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General courses

Learn a language in the best conditions by living through it!

Language courses abroad for adults

It’s a fact: there’s no more efficient way to learn a language than using it and being exposed to it in different contexts every day over a length of time. This is precisely what our general courses offer you – the opportunity to receive outstanding language lessons as well as endless opportunities to put your new skills into practice. And that’s how you cement knowledge!

Key information

Course duration:
1+ weeks
Minimum age:
Class size:
Entry level:
Beginner - Advanced

Why take a general course?

  • Enjoy dynamic group lessons in small groups (10-12 students per class on average) led by fully qualified native teachers
  • Meet and make friends with other international students who share your language goals and interest in the destination of your choice 
  • Explore your destination through fun and interesting trips and activities that will allow you to delve deeper into the culture
  • Customize your learning experience by choosing to follow a standard, combined (group + private lessons) or intensive course

More about our general courses

Our general courses last from 1 to 48 weeks and are suitable for all levels. These courses focus on languages for general purposes and cover all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), following a communicative approach and allowing you to make rapid progress from day one.

Our general courses also offer a choice in intensity:

Standard courses

The standard course teaches the fundamentals of the language, both written (reading and writing skills) and 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 improve their language knowledge and put it into practice.

Intensive courses

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

Combined courses

This kind of course is a combination of both a group course (standard or intensive) and a private course. This type of course would be the ideal solution for those students with limited time, who wish to learn the language in a group and to further and improve their skills individually.


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Want to hear more about what we can do for you? Reach out to us for more information, you’ll be under no obligation to book! If you’d rather read more about our courses and destinations, don’t hesitate to ask for your free brochure.

Frequently asked questions about general language courses abroad

How long will my language course last?

ESL can tailor your language course to exactly the length you’re looking for, whether that’s a short, one-week holiday or a six-month stay. There are also intensive courses for those looking to make quick progress over a shorter period.

Who teaches the course and who else attends the course?

Your teacher will be a native speaker of the language, meaning you’ll get to practice hearing authentic accents, and also learn more about local culture. The other students represent a wide diversity of profiles, from other countries, other backgrounds and ages but having the language level in common with you. Your course will mainly focus on the use of the language in everyday situations in a stimulating international environment.

How much free time will I have?

It depends on the intensity of the course you select. If you choose to follow a Standard course, lessons will take place in the morning each day, leaving afternoons free for you to explore your destination, take part to the school’s activity programs and put your language skills to use. 


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