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January 2007 issue

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Summer in Germany

A summer vacation course in Germany promises sightseeing, sports activities and attention to teaching instruction. We find out more about the sector and profile a variety of programmes available.

An attractive leisure programme on three afternoons and the whole Saturday make sure that fun, entertainment and sport are not lacking [in our programme]," says Carmen Klocke from Carl Duisberg Centren (CDC), a nationwide school chain in Germany that runs two tailored summer vacation programmes in Radolfzell on Lake Constance.

Like many summer vacation programme providers, Klocke highlights that the location of the course in Germany is important in appealing to juniors and enhancing free-time actvities. "Radolfzell is one of the most attractive small towns on Lake Constance," she says, pointing out that the lake and its surroundings are ideal for activities such as sailing, surfing, swimming and cycling.

Most summer courses in Germany provide a wide variety of sports, sightseeing excursions and social activities such as discos or barbecues, and it is not only countryside locations that appeal to younger clients. Andrew Geddes at the Eurasia Institute in Berlin says that clients choose the school's summer vacation programme because it is in the capital. "Our summer programmes make the most of what the city has to offer while offering high-quality education with a unique focus on different aspects of German life and culture," he relates.

Nevertheless, many of the programmes on offer are in an environment guaranteed to appeal to students and their parents. Jana Gottermeyer, Customer Relations Manager at IP International Projects in Oberwesel, explains that their programme "is in the beautiful and safe location of the famous Rhine Valley, a closed campus with accommodation in a castle and daily activities".

Other interesting accommodation options include a tepee (Native American tent), offered to students enrolling on the English Adventure Camp also offered by CDC but available to students of German who can participate on the same leisure programme. Such a set-up enables students to mix with local German students too. Gottermeyer at IP adds that their castle accommodation is open to German students on the same campus; "they join together for the activities in the afternoons and the evenings, have fun and learn from each other".

All programmes try to incorporate fun and mixing with others at the core of their criteria and many schools also teach local students. Michael Rönitz at Sprachcaffe Düsseldorf underlines that all participants attend a welcome party in the first days of their arrival. "Our school is an international school," he adds, "and about 400 Germans are enrolled to learn English, Spanish and Italian. [They] love to exchange and communicate with foreigners."

At BWS Germanlingua in Berlin and Munich, Florian Meierhofer underlines, "One major aspect for students in summer programmes is having fun. This means having fun in the courses and during the rest of the time." He points out that BWS Germanlingua has refined its teaching method to achieve this aim. "Our teachers are trained in a way that their teaching is effective and at the same time, the students don't stop laughing, or at least smiling, in their lessons," he says. Lennart Güthling at Humboldt Institute, which runs summer programmes at centres throughout Germany, testifies that a good combination of teaching and activities can guarantee repeat business. "We are extremely proud that more than 50 per cent of our students come to us through word-of-mouth recommendation," he says. "Many of our students come back year after year to try out new centres with different activities and in different places in Germany."

He notes that there has been keen interest "in our special programmes like sailing and rowing and horse riding", although he adds that excursions to German attractions are always popular too. "Extra-curricular activities are very important for the success of the course."

Contact any advertiser in the this issue now

The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Company
Country

Telephone

Email


ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Australian Council
       for Private
       Education &
       Training
Education New
       Zealand Trust
English Australia
English UK
Feltom
IALC
Quality English

ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
English Australia
Fedele
Ialc
Perth Education City
Quality English

WORKSHOPS/EXPOS
ICEF

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
       Authority

AUSTRALIA
Bond University
English Australia
La Trobe University
Language Studies
       International
Perth Education City
Queensland
       University of
       Technology
Sydney West
       International College

CANADA
Archer Education
       Group
Business English
       School of Toronto
Delta School District
Ottawa International
       Student
       Programmes (OISP)
Richmond School
       District #38
West Vancouver
       School District #45

CHINA
Mandarin House

ENGLAND
Aspect
Bell International
       (Malta, UK)
Berlitz Manchester
Camp Beaumont
English Studio
Globe School of
       English
Ialc
ILS Nottingham
LAL Language and
       Leisure (England,
       Malta, South Africa,
       USA)
Liverpool School
       of English
Malvern House
Oxford Intensive
       School of English
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Spain,
       USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
       College
St Giles Colleges
       (Canada, UK, USA)
Study Group
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, New Zealand,
       South Africa,
       Spain, USA)
Tellus Group

FRANCE
Espace Langues,
       Montpellier
Silc - Séjours
       Linguistiques
       (England, France,
       Spain)

GERMANY
Inlingua Berlin
Lichtenberg Kolleg
       E.V.
Prolog- International
       House Berlin

IRELAND
Alpha College of
       English
Galway Cultural
       Institute
       (via Impact Media)
High Schools
       International (HSI)
       (Australia, Canada,
       England)

ITALY
Dilit - International
       House

MALTA
EC - English
       Language Centres
       (England, Malta)
Feltom
Linguatime
Malta Tourism
       Authority
Mind a Language
NSTS (Head Office)

SOUTH AFRICA
Good Hope Studies

SPAIN
Esade - Executive
       Language
Fedele

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
       Colleges Ltd
       (Australia, Canada,
       China, Ecuador,
       England, France,
       Germany, Ireland,
       Italy, Malta, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Scotland, Spain,
       USA)
Eurocentres
       International
       (Australia, Canada,
       England, France,
       Germany, Italy,
       Japan, New
       Zealand, Russia,
       Spain, Switzerland,
       USA)

USA
ALCC - American
       Language
       Communication
       Center
Kaplan Educational
       Centers
Oak International
University of Illinois
       at Chicago
University of Illinois
       at Urbana-
       Champaign
Zoni Language
       Centers


EDUCATION TRAVEL

ENGLAND
University of
       Manchester

SCOTLAND
University of Stirling