College of Arts and Sciences


MCU’s English Language Enhancement Program (ELEP): Opening doors to a bright future

In 2010, The Manila Central University, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences formally offered the English Language Enhancement Program (ELEP) classes designed to help university-bound foreign students to hone their English language skills and competencies in the following areas :

  • Pronunciation and Listening
  • Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary
  • Writing and Gramma

Based on the results of the Placement and Diagnostic Evaluation Test, foreign students’ proficiency levels are assessed into: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. In a regular semester, the Beginner Level runs for a total of ninety (90) hours of class sessions. Both the Intermediate and Advanced levels run for a total of forty-five (45) each prior to the issuance of Certificate of Completion. Classes may be taken during the Summer Break by special arrangements.

The program adopts a learner-centered, interactive, skills-integrated, and content-based approach. It aims to unlock difficulties of students who do not speak English as their other tongue. At the end of program, students are expected to:

  1. Communicate ideas clearly in tasks relevant to specific discipline using authentic materials.
  2. Develop critical thinking skills in coping with academic tasks.
  3. Engage in appropriate conversation skills in real-world setting.
  4. Promote the understanding of intercultural diversity.
  5. Boost confidence in using the English language for life-long learning

As a general policy, foreign students are required to enroll in the ELE program if they:

  • Have no IELTS or TOEFL exam results.
  • Are foreign nationals from a non-English speaking country.
  • Are not shiftees, transferees, or a double-courser.
  • Present a validated High School Diploma or Transcript of Records.

The MCU – ELEP classes are limited to a maximum of 12 students to provide a more personalized approach and address the individual students’ needs. The program boasts of the following features:
Comprehensive courses completed in just 6 weeks (15 hours per week)
10-hour FREE remedial classes

  • One-on-one placement test
  • Certificate of completion after finishing the program
  • Carefully selected and experienced ESL teachers
  • Multilevel and flexible lessons based on learner’s needs
  • Well though-out design of instructional materials
  • Fully air-conditioned classrooms with LCD projector, PC, and audio-visual facilities
  • Maximum number of 12 students per class
  • Post assessment scheme

The program is currently offered to incoming freshman-foreign students; however, the course offerings may be expanded to cater to the needs of Filipino professionals, MCU students/alumni or any interested parties. Special classes may be customized according to the specific needs of the clientele in using the English language to help them become globally competitive in the workplace.

For inquiries, please visit, write, or call:

Manila Central University
College of Arts and Sciences
Ground Floor, Filemon D. Tanchoco (FDT) Building
Telephone Number : 364-10-71 loc 135