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The aim of all of our staff is to make your whole stay at ELC an enjoyable and successful learning experience.

"ELC exists to give all of our students the best teaching and learning facilities we can. We are committed to providing you with excellent courses in a warm, friendly and professional environment, as well as caring for every aspect of your stay. We look forward to welcoming you at The English Language Centre."

Phil Hopkins, CEO

Phil Hopkins MA (TESOL), BSc (Hons), DTEFLA Chief Executive

Phil has overall responsibility for the charity and the 2 schools it operates - ELC Brighton and ELC Eastbourne. Day-to-day he is primarily responsible for strategic direction, administration and marketing. He is also the designated Child Protection Officer. Phil joined ELC in 2001. He has more than 25 years' experience in ELT, as a Principal, director of studies, teacher trainer (CELTA and DELTA) and teacher in the UK, Greece, Spain and Kuwait. Phil speaks French, Spanish and some Greek.


Peter Tamkin	BA (Hons), PGCE (TESOL), DTEFLA	Academic Director

Peter Tamkin BA (Hons), PGCE (TESOL), DTEFLA Academic Director

Peter is responsible for teaching and courses at ELC. He has more than 25 years' ELT experience in the Sudan, Spain, Brazil and the UK. He joined ELC in 1990 and has taught on the whole range of our courses. He particularly enjoys teaching business English. Before joining ELC he was the Head of ESL at a large secondary school in London for 5 years.


Janice Martin	MA (TESOL), Dip TESOL	Assistant Academic Director

Janice Martin MA (TESOL), Dip TESOL Assistant Academic Director

Janice joined ELC in 2008, having previously been Director of Studies at another British Council accredited language school in Sussex for 7 years. As well as supporting the Academic Director, Janice teaches on a range of courses. In addition, she is responsible for the progress and pastoral care of all long term students, for special groups and the Cambridge exam courses.