For those who want to try something new an increasingly popular option is to take a career break or gap year. Time out can be spent doing so many different things, from living abroad to trying a language course.
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If learning a new language has always appealed to you, taking a residential course at a language school abroad will mean coming home with better prospects too. International language school ESL is now taking reservations for adult courses in European languages starting in 2013.
In unpredictable economic times itís important to plan a gap year or career break carefully to make sure you make the very best of your time out. Depending on your specific needs and wants, ESLís range of European locations, course options and levels will have something which suits you.
A few months travelling is a popular way to spend at least part of a gap year for students preparing for university. But, as university fees in the UK have increased, so has the pressure to make the very best of every week as soon as term starts.
After all, many students can no longer afford to waste weeks settling into their fresherís year. A great way of making sure youíre feeling alert and ready to learn once term starts is to include a course in your trip. If you achieve fluency in a second language, you could even find yourself eligible for jobs overseas once you graduate.
Of course, gap years arenít just for students who are about to start university. You can take a year (or a few months) out at any time of your life. ESL courses can last from between 1 and 52 weeks. So, for those who are working full-time, a shorter course is also an option. Find out more about the reasons ESLís courses are a great choice for adult learners on this link.
ESL has schools in Switzerland, Germany and France in some beautiful locations. Students choose the intensity level of the language course depending on how they want to balance their time. If you feel like a buzzing city location, Berlin is a great place to learn German or Lyon to learn French.
The Standard course level will give you plenty of time to explore the surrounding area and get to know your new classmates. Take an intensive French course in Montreux and, although you will have less free time, youíll have the chance to improve your language skills more quickly.
Adult courses at ESL are designed especially to fit the learnerís needs. Students can choose between several quality locations and decide on a course structure and length which suits them.
Courses for younger learners are also available in Italian, French, German and English, for example the Italian language course for learners age 13-17 at Ascona, Switzerland. All courses are taught by native speakers, to give the best results.