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ESL Quality

Long term study in immersion: ESL Quality

A performance-based academic structure allowing to offer a wide range of courses at all levels. Whatever your language knowledge, you can therefore take a course corresponding to your level, in all of the ESL partner schools.

Motivating classes, in small groups, combining dynamism with seriousness, allow , by means of a modern methodical and didactic approach, to obtain a stimulating class atmosphere which is favourable to fast progress. It is a new way of learning a language, which is effective and attractive.

Teachers who are qualified and experienced in the teaching of their mother tongue as a foreign language attach particular importance to actively making the most of the international make-up of the classes in order to create a motivating work environment.

Various accommodation options and a wide range of leisure activities offer you a dense and appealing extra-curricular life. The quality of the cultural discoveries and of human relations abroad is the other indispensable aspect of the success of a language study stay. For this reason, our partner schools carefully select the various accommodation types and develop attractive activities programmes.

Quality institutes

All of the schools which we propose have been established partners for several years, and are internationally recognised. Affiliated to professional federations and/or associations, they are additionally accredited by the following quality institutes:
 

Label of quality for Swiss tourism (Level 1)

ESL - Quality institutes - Label of quality for Swiss tourism (Level 1)
The quality label for Swiss tourism was initiated by several Swiss tourism institutions including the Swiss Federation of Tourism (FST), the Swiss Tourism Office (ST) and the Swiss Association of Tourism Directors (ASDT). ESL has fulfilled all necessary conditions to achieve level 1 of this quality label.

ACCET

ESL - Quality institutes - ACCET
This association provides institutional accreditation for organizations whose primary function is for educational purposes and also for organizations offering continuing education. ACCET accredits non-collegiate continuing education and training organizations throughout the United States as well as programs abroad. ACCET is similar to the British Council in the UK, visiting all their accredited schools every 3 years. The schools accredited by ACCET are among the best in the USA.

IALC partner agency

ESL - Quality institutes - IALC partner agency
This association brings together more than 80 independent language schools with the same quality standards. These are submitted to regular inspections.

British Council

ESL - Quality institutes - British Council
This British governmental organization examines and determines the quality of language schools.

English UK partner agency

ESL - Quality institutes - English UK partner agency
ESL – Language studies abroad is an official agent of English UK. This respected organisation grew from a merger of two of the most important quality control bodies: ARELS and BASELT.
 
Membership conditions include:
  • High standards of teaching
  • Qualified teachers
  • Extensive language programmes
  • Carefully selected host families
  • Students’ nationality mix 

Quality English partner agency

ESL - Quality institutes - Quality English partner agency
The Quality English label is only accessible to well-respected independent schools offering quality programmes complying with strict standards. ESL – Language studies abroad is an official partner agent.

BAC

ESL - Quality institutes - BAC
This accreditation is responsible for maintaining academic standards for higher education and specialized studies in Great Britain. It accords particular attention to foreign students.

FELTOM

ESL - Quality institutes - FELTOM
Based in Malta, this federation only recognizes patented and eminent schools.

ELICOS

ESL - Quality institutes - ELICOS
(English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)Only schools meeting quality criteria are accredited by this official Australian label.

English New Zealand

ESL - Quality institutes - English New Zealand
This federation, which brings together private, accredited schools teaching English, is recognized by the New Zealand Department of Education.

ASILS

ESL - Quality institutes - ASILS
This association brings together the best schools teaching Italian in Italy. Its aim is to manage the commercial and didactic competence of member schools and to enforce European quality standards in the linguistic field.

EAQUALS

ESL - Quality institutes - EAQUALS
This Pan-European association brings together all service providers concerned with language teaching, with the aim of securing the quality of the service providers of the private and public economy.

IH

ESL - Quality institutes - IH
International federation of regularly inspected schools that work according to quality criteria of a high standard.

Relsa

ESL - Quality institutes - Relsa
(Recognized English Language Schools Association) This association brings together Irish schools teaching English. The members of RELSA are also recognised by the Irish Department of Education.

CEELE

ESL - Quality institutes - CEELE
This association stemming from the University of Alcalá is the symbol of quality guarantee for Spanish schools in Spain. All ESL partner schools have successfully passed the CEELE inspection.

FIYTO

ESL - Quality institutes - FIYTO
(Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations)
This association has been in existence for 50 years and is the largest and most influential organisation in the domain of youth travel. FIYTO counts approximately 350 members, spread throughout 60 countries.

ALTO

ESL - Quality institutes - ALTO
With members in more than 30 countries on the 5 continents, ALTO brings together specialised language travel organisations working according to its demanding quality charter.

NEAS

ESL - Quality institutes - NEAS
Australian national governmental accreditation organisation for the recognition of educational institutions. The objective of this organisation is to guarantee the teaching quality of English language schools.

Languages Canada

ESL - Quality institutes - Languages Canada
The Languages Canada objective is to guarantee that its members provide high-quality services

AAIEP

ESL - Quality institutes - AAIEP
This association exercises the function of national professional association regarding English language schools. It brings together the schools working according to a quality charter.

FaDaF

ESL - Quality institutes - FaDaF
This national organisation guarantees the quality of the teaching body and content of German as a foreign language lessons given in Germany’s schools and universities.

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    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 2017, 96% 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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