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Parent & child courses in Europe

Families looking to utilise their vacation time in a relaxing and enriching way could well find what they’re looking for on a Parent & Child language programme. Schools all over Europe specifically cater for adults who wish to study alongside their child or children.

Parent & child courses may not be mainstays of the market but according to many providers, they are certainly on the rise. “I think there is potential for this programme to grow,” states Carol Gardezi from Cork English College in Ireland, “as it gives families the chance to combine a family holiday with language learning.”

Some schools point out that they have regularly provided family accommodation so that accompanied children can study while parents are free to sightsee and sunbathe, but a surge in agent requests has ultimately led schools to implement language programmes that cater for both parent and child.

Caroline Castillo from Clubclass Residential Language School in Malta notes that they launched their own unique model last year. “In 2008, we decided to come up with this programme due to the demand we had from our agents,” she says, adding, “since Clubclass is a residential school, it was easy for us to come up with a such a programme, since we offer accommodation situated within the same building as the school.”

Meanwhile, Paul Fenech at Magister Academy in Malta notes that they have specifically catered for families since the early 1990s. “We are the pioneers of family courses in Malta,” he says. “We started in 1990 offering facilities for a child day care centre… as numbers increased we opened a wing of the school for children. They were not only looked after but they were introduced to English through play and music,” he regales.

Course delivery varies, from “simultaneous one-to-one classes”, as described by Emmett Lawlor from Regent Home Tuition in the UK, to separate tuition at a language school, either in the same classroom style or, as at Magister, with tuition tailored to age. “We can organise a class for parents/children together as a closed group,” relates Sid Brown from St Brelade’s College in Jersey, “but we recommend that they learn separately. The class material will be better suited to their age group and besides, they will have fun interacting with their peers.”

With parent and child learning independently of one another, providers ensure that timetables are synchronised so that free time can be spent together, even if the child might be less than happy about this! At Gateway International School of English in Malta, Charles Sammut notes that their children’s course is, “tailor-made so as to match with the parent’s tuition schedule.”

Schools report a Western European influence in booking patterns, while provision is centred in typical holiday destinations such as Malta, Jersey and Ireland. Lisa Bartsch from Slaney Language Centre in Ireland notes, “Family courses are extremely popular in Spain, but we also receive quite a few bookings from Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland.” She adds that the early success of their family language course prompted them to add more start dates in 2009. “We started four years ago with only one course in July and now we offer four courses – one at Easter, two in July and one in August.”
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Britannia Student

English Australia
Feltom Malta  
International House
      World Organisation
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
Perth Education City

Feltom Malta  
LTM Star Awards  

Hub and Spoke
      Connections Limited

Malta Tourism

BASP (Buenos Aires
      Spanish School)
Ecela - Latin
      (Argentina, Chile,
Ability Education
Embassy CES  
English Australia  
Geos Oceania
      (Australia, New
Language Studies
      (Canada, France,
Pacific Gateway
      International College
Perth Education City
Southbank Institute
      Of Technology  
University of
University of Western
      Sydney College  

Berlitz Canada
Bow Valley College
Camber College
English Bay College
Hansa Language
      Centre of Toronto  
IH Toronto  
King George
      International College
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
Ottawa International
      Student Programmes
Richmond School
      District #38  
Stewart College of
Vancouver English

Bell International 
      (Malta, UK) 
International House
      World Organisation
Kaplan Aspect  
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland, Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and
      (Canada, Cyprus,
      Ireland, England,
      South Africa, Spain,
      Switzerland, USA)
London Metropolitan
Malvern House
      College London  
Shakespeare College
St Clare's Oxford
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
Queen Ethelburga's
Twin Group
      (Ireland, UK, USA)
University of Essex -

Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Universite de Paris
SILC - Séjours
      (England, France,

International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

Genki Japanese
      and Culture School  
Kai Japanese
      Language School  
      Language School  

      University of Creative

Clubclass Residential
      Language School  
Feltom Malta  
Malta Tourism

The University
      Of Auckland -
      Massey University  

Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute  

EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Costa Rica,
      Ecuador, England,
      France, Germany,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Singapore,
      South Africa, Spain,

Angelo State
Arizona State
Brown University  
inlingua Language
      Service Center  
Syracuse University
University of Arizona
University of
      California Riverside  
Zoni Language
      (Canada, USA)