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ESL Language Travel Awards

ESL Language Travel Awards

​ESL Language Travel Awards

The ESL Language Travel Awards recognise schools that have performed exceptionally during the preceding year.
More than 400 ESL partner schools around the world are eligible for an award.

Decided according to more than 7400 client reviews combined with feedback from more than 180 ESL team members from our 50 sales offices, the ESL Languge Travel Awards offer a fair and objective view of which schools have really excelled.

The 2016 winners are:

School of the year (English)

  • School of the year (other languages)

  • School group of the year

    School facilities of the year

  • Accommodation of the year

  • Leisure programme of the year

  • CSR Champion of the year

    Congratulations to all of the winners!

    ​How the Awards are decided

    Awards are based on the feedback we receive from our students and staff.

    When students return from their study abroad stay, we ask them to rate all aspects of their experience, including facilities, teaching quality, accommodation and leisure. Behind these questions are more specific ones in each category (for example location, common areas, classrooms and infrastructure all fall under 'facilities').

    In most categories, the top ten schools are first ranked by student feedback, and then all ESL team members who work directly with schools rate them based on their own experiences. The scores are then combined to find a winner. (The questions we ask our team really boil down to “how does working with this school make it easier for you to serve clients?”)

    Our team work daily with students and schools. The relationship involves not only product knowledge and know-how, but also logistics, availabilities and dealing with special requests. As well as caring for the needs of students and listening carefully to each customer’s goals, our team regularly visit schools, enabling them to give comprehensive feedback. All of this work allows us and our partner schools to deliver a personalised experience to each student.

    The CSR Champion category is based on schools’ use of our CSR Self-Assessment tool. This online questionnaire allows partner schools to self-assess the degree of achievement in their CSR strategies. With our commitment to sharing CSR best practice in the field, we are uniquely placed to give this award. Schools which are members of groups are measured as a whole, as opposed to individual schools.

    In some categories, only student feedback counts. For example, Teaching Programme of the Year and Leisure Programme of the Year. These are directly linked to students’ on-site experience.

    Winning isn't everything...
    But it matters. The awards are an opportunity to reward excellence and encourage all of our partner schools to keep pushing to provide the very best student experience. To see the top ten lists of runner-ups for each category, check out this blog post.

    Winners of these awards can be proud of the fact they have been elected by the people who matter most of all. 

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    TESTIMONIALS

    María del Pilar López Oliete

    My stay at TLG was one of the best decisions I took in a very long time. It was very enriching, because I was surrounded by classmates and friends of different cultures, who are now almost my family. I learned many things and I partially overcame my fear of speaking English. I have to thank my teachers, who were very patient, funny and humanly extraordinary – in particular Malika, who helped us when we had all kind of problems, in or outside the school.

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    My stay in Cork (more specifically, in Bishop), in August, was very good. As the days passed, all my fears about the language started fading away. I was lucky enough to find a very dynamic teacher. In the morning, we used to focus on grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension, in a serious but also relaxed atmosphere – at my own pace.
    As a beginner, I can say that – little by little, thanks to my teacher’s patience – I became more fluent and could finally communicate with her and her family. I am now able to conduct a conversation and understand 80% of it – I am still a bit slow, of course. With my teacher, I discovered beautiful spots in the region (parks, castles, restaurants, beaches). She made me love her country.

    Now my only wish is to go back there, because those 2 weeks went too fast! And there are so many things I would like to dig a bit more into, to immerse myself deeper in this unique country!

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    Katherin Cantalejo Melo

    My experience at France Langue exceeded all my expectations. Courses are very dynamic and focus on oral communication most of the time. The vocabulary we learn in school is very useful and topical, and we can use it on a daily basis during our stay in Paris. Workshops help us to analyse specific topics we have learned in class and to practise the language.
    Teachers are very caring, dynamic and close to their students.
    In 3 weeks, I did some impressive improvements. The accommodation is amazing; I live with a lovely and welcoming Parisian woman. The flat is located in a central and quiet area.
    As I said, France Langue exceeded all my expectations, to the point that I would like to extend my stay in Paris!

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