Thank you to a Japanese group for asking for a summer course in Chester in 1976. We decided to continue in Chester and over 40 years later the adventure is still continuing! Thanks to everyone for being part of it.
Visiting places like Lake District and Powis Castle on excursions is a good memory.
I'm happy to know that English in Chester is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Congratulations!
Yuko Shinohara (Japan)
Student in 1976
Those 10 years of my involvement with English in Chester were some of the most fulfilling of my working life and it is with great fondness that I recall people who meant so much to me.
There was such a strong bond that developed between staff and the students – and there was always something going on. On many occasions my modest house in Hoole was bursting at the seams with people from all over the world!
Secretary (1978 - 1988)
I have wonderful memories of my time at English in Chester.
Teachers are brilliant and extremely friendly. The school is located next to the historical site - the Chester Wall, nice and quiet surrounding.
Panjavilai Anuvareepong (Thailand)
Student in 1979
Studying at English in Chester was a happy time. I learnt a lot and our class had a lot of fun together. The host family looked after me well.
Happy 40th Anniversary to English in Chester!
Sigrid Frei (Switzerland)
Student in 1982
Being at English in Chester is all about making friends, learning a language, sharing experiences and having happy memories that stay with you for a life-time. There have been a lot of changes since I started, gone are the brown walls, tape recorders and smoking in the common room but although we always make changes to the building, the special atmosphere in the school remains the same; and that special atmosphere is created by the staff and the students.
Teacher & Director of Studies (1982 - 2001)
The school had a cozy atmosphere so that we all could know each other. One of my teachers, Sheila, thanks to her disciplined lessons I have been able to keep my English in a satisfying level. And Bill, we could ask many questions and he answered clearly. It was a pleasure to have his lessons.
Yukiko Yoneda (Japan)
Student in 1987
During a lesson Richard looked for one of the students to take over a difficult task. Nobody lifted the arm. Thus, Richard pointed at me and spoke with a flattering voice: "I have volunteered YOU!". Since this episode my sons heard these friendly words more often.
Ingo Raasch (Germany)
Student in 1992
English in the North is important as we have so much to do to establish our wonderful region as a destination of choice for students from around the world.
I had SO many wonderful and exciting experiences!
I will cherish the memories as long as I live!
Natsuko Teteyama (Japan)
Student in 1996
Barbados is an English-speaking paradise in the Caribbean, sometimes called "Little England". In our international industry it is another fantastic study destination.
It has been a privilege to work with our national association English UK (2004 - 2015), and previously as Vice Chair of ARELS (1985 - 2004) and it was an honour to serve as Chair of ARELS from 2000 - 2002.
The school, and the number of teaching staff, has grown since I was a teacher here in 1978. There are many more books and resources for teachers to use now and there weren't any computers when I worked here before - the staff did all their work on typewriters!
I remember my first day in 1988 joining Helen in the office. There was one typewriter between the two of us, no fax machine or word processor, and we have only just got computers in 1996!
We promise to go into the 20th century with email and the Internet - even English in Chester has to come to terms with technology!
Office Administrator (1996)
The best way to learn English or improve your language skills is to visit a school like English in Chester. This was my second course in three years. I had an excellent time and I look forward to studying with English in Chester again.
Holger Grabow (Germany)
Student in 2007
The teachers are experienced, committed and good fun. The lessons have been both well-structured and flexible to our needs. We have enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much!
Camilla Sjokvist (Sweden)
Student in 2009
The course helped me and other international students to develop our broader social skills and make good friends from different parts of the world. I am thankful for everything EIC taught me and make me to be who I am today.
Edi Saeed (Iraq)
Student in 2010
I spent two great weeks in Chester last summer. Day after day my English improved thanks to the wonderful atmosphere created by staff with the students coming from all over the world, sharing experiences and fun.
Giulia Angius (Italy)
Student in 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016
I really enjoyed my stay in Chester. The school knows how to welcome students and make them feel at ease, thanks to the nice (and often funny) teachers and staff. Of course, my English improved a lot, as well as my cultural knowledge!
Valentine Beguin (France)
Student in 2013
I really enjoyed my time in Chester. Chester is a lovely place with people who are very kind and helpful.
Studying here was a great experience and it is the best choice if you want to improve your language skills.
Student in 2014
I really appreciated staying with Harriet and Gwill. It was like a 5 star hotel accommodation. The food was delicious, the house is nice and they make me feel 'at home'. They were very attentive and welcoming with nice conversations about British life and culture.
Cornelia Progin (Switzerland)
Student in 2015
We pass another British Council inspection with flying colours! As with our 2 previous British Council inspections, our results are excellent and we are ranked amongst the very best UK "Centres of Excellence" (EL Gazette).
In 2015 we were awarded 14 strengths by the British Council in their inspection report. The average number of strengths awarded to a school is 3.6. We are very proud and happy. These results demonstrate our experience and professionalism, our high academic standards and our genuine focus on quality.