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ELS Language Centres, Malaysia

ELS Language Centres, Malaysia

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ELS Language Centres opened its first centre in Washington D.C in 1961. Over the half century since its opening, ELS has helped more than a million students from over 140 countries master English in order to pursue their dreams of entering universities, having more successful careers and becoming "citizens of the world."

ELS Language Centres Malaysia is a franchise of the US-based ELS Language Centres. Established in 1990, ELS Malaysia has since grown to having 6 purpose-built English language training centres throughout Malaysia, namely Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Johor Bahru and Penang.

Why ELS?

International Recognition
140 countries with nearly 100 centres worldwide. The ELS CIEP Proficiency Levels are the third most widely accepted standardised proof of English qualification in the US – with more than 600 universities and colleges recognising its Advanced Levels.

ELS only very recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in the US and its 20th year in Malaysia. Having taught more than 2 million students around the world, ELS is a trusted institution among its peers and has established countless linkages with institutions of higher education.

Building on its years of experience, ELS has developed its own unique curriculum, textbooks and language-learning software to help students master English. Our proven methods and resources have enabled ELS students to effectively enhance their English in the shortest time possible. Successful students will also be more academically prepared for their university studies as the ELS curriculum prepares them in various aspects of university assignments and projects.

Expertise and Personnel
Our professional, experienced and caring staff are dedicated to helping students progress in their English studies, and attain their higher educational and career goals. At ELS, we guide students every step of the way, from the time they enrol to the time they graduate.

Teaching Excellence
All ELS Instructors are qualified by education, training and experience. They are made up of Malaysians as well as native-speakers such as the British, Canadians, Australians and Americans. All ELS instructors are also required to take the ELS Teacher Certification Programme (TCP) that equips them with the specific tools, skills and methods to teach English the ELS way. Every ELS centre has an Academic Director who ensures the academic and teaching quality of the instructors.

Student Services
Learning English is an experience and sometimes can be a challenge. ELS makes the experience exhilarating and fun by making life easier for its students through its wide offerings of student services. From university programme counselling to group excursions to exciting destinations around Malaysia, students learn English outside the classroom and develop fond memories of their time spent at ELS.

Technology in Education
ELS is a strong advocate of technology in teaching and learning. It incorporates technology in several aspects of the student's English learning experience and encourages its instructors to use technology in their daily lessons. This culture better prepares students for a technologically-driven future.

Programme Outline

Academic Programmes:

  • Certified Intensive English Programme
    • 10 levels of instruction, Beginner through Advanced
    • Each level is 4 weeks in duration
    • 30 instructional hours per week
    • Monthly intake
    • Maximum class size of 20
  • TOEFL Test Preparation Programme
  • IELTS Test Preparation Programme

General Programmes:

  • Communicative English Programme
  • Speak Right!

Teacher Training Programme: TESOL Certification Programme

Programme Recognition

ELS Malaysia is the only private language centre in Malaysia that has gained recognition from local universities and institutions of higher learning. Through ELS Malaysia's strong academic standards, more than 25 private colleges and universities in Malaysia along with 600+ colleges, universities and career schools in the USA, and a substantial number of universities and polytechnics in the UK, Australia and New Zealand recognise the ELS Proficiency recommendation in lieu of the TOEFL/ IELTS or other standardised examinations as a satisfaction of their English language admissions requirement.

In the 20 years since our first school opened, ELS Malaysia has served more than 150,000 students from around 50 countries.

Academic Facilities & Resources

The Language Technology Centre (LTC) is a special feature at all ELS centres in Malaysia. The new state-of-the-art LTC integrates computer-supported learning with classroom instruction to make the most of your class time. The LTC provides individualised learning paths, specialised content and support, and attention to specific language problems.

University Placement Express (UPX)

UPX is a comprehensive online university application service for ELS students. UPX is the first fully-integrated university application platform on the web that takes you from browsing a prospectus to successfully gaining admission into the university of your choice. Available as a free service to all ELS students, UPX helps in fast-tracking your university applications so that you can plan for your next step after graduating from ELS.

All universities and colleges featured in UPX recognise the ELS CIEP Proficiency Level 106 and 109. This means that you do not need to present any other proof of English competency such as an IELTS or TOEFL test score to gain admission into the institution. Listed below are the UPX institutions that recognise ELS graduates:

BERJAYA University College of HospitalityELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Binary University College ELS Level 106ELS Level 109
City University College of Science & Technology (formerly UNITY) ELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Han Chiang College ELS Level 109ELS Level 109
HELP University CollegeELS Level 109ELS Level 109
International College of MusicELS Level 109*ELS Level 109*
INTI Education GroupELS Level 106IELTS Or TOEFL Required
KBU International CollegeELS Level 109ELS Level 109
KDU College Sdn Bhd ELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College ELS Level 109ELS Level 109
Legend International College of Hospitality & TourismELS Level 106Degree: ELS Level 107
Master: ELS Level 108/109
LimKokWing University CollegeELS Level 109ELS Level 109
Mantissa CollegeELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Nilai University CollegeELS Level 109ELS Level 109
Olympia CollegeELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Saito College Sdn BhdELS Level 106n/a
SEGi University CollegeELS Level 109ELS Level 109
Stamford College ELS Level 106ELS Level 109
Sunway University College ELS Level 109*ELS Level 109*
Taylor's University CollegeELS Level 109*ELS Level 109*
The One Academy of Communication Design ELS Level 109*ELS Level 109*
UCSI University ELS Level 109ELS Level 109
University Tenaga NasionalELS Level 106ELS Level 109
University Putra Malaysia (UPM) ELS Level 109ELS Level 109
University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI)ELS Level 106ELS Level 109

Many more Malaysian and international institutions are currently being added to the list.

*While the institution recognises the CIEP Proficiency Level, students are required to sit for a simple proficiency test by the institution.

ELS Language Centres, Malaysia is also the official representative of ELS Language Centres located throughout the United States of America. We can help you to find the right university and fulfil the English language requirement for admission into 600+ US universities and colleges.


ELS Language Centres, Malaysia strives to improve the quality of English around the World. In Malaysia, we offer special scholarships for serious students who are financially unable to take advantage of our programmes. Please write to us and we will be glad to guide you through the process of application. The scholarship programmes include:

  1. Tun Dr. Mahathir ELS-TESOL Internship Scheme
    This internship and scholarship is for final year university students in a TESL/TESOL Degree Programme who wish to improve their English language teaching skills.
  2. Tun Dr. Mahathir UPM-ELS Scholarship
    This scholarship is aimed at SPM students and university graduates who would like to improve their English Language proficiency and lack the financial support to do so.

Awards & Achievements

In 2004, ELS Malaysia made Malaysia proud on being awarded the "Top Foreign Students Destination Award" by ELS USA. This is a laudable achievement for Malaysia as it gained recognition in a field which until then had been dominated by the more developed nations. This achievement contributes significantly to the good reputation of not only ELS Malaysia, but also Malaysia as a whole, especially when our country is promoting itself as an education hub to foreign students. ELS Malaysia plays a big role in providing these students the much needed English language training before they embark on their pursuit of tertiary education here in Malaysia.

Also, in 2004, ELS Malaysia was conferred recognition as the "Regional Centre for Teacher Training for ELS Language Centres USA". The TESOL, an English Language Teacher Training programme conducted at ELS Malaysia, is a comprehensive teacher training programme which provides the best training for individuals intending to be English language teachers.

Beginning 2010, the US Embassy has awarded ELS the contract to conduct the English ACCESS Micro scholarship Programme in Malaysia. The programme is run by US embassies across the globe – to teach English to underprivileged students.

In 2010, the Brand Laureate recognised ELS Malaysia as the #1 English School (Best Brand in Education under SME) in Malaysia under the category of Education.

In June 2011, ELS Malaysia was awarded the "Standard Bearers of Programme in University Pathways and Preparation Abroad" by ELS USA owing to its strong academic quality and reliability.

Student Testimonials

Burenjargal Baasandorj, Mongolia

Dedicated Teachers

I think, my English knowledge improved well because ELS is a good school.  I like all my teachers. They are very good teachers.

Munkhtur Gunjid, Mongolia

Thank you very much for helping me study English. I like the method of teaching. If there is a chance to come back, come to ELS to continue!!!

Thank you very much!!

Batzorig Namsraidagva, Mongolia

When I first come to ELS my English was very poor. But after studying in ELS I learned (Elementary) English. I’ll continue my studies. I thank ELS teachers and staff for giving me my primary English knowledge. I wish you all the best of health.

Byambajav Yura, Mongolia

Hi, It's been a pleasure to be in Malaysia. I'm very happy to study in ELS. I'm pleased with the amount of English that I have managed to learn during this short period.

Ali Mohammed Altaher, Libya

I enjoyed class with my classmates and my teachers. All my teachers teach very well and I like them very much.

Warat Benjavasukul, Thailand

I gained confidence in switching from my own language to English safely without fear.

Aldagarova Ilzira, Kazakhstan

Certified Intensive English Programme

The teachers at ELS aim to get all their students to understand and love the English language.

Kim Hye Lim, Korea

Certified Intensive English Programme

I’m able to improve my English proficiency skills within a short span of time!

Erdenebold Tserendorj, Mongolia

Experienced and Caring Teachers

ELS Language Centre is the best language center. The teachers are very good. They teach their lessons very nicely. They are dependable and helpful.

Suyerbayeve Diana, Kazakhstan

Level 109

I love Malaysia! This country is modern and the people are so friendly and welcoming!

Baizhan Almazbekov, Kazakhstan

Wonderful teachers

The teachers here are excellent! They use different and interesting ways to guide us.

Choi Yan How, Malaysia

Unforgettable experience

“Studying in ELS is really an unforgettable experience in my life, since I have never spoken English before.”

Eric Lim Zhong Hong, Malaysia

Beyond English skills

To me, ELS is not just about learning English, it’s about building up my confidence in public speaking!

Inna Stepanenko, Russia

Cultural experience

“I gained a unique cultural experience at ELS.”

Ehssan Hassan Mohamed Ahmed Abdalla, Sudan

“I can see a big difference, especially in my writing skills even though I have only studied in ELS for one month.”

Contact Details

ELS Language Centres, Malaysia

Suite C-10-12, Plaza Mont’ Kiara
No.2, Jalan Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Language Centre

Tel: 603-6203 3532
Fax: 603-6201 6989
Website: http://www.els.edu.my

Other Campuses

ELS Subang Jaya

Unit E-10-0 East Wing, Subang Square
Jalan SS 15/4
47500 Subang Jaya

Type: Private College

Tel: 603-5636 5530
Fax: 603-5636 7530
Website: http://www.els.edu.my

ELS Penang

c/o Han Chiang College
Jalan Lim Lean Teng
11600 Pulau Pinang

Type: Private College

Tel: 604-283 2530
Fax: 604-283 1029
Website: http://www.els.edu.my

ELS Kuala Lumpur (KLCC)

A-2-1 Wisma HB, Megan Avenue 2
12, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Private College

Tel: 603-2166 5530
Fax: 603-2166 5220
Website: http://www.els.edu.my
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