Chennai English Language Centre

British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission, 737 Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 002
Telephone number
1800 102 4353
Fax number
+91 44 4205 0688


Away from the mania of Mount Road, a lush lawn and creeping bougainvillea greet you as you walk into the tranquillity of the British Council premises in Chennai.Painted a fuchsia pink and tangerine orange, this contemporary and inspiring building provides the perfect ambience to learn English.Learning English has never been more enjoyable and interesting. Come visit us and change your mind about language learning.


Academic calendar 2015

Sessions Course Dates Registration
Term 1 04 Jan to 24 Feb Closed
Term 2 01 Mar to 21 Apr Closed
Summer Intensive 27 Apr to 15 May Open till 26 Apr
Term 3 21 May to 08 Jul Not open
Term 4 14 Jul to 06 Sep Not open
Term 5 07 Sep to 30 Oct Not open
Term 6 03 Nov to 22 Dec Not open

Level test and Course registration process

Step 1: Book your level test

To book an appointment call 1800 102 4353 or SMS 'English' to 567678. Our customer service team is available from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

Step 2: Your level test

On the day of your appointment, allow up to 90 minutes for the level test. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 mins prior your appointment time with a valid goverment photo id. Your test will consist of a pre-test for 10 minutes followed by a written test for 60 minutes and will end with a speaking test with one of our teachers who will also guide you with the course option(s) suited to your level and requirements based on your test results.

Step 3: Course registration

We offer various course timings to suit every need. We advise you to register as soon as you can to confirm your place on the course since early applicants will receive priority.


Public holiday closing dates in 2015

03 April, Friday – Good Friday

05 April, Sunday – Easter
14 April, Tuesday – Tamil New Year’s day
18 July, Saturday – Ramzan
15 August, Saturday – Independence day
17 September, Thursday – Ganesh Chaturthi
02 October, Friday – Gandhi Jayanthi
22 October, Thursday – Ayudha Puja
23 December, Wednesday – Centre closed
24 December, Thursday – Centre closed
25 December, Friday – Christmas
26 December, Saturday – Boxing day

Contact and location

Contact Us

British Council Division, British Deputy High Commission,
737 Anna Salai,
Tamil Nadu
600 002
Telephone: 1800 102 4353 (Toll free)
Fax: +91 44 4205 0688

Telephone enquiries opening hours

Monday-Saturday 09:00-19:00
Sunday Closed

Visitor opening hours

Monday-Saturday                                                                09:00-19:00
Sunday 11:00-19:00 (library members and students only)


We are centrally located in the heart of the city.

Our English language centre is accessible by public transport including the upcoming Thousand Lights metro link. We also offer reserved car parking. Come and join our state of the art teaching centre and be part of our community of over 7500 students per year.

Our classrooms open out into our extensive library stocked with the latest collection of English language learning and teaching resources. You can chill out in our Eco café or converse in our courtyard to practise your English.

We are also the flagship teaching centre in south India for the increasingly popular CELTA course.


Wrap around services 


  • Join our popular interactive Facebook community
  • Get free extra classes with trainee CELTA participants* 
  • Develop your fluency by joining our free English Club, Best of British - Movie Sessions
  • Become a library member at a special discounted rate
  • Have your say with termly focus groups and feedback

Young Learners 

  • Opt into our library workshops*
  • Parents gain access to LearnEnglish Parents 
  • Take part in our global and national art competitions* 
  • Access LearnEnglish online and other mobile applications
  • Enrol for a Platinum library membership at a specially discounted rate
  • have fun while learning with our Storytelling sessions

*Subject to timetable and availability