Language PLUS, Global Career Development Programme
Language PLUS

Global Career Development Programme

Language PLUS - Global Career Development Programme

English course & immersion in the working world

In some of the world’s leading economic cities, combine English classes with practical training centred on your career development!
This exclusive programme will offer you a chance to identify your career path, gain in-depth insight into the local business world and learn from local business leaders, who are actively involved in the programme.
Available in England, Canada and the USA, the programme will give you a solid foundation for professional success through exposure to authentic professional situations in the English-speaking business world. You will come home with a local employer reference, an increased international network and an excellent command of English: three assets to increase your career prospects! 

Structure of the programme
The programme includes two independent modules of 8 weeks each. You may sign up for the complete programme (16 weeks) or take any module separately (see set start dates on school pages). 
ESL - Global Career Development Programme

Module 1: Business Essentials

Get an overview of the key areas a company must focus on in order to thrive! Each week of this module will centre on a different area of the world of business, as you learn directly from industry experts through lectures and authentic case studies.
Programme of module 1:
- Examine areas such as strategic planning, finance, HR, digital marketing and operations
- Learn about real-life business situations through authentic case studies
- Engage directly with local business professionals

Programme requirements:
Minimum language level: intermediate
Minimum age: 18 years
Set start dates
Duration: 8 weeks
Lessons per week: 30 (20 of general English + 10 of Business Essentials)
Study destinations: New York, Toronto, London
ESL - Global Career Development Programme

Module 2: Career Skills in Action

Use the English language and your professional skills in an authentic business context. During this module, you will be actively involved with a local business, as you develop and implement a project to transform a business idea into reality.
Programme of module 2:
- Work with a team to see an authentic professional project through, from conception to completion
- Create a digital portfolio showcasing your background and your work
- Refine your networking skills as you engage directly with the local business community

Programme requirements:
Minimum language level: Upper intermediate
Minimum age: 18 years
Set start dates
Duration: 8 weeks
Lessons per week: 30 (20 of general English + 10 of Career Skills in Action)
Study destinations:  New York, Toronto, London
Sample projects completed as part of this programme:
- Sales & Marketing: designing, marketing and running an open house to drive business for a local wine and cheese store
- Customer Insight Management: collecting and analysing customer feedback for a local boutique and establishing a customer service strategy
- Digital Marketing: working with a local coffee shop to increase online awareness by designing and implementing social media campaigns 

To find out more and sign up for this programme, please get in touch.

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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