Go abroad and learn a language.
Learn English in England, French in France, or Spanish in Spain............or why not learn English in Australia or Spanish in Argentina or Mexico?
Today, learning a language is fun, especially when it's combined with a great destination.
And, everyone can learn a language! You just need a little help to choose the right language school and the right language course.
What will my language course be like?
Teachers in good language schools around the world teach in much the same way. No matter which language you are learning, or which country your language school is in, you will all learn in the same way. English lessons in England or Australia, Spanish courses in Spain or Argentina will all be very similar - only the language will change.
Lessons will focus on communication and you will work with other students so you will have lots of opportunity to speak the language.
Teachers use creative teaching methods which include games, role-playing, problem-solving and group discussions.
The teacher will use the language you are learning to give her/his lesson - when you're learning English, the teacher will speak to you in English, if you're learning Spanish, then your teacher will speak to you in Spanish in the classroom. (See FAQs ‘How will I learn?)
Schools have language courses at all levels so you will always be with learners of the same level. If you are a beginner, you will have to choose a special start date.
You will be in a small class with other adults. Classes usually have a maximum of 12 students. Some schools also have mini groups of 4-8 students. You can also have individual language lessons. Teachers are all qualified to work with international adult students.
Language Courses include a variety of skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing.
The number of hours is quite flexible. You can choose from:
- a standard language course of 15-20 lessons a week
- an intensive language course of 25-30 lessons a week
- private tuition where you work alone with your teacher and decide the number of hours you want to study
- a combined course of group and individual lessons
Language courses and activitiesAll our language school partners have a good ‘social’ programme with activities such as cultural visits, trips to well-known attractions, barbecues etc. Most of the activities are free or at a reduced rate.
Schools also have courses where you can learn a language and also study a practical subject such as cookery, sports, fashion design or performing arts, or take additional language classes.
- a Spanish course in Spain with sailing or surfing lessons
- a Spanish course in Mexico with diving lessons
- a French course with wine tasting and cooking lessons in France
- an Italian course with fashion and design in Italy
- an English language course with media studies in England
Language courses and examination preparationOur partner schools prepare you for international and national language exams. See our section ‘Which exam can I take?’
You can take a course leading to a qualification that is recognised worldwide. You will learn exam techniques and tips to help you succeed.
- In the UK, you can take a course to prepare you for the Cambridge exams: PET, FCE, CAE and CPE. You can also take the IELTS Test and BULATS. In some schools you can also take the TOEIC and TOEFL.
- In Spain you can prepare the DELE and the Chamber of Commerce Business Exams.
- In France, the schools have courses to prepare the Delf and Dalf, and in Italy, the CILS. In Germany you can take preparation courses for such exams as the Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD), the Großes Sprachdiplom (GDS), or the TestDaF
Language courses and Internships/Gap year language coursesOur partner language schools offer special prices for students who wish to take a year out and do a long term language course. Some schools also offer credit for Universities in the USA.
Many schools also have a language course plus internship or volunteer programme where you can learn a language abroad and then gain valuable work experience (see Internships above for participating schools).