English language courses at BELS

BELS specialises in intensive English language courses for adults and children of all nationalities.

The minimum age of BELS adult students is 12 years with no upper age limit. For children the minimum age is 5 years.

There are many courses from beginners to advanced and IELTS preparation. All offer intensive practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, using a wide variety of course-books and audio materials.

We do not use computers in class, as we believe in promoting the maximum amount of contact between teachers and students.

BELS offers intensive tuition in groups with a maximum size of 20 students. There are classes at Beginners, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as IELTS preparation classes. 

Teachers for Beginners are Khmer, Elementary classes are shared between a Khmer teacher and an expat teacher and all other classes by expat teachers.

All courses offered are on a part-time basis at various times during the day usually totalling 45 hours over a 10 week period. 

Further details of our English language programmes are as follows:-

General English Language (GEL) 

  • The GEL Programme is for adults and for children over 12 years with proven maturity and parent approval (see note below).
  • The GEL Programme covers Beginners to Advanced level and IELTS preparation.
  • “NEW Cutting Edge” is used throughout this programme. 

Kids Programme - From 5 Years +

  • Our Kids Programme has been developed using the “English National Curriculum Key Stage 1 & 2", in that we teach the English language through speaking, writing, listening and phonics. 
  • We further develop students' language skills through games, songs and physical activities.

Young Learners (YLP) - From 7 years +

  • The Young Learners Programme has been developed in a similar way to the Kids Programme for those of a more advanced level, and for older and more mature children. 

Under 15 years please note: 

We had noticed at entry level testing and through parents' comments regarding other schools' programmes that some children were being held back in their English language education by not being unable to gain access to a GEL type programme until they reach the age of 15+. 

On consultation with parents of children who have gained a high level score through entry testing,  we have placed them into an appropriate level of our GEL Programme. To date the students aged 12 and 13 years have settled in well and the students, parents and BELS teachers all agree it is a success and are very pleased with their progress.

More information:

What is IELTS?

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates
needing to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and
IDP. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment.

IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the
UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and government agencies.