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ELS Language Centers
Type English Language School
Founded Washington, DC, 1961
Headquarters Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Number of locations 50+
Industry TEFL, EFL, ESOL
Services English courses, examination preparation courses, university placement
Parent Berlitz International Inc.
Website ELS Language Centers

ELS Language Centers is a private entity that provides English language training in the United States. It operates through various language centers, often based on a college campus. Originally set up as an organization for creating and publishing ESL materials, ELS opened its first center in 1961 and shortly thereafter began to focus on teaching. It became a fully-owned subsidiary of Berlitz Languages Inc., a part of Berlitz International Inc., in 1997. ELS is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. It has been accredited by ACCET

ELS if often used by international students to prepare for study at a U.S. university. Its curriculum is proprietary, and it has a structure that accommodates 12 levels of instruction. Certain locations also offer IELTS and TOEFL testing.





As of July 2009, ELS Language Centers had over 50 centers distributed across the country, with special concentrations in Florida, New York and California. Specifically, it has language centers in the following states: Arkansas,[1] California,[2] Colorado,[3] Connecticut,[4] Florida,[5] Georgia,[6] Hawaii,[7] Idaho,[8] Illinois,[9] Indiana,[10] Louisiana,[11] Massachusetts,[12] Michigan,[13] Minnesota,[14] Missouri,[15] Nevada,[16] New Hampshire,[17] New Jersey,[18] New York,[19] North Carolina,[20] North Dakota,[21] Ohio,[22] Oklahoma,[23] Oregon,[24] Pennsylvania,[25] Rhode Island,[26] South Carolina,[27] Tennessee,[28] Texas,[29] Washington,[30] Washington D.C.,[31] and Wyoming.[32]


ELS primarily offers two programs: Intensive English and Semi-Intensive English.

The Intensive English program (30 lessons per week) is divided into 12 levels from beginning to master levels. Each level takes approximately four weeks to complete. All language skills are taught. Sessions in the afternoon focus on reading and writing.

A Semi-Intensive English program (20 lessons per week) is also available providing the same morning instruction as the Intensive English program, but without the afternoon sessions.

Students at the intermediate and advanced levels in both programs may choose from a variety of special-interest programs such as TOEFL preparation, pronunciation, current events and idiomatic english.

Historical Timeline




  • First international school is established in Japan.




  • ELS and Berlitz On Campus centers merge under the ELS name.



  • ELS develops standardized exit testing with ETS's The Chauncey Group.


  • Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT offered at 12 ELS locations.
  • The ELS American Education Center in Shanghai.


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