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

Our highly qualified teaching staff (80% have master’s-level teaching qualifications – DELTA or above) 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.

Located at the University’s Regent’s Park campus, our students benefit from a superb central London location and being part of a truly international 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.

Being part of the University means that students can benefit from the superb 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 dedicated support team and welfare officer.

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


We arrange everything for English language students; from the initial visa support, airport transfers, accommodation service (home-stay or student residence), and have an excellent welfare support team.

Student life

We want to make sure you get the most out of every moment as a student at Regent’s. You will find plenty of opportunities here to socialise, relax, exercise, be creative and get involved. Students at the English Language Centre can join in with our scheduled social activities and also have the option to join in with our University activities.

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.

Leisure Programme

The leisure programme includes both free and paid activities and is led by our teachers and in-house staff. 

Examples are weekly sports activities eg volleyball and football on campus, a regular film night in the on-campus cinema and, weather permitting, London walks. There are also regular visits to London museums, a coffee and cake club, plus a weekly pub night (note that students pay for special exhibitions and pub food/drinks). During the summer months we offer a fortnightly free BBQ lunch as a way to socialise.

Other leisure activities are priced according to the admission price for the chosen activity/period eg musicals, London attractions etc. Approximate minimum prices for chargeable teacher-led off-campus visits are £12 per visit to a West End cinema, £15 for the London Eye and river cruises and theatre musicals prices vary from £20-£40. 

You are also able to book your own weekend trips with our provider for a minimum of £35 per trip to many UK locations.

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 the 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 have to be submitted two weeks before the start of the course

What is the duration of the course?

The length of the course varies depending on the individual’s learning needs. You can study for a minimum of 2 weeks and the maximum is 48 weeks.

How long is the class?

Morning Classes 09:15 – 12.15 (15 minute scheduled break)

Afternoon Classes: 13:15 – 16:00 (15 minute scheduled break)

I’m not sure about my English level.

If you’re uncertain about your English level we will issue you a placement test for you to complete and return to us to assess your level and suitability for our English language courses.

I would like to take private English Language lessons

Let us know the following:

  • When you would like to start
  • How many hours of tuition per week you would like to have
  • Over how many weeks
  • What days and times you are available for classes
  • What your existing English language level is (unless you’re a complete beginner)

What is the class size?

15 student’s maximum per class

Will I be provided with any course materials

You will receive a textbook at the beginning of your course.

At the end of the course will I receive a certificate

You will receive a course completion certificate if you attended 80% of all your classes

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

Yes, the English Language Centre provide a range of social programme activities for our students to get involved with from weekly social nights, volleyball, football to organised trips and tours.

Can I pay for the course fee with cash?

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 course start date

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).

At the English Language Centre we offer a wide range of accommodation options both on and off campus. They are designed to meet the different needs each student has and to enable them to make the most of their time at the University. What follows is a breakdown of the types of housing available with detailed information on each housing option.

On Campus Housing 

Our halls of residence are conveniently set in the beautiful, leafy grounds of our Regent's Park campus, a short walk away from London’s West End and its famous shopping and theater area. Around 225 students are hosted on campus. Find out more.

Off Campus Housing Through Private Providers

All off campus accommodation is organised by experienced private accommodation providers that are registered with the British Council and meet their accreditation standards. Find out more.

Off Campus Student Residences 

Living together with other students in a student residence is a good way to make new friends and practice your English, while keeping some independence. 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   Additional person if arriving on the same flight  
London City  £75  £25
London Heathrow   £75  £25
London Gatwick   £85  £25
Luton & Stansted     £95  £25
St Pancras  £70  £25


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 EFL Teacher

 0013 Elise GoodmanElise has been Senior English Language Teacher at Regent’s University London since the spring of 2012. Previously, she taught English at private language colleges in Manchester and in Rome. She also taught in secondary schools in Manchester for three years.

Elise is a keen swimmer and loves to swim outdoors – even in London where the water can be very cold. She loves learning languages and has studied French, Russian, Italian and German, and is planning to try Spanish or Arabic in the future. She is also a music-lover and sings with a choir in South London.


  • Delta Module Three: Language School Management, Cambridge ESOL, to be completed late 2015.
  • Delta Module One: Understanding Language, Methodology and Resources for Teaching, Cambridge ESOL
  • Delta Module Two: Developing Professional Practice, Cambridge ESOL
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Modern Languages, Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Education
  • Master of Modern Languages (MML), French and Russian, The University of Manchester
  • CELTA, Cambridge ESOL

John Houghton

- Senior EFL Teacher

 0009 John HoughtonJohn has been an English language teacher in the private, FE and HE sectors since 2002. Apart from this role, he also has experience in writing course books as well as course curricula for general English and pre-sessional English courses. He is currently involved in a language-teaching research project.
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 art works.


  • BA (hons) Fine Art

Olivia Doll

- Senior EFL Teacher

 0001 Olivia DollOlivia has been an EFL teacher teaching at all levels, including Cambridge suite exams for 2 years as well as working as a Director of Studies for 8 years. Alongside this Olivia has worked as a part-time Japanese tutor for Hounslow Adult Education Services (beginners up to GCSE level) for 6 years.

She has also given a talk at the English UK Teachers Conference and been a training facilitator at the London Languages Network Event.

Olivia likes independent travel; destinations include South America, Australia, the Middle East, the Far East, West Africa, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Easter Island and Cuba. Watching films, particularly world cinema, reading and loves London, but being out in the countryside is very important to her too – part of the reason why I love working here as you get the best of both worlds.


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

Michael Leonelli

- EFL 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 Regents 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 EFL 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 is in the premiership, as well as following 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

Chris Banister

- EAP Lecturer

 0015 Chris BanisterChris has taught both in the UK and prior to that in Istanbul, Turkey, where he worked in-house at a number of private companies as well as the British Council, International House and in the private high school and language school sectors. Chris has worked at Regent’s since 2008.

As part of his MA research, Chris has investigated English as a Global Academic Language within the World Englishes paradigm. He has also focused on Communities of Practice and Foucauldian conceptualisations of power and its relevance to the classroom. He is also currently participating in the RILC Exploratory Practice research project.

Chris loves travel and has visited many parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is a keen football and squash player, reads widely about history and culture and can never say no to good food and great beer.


  • MA TESOL, UCL Institute of Education, University of London, London (in progress)
  • Diploma in English Language Teaching, International Training Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Trinity College Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Colchester Institute, England
  • BA (Hons.), Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford, England