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!

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.  

FREE ONLINE TESTS

Test your language level in a few minutes.

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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more

THE ESL COMMUNITY

Check out our blogs, social network pages and various online platforms to read travel stories, articles and reviews from our students on language courses abroad.

VIDEOS