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Speak Up, London, England UK

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

139 Oxford Street - W1D 2JA London - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Great location in Oxford Street, one of London’s most famous locations.
  • On campus accommodation offered
  • Excellent nationality mix. No student nationality makes up more than 5% of students.
  • E-learning platform.
  • Electronic whiteboards in all classrooms.

What we dislike about the school

  • Do not offer favorable cancellation terms in the case of a student getting a visa rejected.
  • School currently has special offers.
    Details

Location: The school is located in the heart of London, on Oxford Street, one of Europe's busiest shopping streets, with around half a million daily visitors. Speak Up is very well connected with public transport to explore the London hotspots. The school is a 5-minute walk to Oxford Circus Tube Station which has connections to the Circle Line, Bakerloo Line and Victoria Line which will give students a very good base to explore the city. A 5-minute walk in the other direction will find students at Tottenham Court Road Tube which has links to the Circle Line and the Northern Line. For students who prefer to take in the sites by foot a 20-minute walk south brings you to Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and the famous River Thames. A 30-minute stroll west of the school leads to Marble Arch and the wonderful Hyde Park for days when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Social and Cultural: For day trips out of the city, Oxford Circus Tube Station is 2 stops away from Charing Cross for trips to the South East of England, 3 stops away from St Pancreas for the Midlands and Eurostar as well as 2 stops from Victoria Station for trips to other Southern destinations.

School facilities: The school itself has 12 classrooms, a self-study and reading area with computers, Wi-Fi for perfecting your homework and learning from the day as well as a student lounge with TV to socialise and practise your English.
  • The language school Speak Up was founded in London, England UK in 2012.
  • Legal name / parent company: Speak Up London LTD
  • Tax registration ID: 8177068

English Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Private
Exam Preparation
Information for all courses offered by Speak Up
Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
49.00 £
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place before the start of the course via email.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 65 £. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
03 Jan. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 02 May 2022, 02 Jun. 2022 - 03 Jun. 2022, 29 Aug. 2022, 26 Dec. 2022 - 27 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 30 £ per course level.

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 Elearning platform
Note: All courses offered by Speak Up, London can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

Videos & Photos

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  • Speak Up, London
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  • Inside the classroom
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  • School building
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  • Students in the lounge area of Speak Up
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  • Students in front of book case
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  • Smiles at Speak Up
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  • Group photo
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  • Entrance hall
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  • Class room
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  • Lounge area
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  • Teachers
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  • Speak Up entrance
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  • School trip
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  • Lesson in progress
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  • Social activity in London
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  • Studying at Speak Up
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  • Lesson activity
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  • Studying in a London park
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  • Practical activity
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  • Reading practice
    Reading practice 22/28
  • Teacher in class
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  • Students in lessons in Speak Up
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  • Passed!
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  • View from Speak Up
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  • Happy students
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  • Front of building
    Front of building 28/28

Speak Up

Accreditations and Quality seals
British councilEnglish UKLanguage Learning
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)
First day of course
Students should arrive at 8:30
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: * Oxford Circus * Tottenham Court Road.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 3 minutes
Travelling time from recommended stop to city centre by public transport: 2 minutes
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Speak Up and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoEurocard - logoAmerican Express - logoMaestro - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Snack vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

    • Arabic homestays available

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 12
    Number of public PC workstations: 14

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:600
Minimum age of students
16 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 9
Adult courses Throughout the year: 9
Average age of students
In summer: 18 years
Throughout the year: 25 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
London Heathrow Airport:
100 £ one way
200 £ return (both ways)
Luton Airport:
100 £ one way
200 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
100 £ one way
200 £ return (both ways)
London City Airport:
100 £ one way
200 £ return (both ways)
Stansted Airport:
100 £ one way
200 £ return (both ways)

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
School fee for issuing the visa documents:
49 £
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Yes
Express shipment fee (via courier)
90 £

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet2 km
Baseball-5 km
Basketball5 km
Cooking2 km
Cricket5 km
Dancing2 km
Diving120 km
Football (soccer)5 km
Golf20 km
Horse riding5 km
Ice Hockey5 km
Music1 km
Rugby15 km
Squash2 km
Swimming2 km
Table Tennis5 km
Tennis-
Volleyball5 km
Windsurfing100 km
Yoga2 km
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
Chirstmas Schedule 2022
Chirstmas Schedule 2022

Accommodation

Reviews

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
Speak Up, London
75 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
School
Location of the school

Rating: 4.8/5.0

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Organisation

Rating: 4.1/5.0

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Rating: 3.8/5.0

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Social activities

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Course
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Value for money

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 2.2/5.0

2.2
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What students liked about Speak Up, London
There is an event called Friday drink (once every two weeks, free to join) organized by the school, that we just go out for a drink at a pub or bar. I was able to practice my speaking and communicate actively. There were also other events such as picnics, walking tours, and private parties where the teacher and classmates could have a BBQ or chat at a pub, so I felt that the equal relationship between teacher and student was also a good environment that made me want to learn English in a positive way. Another good point is that I could change classes according to my level. There was a simple test every Friday, and based on my score and the teacher's judgment, a student was recommended to move up to a higher class. I think they consider well that the money we paid was not wasted. We were able to ask for a change to a higher or lower class. All the teachers took my questions and concerns seriously and answered them.
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Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Registration is required at the reception on the first day. I want to tell you (I was one of them) because there were people who entered the school without knowing the time schedule and holidays. Basically, there are no classes on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and there are classes every day on weekdays. You can also choose the days you can come every week for those who can not come for business reasons. For General English courses, you can choose from 9:00 am, 12:30 pm, 16:00 pm, and 19:00 pm at a general English course in a class of 3 hours per session (with a +15 minute break). I was taking two courses of test preparation course and General.
Other comments: Because there are a wide range of circumstances in various situations for going to school, for work, for improving skills, it was a high quality school that anyone could learn with confidence. I can recommend it with confidence.