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About us

English learnersIn the early 1960's we moved to Africa to pursue a career in English teaching and English teacher training. We spent about 15 years teaching in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

After a couple of years teaching technical English in Libya we then moved to Brunei where we spent 8 years teaching in Chinese schools and government colleges.

In 1990 we opened The Language Institute in Pontevedra in Spain and also started to do Trinity College London Teacher Training (TEFL) courses.

7 years ago we opened TLI English school here in Edinburgh after deciding to come home after many years teaching abroad.

EFL studentsWe are a family run school and much of our teaching is done by our experienced family team. This makes us very motivated and determined to give our students what they need. In total, our tutors have more than 70 years experience between them.

Our beautiful premises in Edinburgh are a lovely environment in which to study and we now offer English Language Courses, TEFL courses, translation services and Exam preparation courses.

As one of Europe's longest established providers of Trinity College London TESOL training we have a wealth of experience training teachers. We take great pride in the level of personal support we give our trainees.

We have also recently become a centre for the Scottish qualifications authority and we can now offer courses leading to their Professional development awards in TESOL.