English school for adults in the Channel Islands

Learn English in a safe town full of local charm with lessons from qualified teachers in small, personalised classes. We offer a wide variety of EFL courses for adults, varying from group lessons to private or semi-private lessons for more individualised learning. Our courses are very flexible and can be tailored to your needs, depending on how long you plan on being on the island and your level of English.

For those that would like to fulfil their learning needs as well as their holiday needs, we can cater to this with getaways such as English with yoga or with golf. You can even tell us what you would like, and we will organise it for you with a host of exciting add-ons such as rib rides, surfing and gin tasting!

Stay with our welcoming host families to maximise your English learning and experience local culture or let us help you find accommodation in a hotel or self-catering apartment.

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English Courses

Whatever your level of English, your budget, or the duration of your stay, we are confident that we can find the course suitable for you! Our various options and add-ons ensure that there is something for everyone – from those who are strictly looking to sharpen their English, to those who would like to get to know the island with as little or as much English learning as they would like.

Group Courses

The Academy was founded in the idyllic isle of Guernsey in 1990, and every year since has attracted many English learners to the island, many of whom have developed a strong tie with Guernsey and their host families and continue to return. We have five classrooms, with a maximum class size of eight for adult groups to ensure increased participation and better results.


Our friendly host families offer the ultimate immersive experience for those looking to continue learning English outside of the classroom. We have over 30 years of experience in carefully selecting the perfect host families for each learner. All host families are inspected regularly and have years of experience in welcoming learners into their homes and helping them feel comfortable.


Guernsey and its surrounding islands offer an ideal environment to learn English and are conveniently placed with travel links to Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Cherbourg and St Malo. With a population of 63,000, and a strong financial hub, Guernsey has certainly modernised over the last few decades, but still retains the same charm from when it was primarily an agricultural industry.

Reasons to buy

Qualified teachers

Qualified teachers
Benefit from being taught by our experienced and friendly EFL teachers

Immersive homestays

Stay with our welcoming host families for an insight into British life and for an added opportunity to practise your English.

Small class sizes

Our maximum class size of 8 for adults and 15 for children means students receive more attention and learn faster


All staff have been trained in safeguarding and first aid.


We offer a variety unique, innovative and high-value activities to cater to everyone’s wants, with as many hours of English lessons as required.

Local charm

Our beautiful, small and safe island is the perfect setting for adults, teens and children to study English.

Student reviews

  • Improved in one week

    J'ai eu la chance d'effectuer un merveilleux séjour linguistique à Guernesey avec l’académie ! Ma famille était géniale et j'ai ainsi pu progresser en seulement une semaine. L'organisation était personnalisée et extrêmement bien réalisée. Je recommande fortement ces séjours. I had a wonderful trip in Guernsey this summer. A generous and nice family welcomed me. I had the luck to improve my level of English in only one week. I recommend the Academy.

    Clémence L

  • Friendly and efficient teachers

    As a French teacher in a school for children having social and family problems, I wanted to testify that the Academy and its manager Anna-Lisa Detassis were very welcoming for one of my class and I. Thanks to the great organisation and out-going nice hosting families, our students have always been very happy about their staying in Saint Peter Port in Guernsey ! The different activities we made with our pupils had always been interesting and exciting for them. The teachers were friendly and efficient towards our demanding class. The hosting families were pleased to welcome our pupils inside their families : they organized different things for the children to do with them in the evening, and our students were always satisfied with the good food they tasted as well ! We are looking forward to returning to them in Guernsey very soon !

    Isabelle Massiot/ Teacher at the Jean Bart E.R.E.A in Redon, Brittany – France.

Why you should Learn English in the Channel Islands

On behalf of all the team at Channel Islands English Academy, I/ we would personally like to welcome you to our school. We started in 1990 with just a handful of students, and today we now welcome over 250 EFL students every year from every corner of the world.

The Channel Islands English Academy is a spin-off of Accent Language School, which offers foreign language tuition for everyone from pre-school children to university students and specialised courses for businesses or adults looking to learn a language for their holidays. We established the EFL side of the business soon after, and children and adolescents flocked to the island for our summer school. Over time we have updated the activities and modernised our teaching resources, but the core of the summer school has stayed the same, and the island’s natural charm continues to attract groups – young and old alike – from all over Europe and beyond, many of whom have developed strong ties with Guernsey and their host families.

Our qualified EFL teachers are friendly and professional and know how to develop every student’s language learning so that they can reach their potential. Our staff understand that younger students may experience homesickness and are trained in offering learners support where necessary.

Whatever you are looking for, we will accommodate. Our advantage of being located on a small island is that we have expert knowledge of what is available and will craft courses which perfectly combine EFL with activities to suit your individual learning and holiday needs.

Guernsey’s location near the French coast makes it a popular choice for French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian learners, who can cross from Cherbourg and St Malo in under 2 hours via ferry. Alternatively, our airport has airlines with routes to and from London Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow, Jersey, Southampton and more. Guernsey and its cluster of islands boast beautiful beaches and coastal cliffs as well as vast natural habitats, and there is plenty to see and do here in terms of sports and water-based activities, walking routes and nature trails, gastronomical experiences, or cultural enrichment.

We collaborate with Guernsey’s silver and gold accredited guides who have undertaken rigorous evaluations and regularly to provide a myriad of tailor-made tours and trips to showcase the island’s extensive heritage and history. There are many well-preserved sites of local history spanning from the Neolithic period to medieval churches and bunkers from the Second World War. If you want to visit Herm’s sandy beaches or experience Sark’s breathtaking scenery. We will organise this for you in advance depending on your location and interests so you can sit back and not worry about planning on arrival.

Every student is a valued member of our Academy. You’ll always be welcomed back.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Anna Lisa & the CIEA team.

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