School of Social Sciences

English Language Centre (ELC)

The English Language Centre provides a number of services both within the university and outside.

We offer services to the community, which include language courses (both commercial and general English) and the Pearson Test of English (Academic), which is delivered in our official Pearson testing centre. Scheduled language support sessions are available to all students at the university if they need help to overcome any language weaknesses. 

Pearson Test of English


Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an international computer-based English language test. It provides a measure of test takers’ language ability to education institutions, and professional and government organisations that require a standard of academic English for admission purposes (including the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr).


Please visit: for more information or speak to one of UKH’s ELC staff on campus to:

·         Find out how to register for PTE Academic

·         Understand the features, format and scoring of the exam

·         Learn how to respond to each item type

·         Become familiar with the language skills assessed

·         Practice answering authentic test items

·         Improve your test-taking strategies

·         Other PTE Academic enquiries


General English & Commercial Courses


Our general English courses focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will improve their grammar, punctuation and general vocabulary, while enhancing their ability to speak in both formal and informal settings. Additionally, our commercial English courses assist in strengthening vocabulary, the practice of useful phrasal verbs, phrases, technical business terms, idioms, and everyday language used in the workplace. For further details please contact the ELC.