English Language Wing (ELW)

The DCLC is responsible for providing foreign language training to UK Armed Forces personnel and English language training for foreign defence forces and defence civil servants, in order to enhance military capability for operations and contribute to the International Defence Engagement Strategy. 

Why English Language Wing?

The purpose of British MOD English Language Training (ELT) is to:
  • Provide ELT to UK sponsored Foreign Defence Forces personnel.
  • Improve students’ English language competence to meet future British military course entry standards.
  • To improve the student’s understanding of not only Britain’s armed forces, including its military culture, values and ethos, but also wider British cultural norms and behaviour.
  • To foster goodwill between the UK and the students’ country of origin as part of the Government’s International Defence Engagement Strategy.

Training Delivery 

ELW courses aim to improve a student’s communication skills, both in and out of the military environment. Every course is conducted entirely in English. This is achieved through:

  • Language analysis
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Current affairs seminars
  • Computer assisted language training
  • Project work
  • Visits to places of British cultural and political significance including museums, historical towns and buildings, educational institutions, theatres and festivals

Military training can either be designed for a specific service or can incorporate a joint approach.

English Language Wing Courses

The ELW offers a number of ELT courses including:

  • English for Royal College of Defence Studies (PreRCDS)
  • English for Advanced Command and Staff Course (EACSC) Phase 1 & 2
  • Basic Military English Course (BMEC)
  • BMEC SLP2, 3 & 4
  • British Military Train the Trainer (BM-TTT)
  • Pre-Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Pre-RMAS) Phase A & B
  • Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CELTA)

These can be read in more detail by clicking on the ELW Prospectus.