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Evaluate a Language School

Evaluate a Language School

When evaluating a language school and their site, look for a professional image, fast response to inquiries, lack of hype and lots of content. While this may not guarantee quality, at least it provides an indicator of what's to come.

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Other factors to take on count for evaluating a language school are:

Size of school

a) Large school:
Has better equipped libraries and usually multimedia language-labs; greater variety of course levels, (so that the lessons take place in homogeneous groups); large number of different types of courses for special groups; possibility of contact with more students; often better structured timetables.

b) small school:
Has a comfortable personal atmosphere, usually fewer students per group (especially during low season) greater possibility of the school taking personal wishes into account; contact with other students is less superficial.

Location of school

a) in the suburbs:
Safer area, shorter distance between school and accommodation, silence and relaxation - dependence on public transport timetables (especially after late disco or bar visits in the centre!)

b) in the centre:
Large number of bars, restaurants, cultural events, shops, and leisure-time activities.

Student origin

One should, if possible, always choose a school that has a student body from a wide range of nationalities. This facilitates contact with students from different cultures, and increases the chance of communicating in the target language outside the lessons rather than in communicating in your native language.The origin of the students depends upon the country in which the course is offered (e.g. Japanese students are now more frequently booking courses in Australia than in Britain). On the other hand the student mixture also depends on the school's marketing efforts in specific countries. The majority of school profiles included in LanguageCourse.Net include specific data regarding the composition of students.

The Recognitions that a language school can have are:

Spanish Language Schools:
  • CEELE (Certificate of Quality in the Teaching of Spanish as Foreign Language approved by the University of Alcala)
  • Fedele (Federación de Escuelas de Español Lengua Extranjera) & Español Recurso Económico E/RE
  • D.E.L.E. (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
  • AECL (Asociacion de Escuelas de Español de Castilla y Leon)
  • AEEA (Andalucian Association of Schools of Spanish)
  • AEECV (Asociación de Escuelas de Español en Comunidad Valenciana)
English Language Schools:
  • ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training)
  • The Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS)
  • The U.S. Department of Education (USDE)
  • (CEA) Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.
  • In the UK:
    • Accredited by the British Council
  • In Australia:
    • The National ELT Accreditation Scheme Limited (NEAS)
  • In Canada:
    • The Private English Language Schools Association (PELSA, Canada)
  • In New Zealand:
    • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
    • IALC (International association of Language Centres)
Italian Language Schools:
  • ASILS (Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language).
  • Accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education.
  • University for foreigners of Perugia as Authorised Exam Centre for CELI exam - Certificato di Lingua Italiana -.The CELI exam conforms with the European standards set by ALTE - Association of Language Testers in Europe - and by the Council of Europe.
  • University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice as official Teacher Training Centre for degreeing teachers in ITALS University Master for Teachers of Italian as Foreign Language.
To be member of:
  • A.S.I.L.S. (Association of Schools of Italian as a Second Language).
  • I.A.L.C. (International Association of Language Centers).
  • NAFSA (Association of International Educators).
French Language Schools:
  • SOUFFLE Professional French Federation for " French as a foreign language " schools.
  • MAISON DE LA FRANCE French Tourism Department.
  • FIYTO Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations.
  • ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organisations).
  • COUNCIL OF EUROPE (European language framework, European Comenius programme).
  • Bildungsurlaub Accreditation - Germany.
  • IALC (International association of Language Centres).
German Language Schools:
  • IALC (International association of Language Centres)
Japanese Language Schools:
  • IALC (International association of Language Centres)
  • APJLE (Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education)
  • NAFSA - Assoc. of International Educators