Full immersion in the English-speaking environment is suitable not only for students traveling alone.
Today, whole families are sent to study abroad to improve their skills. According to representatives of language schools, the demand for such courses is quite high.
For the purpose of saving, many young parents are increasingly replacing annual summer leave with family language training programs abroad. The combination of lessons with recreational activities and excursions, designed for different age categories, makes the rest not only enjoyable, but also rewarding.
“Family courses are always booked first and foremost,” explains Lisa Bartsijch, director of Slaney Language Center, Ireland. Parents who go abroad to study with adult children (16 years and older) choose intensive English language courses. For younger children, there are two groups: from 6 to 10 and from 11 to 14 years. “Classes for children are mainly focused on conversational skills,” says Bartsijch. “It is important for us that they learn to use English confidently in all situations.”
According to Mig Egan, the language school Atlantic Language Galway, which is also located in Ireland, has been offering a special family study abroad program for 4 years. High demand for this type of occupation was observed among parents who want to get new knowledge and have a great vacation abroad. Egan also notes that special interest is shown by families from Spain, due to which in 2012 the number of classes has almost doubled.
The Killarney School of English, which is located on the west coast of Ireland, also attracts whole families to study abroad. “Killarney is a cozy city, so we decided to include family programs in our list of services.” – Fiargel tells Courtney. An excellent entertainment program is offered for all age categories. Even families with young children from 3 years can find interesting offers for studying abroad. In addition, parents can explore local sights, leaving children under the careful and professional supervision of school staff. “We will deal with your children while you play golf, go for a walk around Killarney National Park, visit historic places or go fishing,” the school’s brochure says.
Families wishing to visit the Mediterranean beaches will love Cyprus. Antonios Venesis, director of Pascal Summer Camps and Pascal English Schools, notes that all classes are held in the mornings, while the rest of the time can be spent enjoying the beauty of the seaside resort of Larnaca. “All family members are accommodated in the same hotel room, which is our partner.” – explains Venesis.
According to Garth Yanghasband of the Frances King School of English, UK, family programs are in high demand.
Therefore, for more than 12 years, they have been offered to clients in the central London school. Youngasband also notes that 75% of families come to study abroad from European countries.
Bob Berger says that, due to a number of factors, in Malaca Instituto, Spain, they prefer to accept applications for family programs on an ad hoc basis. “If a child is less than 15 years old, he needs individual lessons with a teacher, which take place at the same time as lessons for his parents,” says Berger. For those who have reached the age of 15, it is proposed to enroll in La Brisa school, and their parents are recommended standard programs in the Malaca Instituto.
Recreational activities, seminars and excursions are also an important part of language immersion in Accademia Italiana Salerno, Italy.
Parents and their children can enjoy sightseeing tours of the city, walks along the Amalfi coast or visiting the Areca castle. School principal Francesca Romana Memoli argues that children and their parents should study separately. “We have highly qualified teachers for different age groups,” she explains.
Jana Gottermeer confirms that family programs with a flexible training schedule are also offered at the IP International Project school, whose centers are located in different parts of Europe. Children and their parents most often live in hotels during their studies abroad. But adolescents are also invited to stay at the school residence for better communication with other students studying abroad on programs for young people at IP International Projects.