Adults, Choice of courses

Choice of courses

Adults - Choice of courses

We offer a wide range of course types to suit all needs. This page includes an overview of our most popular options to give you an idea of what might be best for you. If you'd like to know more or have questions about a specific course and location, get in touch and we'd be delighted to help.

General course (standard or intensive)

A course is either “standard” or “intensive” depending on the number of lessons each week. A standard course is usually taught in the mornings (sometimes in the afternoons during the high season), while the intensive course has lessons both in the mornings and afternoons. The contents of the courses is designed around the language of everyday life so you can put your skills to practical use. Courses are based on the communicative methodology and touch on topics of general interest (history, news, culture, politics, society, etc.) to give students well-rounded skills.

Standard course

A standard course teaches the fundamentals of the language, both written (reading and writing skills) and aural/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, perhaps by taking a job alongside the course. This option is also ideal if you want free time around your studies to enjoy a hobby or simply use your language skills outside of the classroom.

Intensive course

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

Academic trimester, semester or year

The duration of this programme is ideal to achieve ambitious objectives as it gives you the means to improve your command of a foreign language over several months.
Academic programmes often include official exam preparation as well as lessons focussing on optional topics. Sliding-scale prices are available for long-term courses, providing an excellent return on investment.

Exam preparation courses

Official certificates indicate your language level and are recognised worldwide. They represent an important tool for your future. Employers and particularly universities use these qualifications to assess the abilities of applicants. Each examination focuses on specific aspects of the language and, as such, requires a different learning approach. We offer specific preparation courses leading to internationally renowned official certificates including DELF/ DALF (French), DELE (Spanish), ZD (German), CILS (Italian) and more.

PLUS courses (sport, culture, etc.)

Courses PLUS offer the opportunity to balance language classes with the practice of a specific activity included in the programme. Thanks to our cultural extras, including gastronomy, music, dance, film-making, sustainable development and yoga, among others, you can combine language learning with an authentic cultural experience.

With our Courses PLUS Sport programmes, you can develop your language skills while practising your favourite sport. Surfing, diving, sailing, golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding... a language study trip is the perfect chance to enjoy them. For sport all over the world at any time of year, dozens of destinations await you!

Business course

A business course enhances your language skills and your ability to express yourself and communicate in a professional context. Some people choose to combine a business course with a general language course.

Courses for professionals

Courses for professionals are tailor-made to help you boost your progress and achieve specific goals in a short time. The programme improves your language skills while providing a stimulating environment for developing soft skills. 
Our programmes for professionals offer a wide range of specialised courses. These courses base the topics of language study on a specific field (financial, medical, legal, industrial, commercial, telecommunications, etc.) and deal with the specifics of a certain activity such as technical vocabulary, industry-specific concepts, correspondence, etc.

Private course

If you have limited time and a clear objective, a private one-to-one course will ensure rapid language progress in the minimum possible time. The course will be designed around the topics that matter to you and the teacher will adapt to your learning style. It’s an intense way to learn, and you'll see fast results. It's possible to combine group lessons with private classes.
Private lessons may take place at the language school or in full immersion in your teacher’s home.

Course in the teacher’s home

A new concept in international education, this is the way to make maximum progress in the shortest time possible, while being completely immersed in the language you're learning. You'll live and learn with your teacher, who will analyse your individual needs and tailor the course content to you. Studying a tailor-made course in complete immersion, you'll make rapid progress without wasting any time on topics that aren't relevant to you. Please contact us for a free language level assessment or a no-obligation price quote.

Course combined with an internship or volunteer work

After a general language course, students have the opportunity to consolidate their language skills during an unpaid internship. Internships are adapted to your level and field of interest. This combination is a great opportunity to discover the world of work in another country or get involved in local community projects.

Teacher training

Initial training
Mostly designed for native speakers (or non-native speakers with an equivalent level), initial training courses for language teachers allow participants to acquire expert teaching techniques and put them into practice. These courses provide widely recognised teaching qualifications to help you start your career.

Refresher courses
Refresher courses for language teachers are an excellent way for teachers to expand their language and didactic knowledge. The world of teaching is in constant development and these courses allow you to keep direct contact with new methodology and to share best practice with other qualified teachers. For some courses, funding may be available via the EU’s Comenius program.

Courses for juniors

ESL – Language Travel offers a large range of quality international programs for children and young learners in superb destinations.

Family programmes

We also offer courses for the whole family: a chance for adults and children to enjoy a holiday in language immersion. Each family member follows a language course and activity programme corresponding to his or her individual needs, while accommodation and free time are enjoyed as a family. Contact us for further information.

50 plus

If you are over 50, of course you can take part in any of our adult courses, but perhaps you may like something a little more refined and tailored to students of a similar age. Our “50+” programmes offer a balanced mix of travel, learning and pleasure, with programmes targeted at the discovery of the local culture. Classes are given in the morning; the afternoon and evening are dedicated to activities and excursions, in order to explore the attractions of the destination. An unforgettable language learning and social experience!

Courses for groups

Whether for a holiday camp, exam preparation or any other group language study project, we offer complete packages designed according to your objectives and priorities (course content, type of accommodation, activities and excursions, etc.). These packages are great value for money and include free accommodation for accompanying leaders/organisers. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free price quote.

Higher Education

We offer various higher education programmes allowing you to start or further your studies at university abroad and specialise in a specific professional field. Most courses are held in English and require a good language level.

Immersion + online learning

If your language ambitions are high but your time is limited, there is a study abroad option for you! Fast track your language learning thanks to technology, with a programme comprised of an initial online course, a full-immersion experience and a final online module. Taking place in a virtual classroom lead by an experienced teacher, the initial online course is made up of two group lessons and one private lesson per week, with access to as much self-study as your schedule allows. This prepares you for a 2-week language full immersion experience, with a choice of Executive or General language studies. Boost your progress with complementary online and offline learning!

Information days

ESL – Language Travel will be out and about in London. Come and meet us at one of our information days in your area.


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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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