ABOUT US
Bilbao College of Elsa and Friends is a prestigious English academy which is conveniently located in the suburban Mungia, in the province of Bizkaia.
The teaching methodology applied in our academy entails several effectively proven techniques, which ensure a dynamic and active acquisition of the second language, based on the latest linguistic discoveries and supported by the required didactic technology, being always supervised by the professionals at the academy.
Our main goal is to customize our teaching in order to tailor it to each student’s specific needs. To accomplish this, our teachers work very closely with their students helping them every day to improve their English level.
We focus on a high quality way of teaching which covers every aspect of the language, from oral and written communication, to comprehension, having each of these components the same weight in the learning process.
Bilbao College of Elsa and Friends is a registered institution specialized in Cambridge Exams preparation. We teach English at all levels, getting our students ready for all Cambridge Exams, from the YLE to the Proficiency, with a 96% passing rate. (Please see different levels in the levels chart). All classes are conducted entirely in English, being this language the only one spoken at the academy. Our teachers are native or bilingual professionals who are highly qualified and who have a very extensive teaching experience.
ENGLISH FOR CHILDREN
Primary school students will have class on non-consecutive days. This means that they will attend the academy either on Mondays and Wednesdays, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The weekly schedule covers two and a half hours. The timetable is usually set up from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, or from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, plus an extra session every other Friday at the same time as the regular session during the week. We offer a calendar which clearly displays the student´s class schedule, holidays, and other dates of interest.
Children between 7 and 12 years of age who are ready to take the YLE exams, and always with their parents’ consent, will take their tests at the Deusto British Council. Parents will be in charge of taking their children there on the day or days established by the British Council, which is usually any day from Monday to Saturday. All these tests have a fixed priced specified by the British Council each year. In order for the British Council to hold exams at our academy, there must be a minimum number of students registered for the test. This number is assigned also by the British Council each year. To have more information on this topic, please visit their webpage at http://www. cambridgeenglish.org/es/exams-and-qualifications/young-learners/
During the first two weeks of the program, students will be closely supervised to determine if they are in the most suitable group or level for them.
Classes commence in September and the academic year ends in June
If the student finishes the course in June, he or she will automatically be reserved a spot in the next level for the following academic year. In the case of withdrawing before the academic year is over, he or she would lose this privilege. Just like in regular school, they have a vacation period every three months, receiving their partial final grades right after each period. If you want to speak with the professor, simply call us to set an appointment.

It is completely forbidden to communicate in Spanish and/or Basque during class.

We have an attendance follow-up system, which will be shown in the grades after each trimester. 
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/es
http://www.disney.co.uk/disney-junior/index.jsp
JOLLY PHONICS
It has been specifically designed for children between 3 and 8 years of age. It is a complete reading and writing English acquisition method which uses the ‘synthetic phonics’ system, a multi sensorial, fun and with no doubt extremely attractive way for children who learn how to read and write using the sounds of letters.

Jolly phonics teaches around 40 different sounds, in order to make easier the retention of the acquired sounds which eventually will be connected with words. All this is accomplished via songs and games. For more information, please visit : www.jollylearning.co.uk

These are other links of interest for the little ones:

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/es

http://www.disney.co.uk/disney-junior/index.jsp
ENGLISH FOR YOUNG AND ADULTS
In this stage, in the vast majority of the cases, the main goal is to obtain at least one of the several Cambridge official diplomas.  Bilbao College of Elsa and Friends is a registered institution specialized in Cambridge Exams preparation. We teach English at all levels, getting our students ready for all Cambridge Exams, with more than 96% passing rate. Here is more information on Cambridge exams: www.cambridgeenglish.org/es

For ESO students and up, always based on their level, the schedule will cover three weekly hours. Twice a week the sessions will last an hour and a half, either from 3:40 pm to 5:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, or from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In some cases, the schedule will cover three one-hour sessions per week, depending on the students demand.

During the first two weeks students will be monitored to ensure that they have been placed in the right level for them.
Classes commence in September and the academic year ends in June. If the student finishes the course in June, he or she will automatically be reserved a spot in the next level for the following academic year. In the case of withdrawing before the academic year is over, he or she would lose this privilege. Just like in regular school, they have a vacation period every three months, receiving their partial final grades right after each period. If you want to speak with the professor, simply call us to set an appointment.

It is completely forbidden to communicate in Spanish and/or Basque during class.

We have an attendance follow-up system, which will be shown in the grades after each trimester.
Exams
Visit the ESOL examinations official webpage at www.cambridgeenglish.org/es

Bilbao College of Elsa and Friends is a registered institution specialized in Cambridge Exams preparation. We teach English at all levels, getting our students ready for all Cambridge Exams, from the YLE to the Proficiency, with a 96% passing rate. (Please see different levels in the levels chart). All classes are conducted entirely in English, being this language the only one spoken at the academy. Our teachers are native or bilingual professionals who are highly qualified and who have a very extensive teaching experience. They monitor very closely our students’ learning process via exams, worksheets… and if they encounter any problem they will contact you as soon as possible. They will also contact you to confirm the exam registration for those students who are ready to take a Cambridge exam. The price of these exams is set by the British Council itself.
The academy will always handle the registration payments to the British Council. 

Children between 7 and 12 years of age who are ready to take the YLE exams, and always with their parents’ consent, will take their test at the Deusto British Council. Parents will be in charge of taking their children there on the day or days established by the British Council, which is usually any day from Monday to Saturday. All these tests have a fixed priced specified by the British Council each year.

Visit the ESOL examinations official webpage at www.cambridgeenglish.org/es.

CALENDAR AND PRICES
Each program fees must be paid from the 5th to the 10th of each month, through direct deposit. Current students’ siblings under 18 years old will enjoy a 5% off each month.

Payments must always be made via direct deposit. On the first month, the charge will cover the monthly payment plus the cost of books. Enrollement fee is 20€

Contact us
Main office: For questions, registration and admissions:
Izaskun Gimenez- Assistant to the director: elsa.friends@yahoo.com

Direction:
Plaza aita arrupe nº2 
Mungia 48100

Phone numbers:
Home:94.674.31.83 (Business hours from 15:00pm to 19:00pm)
Cell: 671.644.852 (Business hours from 15:00pm to 19:00pm)

Director: Ainara Aresti: ainara@bilbaocollege.com
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