Adults, Choice of courses
Adults

Choice of courses

Choice of courses

In order to fulfil your requests, however specific they might be, language schools offer a wide range of different courses. This can be confusing and it is sometimes difficult to find the most suitable course for you. In order to help you make the best choice, here is an overall view of the main types of courses offered by our partner schools:

General courses

These courses cover all areas of language study in optimal conditions (small groups of 8 to 12 students). Each student will enjoy personalized guidance. In this way you can easily make rapid progress and improve your language level, which will enable you to move onto the specific courses programme if you wish to do so.

Standard courses

The standard course teaches the fundamentals of the language, both written (reading and writing skills) and oral (listening and speaking skills). It focuses on the use of the language in everyday situations. This type of course is appropriate for students who want to enhance their language knowledge and put it into practice.

Intensive courses

The intensive course is based on the same model as the standard course, but the pace is more intense and the subjects are covered in more depth. During the afternoon, the class has a more communicative approach and a wider range of conversational subjects is covered. The intensive course is ideal for students who want to make rapid progress.

Combined courses

This kind of course is a combination of both a group course (standard or intensive) and a private course. This type of course would be the ideal solution for those students who wish to learn the language in a group and to further and improve their skills individually.

Exam preparation courses

Official certificates that indicate your language level have world-wide recognition and represent an important tool for your future. Each examination focuses on specific aspects of the language. We offer courses leading to the following internationally renowned official certificates: Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE, TOEFL, IELTS, ZD, ZMP, DELE and CILS.

Business courses

These courses enhance your language level, your spoken fluency and your communicative skills in a business context: taking part in meetings; speaking on the telephone; writing briefings, business letters and emails. Business courses are offered in combination with general courses.

Specific courses

These types of courses provide intensive language practice in specific subjects. Our partner schools offer a variety of specific courses focusing on different professional domains: finance, law, banking, marketing, etc. A minimum English level of intermediate is required for these courses.

Private courses

This kind of course is the best option for students with precise objectives and limited time. The teacher designs the course according to your needs and your goals. Courses can take place in classrooms for academic purposes, or, for instance, in a restaurant to practise a business lunch scenario.

Courses in the teacher’s home

Ideal for participants with urgent needs and limited time, this is a very intensive program that enables a direct focus on your needs by studying and living with your teacher. Courses are private, which means that they will be tailored to fit your specific requirements after an analysis of your needs and your language level. This option will enable a linguistic immersion which is both highly efficient and rewarding in terms of personal interaction.

Course combined with internship

After a general language course, student have the opportunity to consolidate their language skills during an internship. Internships are adapted to your level and your field of interest. This combination is a great occasion to discover by the practice the world of work in another country.

Teacher training

Initial training
Some of our partner schools offer initial teacher training qualifications for anyone considering a career in language teaching. Mixing methodology with language skill development, they represent an essential first step towards an exciting and enjoyable new career.

Refresher courses
Some schools offer refresher courses for language teachers. These courses are an excellent way for teachers to expand their linguistic and didactic knowledge. The world of teaching being in constant development, these courses allow you to keep direct contact with new methodologies and to share your experiences with other qualified teachers.

Language studies abroad for 50 years and over

Our « 50 + » programmes propose language studies abroad for people of 50 years and upwards who wish to learn or improve a language.

University certificate and diploma programmes

In Australia and in England, we offer different types of programmes with the aim to obtain a university certificate or diploma. These programmes follow a language course programme and they have the objective to improve and to use your knowledge within a professional context in many different activity fields.

Immersion + online learning

If you have limited availability to study abroad and high ambitions, we have an option for you! With a special programme made up of an initial online course, an experience in full immersion in a choice of destinations and an online module upon your return, you can get results that match your objectives. To start the programme, you’ll have two group lessons and one private lesson per week lead by a qualified teacher in an online classroom. All this will prepare you for your full-immersion experience – a 2-week course allowing you to put your language skills to the test. A final online module when you return home will consolidate everything you’ve learned throughout the course. With Executive and General English options, this course is the perfect combination of online learning and immersion!

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TESTIMONIALS

Florian D.

I spent 24 weeks at EC in Malta, for an intensive course. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I don’t regret it at all! In 6 months, my English level improved a lot. Malta is a beautiful island full of places to visit – I spent 6 months there and I wasn’t even able to see everything!

If you’re still unsure about a language stay, stop doubting and go! It will be the best experience of your life.

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Héloïse E.

My stay at Kings in Boston was very successful. I loved the idea of travelling far away on my own. When I arrived at the airport, the adventure started. Kings Boston is located in a natural, beautiful setting, far from the noise of the city. Classes are provided by motivated, native teachers, and this makes the learning process faster. I improved a lot! Also, during classes we talked about interesting topics, and what’s cool is that we watched many videos, news reports and movies. I find this teaching method very practical; it’s different from the traditional ones that I experienced at school or uni. Another thing I liked a lot was that my afternoons were free, so I could explore Boston from 12:30pm until late at night. Kings gives you a lot of independence and freedom. If you want to burn off the greasy and boring food of the cafeteria, the school organises many sport activities every day, and there is also a gym (open until late). All the other activities are as cool as the sports ones: you’ll be able to spend a day in an amusement park, a weekend in Washington or New York, a night on a boat or a day at the beach (but be careful, as some activities can be very expensive, from 25 to 300 dollars).

Rooms are not luxurious – they’re basic and not great, but at least they’re big enough for two people.

In general, I spent 3 unforgettable weeks at Kings. Boston has thousands of things to offer, and if I can give you a piece of advice, travelling alone is even better, as on site you’ll meet so many people from around the world!

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Alexandra I.

On 15th May 2017 I packed and went to Ireland. I was supposed to stay for 2 months and travel by myself for the first time! The transfer from the airport to my host family went well (a member of the school staff took care of it). This is where I realised that my English was pretty bad and that my very French accent was a big barrier.

My host family was adorable and gave me a city map, explaining which buses I had to take and where the school was.

The first day was frightening. Luckily, the school organised some group activities every day (which allowed me to make new friends) and excursions every weekend. In addition, the teachers did their best to help us integrate.

Ireland (despite some negative aspects, such as the rain, greasy food and some dirty streets in the capital) is a marvellous country with incredible landscapes and a warm and open-minded population.

After my first month with a host family, I decided to move to a student residence. ESL and ISI were super quick and effective with this change.

At the end of my trip, I had improved my English a lot (B1 > B2), and I can say that in Dublin, I had one of the most enriching experiences of my entire life.

A couple of tips: try to avoid people who speak your native language; if you can, stay in the country for more than a month (you need at least 1 week just to get used to the new place and 1 month to feel at home); visit as many places as possible and don’t skip your classes!

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