5 ESL schools in Malaysia

4 years ago
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English has become a global language – influencing media, academics and the global economy. It is the language of choice for communication and collaboration. So many businesses now rely on employing English speakers. Also, more undergraduate and master programs are being taught fully in English – in countries where it is not the official language. So for many, learning English as a second language (ESL) is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

English is the most widely learned second language, with 1.5 billion people learning it. Whether it’s to complete an IELTS exam to study abroad, improve your communication or get a promotion at work, choosing the right ESL school to help you achieve your goal is the first step to success.

So how do you choose the best school for you? Let’s compare 5 ESL schools in Malaysia, based on quality and expense.

1. ELICOS Language Centre


ELICOS Language Centre offers the best quality for the best price. With CELTA certified, native English teachers and in-house training programs, teachers are knowledgeable and prepared to create interactive and informative classes. In small class sizes, students study and practice skills in listening, reading, writing, and general grammar and vocabulary. Students can also study in specialized courses for IELTS preparation, pronunciation, Young Learners programs and tailor-made seasonal courses. ELICOS’ quality may be second to British Council, but for a fraction of the price.

To learn more about ELICOS Language Centre, check their courses here

2. British Council


With schools in over a hundred countries, British Council has built a long-standing reputation for quality education. But due to its high cost, it gets the second place on this list. British Council offers English programs for adults, children and corporate training. However, it is well known in Malaysia for being the place to take English exams, including IELTS, IGCEs, IALs and GCEs.

3. ELS Language Centres



ELS is a franchise of an American institution that has been in Malaysia for over two decades. It provides programs for students, teachers and corporate bodies. ELS has a few schools located outside the city centre of Kuala Lumpur as well as partner programs with some of the local universities.

4. ELEC Language Centre


ELEC is divided by its Language Centre and Training Centre. The Language Centre provides courses in English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia and Korean, while the Training Centre focuses on tourism, business administration and golf. With more courses outside of English, ELEC has a higher number of non-native English speakers than other schools on this list.

5. EMS Language Centre


EMS is an affordable option to learn English. It provides courses that focus on general English, corporate training, IELTS preparation and conversation. It also provides a summer camp. EMS teachers are TESOL/TEFL certified and the school is located in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur.


There are many ESL school option in Malaysia, but only one that is right for you. When choosing the school that can help you achieve your English language goals, remember to consider your budget and the quality of the courses provided by each school.

For even more reasons to study English, check out our article on 4 reasons why learning English (ESL) is important.

Shannon Baldwin
Shannon is a Canadian journalist and ESL teacher. She has over five years experience in journalism and several more years in education.

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  • This article helped me a lots to decide which English School I should choose in Malaysia. Also, it clarified my doubts. Thank you!

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