Choice of courses, A-Level revision courses
Choice of courses

A-Level revision courses

Choice of courses - A-Level revision courses

All the language courses we offer at ESL are beneficial for students studying for AS and A2 level exams, however, we have selected 4 schools which offer the ideal language learning environment for young people aged 15-18, who may be travelling alone for the first time. These locations are small, but still offer a good range of activities for a week or two, and the schools have a “family” atmosphere ensuring that students are taken care of during their stay. In addition the staff and teachers at the schools are very experienced in providing courses for this age group.

The combined course is ideal for students studying for AS/A2 levels or IB. Students will be encouraged to participate in class and primarily to develop their communicative language skills, but will also benefit from one-to-one tuition to focus intensively on areas which may require specific attention.

We offer language revision courses designed with AS/A2 level students in mind in the three most popular foreign languages at this level: French, German and Spanish; in four destinations:
  • Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva in French-speaking Switzerland
  • Freiburg in Germany’s Black Forest
  • Nerja on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, 1 hour from Malaga.
  • Rouen in lovely Normandy, only 1 hour 30 minutes from Paris.

The Course

The programme is open to all students in Years 10-13 aged over 15. Students will be assigned to a small group of approx. 10-12 participants (morning or afternoon timetable) and will focus on the 4 skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) as well as relevant vocabulary and grammar. These classes are run in open groups (min age 16) so not all students will be studying for AS/A2 or IB exams, however, as the course is based on the 4 skills, which is ideal to prepare for these exams. In addition, students will receive 1 hour of private tuition each day to focus either on skills specific to their exam, or on aspects of language they find challenging.

The exact timetable may vary slightly depending on the time of year, but most students will take group lessons between 9.00 and 13.00. They will receive 1 hour of individual tuition per day, according to the schedule organized by the centre.

Language immersion is by far the most effective way of improving skills in a foreign language. For this reason, communication will always be in the target language, in the classroom and throughout the school.

Modern Languages teachers will be interested to know that should they wish to bring a group from their school, we can provide special discounts, organise a bespoke timetable, a tailored activity programme, and free places for accompanying teachers.

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Accommodation is provided with host families. We highly recommend staying with host families because this type of accommodation really brings the language and culture alive for students and allows them to experience a different way of life. We consider this an integral part of an unforgettable language travel experience. Host families take very good care of their young students and many keep in touch with the students they host for years. Families are usually located in walking distance of the school (which is not the case in bigger cities) and have usually known the owners of our partner schools for many years.
You will stay in a single room and receive half board meals (breakfast and main meal every day). Families can cater for special dietary requirements but it is important that you let us know about these in advance. Bed linen and bath towels are provided but you will need to bring your own towel. We suggest that you take some photos of your own family and your hometown as these can help you break the ice when you first meet your family.

A-level revision course

  • Lessons: 25 lessons of 45 mins. (20 group lessons + 5 individual lessons)
  • Course duration: 1 or 2 week(s)
  • Level: lower intermediate and upwards
  • Students/class: average 10-12
  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • Daily schedule: 09:00-13:00 + one-to-one (to be confirmed onsite)

Included in the price:
  • Language course of 20 group lessons and 5 individual lessons per week
  • Participation in the school's activity programme from Monday to Friday (activities vary from week to week)
  • Course material
  • Airport transfer to/from the closest international airport
  • Accommodation with a host family (half board meals)
  • Course certificate

What is not included in the price:
  • Local transport (though most places you will need to go are in walking distance)
  • Some activities and weekend excursions may carry a small additional cost.
  • Flights and insurance

NB: This course is designed for 15-18 year olds who have a certain level of independence and maturity. We recommend it for students who are serious about learning and are aiming to maximize their AS/A2 level language grades. The locations and partner schools we have chosen are ideal for providing language lessons suitable for the 15-18 age group, who are usually too old for a fully-supervised junior language programme. There will be older students in the group classes and activity programme, but this often means students are positively challenged by the pace of learning and make very rapid progress and achieve a higher grade than predicted in their exams. The one-to-one lessons in the afternoon are a key part of the programme and those students who boost their results are those who come to the individual lessons having prepared in advance which particular topics or language points they would like to focus on during their stay.

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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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