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A collection of stories covering everything from English courses and accommodation to Edinburgh and beyond. If you’re looking for something specific use the category buttons to the right.

Recent articles — English courses

Plus English tours and classes

Are you looking for different type of English course?  Do you want to visit Scotland and improve your English with more tourism and less classroom?   ECS Scotland is happy to announce a teaching partnership with Plus English.  Plus English offer touring English courses with an excellent…

Plus English. Tours around Edinburgh and Scotland + English.

Visit places in Scotland + English classes

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IELTS exam preparation course

What is IELTS? The International English Language Testing System is a test of English which is recognised throughout the world.  The IELTS exam has now become one of the most commonly recognised English language tests in the world. Every year, more than 1 million people take the IELTS exam to…

IELTS exam preparation in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Intensive IELTS exam course in a small group

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Cambridge English: Advanced examination

Cambridge English: Advanced examination (formally CAE) Do you feel confident enough when using English, but still make errors when speaking and writing? Or do you speak accurately using basic structures and vocabulary, but tend to play safe and only use the language you feel comfortable with?  If…

Prepare for the Cambridge English: Advanced exam in a small group with a maximum of 5 students

Prepare for the Advanced exam in Edinburgh

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Timetables for English course at ECS Scotland

All courses include an excursion to a place of cultural interest on Wednesday afternoons from 13.00 to approximately 17.00 Your exact timetable will be given to you with your letter of confirmation.  ECS Scotland reserves the right to change class times if necessary. General English 15 hours per week    Monday …

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English for Environmental Science course in Edinburgh, Scotland

Who needs English for Environmental Science? It’s not just ecologists who need English for Environmental Science!  Professionals working in the energy industry, forestry industry, conservation, town planning, countryside management and tour guides all need to be able to explain key concepts common in environmental English.  You…

The Water of Leith runs through Edinburgh and provides scenic spots along the way.

Scotland has many places for you to visit at the weekends and after your course.

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Saturday morning IELTS course in Edinburgh

IELTS exam preparation on a Saturday morning. We can offer you 1-to-1 IELTS exam preparation or a private group for 2 or more students studying together on a Saturday morning. Perhaps you have already taken the IELTS exam once but you need a higher score, or you are studying…

Small group IELTS course

Learn skills for the IELTS exam

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Legal English course in Edinburgh

Who needs Legal English? Anyone who works in the law in an English-speaking context needs Legal English. Most people think this means only solicitors and barristers, but in fact there are a range of other professionals who also work in the law, such as paralegals or legal secretaries. There are…

Small group General English classes in the mornings. A maximum of 5 students per group.

1-to-1 Legal English classes in the afternoons. Focus on the specific English you need for your work. Courses available for 25 or 30 hours per week

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Academic English summer course in Edinburgh

What is Academic English? Language is at the heart of learning and studying in every country and every university.  In order to understand and communicate ideas, whether simple or complex, we need to have good language skills.  This is especially true for anyone who wants to use English…

Learn Academic English skills in a small group

Take part in a summer Academic English course in Edinburgh

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English course in Edinburgh special offer

Discounted English courses at ECS Scotland Improve your English in Edinburgh this year.  To celebrate 20 years of ECS Scotland 1995 - 2015, we are offering a 20% discount on our 20 hours per week General English group course during 20 weeks of 2015 ! The 20 discounted weeks are available from Monday 5th January - Friday 2…

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Environmental English Course in Scotland, United Kingdom

Intensive 1-week Environmental English Course will be held 11th - 15th May 2015 and 7th - 11th September 2015 Environmental English courses at ECS Scotland are suitable for a wide range of professionals working in areas such as landscape or ecosystem surveying, renewable energy, ecology and nature conservation. Environmental experts, park rangers…

Edinburgh is the perfect place to take part in an Environmental English course. Although a town, it has an abundance of nature within its boundaries.

Within one hour of Edinburgh there is a plethora of inland and coastal sites of interest for environmentalists, the Bass Rock is just one of these.

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Bildungsurlaub courses in Edinburgh, Scotland

Are you looking for a Bildungsurlaub course in Edinburgh? ECS Scotland has Bildungsurlaub recognition for the states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Hessen, Hamburg and Saarland.   Bildungsurlaub is available for our General & Specialist English Combination Courses for 30 hours per week at levels B1 …

Bildungsurlaub courses in Edinburgh

General & Business English course

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5-day Legal English Course with TOLES exam

Improve your written Legal English skills and gain an internationally recognised TOLES* qualification in Legal English ECS Scotland is a registered TOLES examination centre in Edinburgh.  We will be holding an intensive 5-day Legal English skills and TOLES* exam prepartion course four times per year. The course will…

Improve your written Legal English skills

Intensive 5-day course and TOLES exam in Edinburgh

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Discounted English course in Edinburgh

Spring special offer on English courses in Edinburgh: 200 GBP per week for General English courses starting on Monday 31st March, 7th or 14th April. Come to Edinburgh and improve your English!  To celebrate Spring, ECS Scotland is offering a discount on English courses during the first three weeks…

Improve your English this Spring for 200 GBP per week!

Improve your English in a small group with a maximum of 5 students.

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FCE exam course in Edinburgh

Why should I take the Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE)? There are many different ways of learning English and one popular way is to study for an examination such as the Cambridge First Certificate.  There are several benefits in taking such an internationally recognised examination.  Firstly, you&rsquo…

Preparing for the FCE exam in a small group

All exam preparation courses at ECS Scotland have a maximum of 5 students per group

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Special presents

Give the gift of language! Are you still looking for a special present for that important person?  ECS Scotland offers gift vouchers for all our English langauge courses for adults in Edinburgh.  It is a very special gift which can be used for many, many years! Not…

Electronic gift vouchers are available within 48 hours

Gift cards can be posted to you

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How can I learn English easily?

Is there an easy way to learn English? Many people ask us ‘is there an easy way to learn English?’ The easiest way to learn English is to start learning as a child and through games and playing naturally.  If you missed that opportunity and you are…

Take an intensive English course in an English speaking country

Scotland is a small and friendly English speaking country. Learn English in Edinburgh.

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TOLES exam and TOLES preparation course

What is TOLES? TOLES stands for Test of Legal English Skills and was developed to test the legal English skills of those working in the legal profession who do not speak English as a first language.  It is not a pass/fail examination: all candidates receive a certificate indicating…

The TOLES exam tests your accuracy in Legal English written skills.

Refine your drafting skills in English to do well in the TOLES exam.

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Why is it important to learn Business English?

The importance of Business English. In the 21st century we live in a truly global society, where communication with almost every part of the world is possible. The spread of English as the language of international business has made it more important than ever for people working with colleagues, clients…

Learn Business English with 1-to-1 lessons or as a combination course which means some hours of General English in a group + Business English individual lessons.

Combine small group general English classes with Business English 1-to-1 lessons. There is a maximum of 5 students per group.

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What is the difference between various international English exams?

How can I practise and prepare for an international English examination? First you must decide which examination is most appropriate for your present or future needs.   If you want to develop your general English skills overall then the Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) or Cambridge Advanced/Proficiency Examinations (CAE…

Small group exam preparation class. Prepare for your FCE / CAE / IELTS exam in a small group.

Improve your general English speaking and listening skills as well as specific vocabulary and structures for your exam.

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Is it possible to learn English conversation?

What exactly is conversation?  What does ‘learning English conversation’ involve?  Conversations are all around us from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we fall asleep. We interact with family and friends at home, we exchange ideas with colleagues at work, we…

Coffee breaks are taken together so you have even more opportunity to learn English conversation skills in an informal environment.

Small group courses allow you to practise English conversation skills. Learn to speak English through a variety of interesting topics.

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Where can I get English classes for adults?

Where can I get English classes for adults? Small group and one-to-one English classes for adults are available at ECS Scotland in Edinburgh.  Adults from all over the world come to us to learn English as quickly and easily as possible.  Adult learners of English tend to learn…

Mature adults feel comfortable learning English in small groups at ECS Scotland

English courses for adults are available to start every Monday

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Environmental English course

We started our new Environmental English Combination Course this week, this course is aimed at Environmental Professionals from a variety of working backgrounds.  Our client is a landscape surveyor, so we covered the essential vocabulary of geographical features, before moving on to look at how…

Arthur's Seat. Overlooking Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth and Carlton Hill

Arthur's Seat, 25 minutes walk from the school

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What can I learn on an advanced English course?

What is an advanced speaker of English?   According to the Common European Framework (CEF), a PROFICIENT (or advanced) user can understand from a wide range of demanding language to understanding virtually everything heard or read.  A proficient or advanced speaker can recognise implicit meaning, summarise information and reconstruct…

An advanced speaker can express themselves fluently, spontaneously and precisely

Develop your collocational and idiomatic use of English

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What are private English lessons?

What are private lessons? Private lessons are the same as one-to-one lessons or Individual Tuition. They all mean one teacher and one student in the classroom.  They are an opportunity for you to develop your English as effectively as possible by working together with your teacher on your…

1-to-1 lessons focus only on you. Learn as quickly or as slowly as you want

Have some of your 1-to-1 lessons outside the classroom. Take you teacher with you to visit some of the sites of Edinburgh

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How can I improve my English?

You can take English classes or teach yourself but you need motivation and time if you want to improve your English. Regular lessons with a teacher means you don’t need to make all the decisions about how and what you learn.  Teaching yourself means you must know…

Small group English course

Learn to communicate in English

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