American Explorer Course

Study English in the American Explorer Program and become confident in your English while on holiday

  • Diverse locations provide vacation opportunities for everyone
  • Experience American culture in a relaxed, casual setting
  • Practice English skills with American citizens

American Explorer in the United States

Age Requirements

Varies by center and housing option



12: Beginner (101) to Masters (112)

Average Class Size

15 students per class

Centers Offered

All except Tampa

Lessons Per Week

15 lessons per week, 50 minutes each, Monday to Friday

Weeks Per Level

4 weeks for each ELS level

Start Dates

Every Four Weeks*

*While all programs run in 4-week sessions, students can start on any Monday year-round (Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday).
For the best experience we encourage students to start at the beginning of a session where possible and not to start on week four of the session.

What’s better than pairing your English studies with a holiday? Not much.

The ELS American Explorer course allows you to improve your English proficiency in a casual learning environment, even while visiting the U.S. on holiday. The structure of the course includes English courses in the morning and free time in the afternoon and evening.


About American Explorer English Courses

Learn in this recreational English program

If you’re planning a holiday to the United States and want to get the most out of your visit, learning English is a great option. In the classroom, you will have the opportunity to become proficient in English, which will make your overall holiday more enjoyable, as you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture with more confidence. The casual American Explorer course curriculum ensures you will not be overwhelmed with your English studies, so you can relax on your holiday.

Experience American Culture

When your classes are done in the morning, you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore your surroundings. With centers located throughout the United States, you will have the option of exploring a variety of different areas. This includes major cities, midwest locales and beach communities.

Practice English in Real Situations

With fresh English lessons on your mind, you will also be able to participate in social activities and interact and engage with the people you meet. Whether it is in restaurants, shops, sightseeing or just walking around, you will have the opportunity to practice English with native speakers in real situations. This opportunity will help expedite your English abilities and help you gain confidence in speaking in public.

The American Explorer course offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn English, while also getting a firsthand American experience during your vacation. If you’re looking for a rewarding adventure, this program is designed for you. To learn more or to sign up, contact your local ELS center or use the form below.




ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.

  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions

  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions

Option on Completion

  • Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)

  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Participates fully in most conversations

  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Reads and writes with sufficient proficiency to satisfy professional and university requirements
  • Conducts business competently in English

Sample Schedule


* Exact courses offered at each location may vary. Additional courses that may be offered include Communication Through Video, What Makes America Tick, English for Business, Public Speaking, Real-World Listening, American Ways, and more.

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