ELCO - English Language and Cultural Opportunities

The purpose of the English Language and Cultural Opportunities (ELCO) programme is to equip those interested in Christian mission with effective English language communication skills.


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This is achieved through a range of English classes, mission training sessions and opportunities to experience British cultural diversity. ELCO is aimed at those people who sense a call from God to engage in missions. On successful completion of the programme you will be able to communicate in English for everyday life, on an international English speaking mission team and tell other people the good news about Jesus.

You will be part of an international team of English students from around the world, learning about English and mission for about 20 hours over 5 days a week. Lessons are taught at two levels according to ability by well qualified English language teachers. Small class sizes allow lots of personal help from teachers. Other sessions are taught by people experienced in mission and ministry.

Our teachers will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, also developing your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. When you finish the programme you will be much more confident and capable of communicating in English. You will have many opportunities to talk in English with local people and experience community activities as you live your life and attend local churches.

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Before arriving you must be able to have a simple conversation in English. If you cannot speak basic English the classes will be too difficult for you to understand. We cannot take beginners.

You will live at our OM training and ministry centre in the town of Halesowen, near Birmingham, the UK’s dynamic second largest city. You will sleep in dormitory style rooms on bunk beds. As part of your team life you will buy and cook your own food some days, with some training given for this. On other days your meals will be cooked by OM staff. Special dietary needs must be communicated before you arrive.

You need to travel to Birmingham in the UK. The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (BHX). If no good flights can be found to Birmingham, other possible airports are London or Manchester. There are good train and bus connections from these airports to Birmingham. Nationals from the EU and EEA do not require a visa for the UK. For all other nationalities you will either require an invitation letter in order to apply for a visa before leaving your country or just an invitation letter to present at the airport on arrival in the UK. In both cases you will enter the UK as a Short Term Student.

You can join in either January, May or September, with a total of between 12 and 24 students in each intake.

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