Families, Why choose ESL?
Families

Why choose ESL?

Language studies abroad programs for Families: Why choose ESL?

12 Good reasons to choose ESL

1. ESL - the language holiday specialist
With 20 years of experience, we have built up a network of reputable and experienced partner schools. We can offer you a professional and skilled team.
 
2. The best schools
All our partner schools have an excellent reputation and are internationally accredited.
 
3. Exciting courses
Quality teaching takes place in a stimulating and safe multicultural environment in specific groups for children and parents. Children are supervised by qualified and committed teachers or instructors. Parents also benefit from excellent learning conditions. They can take courses or just enjoy some free time while the children are being looked after.
 
4. Large choice of attractive destinations with a choice of activities
Our partner schools offer a programme jam-packed with activities outside of the courses, whether it's for children, adults or the whole family. The school staff are there to help you organise the family trips you have planned.
 
5. A range of accommodation chosen with care
The different accommodation options offered are specifically suited to the needs of a family in order that you can better enjoy the holiday.
 
6. ESL - your partner for a tailor-made language trip
ESL takes care of your holiday from start to finish, so that you have nothing to worry about! This includes the courses, activities and accommodation – and not forgetting our team of advisers, who are always there to answer your questions! We look after your every need and are very flexible. We can even take care of flight reservations or airport transfers.
 
7. A range of programmes to suit everyone
In our course package, we offer you the opportunity to enjoy your adult course, while the children take their own, and the chance to meet up as a family again once lessons are over. If you would prefer your children to participate in the programmes of leisure activities so that you can use your free time, then choose a destination which offers a programme of leisure activities for young participants. Other destinations offer no programmes of leisure activities simply because there are so many possibilities for exploring local attractions on your own or as a family. Select your programme according to your own preferences.
 
8. Regular monitoring of our partners
We regularly monitor the schools and the programmes we offer. Each year, our team visits the schools to ensure we can always guarantee you the best value for money for your holiday.
 
9. Attractive prices
Better yet less expensive! Why miss out on a family holiday that also offers you the chance to learn a foreign language? Our programme of family language holidays are often less expensive and more rewarding than a traditional holiday and are a very attractive option which offers everyone new experiences.
 
10. Free advice service with no commitment
ESL has a team of advisers at your disposal, who are fully informed about our programmes and are ready to find you a destination that best suits your needs. So, please don't hesitate to contact us, either by email, telephone or visiting us in one of our offices. Our specialist team will work out your plans with you.
 
11. The ESL travel guarantee - 100 % secure
ESL is a member of the Guarantee Fund of the Swiss Travel Industry. Travel with peace of mind!
 
12. Learn a language as a family - a unique experience!
Holidays are often a time to strengthen the bond between parents and children. A language holiday will be full of discoveries and experiences to share with your children and you will bring back home many memories.

5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD

  1. Star Agency Europe
  2. ESL – LANGUAGE STUDIES ABROAD IS EUROPE’S STAR AGENCY  

    ESL – Language studies abroad won Star Agency Western Europe for the fifth time at the 2016 ST Star Awards. 

  3. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE 

    If you find our programmes cheaper with another language travel agency, you will be refunded 100% of the price difference.

  4. FREE AND PERSONALISED SERVICE 

    We offer you free and personal advice before, during and after your language course abroad.

  5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION 

    In 2016, 97% of our students would recommend ESL – Language studies abroad to their friends and relatives. 

  6. CERTIFIED QUALITY 

    ESL – Language studies abroad is accredited by quality control bodies in the tourism and education industries.  

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TESTIMONIALS

After spending 3 months of pure happiness, it’s sad that I have to leave this incredible place with the head full of good memories and magical experiences like Niagara Falls, basketball game, visits in downtown, ice skating and celebrations far from our families like Christmas organized by the school. In addition to that I enjoyed participating in the after school clubs allowing me to learn even more and have a great time. Thanks to this experience I met incredible people (Brazilians, Asians, Russians, Mexicans, etc.) from all over the world that I want and will visit. The supervisors are excellent and always listen to my requests. I definitely recommend to everybody to live the same experience as me but all good things have an end and now it’s my time.

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Sirine Tounsi

In October 2017, I decided to go to Toronto for 2 months. I had just finished my studies, and I had always dreamt about going to Canada. I wanted to improve my English, so I decided to take an 8-week intensive course at OHC – a school I highly recommend. I became friend with students from all over the world and with very nice teachers. I was surprised to see how fast I improved; I passed 2 levels in 8 weeks! In order to be in total immersion, I chose to live with a host family. If you don’t like rules, I suggest staying in a student residence – you’ll have more freedom. I loved the style of the city (I’m Parisian, so everything looked very different). Toronto has the advantage of being close to French-speaking Québec and to the US – you should visit New York, as I did! If I could do it all over again, I would! Thank you ESL for making my dream come true in a few days only.

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Sara Mateos Arévalo

My name is Sara and I decided to take a course in Lyon to improve my level of French. I had started to take French classes again in Barcelona and I thought it would be a good idea to give them a boost.

I wasn’t very clear on my destination, but I finally chose Lyon because it’s a city that has everything but it’s not as big as Paris. And, as the language travel advisor that I am, and knowing the academic quality of the Alpadia school, I thought it would be a good option.

After having been there, I can say that Lyon is an ideal destination for linguistic immersion. As a city, it has everything: shops, good public transport, restaurants, bars, tourism, parks, etc. What’s more, you’re constantly surrounded by events, culture and French cuisine, and it’s a city where a lot of French natives live. That’s why you can also learn about its customs and lifestyle in addition to the language.

The first day when I arrived to my host family’s home, it was a little difficult for me to speak even though I understood Sylvie (the woman who was hosting me) very well. In the mornings, she was already working, but I enjoyed waking up and having a leisurely breakfast. In the afternoons after the activities, I went home and she was preparing dinner. I sat in the kitchen with her while she taught me French recipes. Every night we cooked a different dish, and she even taught me how to make French crêpes! I stayed in her daughter’s room who was studying in Toulouse. To this day, we still write to each other.

With regard to the school, the first day they had me arrive half an hour early to show us new students the school, city, etc. and introduce us to each other. We had 4 and a half hours of class, but the time flew by, as the teaching method that they use is very dynamic and you have two different teachers. My morning teacher made the classes very exciting and helped us improve our weaknesses. The afternoon teacher, on the other hand, gave us a topic to debate and she made us talk a lot while she provided us with useful, daily vocabulary.

There were only 6 students in class, perfect for learning more easily. At school there was a great atmosphere with a good group of students open to meeting new people and making plans after class. I felt like a part of the group from day one. The mix of nationalities was very good with few Spanish-speaking students. In the whole school, there were only two Spanish and two Mexican students, although we weren’t in the same class. Almost all of them were Swiss (from different regions), and there were students of all ages (18-22, 25-28 and 40+).

Every afternoon, the school offered an activity for whoever wanted to participate (movie, visits around Lyon, wine tasting, etc.). At the beginning of the week, they posted a schedule of the week’s activities on the bulletin board. You just needed to sign up and show up at the meeting point at the time specified (even though almost all of us went there together directly from school). The activity I liked the most was wine tasting because we went to a really authentic wine cellar where they gave us different wines and cheeses. For me, this was a very French experience!

To sum up, I’d like to say that for me, it was a great decision to take an intensive course and stay with a host family, since I learned a ton and at the end of my stay, I noticed that I really improved my fluency when speaking French. The truth is that I had a great experience and I would have liked to be able to stay for another week.

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