Why choose ECC?

About Us

The English Conversation Club is the most innovative and original language school in Italy. Our method is based on conversation and originates from the first courses held in England, starting in the 1980s. Communicative techniques were not applied to languages, so Stephen Murrell decided to found a school to offer students the Communicative Method, to teach languages in Italy and England. At our school everyone is made comfortable and feels at home.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLUB your English language school in Genoa


Not just English conversation courses! We also offer courses with native speakers in Spanish, German, French, Italian for foreigners, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.

The Comunicative Method

ECC English courses in genoa


In the centre of Genoa and online since 1990!

Tailor-made courses for everyone from 2 to 102 years old (Children, Teens, Adults) online, offline, in Italy and abroad. All our courses are customised for the customer. Most schools have a standard course, but this proposal is inadequate: students learn less and spend more. Standard courses require standard knowledge. Students are demotivated by learning something they do not perceive as useful. Our programmes are based on your needs.  Whether they are face-to-face or distance learning, whether they have specific objectives, such as Accounting, Business or Maritime language, ECC is there for you!

Courses for all ages About us ECC


For all age groups thanks to The Communicative Method

The Comunicative Method

It is based on the idea that language learning occurs successfully through the communication of real meaning. When students are involved in a real conversation, they are led to use their natural information acquisition strategies, which leads them to learn a new language.

The communicative method emphasises the ability to communicate the message based on its meaning, instead of focusing exclusively on grammatical perfection.

english certifications genoa


Certifications: Only test centre in Genoa levels a1/b2

Only official test centre in Genoa levels a1/b2 for


In addition, we are certifiers

  • Trinity
  • Ielts 
  • IMO e SMCP aptitude certificate.

Our History



ECC in a carriage!

The Italian State Railways commissioned the English Conversation Club to run an English course on trains more than 30 years ago. The school and the communicative method became famous in 1992: the idea was to give commuters the opportunity to improve their English in a fun way. The communicative method, after Stephen Murrell’s TV appearances, is still applied in many Italian and international schools. HERE you can find all the videos on our YouTube channel!


ECC takes off!

Costa Cruises, seeing the success of our method, invited us to organise courses to entertain passengers.  A one-week experiment for Costa Crociere customers turned into a project of entertaining lessons that lasted seven months a year, for ten years. The English Conversation Club jumped on board with its teachers in bowler hats and dark suits, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean and on ocean liners, with 400 passengers a day taking part. Even the Italian Touring Club wanted Stephen to organise lessons for guests at their holiday villages.


ECC on everyone's lips!

Donna Moderna, the best-selling women’s magazine in Italy, approached English Conversation Club and asked us to write entertaining articles to help their readers learn English while having fun. We wrote simple articles that the audience would enjoy and be interested in. Thus was born ‘Easy English‘, which ran for 10 years.  In addition, Stephen Murrel also published in the newspaper Il Secolo XIX, which asked the school for the same service. The content had to be different to appeal to a different audience, but the principle was the same – to present readers with interesting material in their target language.


ECC for business!

ECC works hard on maritime English and has created the only officially recognised examination for the standard maritime communication phrases of international maritime organisations.

The trade association of Import/Export companies in Italy commissions ECC with an online course on an e-learning platform and with English courses via Skype twice a week to overcome the problem of students ‘at sea’.


ECC always in touch with you!

The school founded by Stephen Murrell lands on social media: Instagram, Youtube and Facebook become an important channel of communication, especially to stay in touch with students travelling the vast world, and to manage travel and language courses abroad offered by INPS, such as the Itaca and Summer Together programmes.


New website and logo

Where do you want to go? In which country do you want to study, work, volunteer? Our work includes researching new destinations and proposing a tailor-made offer.

Come on board with us and let’s write our future together!

Do you have any questions?

Non esitare a metterti in contatto con noi,
siamo qui per aiutarti.
Contact us