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  1. 1. French & German studies Learning and living a foreign language in Switzerland, in France or in Germany2012 Montreux, Lyon, Berlin, Freiburg
  2. 2. Choosing ESL means 4 Study a foreign language at ESL 8 Progress on a European level 10 A course adapted to suit your aims 12 Certificates 14 The accommodation that is right for you 16 Switzerland 18 ESL - Montreux 18 Activities in Montreux 20 France 22 ESL - Lyon 22 Activities in Lyon 24 Germany 26 ESL / PROLOG - Berlin 26 Activities in Berlin 28 ESL - Freiburg 30 Activities in Freiburg 32 Terms conditions 34 Enrolment form 352
  3. 3. Welcome to ESL Dear student, Some places you will just visit in passing. Montreux, Berlin, Lyon or Freiburg are among those that you will keep coming back to. So it is no coincidence that ESL has chosen these destinations for its language schools. They are cultural and touristic destinations of international renown, offering an entertaining and welcoming environment as well as quality infrastructures. You won’t be disappointed! Add to this excellent teaching by experienced teachers, interactive and dynamic lessons which ensure the language skills you have acquired will last a long time,Fabien Produit official exams which give your CV an edge, a variety of Director activities and exciting excursions. With ESL, you are in good hands! As Director of the ESL schools, I am proud of our teaching and administrative teams. They do everything possible to ensure that your stay is a success in every way. The fact that a large proportion of our students choose our schools based on a friend or relative’s recommendation is alone proof of this. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our schools.” 3
  4. 4. Choosing ESL meansOur priority is the quality of your stayMake the right choice; choose ESL. With professional teaching provided by qualified teachers, lively, dynamic and effective courses, arange of carefully chosen accommodation options, exciting activities and personalised services, we offer you the best so that you canget the most out of your language stay. 4
  5. 5. Our accreditations An international atmosphereThe excellent quality of our services is confirmed by the accreditations Whether from Europe, America, Asia or the Middle East, ESL studentswe receive from various official Swiss, French, German and international come from the four corners of the world. This is a unique opportunityorganisations specialised in the sector of education and educational for you to meet students from various backgrounds and sharetourism. When you choose an ESL school, you are choosing one of the different points of view. All ESL students have the same goal, tobest language schools around. immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country. The variety in ages and professional/student expectations means that you will definitely find a group of friends with the same interest as yours. EAQUALS When you get home from your language stay, your address book will (European Association for Quality Language be filled with contacts from the 5 continents. Services) FLE Location, location, location (Qualité Français Langue Etrangère) Our schools are located in the best areas so that you can take full advantage of everything your destination has to offer. Close to our course centres, you will find commercial streets to go SOUFFLE shopping, lively nightlife areas with a range of cafés, restaurants, bars (Groupement professionnel des organismes and clubs, as well as parks and springs to chill out and practice sport. d’enseignement du français langue étrangère) Besides, must-see cultural places are at a reasonable distance from the school, whether on foot or on public transport. WYSETC (The World Youth Student Educational Travel Confederation) One language study stay, two destinations ALTO Having trouble deciding between French-speaking Switzerland, (Association of Language Travel Organisations) France or Germany? Can’t choose between Montreux, Lyon, Berlin or Freiburg? With ESL, there’s no need to choose. If you like, you can begin your language stay in Lyon and continue it in Montreux, on the SFPS banks of Lake Geneva, at the foot of the Alps; or take your German (Swiss Federation of Private Schools) language course between Berlin and Freiburg. You may, of course, choose to visit the cities the other way around. Please don’t hesitate to let us know your wishes. Private School Register 24/7 assistance AVDEP From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, we offer you (Association Vaudoise Des Ecoles Privées) personalised assistance. Our team is always available to answer your questions or to help you during your language stay. You also have an emergency number available to use around the clock. CSN (Swedish National Board of Student Aid) Free WiFi connection Bildungsurlaub Stay connected with ESL. Our schools have computer rooms with free Internet access. For your utmost comfort, you can also go online Gütesiegel des Schweizer anywhere in the school or in the student apartments; thanks to our Tourismus wireless network. ISO 9001:2000 (International Organisation for Standardisation) IHWO International House World Organisation More information on: 5
  6. 6. Choosing ESL means6
  7. 7. Internationally recognisedcertificatesTaking an exam has never been easier. At ESL, you can take advantageof unrivalled flexibility when it comes to taking an official exam.According to your level, availability and goals, you can choose to takethe DELF/DALF or the TCF exams for French, and the Goethe-Institut,TestDaF or TELC exams for German. Exam dates are very flexible: upto one exam per week. So you will have no trouble finding the exampreparation course that suits you best. All of these French or Germanlanguage certificates are officially recognised by official institutions inFrance and Germany. Add an international dimension to your CV andmake French or German your best asset for your future.A range of accommodationoptionsSince accommodation is an essential part of your language stay, ESLtakes particular care when choosing accommodation, whether hostfamilies, student apartments or residences, shared apartments, hotelsor BBs for its students. Whether you wish to be in direct contact withthe locals or live with other students during your stay, we have theaccommodation option to best meet your needs.Exciting activitiesIn order to make the most of your free time, ESL offers an excitingrange of activities every week. This relaxed and friendly environmentencourages conversation and the forming of friendships. It is a chancefor you to get to know the people in your class and to practise yournewly acquired language skills outside the classroom. Using thelanguage studied in a sports or social setting is a great way to developthe skills that you will have learnt in class. You will improve your skillswithout even realising it.An enthusiastic teamOur schools’ reputation owes a lot to the quality of our teaching staffand administrative team. All of the ESL team members are dynamic,come from various backgrounds, have rich and varied experiencesbehind them and are enthusiastic about cultural diversity. We arealready looking forward to welcoming you.Organising your stay from A to ZFrom accommodation booking, assistance with administrativeprocedures, help in obtaining your visa, travel insurance, to apersonalised follow-up, ESL does everything to help you prepare foryour language study stay abroad. Please don’t hesitate to ask usfor advice and set off with peace of mind. If you so wish, ESL canalso organise your transfer from the airport to your accommodation,perfect for a smooth landing. 7
  8. 8. Study a foreign language at ESL A highly effective teaching method It is impossible not to improve at ESL. Our schools offer a modern and effective teaching method delivered by qualified teachers, with well-planned and motivating lessons adapted to all language levels and which allow for maximum interaction between the teacher and students. Each student also benefits from continuous assessment throughout his or her stay. ESL offers an innovative, effective and attractive way to learn a foreign language. Handpicked teachers Good teaching requires good teachers. Our carefully selected teachers have all the necessary qualifications and experience to teach a foreign language. However, we ask for more than just a degree from our teachers. They are chosen for their enthusiasm, their ability to create exciting and interactive lessons and for the attention that they pay to each student. This lively and personalised teaching guarantees long- lasting progress. A learning level for everyone Whatever your linguistic skills, ESL has a course to meet your needs and goals. After a thorough assessment of your existing language knowledge, you will be put in a class suitable for your level. Our table of levels conforms to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), which is the European standard for foreign languages teaching. Multiple oral and written activities allow the teacher to continuously assess progress and offer personalised solutions to each student. An effective teaching method In order to guarantee effective and high-quality teaching, we have a clear and efficient teaching plan. We are convinced that by making communication our priority, with clearly identified objectives and the use of interactive activities, we can achieve the best results. Our classes have between 6 and 12 students, which means that you can always take active part in lessons. We have based our approach to language teaching on achieving concrete, operational linguistic aims, and not on exercises and automatic reflexes that are out of context. In this way, you will develop your know-how and not just accumulate knowledge you won’t know how to use. We use various recognised FLE (French as a Foreign Language) and DaF (German as Foreign Language – Deutsch als Fremdsprache) methods and regularly use the news as well as other resources available for use in a multicultural class.8
  9. 9. Course certificate and officialexamsAt the end of your language study stay at ESL, you will receive a coursecertificate stating the level you have reached. You can also take oneof the many French or German exams available in our schools or atthe official exam centres located close by.In terms of exams, ESL offers a particularly impressive range:- DELF/DALF exams, with 3 sessions a year, following a specific preparation course.- TCF exams, available once a month at the school, following a specific preparation course.- Goethe Zertifikat exams, available once a month, following a specific preparation course..- TELC Deutsch exams, available once a month at the school, following a specific preparation course.- TestDaf exams, with 5 sessions a year, following a specific preparation course.Recognised by French and German official institutions, thesecertificates have an excellent reputation in the academic andprofessional world. Passing one of these exams is a good asset foryour future.Whatever your level, aims and availability, you will find the examthat suits you.Your first morning at thelanguage schoolIt is a great pleasure for us to welcome you at the school! It is alsoan excellent chance for you to meet the ESL team members so thatyou can put a face to the names of the people working to make yourlanguage stay a success.After a welcome speech, we will take you around the school and giveyou all the documents and information you need before beginningclass. This includes a course guide, a student card (giving youdiscounts in some shops and establishments) and a presentation ofthe daily activities programme. You will have everything you need toget your stay off to a great start.Tailor-made teachingA crucial factor that often makes all the difference is class size. AtESL, we believe in teaching groups of limited numbers (between 6and 10 students on average with a guaranteed maximum of 12),so that each student is guaranteed a personalised assessment, evenin group classes. We guarantee high-quality teaching and excellentteacher-student interaction, which means that students are givenmore opportunity to practise the language studied. Classrooms withmodular furniture allow for flexibility and adapt to each individualteaching style. 9
  10. 10. Progress on a European level Our course structure and level testing are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), which constitutes the European standard framework for language teaching. The table below is a summary of the CEFRL grid to show you the language level that you can achieve during your stay as well as the level required to take one of the official French / German exams. your progress 6 5 4 3 2 1 number of weeks 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 4810
  11. 11. CEFRL Grid After many years of research, the official CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) document was published in 2001 by the Council of Europe and helpw determine the candidate’s language level in terms of his/her knowledge in various skills groups. 6 different language levels were defined and serve as a reference in the language learning and teaching sector. An EU Council Resolution recommended the use of this Council of Europe grid to establish systems to determine language ability. Nowadays, it is an essential reference document. your level French German on the CEFRL* exams equivalence exams equivalence You understand everything you read or hear in a range of subjects. You understand the subtleties Dalf C2 - Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) Very advanced of the language and easily interpret complex documents. You express yourself correctly and TCF 600-699 - Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) [C2] fluently without hesitation. You can debate e-TEF 834-900 - Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS) complex subjects. - Goethe Zertifikat C1 (ZMP) You understand the specifics of complex texts Dalf C1 - TELC Deutsch C1 Advanced and oral outputs on subjects relating to social and professional life. You express yourself with TCF 500-599 - TestDaF 4 TestDaF 5 [C1] confidence and precision when discussing a e-TEF 699-833 range of topics. - Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) - Goethe Zertifikat B2 You understand detailed information in texts or Delf B2Upper intermediate oral output dealing with a familiar, concrete or - TELC Deutsch B2 abstract topic. You express yourself clearly about TCF 400-499 [B2] subjects that you are interested in. e-TEF 541-698 - TestDaF 3 - Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf You understand the important information in Delf B1 Intermediate texts and oral output about known or expected - Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) situations. You express yourself with ease on TCF 300-399 [B1] subjects dealing with everyday life. e-TEF 361-540 - TELC Deutsch B1 + Beruf You can understand practical information in sim- Delf A2Upper elementary ple, messages of everyday life. You can make - Start Deutsch 2 yourself understood in familiar and expected TCF 200-299 [A2] situations. e-TEF 204-360 - TELC Deutsch A2 + Beruf You understand short phrases if known or re- Delf A1 Elementary peated. You can express your basic needs. You can identify and reproduce single words or TCF 100-299 - Start Deutsch 1 [A1] memorised expressions. e-TEF 69-203 The level achieved by each student depends upon his/her individual capabilities and his/her diligence. *Common European Framework of Reference for the teaching of foreign Languages. 11
  12. 12. A course adapted to suit your aims Because your goals are our main priority, we offer various course types so that you can find the one that best suits your specific language needs. In order to guarantee the best teaching quality, our group courses include a maximum of 12 participants. The following are the various course types you can take during your language stay in one of our schools. STANDARD course PRIVATE course 20 lessons per week Intensity and duration based on your needs Levels: Beginner to advanced (A1➜C1) Levels: Beginner to advanced (A1➜C1) Duration: 1 to 52 weeks Duration: Tailor-made Lessons (45 min): 20 / week Lessons (60 min): Tailor-made to student’s requirements Start dates: Every Monday*, all year round Start dates: All year round* *Special dates for beginners (see price list) * except in July and August Our standard course is an excellent choice if you want to improve your Are you looking for a customised and highly effective course? Treat language skills and have free time on your hands. Classes normally yourself to a tailor-made programme! With one to one tuition you take place in the morning, which means that you can make the most benefit from a lesson plan which is perfectly suited to your individual of your time off in the afternoon to visit the city and take part in the aims. You will study according to your specific requirements at your activities, or outings that the school offers. This is perfect for putting own pace with your own teacher. your new language skills to the test! COMBI 5 10 courses INTENSIVE course 25 or 30 lessons per week 25 lessons per week Levels: Elementary to advanced (A1➜C1) Levels: Elementary to advanced (A1➜C1) Duration: 1 to 52 weeks Duration: 1 to 52 weeks Lessons (45 60 min): 25 or 30 / week Lessons (45 min): 25 / week (STANDARD course +5) (STANDARD course +5 or Start dates: Every Monday, all year round +10 private lessons) Start dates: Every Monday, all year round The intensive course differs from the standard course because of its fast work pace and further investigation into subjects with a more This course type is suitable for students wishing to combine a group communicative and relaxed approach with optional topics and course with private lessons in order to fill their knowledge gaps or conversation. The 5 additional lessons per week mainly focus on oral acquire a deeper knowledge of some difficult points by working communication. A highly effective exercise based on immediate and individually with the teacher. Taking extra private lessons is an hands-on practice which allows for long-lasting language learning. excellent way of intensifying oral communication exercises outside a In BERLIN only group, which is perfect for shy or more demanding students. For the 5th oral communication lesson, students can choose from one of the following topics: Business / Culture in Berlin / Hotel Gastronomy. PREMIUM course 30 lessons per week Levels: Elementary to advanced (A1➜C1) Duration: 1 to 52 weeks Lessons (45 min): 30 / week (INTENSIVE course +5 in mini-group) Start dates: Every Monday, all year round Do you want to maximise your progress during your stay? Then choose the PREMIUM course! With 30 lessons per week, this programme is ideal for motivated students who want to dedicate themselves to studying. The 6th daily lesson is focused on writing skills and organised in a mini-group of a maximum of 7 participants. By choosing this course, you will significantly improve your language Absolute beginners knowledge, both oral and written, in a short space of time. The standard course for absolute beginners includes 20 lessons per week. As soon as you will have reached an elementary level, you will In BERLIN only also be able to attend an intensive or PREMIUM course. Specific For the 5th and 6th oral communication lessons, students can choose start dates are available for absolute beginners level. Please consult from one of the following topics: these dates on the price list. Business / Culture in Berlin / Hotel Gastronomy.12
  13. 13. EXAM PREP course 25 lessons per week Levels: Please refer to the chapter “Certificates” and to the price lists Duration: 1 to 6 weeks maximum Lessons (45 min): 25 / week (STANDARD course + 5 exam preparation lessons) Start dates: Every Monday, all year round This course type allows students who wish to prepare for a specific exam to focus on the specific content of the chosen exam during the last daily lesson. One important asset of this course is that it can be booked at any time of the year, independently of exam session dates. The maximum duration is 6 weeks, which allows students to make the most of the course without repeating the same topics and doing the same exercises. EXAM PREP PREMIUM course 30 lessons per week Levels: Please refer to the chapter “Certificates” and to the price lists Duration: 1 to 4 weeks maximum, prior to the exam date Lessons (45 min): 30 / week (STANDARD course +10 exam preparation lessons) Start dates: According to the duration as chosen, and to the exam date Ideal for students wishing to prepare for an exam in a very intensive manner, this programme offers 2 daily preparation lessons to study the specific content of the chosen exam. However, the course can only be booked according to the official exam session dates, that is 1 to 4 weeks maximum prior to the exam date. EXAM PREP STANDARD INTENSIVE PREMIUM EXAM PREP PREMIUM COMBI 5 COMBI 10 4 lessons: 4 lessons: 4 lessons: 4 lessons: 4 lessons: 4 lessons: 4 lessons:1st part STANDARD STANDARD STANDARD STANDARD STANDARD STANDARD STANDARD course course course course course course course 5th lesson: 5th lesson: 5th lesson: 5th lesson:2nd part 5th lesson: 5th lesson: Oral Oral Exam Exam Private course Private course communication communication preparation preparation 6th lesson: 6th lesson:3rd part 6th lesson: Written Exam Private course communication preparation 13
  14. 14. Certificates Give your CV an international dimension Come and study French or German at ESL and go home with an internationally recognised certificate in your suitcase! Each exam has precise requirements and standards: ESL offers you specialised preparatory courses to help you get ready for the big day. ESL’s greatest asset is to be able to offer many exam preparation courses as well as very frequent exam sessions: 3 times a year for the DELF, 5 times a year for the TestDaF, and once a month for the TCF, the Goethe Zertifikat and the TELC Deutsch. You will enjoy great flexibility to prepare for the exam of your choice when it best suits you. These diplomas are delivered by official institutions: they validate your language ability in a very precise way according to the CEFRL’s standards and are worldwide recognised.14
  15. 15. DELF/DALF Goethe-InstitutDiplôme d’études en langue française Organisation appointed by the German federal(Diploma in French Studies) government to promote the German language and culture www.goethe.deThe DELF (A1 to B2) and DALF (C1 and C2) are official diplomas The Goethe-Institut was created by the German federal governmentawarded by the French National Ministry of Education in order to to promote the German language and culture abroad. Its headcertify skills in French as a Foreign Language. They are made up of office is based in Munich and it has 150 branches in 91 countries6 independent diplomas corresponding to the 6 levels of the CEFRL. throughout the world, including 13 in Germany. The Goethe-InstitutTherefore, students have the possibility to enrol directly for the exam exams are recognised internationally and the related certificates areof their choice. At each level, the 4 skills are evaluated: written and recognised in many countries as a proof of quality by employers andoral expression, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. continuing education institutions. The German exams offered by theAn adapted version for teenagers is also available. Goethe-Institut correspond to the range of levels of the CommonOfficially recognised in more than 150 countries, the DELF/DALF European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFRL): from A1diplomas act as a reference when it comes to the certification of for beginners to C2 for those who have mastered the language. TheseFrench as a foreign language, as much in professional fields as in the exams are proposed on fixed dates (see price list) in the regionalarea of studies. These exams are proposed on fixed dates (see price testing centres, within direct proximity of the ESL schools in Berlinlist) in the regional testing centres, within direct proximity of the ESL and Freiburg.schools in Montreux and Lyon. As mentioned in the chapter “course”, ESL offersAs mentioned in the chapter “course”, ESL offers Goethe Zertifikat TCF preparation courses for theDELF/DALF preparation courses for the levels: levels: B1 / B2 / C1B1 / B2 / C1 TELCTCF The European Language CertificatesTest de connaissance du français(Test in French language skills) TELC GmbH is a subsidiary of the German Adult Education Association, which is the greatest provider of continuing education in Germany, with hundreds of sites in all of the federal Länder.The TCF is part of the new wave of modern “thermometer” exams. The TELC Deutsch exams have become very important in GermanyA simple, fast and efficient evaluation gives you a professional over the past few years: for instance, as a partner of the Germanvalidation of your level of French. The TCF is a multiple-choice government, TELC provides language tests for immigrants.questionnaire. After the DELF/DALF, the TCF has become the most Not only does TELC offer German exams for the levels A1-C1, it alsopopular exam to be taken at foreign language schools. Based on the provides exams in eight other languages and others are currentlyCEFRL for foreign languages, it has already achieved high recognition. being developed.Our schools in Montreux and Lyon are official TCF exam centres. The As mentioned in the chapter “course”, ESL offersexams are offered once a month at each school. TELC Deutsch preparation courses for the levels:As mentioned in the chapter “course”, ESL A1 / A2 / B1 / B2 / C1offers TCF preparation courses for the levels:A1 / A2 / B1 / B2 / C1 TestDaF Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a foreign language Test) The TestDaF can be taken in the whole world in more than 400 exam centres and is recognised by German universities as a prerequisite for foreign students. It assesses the language ability of the candidates in writing, listening, reading and speaking. The levels TDB 3, 4 and 5 of TestDaF correspond to the B2 and C3 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). To be accepted in a German university, the level 4 of TesDaF is usually required in all four competences, which corresponds to the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Our school in Berlin is official TestDaF exam centre. As mentioned in the chapter “course”, ESL offers TestDaF preparation courses for the levels: C1 15
  16. 16. The accommodation that... Quality accommodation is essential to the success of your language study stay. This is why we take special care when choosing the accommodation we offer our students in our various destinations. Whether 100% language immersion with a host family or in a shared apartment, international life in a student apartment, complete independence in a hotel, you will find the accommodation to suit your requirements.16
  17. 17. ... is right for youHost Family Shared apartment WG (from 18 y.o. of age)Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburg BerlinYour stay will take on another dimension by living with a host family. WGs, or shared apartments, are an established accommodationLanguage learning becomes natural during meals or cinema outings. option in German culture and allow students to live independentlyStaying with a host family is a great way to learn about local culture, and centrally with Germans. In a single room, the flatmates benefitexperience daily life with your hosts and learn everyday expressions from the use of a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom. This optionand colloquialisms. We have an excellent relationship with our host is very advantageous, notably from a financial point of view. Berlinfamilies and they meet all of our requirements in terms of quality. abounds with very inexpensive restaurants!Students’ apartment (from 18 y.o. of age) Studio (from 18 y.o. of age)Montreux / Lyon / Freiburg MontreuxStudents’ apartments are located in the town centre, close to our Perfectly situated in the centre of Montreux, our studios have anschools, to various shopping areas, cafés and restaurants and are well equipped kitchen and a bathroom as well as an Internet connection,served by public transport. This type of accommodation is particularly and represent an ideal accommodation option for couples andsuitable for students who wish to enjoy greater independence while students who are looking for independence and tranquillity as wellhaving contact with other students. as a superior level of comfort.The apatments offer comfortable double and single rooms and are allequipped with a TV, a fully furnished kitchen, a washing machine and Hotel and other accommodationwireless Internet access. (from 18 y.o. of age) Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / FreiburgStudents’ residence (from 18 y.o. of age) We have chosen different hotel types, from the most basic to theFreiburg most luxurious. These establishments are based in and around theOur students’ residence is located in a quiet area of the town that is city centre. If you are interested in this type of accommodation, thenwell served by public transport. Every single room is equipped with a please contact us for a selection.private bathroom (shower), a bed, a closet and a space for study. Oneach floor, students have the use of a shared fully equipped kitchen. Course without accommodationA common laundry room and a leisure room with direct access to a Montreux / Lyon / Berlin / Freiburgsmall park are also available to residents. If you are organising your accommodation yourself, you can take a course and take part in activities like the other students. In this case, you only need to pay for the language course and any activities you take part in. 17
  18. 18. Montreux The pearl of the Swiss RivieraThe Pearl of the Swiss Riviera is on the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alpw and has an almost Mediterranean climate. Everyyear, tourists and visitors from all over the world come to take part in events, which make this city of 25,000 inhabitants what it istoday. From Byron and Nabokov to Stravinsky, this long tradition of warm welcomes is still alive and kicking. In July, Montreux swaysand dances to the rhythm of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, whilst in winter, Switzerland’s largest Christmas market gives the towna magical atmosphere.Every season here is extraordinary. A first class cultural calendar makes Montreux the ideal environment for studying French in a magnifi-cent area. The Alpw in the background paint an impressive panorama on the water’s surface, a year-round paradise for sports fans. Thelakeside with its colourful houses and palm trees will guide you from the “Auditorium Stravinsky” to the famous “Château de Chillon”.Discover the little coves for sunbathing, picnics or partying, exceptional flora, lively terraces and international restaurants.Key factsSchoolMinimum age 16Students/class 8-12Internet FreeCoursesGroup privateExam preparationDELF/DALF, TCFAccommodationsingle and double roomsHost familyStudents’ apartmentStudioHotelTransferGeneva airport 60 min. Zurich • • Berne • Montreux Genève • Lugano18
  19. 19. The ESL School in Montreux Fees dates in CHF / 2012Our school in Montreux is on the main street on the edge of Lake Geneva and Courses start every Monday elementary to advanced levelsits beautiful promenade surrounded by exotic trees which, to this day, is still one Start dates for absolute beginners:of the most visited places in French-speaking Switzerland. You can easily reach 9.01 / 27.02 / 30.04 / 4.06 / 23.07 / 3.09 / 8.10 / 5.11.2012the school from your accommodation by bus or train with stations 5 minutes Bank holidays, lessons are not substituted (school closed):away on foot. 2.01 / 6.04 / 9.04 / 17.05 / 28.05 / 1.08 / 17.09 / 25.12.2012The course centre has comfortable and bright classrooms, a cafeteria with a fully- Group courses weekly feesequipped kitchen and welcoming terraces where you can relax with friends. The Lessons STANDARD INTENSIVE PREMIUM COMBI 5 COMBI 10 per week size of ESL Montreux means that we can give students our personal attention (lpw) 20 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpwand be there for you when you arrive and throughout your stay. 1 week 455 565 775 1080 1455Thanks to our many computers and wireless network throughout the school, you 2-3 weeks 425 535 745 1050 1425can go online and check your emails for free. 4-7 weeks 400 505 705 1025 1400 8-11 weeks 375 465 665 1000 1375At the end of class, you can go straight onto the terraces by Lake Geneva with 12 weeks* (total) 4140 5220 7500 -- --the other students or visit the shops nearby. 13-23 weeks 345 435 625 -- -- 24 weeks* (total) 8160 10320 14880 -- -- 25-35 weeks 340 430 620 -- -- 36 weeks * (total) 12060 15300 22140 -- -- 37 and more 335 425 615 -- -- *low season discount and high season supplement are applicable Private courses hourly fees 1-4 h. 150 5-9 h. 125 10 h. and more 100 Exam preparation courses weekly fees DELF/DALF B1 – B2 – C1 // TCF A1 – A2 – B1 – B2 – C1 Lessons EXAM PREP1 EXAM PREP PREMIUM2 important info per week 1 available 1 to 6 weeks, (lpw) 25 lpw 30 lpw all year round 1 week 565 775 2 available 1 to 4 weeks, 2-3 weeks 535 745 prior to the exam 4-6 weeks 505 705* Exam fees not included *maximum 4 weeks prior to the exam dates Exam fees and dates DELF/DALF Organised at the regional examination centre Exam levels: DELF A1➜ B2 et DALF C1➜C2 Fees and dates 2012: Exam fees and dates TCF Organised at the ESL Montreux school Exam levels: A1➜ C2 Fees: 120, obligatory examination only Dates: 26.01 / 23.02 / 29.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 28.06 / 26.07 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 29.11 / 20.12.2012 Accommodation weekly fees From Sunday to Saturday Host family Host family Students’ Studio BB HB apartment Single room 285 355 335 355 Double room 235 305 230 255* *only available for 2 participants booking this option together, fee per participant Transfer 170 one way, from Geneva Airport Additional information Included in the price: Tuition, learning material, assessment test, ESL certificate, social programme as described, student card, accommodation placement and taxes. Low season discount: -10% on course accommodation fees - from Sunday 30th of October 2011 until Saturday 28th of January 2012. - from Sunday 28th October 2012 until Saturday 2nd February 2013. High season supplement: +10% on course accommodation fees - from Sunday 1st until Saturday 28th July 2012. Enrolment fees: 110 19
  20. 20. Montreux The pearl of the Swiss Riviera Activities in Montreux The Swiss Riviera and Montreux offer wide-ranging activities in addition to your language course. From spring to autumn, you can take part in several mountain and water sports. From climbing, mountainbiking windsurfing, waterskiing, tennis, go-karting and bowling to paragliding, the Riviera is a sports paradise. Between March and September, festival fever hits the Lake Geneva region, with highlights including the “Montreux Jazz Festival” and the “Paléo Festival” in Nyon. Whatever the dates of your stay, you can bet that you will find something you like. Take time out to visit the famous medieval “Château de Chillon”, to sail on a hundred year old steamboat on Lake Geneva or just stroll along the lake banks among the palm trees and exotic flowers. In winter, just 30 minutes away from Montreux, you will find one of the world’s largest ski resorts. “Les Portes du Soleil” has everything; from ice skating rinks to toboggan runs and snowshoe trekking. There is nowhere better to fulfil your cravings for winter activities. For four weeks in December, Montreux also plays host to Switzerland’s largest and most famous Christmas market. Whenever you come, you will always find something to do in Montreux.20
  21. 21. Some events to keep in mind ”Festival International The worldwide capital of hot-air ballooning has been organisingJanuary de la Montgolfière” this alpine festival for more than 20 yearsFebruary Carnival Many cities around Montreux celebrate CarnivalMarch Geneva International Motor Show One of the world’s most popular, with many debutsApril Jazz Festival Cully Very interesting programme in a lovely vineyard, lots of free concertsMay Animai Festival Cultural event encouraging new talents Montreux Volley Masters Competition between the best women’s volleyball teams in the worldJune ”Fête de la musique” Celebration of music on a European scale Montreux Jazz Festival Definitively one of the best of its kind in the world For 33 years, international athletics event in Lausanne with severalJuly Athletissima world records broken Most famous outdoor pop music festival in Europe, Paléo Festival welcoming 65’000 people every day Sidewalk Artist Festival Jugglers, mimes, acrobats and other street artists Festival Rock Oz’Arènes Rock music festival taking place in a magnificent Roman arenaAugust Swiss National Day Sonchaux Accro Show Best delta and paragliding pilots competing over Lake Geneva ”Septembre Musical de Montreux” 3 weeks of classical music festivalSeptember Lavaux Harvest Harvest of a beautiful vineyard listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site Underground Film Music Festival Discover new and unconventional talentsOctober Lausanne Marathon Fantastic competition held on the banks of Lake GenevaNovember Metropop Festival Urban music festival Montreux Comedy Festival French-speaking world humour at its bestDecember Christmas Market in Montreux The biggest in Switzerland! 21
  22. 22. Lyon The City of LightsUniversity, art, culture, history, creation, gastronomy, contemporary dance… Lyon is a cosmopolitan city, which is always on the move andpushing boundaries. Founded in 43 BC, the former Gaul capital is perfectly located between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, onthe Saône-Rhône axis and at the foot of the Alps. Lyon is just two hours from Paris, Marcheilles and Geneva on the TGV (high speed train).In terms of population, Lyon is the second largest city in France but it comes first in many respects. It has everything to seduce you,including great culture, impressive restaurants from “bouchons” (traditional little restaurants in Lyon) to “Paul Bocuse’s” prestigiousrestaurants, as well as a student population of 100,000.You should expect from day one your evenings in Lyon will remain unforgettable.From “Bellecour” to “Terreaux”, from “St-Jean” to “St-Paul”, from the “Parc de la Tête d’Or” to the “Pentes de la Croix Rousse”, itsbanks and pastel coloured old districts like little villages are as many invitations to go shopping as they are for strolls and exploration.Bear witness to Lyon’s dazzling beauty on an evening stroll through the city. Wander through the city famous for its silver and goldembroidered silks Lyon sparkles. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, discover its beauty and lose yourself in its energy andits lifestyle. Welcome to Lyon.Key factsSchoolMinimum age 18Students/class 8-12Internet FreeCoursesGroup privateExam preparationDELF/DALF, TCFAccommodationsingle and double roomsHost familyStudents’ apartmentHotelTransferLyon Saint-Exupéryairport 30 min. Paris • Genève • Lyon • • Bordeaux Nice•22
  23. 23. The ESL school in Lyon Fees dates in EUR / 2012Our school is in the heart of the city’s cultural and festive life in Lyon’s centre. Courses start every Monday elementary to advanced levelsThe beautiful 19th century building is on the “Presqu’île” and surrounded by Start dates for absolute beginners:two rivers on the “Rhone” river banks. The school has spacious and bright 9.01 / 27.02 / 21.05 / 2.07 / 30.07 / 27.08 / 5.11.2012classrooms with high ceilings. Bank holidays, lessons are not substituted (school closed): 9.04 / 1.05 / 8.05 / 17.05 / 21.05 / 14.07 / 15.08 / 1.11 / 24.12.2012 until 4.01.2013The WIFI network means you can read your emails and surf for free on one ofthe in-house computers. Group courses weekly fees Lessons STANDARD INTENSIVE PREMIUM COMBI 5 COMBI 10Only a stone’s throw away from the biggest square in Lyon, straight after class per week you can soak up the atmosphere in the numerous nearby cafés and restaurants, (lpw) 20 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpwwhere Lyon’s students meet. 1 week 255 315 375 660 1045 2-3 weeks 220 275 335 615 1010The school has direct access to the best pedestrian shopping areas in Lyon. 4-7 weeks 210 260 320 605 1000There is a subway station and a bus stop less than 5 minutes’ walk away from 8-11 weeks 190 235 290 585 980the school. 12 weeks* (total) 2160 2640 3240 -- -- 13-23 weeks 180 220 270 -- -- 24 weeks* (total) 4200 5160 6360 -- -- 25-35 weeks 175 215 265 -- -- 36 weeks * (total) 6120 7560 9360 -- -- 37 and more 170 210 260 -- -- *low season discount applicable Private courses hourly fees 1-4 h. 85 5-9 h. 81 10 h. and more 79 Exam preparation courses weekly fees DELF/DALF B1 – B2 – C1 // TCF A1 – A2 – B1 – B2 – C1 Lessons EXAM PREP1 EXAM PREP PREMIUM2 important info per week 1 available 1 to 6 weeks, (lpw) 25 lpw 30 lpw all year round 1 week 315 375 2 available 1 to 4 weeks, 2-3 weeks 275 335 prior to the exam 4-6 weeks 260 320* Exam fees not included *maximum 4 weeks prior to the exam dates Exam fees and dates DELF/DALF Organised at the regional examination centre Exam levels: DELF A1➜ B2 et DALF C1➜C2 Fees and dates 2012: Exam fees and dates TCF Organised at the ESL Lyon school Exam levels: A1➜ C2 Fees: 65, obligatory examination only Dates: 26.01 / 23.02 / 29.03 / 26.04 / 31.05 / 28.06 / 26.07 / 30.08 / 27.09 / 25.10 / 29.11 /  20.12.2012 Accommodation weekly fees From Sunday to Saturday Host family Host family Students’ BB HB appartment Single room 195 240 215 Double room 160 205 155 Transfer 100 one way, from Saint-Exupéry airport Additional information Included in the price: Tuition, learning material, assessment test, ESL certificate, social programme as described, student card, accommodation placement and taxes. Low season discount: -10% on course accommodation fees - from Sunday 30th of October 2011 until Saturday 28th of January 2012. - from Sunday 28th October 2012 until Saturday 2nd February 2013. Enrolment fees: 75 23
  24. 24. Lyon The City of Lights Activities in Lyon Lyon is a destination which offers a wide range of activities. After your French lessons, make the most of everything that this fun-loving city has to offer. Welcome to Lyon! Sports fans can enjoy skiing in winter as well as water sports during other seasons. If you love climbing, tennis and other sports then Lyon fulfils all the necessary requirements. And for those who love bike riding, you will enjoy the excellent network of cycle lanes available. If culture and history are more your thing, then there is lots to do and see, including its buildings and monuments, the Museum of Fine Arts and the old town to name but a few. Lyon is also the birthplace of cinema thanks to the “Lumière” brothers and home to Europe’s best Festival of Lights. Food lovers and cooks will salivate at the city’s culinary prowess. Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, “Paul Bocuse’s” birthplace, and home to the famous “bouchons” restaurants. From cookery class to tastings, from little markets to the “Halles Paul Bocuse”, you will be spoilt for choice. Experience Fashion in Lyon with a range of department stores, chic boutiques and up-and-coming designers. Locals and tourists unite in their love of the many music festivals, jazz bars, the Biennales de la Danse or contemporary art, street shows, discos on barges. There is lots to keep you happy.24
  25. 25. Some events to keep in mind “Sirha Bocuse d’Or “ Contest International cooking contest and gastronomic festivalJanuary Swimming in Lyon Swim across Lyon with flippersFebruary DIY and Inventions Trade Fair Surprising, amusing, discover the most bizarre inventions A real life investigation over several days, throughout the various “Quai du Polar” Festival districts of LyonMarch Avalanche Cup Mountain bike professional contest Biennial Circus Festival Circus and Puppet Festival April HarvestApril ”Salon Mahana” Ideas for travels and holidays ”Les Nuits Sonores” One of Europe’s most important electronic music festivalMay The Night of Museums Free or reduced entry to museums Vintage Fashion Market Find clothes from past decades Festival ”Les Invités de Villeurbanne” Outdoor shows and music festival Festival “Les Intranquilles” A mix of literature and performing artsJune Festival of Latino music and dance organised on the Barbe Island Festival Y Salsa on the Soane Lyon River Festival Kayaking competition ”Le Fooding d’été” Giant picnic with 5 renowned French cooksJuly National Day Anniversary of the French Republic Jazz Festival of Vienne One of the most renowned festival in Europe Cultural festival taking place in Roman amphitheatres: concerts, The Fourvière NightsAugust shows, movies, etc. ”Tout l’monde dehors” Free outdoor summer festival Biennial International Dance festival Classical and contemporary danceSeptember Next Generation Film festival Presenting tomorrow’s film-makers and actors ”La Vogue des Marrons” Carnival organised in the former Croix-Rousse districtOctober ”Salon Epoq’Auto International” Old cars and motorbikes Coming out of the “Beaujolais Nouveau” 3rd Thursday of the monthNovember ”Salon Pollutec” Renewable energy trade fair Fascinating display of light shows in the Old Lyon organised since the Festival of Lights Middle Ages, which draws thousands of visitors over the whole weekDecember To prepare for Christmas in the best conditions and in a warm Christmas Market in Lyon atmosphere 25
  26. 26. Berlin It has it allThe capital of Germany has a character of its own: Berlin is the city of contrasts and audacious architecture. Amidst its numerous parks,forests and lakes, glass skyscrapers are exuberantly juxtaposed with classical historical buildings.Its true richness resides in its cultural mix: it is the place where East and West merged for a marvellous renaissance. It is not surprising,then, that it has become the hippest city in Europe with unrivalled cultural dynamism. See for yourself: 165 museums, 300 art galleries,150 theatres! And on top of that, an open-minded, welcoming population with an infectious appetite for life, eager to invade the terracesof cafés as soon as the sun is out. All in all, a highly enjoyable experience in a city like no other.Berlin will seduce you.Key factsSchoolMinimum age 16Students/class 8-12Internet FreeCoursesGroup privateExam preparationGoethe Zertifikat, TELC Deutsch,TestDAFAccommodationsingle and double roomsHost familyStudents’ apartmentShared apartment WGHotelTransferSchönefeld-Willy BrandtTegel airports 30 min. • Hamburg Berlin • • Frankfurt München • Freiburg •26
  27. 27. The ESL / PROLOG School in Berlin Fees dates in EUR / 2012In the Schöneberg district, a stone’s throw from the main attractions of the Courses start every Monday elementary to advanced levelscapital, our language school offers students a unique opportunity to attend Start dates for absolute beginners:German classes in one of the most beautiful areas of the city. Many cafés, bars 2.01 / 6.02 / 5.03 / 2.04 / 7.05 / 4.06 / 2.07 / 16.07 / 6.08 / 3.09 / 1.10 / 5.11 / 3.12.2012and restaurants can be found along the lively streets of this central district, Bank holidays, lessons are not substituted (school closed):easily reachable by public transport. From the metro station or the tramway 6.04 / 9.04 / 1.05 / 17.05 / 28.05 / 3.10 / 24.12.2012 until 4.01.2013stop, you will be two minutes away from the spacious and welcoming premises Group courses weekly feesof our course centre.

 Lessons STANDARD INTENSIVE PREMIUM COMBI 5 COMBI 10 per week Along with its large and bright classrooms, equipped with first-class learning (lpw) 20 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpw 25 lpw 30 lpwfacilities, the school has a conference room, an Internet café as well as a spacious 1 week 160 195 285 375 560lounge, where students can meet up during the breaks and buy sandwiches 2-3 weeks 125 175 255 325 525and drinks. 4-7 weeks 115 155 225 315 515 8-11 weeks 105 145 205 305 505 12 weeks* (total) 1200 1680 2220 -- -- 13-23 weeks 100 140 185 -- -- 24 weeks* (total) 2280 3240 4320 -- -- 25-35 weeks 95 135 180 -- -- 36 weeks* (total) 3240 4680 6300 -- -- 37 and more 90 130 175 -- -- *high season supplement applicable Private courses hourly fees 1-4 h. 45 5-9 h. 43 10 h. and more 40 Exam preparation courses weekly fees Goethe Zertifikat B1 – B2 – C1 // TELC Deutsch A1 – A2 – B1 – B2 – C1 // TestDaf B2 – C1 Lessons EXAM PREP1 EXAM PREP PREMIUM2 per week important info (lpw) 25 lpw 30 lpw 1 available 1 to 6 weeks, all year round 1 week 195 285 2 available 1 to 4 weeks, 2-3 weeks 175 255 prior to the exam 4-6 weeks 155 225* Exam fees not included *maximum 4 weeks prior to the exam dates Exam fees and dates Goethe Zertifikat  Organised at the regional examination centre Exam levels Goethe Zertifikat B1 - B2 - C1 Fees and dates 2012: Exam fees and dates TELC Deutsch TestDaf Organised at the ESL / PROLOG school Exam levelsTELC Deutsch A1➜ C1 Fees: A1 55 / A2 70 / B1 100 / B2 110 / C1 150 Dates: 26.01/23.02/29.03/26.04/31.05/28.06/26.07/30.08/27.09/25.10/29.11/20.12.2012 Exam levelsTestDaf B2 C1 Fees: 175 Dates: 9.02 / 26.04 / 14.06 / 20.09 / 13.11.2012 Accommodation weekly fees From Sunday to Saturday Host family Host family BB HB Single room 255 340 Double room* 190* 270* Shared apartment WG no meals BB HB Single room 155 255 340 Double room* 145* 190* 270* *only available for 2 participants booking this option together, fee per participant Transfer 75 one way, from Schönefeld-Willy Brandt and Tegel airports Additional information Included in the price: Tuition, learning material, assessment test, ESL certificate, social programme as described, student card, accommodation placement and taxes. High season supplement: +10% on course accommodation fees - from Sunday 1st of July until Saturday 1st of September 2012. Enrolment fees: 75 27
  28. 28. Berlin It has it all Activities in Berlin During your free time let yourself be carried away by the bustling life of this vibrant capital steeped in history. A cosmopolitan city par excellence, Berlin will seduce you with its diversity, audacity and extravagance. Each week, we offer our students a programme of activities and excursions in order to allow them to discover this multifaceted city. Museums, exhibitions, guided tours of the city, excursions to Postdam or Dresden, visit of the famous Schöneberg town hall, or else bike rides to the Wannsee. The programme will give you an overview of all the existing possibilities of entertainment in Berlin. Fans of architecture will be bewitched by this surprising mix of modern buildings and historical monuments while history buffs will revel in visiting the countless museums of the city. As for art lovers, they will be spoilt for choices in this cultural hotspot. Ideal for getting some fresh air, the German capital offers many green spaces to relax and practise sport. For aficionados, Berlin’s nightlife is a reference in Europe and mixture of genres is commonplace in its bars, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs with the most diverse atmospheres. Some events to keep in mind For gourmets, a week dedicated to agriculture and to the organic International Green Week January food industry Night of the Museums Free access or special prices to visit museums in the city Transmediale Festival International festival for art and digital culture February Berlinale International film festival, one of the world’s most prestigious Important event for those who are preparing for the September March Berlin Half Marathon marathon April Long Night of Opera and Theatre Stunning programme May Carnival of Cultures An international range of cultural shows Christopher Street Day Worldwide famous festival for the gay community June ILA Air show A gigantic fair presenting the latest creations in the sector July Classic Open Air Festival Outdoor Classical Music Festival Some 200 breweries represent more than 75 countries, August Beer festival offering 1500 varieties of beer 60’000 spectators attend this huge pyrotechnic festival, a rich “Festival Pyronale” combination of ancient methods and modern techniques September Among the most prestigious in the world, Berlin is THE place Berlin Marathon to break records Illuminations and light shows on the main buildings of the city, such October Festival of Lights as the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Cathedral and the Fernsehturm For 40 years, Berlin’s town centre has been dancing to the sound of November JazzFest Berlin jazz music during this week Midnight countdown with the whole city celebrating the New Year December New Year’s Eve to the sound of live music and DJs28
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  30. 30. Freiburg The Black Forest CapitalAt the frontier between Switzerland and France, Freiburg claims its multicultural character while proudly exhibiting its glorious history.The town is not only the capital of Bade Wurttemberg, it is also the capital of the Black Forest, a natural door that opens onto spectacularmountainous landscapes and a luxuriant countryside along the Bade wine trail. A pioneer in solar energy and ecological constructions,Freiburg is also one of the most ecological cities in Europe.You will not fail to be seduced by this attractive university town, considered as the warmest in Germany. Stroll about the pedestrianstreets of its town centre, treat yourself to a delicious “Kaffee Kuchen” on the bustling terraces of its cafés or explore its architecturaltreasures… by bike.Key factsSchoolMinimum age 16Students/class 8-12Internet FreeCoursesGroup privateExam preparationGoethe Zertifikat, TELC Deutsch,TestDAFAccommodationsingle and double roomsHost familyStudents’ residenceStudents’ apartmentHotelTransferBasel/Mulhouse airport 55 min.Frankfurt airport 2 h.Zurich airport 2 h. • Hamburg Berlin • • Frankfurt München Basel / •Freiburg • Mulhouse • • Zürich30