Aliphaxe Foreign Language Centre offers short courses in English as a Second Language in Nairobi for professionals and students wishing to settle or study in English-speaking colleges and universities in countries like Kenya, U.S.A, UK, Australia, etc., where English is mandatory.

We also offer tailored English courses for specific purposes for example students who are struggling with a specific aspect of the language, e.g correct pronunciation, writing or just speaking.

At Aliphaxe Foreign Language centre, you can study English courses in Nairobi,whereby we prepare our students for the following local and international examinations:

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You may be confident in using English in everyday situations, but the kind of English you need for study is rather different. It is what is known as ‘academic English’ and is the type of English you need for

  • Reading and understanding your study materials
  • Writing about your subject.

Academic English is different from everyday spoken English. It may be used to

  • Describe an object or situation
  • Describe a process or how something works
  • Explain something.

Much of academic English is about expressing the relationship between ideas. Although the language may be more complex than in everyday English, good academic writers aim to be as clear, precise and simple as possible. They think about what their readers know already, and aim to guide them toward s less familiar areas and topics.

The ability to write in an academic style is something you develop as part of your university study. It is difficult to give overall ‘rules’ on the way to write for a university course, as academic subjects vary in

  • Their vocabulary and expressions
  • The types of text used (for instance essays, reports, research articles or summaries)
  • How these texts are structured and organized. Academic English will help you improve your English language skills to prepare you for study success at university.

This programme provides you with opportunities to develop your independent learning strategies and individual needs in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Depending on your preference, the programme can focus on university skills or IELTS preparation. You will develop the language and academic skills to help you progress to the next level of English, move to one of our pathway programmes, or transition to your destination programme.

A study programme for students interested in studying General English prior to their Academic English programme can be arranged.

Course length

Students can take more than one block of 10 weeks depending on their needs. Each block is 10 weeks; except Summer School, which is 7 weeks.

 Total hours

200 hours; Plus optional workshops available in Blocks 1 – 4 (January – November)

Entry requirements

  • You will be tested on your first day to determine your class level. There are four levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) offered, from Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR level B1 to B2+/C1.
  • A recent IELTS score may be given as evidence of level, but if there is a significant difference between the placement test score and the IELTS score, the Academic English manager will determine the appropriate level for the student.
  • If you are below the level required for Introduction to English for Academic Purposes, your enrolment will be changed to the General English course to build your language foundations.


  • We do not allow courses to start in the middle of the week; students must begin on a Monday of the first week of the course.

Repeating Students

  • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course.
  • Students who have confirmed their place may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course.

Common reference levels

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels; for each level, it describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing. The following table gives an indication of these levels. A more thorough description of each level, with criteria for listening, reading, speaking, and writing, is available on the Internet.

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  • Learner tailored approach to teaching/coaching
  • Computer aided learning (listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Friendly tutors committed to your success
  • A nice conducive learning environment
  • Free learning materials, books, audio and video
  • Free internet 24/7
  • Friendly accommodative learning schedule for all the learners
  • Small classrooms
  • Get to meet learners from different backgrounds and nationalities
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  • Document translation
  • Conference interpretation for different Languages
  • Transcription services
  • Editorials and proofreading
  • Website design, development and localization
  • Graphic design and publishing
  • Internet advertising
  • Scribing and rapporteuring