100 4920 410 280
Price in US$ 293 585 877 1169 1461 1753 2045 2337 2922 3506 293 200
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Access to Wifi in building (supplement fee), 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$ 300 600 900 1200 1500 1800 2100 2400 3000 3600 300 280
Price in US$ 214 428 642 855 1069 1283 1497 1710 2138 2565 214 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Shared room (multiple beds).
Distance from school:
15 minutes walking
Includes:
No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Students under 18 must book homestay, a return airport transfer and provide a parental consent form.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet1 km
Dancing1 km
Football (soccer)3 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding20 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music1 km
Sailing10 km
Skiing100 km
Squash2 km
Swimming1 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis2 km
Volleyball2 km
Windsurfing5 km
Yoga1 km

Reviews

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Organisation

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Facilities

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Social activities

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Value for money

Rating: 3.8/5.0

3.8
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
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What students liked about EC English, Melbourne
Flexibilty of the Teacher
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
School organization
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
Accommodation
Other
5.0
The teachers
Overall rating
4.0
Value for money
3.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Other
4.0
I liked the teacher and the other people very much. Everybody was very kind and friendly.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Other
4.0
Great organisation and support.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
Grammar lessons
Overall rating
n/a
Value for money
2.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0
School organization
4.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Other
5.0

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    FAQ about EC English, Melbourne

  • English courses at EC English start at 330 AU$ for Standard Course Evening course with 24 lessons per week. When booking here you get the guaranteed best price.
  • The accommodation Urban Central is the most popular among all our clients of EC English
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Melbourne Airport (200 AU$), Avalon, Avalon Airport (300 AU$)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at EC English varies from 15 students (Intensive Course) to 18 students (Standard Plus Course )
  • 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 16.31% representation, followed by students from Korea (12.77%) and Thailand (9.69%).
  • EC English offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 23 during the summer and 25 for the rest of the year.
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