TYPES OF LANGUAGE COURSES
In the development of language-stay programmes for adults, language schools are placing increasing importance on the career focus of the lessons. In addition to the classic business course, it is also possible to work on specific professional requirements through targeted, one-to-one tuition, usually in combination with group courses. Be it technical, social, management, engineering, sales or teaching careers, bespoke language stays have become increasingly common.
A language stay includes regular language classes, accommodation, travel to and from the site and a programme of leisure and cultural activities. In the learner’s free time, there are many opportunities for getting to know not only the country and its people, but also the other international participants. Courses are taught in groups of learners from different countries.
Language stays of various durations are available for travellers of practically any age. A wide range of languages can be learned or improved in many different countries around the world.
Today, language stays are increasingly viewed as a lifestyle product that satisfies our desire for meaningful travel experiences by offering a perfect combination of personal development, interesting acquaintanceships and various sports and cultural activities. Not only communicative singles but also “over-50s” have discovered language-stay programmes as an ideal type of holiday. Most of the participants between the age of 55 and 65 who take part in special 50+/60+ programmes have not only a strong interest in other cultures, but also a desire to make contact with people from the host country and explore the region with like-minded travellers.
In addition, there are many special programmes of activities that provide opportunities for experiencing the country’s unique traditions or visiting tourist attractions.
AVERAGE PROGRAMME LENGTH
Most language-stay programmes are 2 to 3 weeks in length and take place during the summer holidays.
TYPES OF PROGRAMMES AND COURSES
The most popular type of course is the classic language-stay programme with morning classes – or both morning and afternoon classes if an intensive course is chosen – combined with a homestay. The choice of language course is generally based on the needs and aims of the participant.
Options range from standard and intensive courses to mini-group courses, business courses and bespoke private tuition. These options can also be combined: e.g. a mini-group course (max. 8 participants) with private tuition. In targeted, one-to-one lessons, usually combined with group courses, it is possible to work on specific professional requirements.