Language Centre

Promoting effective language learning and development is a central part of the University’s international focus, and our English Language Centre provides a wide range of courses at a variety of levels throughout the year.

About the English Language Centre

We offer general English, academic English, English with additional subjects, one-to-one tuition, bespoke courses for individuals and groups, pre-sessional courses and internship programmes, as well as training for English language teachers.

See the full list of courses available here

The English Language Centre at Regent’s University London offers a variety of English language courses for students looking to improve their English proficiency:

  • General English (15 or 22.5 hours per week)
  • IELTS Exam Preparation
  • English and Internship
  • Pre-sessional English
  • Private tuition
  • Bespoke and tailor-made courses

Our highly qualified teaching staff, 80% of whom have master’s-level teaching qualifications, have a wide range of international experience. We maintain a maximum class size of 15, so that students benefit from a highly personalised and interactive approach to learning.

Our students benefit from a superb central London location and being part of our cosmopolitan community. More than 140 nationalities are represented among students on campus, which makes for an exciting and stimulating place to study, with plenty of valuable networking opportunities.

Students have access to the University’s facilities and activities on offer, both on and off-campus. This includes a varied social and recreational programme, restaurants, library, shops, bars, sporting facilities and on-campus accommodation, as well as a friendly and dedicated support team.

Our students enjoy the best of both worlds, being located in a Royal Park in Central London. As well as having the unrivalled peace and beauty of the park, they have all the sights and experiences that London has to offer on their doorstep, including the West End theatres, shopping, free museums, art galleries and famous London landmarks.


The English Language Centre helps to arrange everything for its students. From initial visa support, to airport transfers and accommodation services, we aim to make your arrival at Regent’s as simple as possible. We also have an excellent student support team that provides students with help and support throughout of their studies.

Student life

At Regent’s, you will find plenty of opportunities to socialise, relax, exercise, be creative and get involved. Students at the English Language Centre can join in with all the activities on offer at Regent’s.

As well as the many activities on campus, you will be ideally placed to explore all that London, the UK and Europe has to offer.

Extra-curricular Activities

The leisure programme includes both free and paid activities organised by the University.

These include weekly sports activities on campus, such as yoga and Zumba, guided walks around London and visits to museums. We also offer evening activities such theatre visits and weekend trips.


We run our courses year-round with a 3-week break for Christmas and the New Year. During the Christmas break, the Centre is closed and there are no classes.

The dates for the 2018-19 Christmas break are as follows:

17 December 2018 – 4 January 2019

Please note that we are also closed on the following dates in 2018 and 2019:

Early May bank holiday: Monday 7 May 2018

Spring bank holiday: Monday 28 May 2018

Summer bank holiday: Monday 27 August 2018

Good Friday: 19 April 2019

Easter Monday: 22 April 2019

Early May bank holiday: 6 May 2019

Spring bank holiday: 27 May 2019

Summer bank holiday: 26 August 2019

No classes will be running on Thursday 3 May 2018 due to staff training.

Please note that we do not offer any refunds for bank holidays, or other pre-scheduled days when the Centre is closed.


We would be delighted to welcome you to the English Language Centre. Our staff can give you a tour of our beautiful campus and talk to you about our English courses. If you would like to book an appointment please contact us using the form below and we will be in touch to arrange.

Contact us

For further information please contact us at elc@regents.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7487 7489.

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Find us

The English Language Centre is based in Regent's Park (at the main Regent's University London campus).

Regent’s Park campus
Inner Circle, Regent’s Park
London NW1 4NS
Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7505

Email: elc@regents.ac.uk

When is the deadline for application?

Online applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the course you’re applying for.

What is the duration of the course?

The length of the course varies depending on the individual’s learning needs. On a General or Intensive English Course you can study for a minimum of 2 weeks. There are various IELTS and Pre-sessional Course options available: 4, 8, 12 or 16 weeks. You can read more about each of our courses here.  Please get in touch if you are unsure which course to choose.

How long is the class?

This depends on the type of the course.

General English (15 hours per week)

9:15 – 12:30 Monday to Friday

Intensive English (22.5 hours per week)

9:15 – 15:00 Monday to Friday

IELTS and Pre-sessional Courses (20 hours per week)

9:15 – 14:30 Monday to Friday

I’m not sure about my English level. How can I find this out?

If you’re uncertain about your English level, please get in touch. We will assess your level and suitability for our English language courses, and help you pick the correct one for your needs.

I would like to take private English Language lessons. How can I get started?

If you are interested in private tuition, get in touch with us and let us know the following:

  • When you would like to start.
  • How many hours of tuition per week you would like to have.
  • How many weeks you would like to study for.
  • Which days and times you are available for classes.
  • What your existing English language level is (if known). If you do not know your level, let us know and we can arrange an assessment.

You can get in touch with us by emailing elc@regents.ac.uk

What is the class size?

We have a maximum class size of 15 students per class.

Will I be provided with course materials?

Yes, course materials will be provided. You only need to bring a pen and a notebook, or a laptop, for note taking.

At the end of the course will I receive a certificate?

You will receive a course attendance certificate if you attended at least 80% of all your classes.

Does the English Language centre provide any social programme activities I can participate in?

Yes, the English Language Centre provides a range of social activities for our students to get involved with, from weekly conversation club and sports activities on campus, to trips and tours in London and beyond.

How can I pay for my course?

Course fees are to be paid via the website either by credit or debit payment only.

Please note all fees must be paid two weeks prior to the course’s start date.

You can find out more about how to pay here.

Can I get refund if I no longer want to join or finish the course?

If you have paid your fees before joining the course, refunds will only applicable if you cancel two weeks prior to the beginning of your course (excluding your course deposit).

For more information about refunds, click here.

At the English Language Centre we offer a wide range of accommodation options both on and off campus. 

On Campus Housing 

Living on-campus allows you to relax and socialise on campus while being only a short walk away from the vibrant shops and nightlife of the West End.

Find out more

Off Campus Housing 

Private Providers

Homestays are our most popular accommodation, available year round, offering a fantastic opportunity to improve your English, while at the same time experiencing a British way of life.

Ask us about other off campus accommodation options by emailing accommodation@regents.ac.uk

Find out more


Meet and Greet 

The ELC offers transfers to and from the major London airports and train stations. We use an external, experienced and licensed transfers provider.

Airport/ Station    Price Per Person  (each way) Additional person* 
London City  £75  £25
London Heathrow   £75  £25
London Gatwick   £85  £25
Luton & Stansted     £95  £25
St Pancras  £70  £25


To enquire, please email accommodation@regents.ac.uk

*If arriving on the same flight


Julian Kenny

- Head of English Language Centre
- Associate Director of Regent’s Institute of Languages and Culture

 0007 JulianJulian has been in ELT for 25 years as a teacher, trainer and manager. He has worked in Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is now the Associate Director of the Institute of Languages and Culture at Regent's University London where he oversees the English language teaching and training programmes for the English language Centre and for the under-graduate and post-graduate programmes

Julian’s interests outside of work include enjoying going to the cinema and theatre, gardening and walking in the countryside.


  • DipTESOL Brighton University
  • MA TESOL Brighton University

Monika Wierzanska-Villar

- Director of Studies

 0013 Monika Wierzanska

Monika obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics from Warsaw University in 2007, and taught English as a Foreign Language in the private education sector in Poland. Before moving to the UK, she lived in Australia where she completed a course in Business Management. In London, Monika obtained the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA qualifications and continued her TEFL teaching before moving into academic management. In the meantime, she also worked with international students in welfare and student services roles. She joined Regent’s as a Director of Studies in August 2016.

Monika's interests include second language acquisition, intercultural communication, teacher development and training as well as management and leadership.


  • MA in Applied Linguistics, Warsaw University
  • Cambridge DELTA
  • Cambridge CELTA
  • QTS
  • Certificate in Business Management


Academic staff

Elise Goodman

- Senior English Language Teacher

Elise teaches on all English Language Centre courses, and is particularly interested in teaching speaking, listening and pronunciation. Elise has over ten years’ experience in the classroom. She has taught at Regent’s University London since 2012, and worked in the English Language industry in both Britain and Italy since 2010. As well as teaching English, Elise has also taught Media Studies, English Literature, French, and Citizenship in secondary schools in the UK.

Outside of work, Elise loves to sing, and regularly performs around London with her pop music choir. She also enjoys swimming, especially outdoors.


  • Cambridge Delta, International House London and Bell English, 2013-2016
  • PGCE with QTS in Modern Languages, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2006
  • Master of Modern Languages (MML hons), French and Russian, The University of Manchester, 2005
  • Cambridge Celta, International House London, 2002

John Houghton

- Senior English Language Teacher

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John has been an English language teacher in the private, FE and HE sectors since 2002. Apart from teaching General English, ESOL, Exam courses, EAP and ESP, he also has experience in writing EFL coursebooks and developing course curricula and materials for general English, pre-sessional and degree-level courses. Since working at Regent’s, he has been involved in a teaching and learning research project, working with colleagues and students as co-researchers.

John is a passionate musician in his spare time. He plays a number of instruments and has just started to learn the trumpet. He is also occasionally involved in co-organising art shows as well as making his own artworks.


  • Studying for an MA in Linguistics
  • BA (hons) Fine Art

Olivia Doll

- Senior English Language Teacher

 0001 Olivia Doll

Olivia has over 20 years of language teaching experience. She worked in Japan for 8 years teaching English and French as well as studying Japanese.  When she returned to the UK she taught English for a private English language school and Japanese for Hounslow Adult Education Services.  She was also the Director of Studies for a busy English language school for 8 years. 

Olivia joined Regent’s University in 2013. She teaches on all the courses offered by the centre including the IELTS and Pre-Sessional programmes.

In her spare time Olivia likes to travel independently, and some of her notable destinations include South America, Australia, the Middle East, the Far East, West Africa, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Easter Island and Cuba. She also enjoys cinema - particularly world cinema - reading, exploring London, visiting art galleries and being out in the countryside.


  • BA Honours in French with subsidiary Spanish: Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  • Trinity TESOL
  • Cambridge DELTA
  • Certificat Pratique de Français Economique de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (Certificate in Business French)
  • Diplôme Supérieur des Affaires de la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris (Diploma in Business French)
  • Levels 4, 3 and 2 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Beginner to Pre-Advanced)

Michael Leonelli

- English Language Teacher

 0002 Michael LeonelliMichael spent 26 years in Italy running The British School of Ravenna followed by 4 years in Saudi Arabia running the English department for Ibn Khaldun International School, Riyadh. He returned to UK to teach at Regent's University London where he has been for the last 2 years. Aside from that, he has worked variously as a mini cab driver, meat porter in Smithfield market, van driver, Unigate milkman, north sea gas pipeline worker and others too numerous to mention.

Michael spends most of his weekends ferrying various daughters from one place to another and in his free time likes cycling, swimming, reading crime novels and playing blues guitar.


  • BA Hons Humanities
  • CELTA Diploma

Richard Chamberlain

- Senior English Language Teacher

 0000 Richard ChamberlainRichard has been teaching at Regent’s since 2012. After graduating, Richard taught English at Akademi Istanbul and also taught private students in Istanbul. He then returned to England and before arriving at Regent’s Richard taught freelance at a variety of schools and colleges in London.

Richard loves London, and enjoys searching out quirky galleries, museums and cafes. He enjoys playing games of strategy such as backgammon or bridge and doing cryptic crosswords. He watches quite a lot of football now that Crystal Palace FC is in the Premier League, and he also follows Surrey County Cricket Club. Richard is a big fan of the city break and loves getting out of London and visiting new places both here in the UK and further afield.


  • DELTA, Teaching Diploma, University College London, London
  • CELTA, Teaching Certificate, Bromley School of English, London
  • BA (Hons), European Policy and Modern Languages, Southampton