Foundation courses (levels 1 and 2) for young beginners, aged 6-12





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This is for children with no previous experience of English (level 1) or limited experience of English (level 2).

The aim of the programme is to enable the children to communicate on a range of practical subjects (for example their family, environment, habits, likes and dislikes). This is achieved through engaging topic-based activities, which incorporate the hands-on study of English phonics and graphemes, sentence formation (spoken and written) and basic grammar, The course gives a solid foundation for children to join our Literacy Programme.

Accelerated Foundation course for older beginners 9-12

This is designed for children whose experience of English so far has been limited or inadequate

The aim of the programme is to enable the children to fill in gaps in their knowledge and enable them to communicate on a range of practical subjects. Typically this course is suitable for those children who have already complete a few years of English learning at a Hungarian school. For example, they might be good at reading text but not very good at understanding what they have read. Often they have missed learning the phonics base and they .will have difficulty in listening and speaking. Some parts of the puzzle are there, some are missing. It normally takes them no more than one year to move onto a Literacy programme.


It is our mission to teach children to read, write, and speak English while learning about the wonders of our world


We are grateful for the kind words from the parents of the hundreds of children who already attended ESB.

We have three children attending ESB. With each year they enjoy the classes more; the child-centred methodology builds their confidence, through the engaging, thematic and group activities, they gain a taste of the British educational system and enjoy its advantages. The small group sizes and the warm relationships between teachers and students create a calm, positive atmosphere for them. We all appreciate the school programmes and events as well as the teachers’ structured approach to learning.


parent of Marci, Cili and Csabi

Samu started attending ESB 6 months ago. He was a complete beginner at the time. Now he speaks in sentences and has a vocabulary of several hundred words. In six months he’s made incredible progress, while also having fun and making new friends.


mother of Samu

Our daughter was a little shy when joining ESB, having had very basic English – but she liked the classes from the first moment. After 5 months she is making steady progress and starts to be able to express herself. ESB seems to create good motivation for them and the various activities built around the themes covered keep the children’s interest.


mother of Kata

Meet our Educational Director

Lisa Gillespie is Canadian born and after graduating in the USA, moved to London to teach the National Curriculum for England. Since 2017 Lisa is part of the ESB team!

I have a passion for teaching young learners and I truly believe that each child is a unique individual and deserves the chance to learn and explore all the different things our world has to offer!

Registration for our 2023/23 courses has started

Please contact us about registering for classes in September

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