English as a Foreign Language

The Barbados Language Centre, established in 1981, is a division of the Barbados Community College (BCC). Situated in a quiet area of the College campus, this modern facility provides the ideal learning environment for language students.

FACILITIES

  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Wheelchair-accessible 
  • Spacious classrooms 
  • Computer laboratories 
  • Language laboratories
  • Self-Access Computer Lab (SACL)
  • Student Recreation Room
  • Library 
  • Cafeteria 


ACCOMMODATION

Home-stay arranged by the College.  A limited number of apartments and studios are available.
Initially, payment should be made directly to the host family two (2) weeks in advance. Thereafter, payment is due one (1) month in advance.

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
  • Attachments: for students who are interested – subject to availability.  Bring clothing suitable for the workplace.
  • Cultural Visits: Arranged at an additional cost
  • Sports: Tennis, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Gym; Annual Sports Competitions

 

STUDENT SERVICES
  • Student Health Service
  • Career Counselling
  • Internet Access

 

CERTIFICATION
  • BCC Certificate of Proficiency / BCC Certificate of Attendance 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 
  • Minimum age - 16 years
  • At least 1 year’s study of English at the secondary level (EFL Summer Programme)
  • At least 3 years’ study of English at the secondary level (EFL Year Programme)
  • School testimonial confirming education
  • Letter of Recommendation from School or employer
  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid Passport
  • Proof of ability to pay all fees and boarding expenses ( bank statement or document approving foreign exchange/ loan)
  • Acceptance letter from the Barbados Community College
  • Application for Student Visa (To be submitted on arrival at the College)
  • Diagnostic Test  

 

EFL SUMMER PROGRAMME

120 hours from mid-July to the end of August.  This programme provides the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills needed to function competently in English in everyday situations related to travel, work, leisure and social interaction.
 
LEVELS: Beginner/ Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate
EARLY APPLICATIONS:  MID-JUNE.  Application fee applies. 
LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED:  Late Application fee applies after closing date for applications.  

 

EFL YEAR PROGRAMME

600 hours usually from the first week of September to mid-May.  This programme develops oral and written communication to satisfy the social and professional needs of non-native speakers of English.
 
Semester I –September – December; Semester II -January – May

TOEFL 
Students are prepared for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test is offered in May.  

EARLY APPLICATIONS:  MID-JULY.  Application fee applies. 
LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED:  Late Application fee applies after July. 

 

EFL PERSONALISED/SPECIALIZED PROGRAMME

This programme offers one-on-one tuition, designed to meet the linguistic, professional, social and cultural needs of individual students or companies.  Further details provided upon request.

DURATION

3 to 12 Weeks according to students’ needs

2 to 6 Tuition hours from Monday to Friday as determined by students’ needs and budget

COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH

  • Intensive oral practice in Core Classes
  • Supplementary classes in Pronunciation
  • Listening, Reading, Situations, Grammar, Writing
  • Inclusion of Technical Language as required
  • Remedial Laboratory Practice
  • 4 to 6 specialist Tutors
  • Residence with Anglophone Hosts


COST

  • Registration - BDS$40
  • College Fees - BDS $40
  • Language Centre Fees - BDS$80
  • Visa - BDS$300
  • Exam (optional) - BDS$240


TUITION     

  •  1 student - BDS$50 per hour
  •  2 – 3 students - BDS$40 per hour
  •  4 – 5 students - BDS$30 per hour
  •  6 -10 students - BDS$20 per hour
  • 11-14 students - BDS$14 per hour

 

ACCOMMODATION

Can be arranged in families – BDS$300 per week


APPLICATION FORMS

Barbados: Barbados Community College or from our website 
Venezuela: Embassy of Barbados, Chuao, Caracas.  Telephone: (58 212) 992-0545/ 991-6721
Guadeloupe: Le Centre Information Jeunesse.  Telephone: 0590 90 13 10 ou  0590 90 13 11
Martinique: Chambre de Commerce, Fort de France
Please note that EFL application forms and brochures can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links at the bottom of this page.
 
 
FURTHER INFORMATION
Barbados Language Centre  
Barbados Community College
Howell’s Cross Road
St. Michael
BARBADOS BB11058
Telephone: (246) 435-3221 or (246) 426-2858 Extension 5248, 5413 or 5402
Fax:  (246) 435-3452 or (246) 429-5935
E-mail: blc@bcc.edu.bb 
Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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