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EVENTS IN MONTREUX AND REGION
Cully Jazz Festival: from 05.04.13 until 13.04.13
The 10-day Cully Jazz annual music festival has presented concerts on 3 stages since 1983. The festival OFF is a great showcase for young artists, who play in the city’s cafés and famous wine cellars.
Animai Festival in Vevey: from 16.05.13 until 20.05.13
Designed for children, families, teenagers and young people, the festival presents concerts, performances and family shows in an idyllic setting on the banks of Lake Geneva.
Montreux Volley Master: from 28.05.13 until 02.06.13
The Montreux Volley Master is a one-week competition between the best women’s volleyball teams in the world.
EVENTS IN LYON
Moissons d’avril: from 29.03.13 until 14.05.13
Moisson d’avril is an event dedicated to puppeteers and their art. Open to everyone, this biennial event presents some 15 performers in various venues throughout the city.
Les Nuits Sonores: du 07.05.13 au 12.05.13
Nuits Sonores is a 4-day electronic music festival in Lyon, France. A wide range of other disciplines are also represented, including design, visual creation and digital culture.
Lyon BD Festival: from 14.06.13 until 16.06.13
The Lyon comic book festival is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. This 3-day festival is a major event in the comic book world, bringing together thousands of amateurs.
EVENTS IN BERLIN
Berlin Half Marathon: 07.04.13
Enter Berlin’s half marathon, a 21 km race around the greatest monuments of the city.
Carnival of Culture: from 17.05.13 until 20.05.13
This carnival showcases the variety of cultures present in Berlin, the most international of all German cities. There is a parade on the Sunday.
Christopher Street Day: 22.06.13
Half a million people take to the streets to demonstrate to support the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Attracting a large audience, the event includes a parade with colourful floats and music blasting out.
EVENTS IN FREIBURG-IM-BREISGAU
Freiburg Marathon: 07.04.13
The Freiburg Marathon celebrates its 10th anniversary this year: some 1,000 entrants and 10,000 spectators are expected.
Frühjahrsmess': from 17.05.13 until 27.05.13
This 10-day carnival takes place in May at the heart of Freiburg city centre. Enjoy the rides, roller coasters and bumper cars.
Zelt Musik Festival (ZMF): from 26.06.13 until 14.07.13
The ZMF has enlivened summer nights in Freiburg since 1983. For more than 2 weeks, it offers cultural events for all ages, including rock, pop and classical music, theatre, DJs and children programmes.
Achievements of ESL Schools
At ESL Lyon, following the FLE organisation inspection, our school has been accredited with the highest ranking of 3 stars for all services we offer including academics, customer service, facilities and management.
ESL Freiburg has reached the best student satisfaction score among all schools in Germany, after a poll carried out in 2011 by the web platform Education Stars.
Congratulations to these two schools and to all of the staff members for their constant work and commitment devoted to maintaining the high quality service provided.
2012 programme descriptions available!
The 2012 brochures can be downloaded on this web site.
Including programme descriptions, dates and fees, as well as enrolment form.
Our team is available for any question and support you might need, and already looks forward to welcoming you in one of the ESL course centres in Switzerland, France or Germany!
The 2011 summer camp sessions are now launched!
8 course centres, 4 languages, 3 countries!
Thanks to great weather conditions, the students are already enjoying the amazing activity programmes proposed in each destination.
In order to follow day by day what's happening in our course centres, please click on the following Facebook link, and stay tuned:
ESL summer camps on Facebook
The ESL Team wishes you a very good summer and fantastic holidays!
ESL offers 2 new destinations!
ESL Language Schools expands; learn German in Berlin or Freiburg!
Our schools are open all year round for students from 16 years of age. We propose a wide range of course types, as well as various accommodation options.
Have a click, and speak German!
ESL – Berlin
ESL – Freiburg
ESL LEYSIN - Spring camp for French studies
This destination offers excellent conditions located in the stunning Swiss Alps.
• Great location of residential accommodation
• A wide choice of educational French studies
• Exciting and entertaining array of activity programmes
• A professional and caring team that takes care of students’ needs
With summer fast approaching and our camp having been blessed with gorgeous weather, the happy students from all over the world have already started experiencing some summer sports activities.
New accommodation option for the students of our French school in Montreux : Le Studio
Since 1st June, our school for adult students in Montreux proposes a new accommodation option: the studio.
Find out more information from our secretariat:
The spring ESL 50+ programme is launched in Lyon!
Just like every year, during the spring session of the ESL 50+ programme, a varied programme awaits our senior clientele who are keen to make linguistic and cultural discoveries.
In order to get a detailed look at what awaits our Lyon students, click on the following link :
Welcome to ESL-Lyon !
The FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) exams proposed by ESL-SCHOOLS.
Within the framework of their French studies, our students have the choice to prepare and present themselves for 3 types of exams recognised by the French Ministry of National Education.
The DELF (A1 to B2) and the DALF (C1 and C2) are official diplomas of the French Ministry of National Education. There is an exam for each of the 6 levels of the framework of languages. The preparation courses are organised in our schools in Lyon and Montreux.
The TCF is an thermometer-type exam which situates the candidate on the European scale of levels (CEFR). It takes place once a month in our schools in Lyon and Montreux and is ideal for students who wish to obtain recognised certification, even during a short-duration stay.
The e-TEF, the electronic version of the TEF, of the very reputed Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offers great flexibility and allows each student enrolled in an ESL course to certify his/her level of French in an official and reliable way. Our school in Montreux is the test centre for the e-TEF and proposes 3 exam sessions per month for which it is possible to present oneself without specific previous preparation.
For further information concerning the preparation courses we organise for these exams, as well as their costs and exam dates, please click on the following link : category::categoryID=91
11 sports packages proposed in our various course centres:
A language study stay during the holidays, it’s great! Completed by the practice of your favourite sport, it’s maximum fun assured !
- Leysin-Juniors : tennis / horse riding
- Leysin-Teens : tennis, horse riding, ski/snowboard, adrenaline, dance
- Montreux Riviera : sailing, dance
- Valbonne s/Cannes : tennis, golf, underwater diving (3 options)
- Zug : tennis, golf
- Westerwald : tennis, horse riding, football
- Ascona : tennis, sailing
If you need additional information, consult the concerned pages on this website, or do not hesitate to contact our team by e-mail or by telephone:
+41 21 621 88 88
Enrol for one of these packages and make unforgettable holidays out of your language study stay !
From today, we have the pleasure to present our new French+ programmes for 2010.
Happy New Year!
ESL-SCHOOLS is starting its 14th year of professional activity in language education.
We wish you a great year in 2010!
Your ESL team
The 13th Francophonie Summit will take place from 22nd to 24th October 2010 in Montreux !
Switzerland will host the 13th Francophonie Summit, as was decided by the Ministerial Conference of la Francophonie, whose 25th session took place in Paris on 15th and 16th December. It is in Montreux that the 70 heads of State and government of la Francophonie will meet from 22nd to 24th October 2010.
ESL is looking forward to the holding of this prestigious summit in Montreux, which has been home to the Ecole Suisse de Langues for 13 years now.
This will be an excellent opportunity to broadcast the Swiss francophone identity internationally and to arouse desire to study French in French-speaking Switzerland.
In order to encourage students who wish to learn French as a foreign language (FLE), ESL is proposing a special offer valid in one its schools, in Montreux or in Lyon :
1 week of a standard French course (20 lessons in a group) offered for free !
- For all enrolments carried out between 18th and 24th October 2010.
- For all course durations or types, from 2 weeks.
- Accommodation and enrolment fees not included.
In order to take advantage of this offer, a link will be available from the morning of 18th October on our website.
We look forward to welcoming you at ESL !
ESL – SCHOOLS / Winter special offer -10%
Learn French as a foreign language (Français Langue Etrangère (FLE)) in Switzerland or in France whilst benefitting from advantageous enrolment conditions !
We are offering a reduction of 10% on all the course and accommodation fees, with the exception of transfer and enrolment fees.
This will allow our students to conserve a part of their budget in order to take advantage of the winter attractions in our destinations, including skiing in the Swiss Alps close to Montreux, or the incredible sales in the Lyon shops.
For more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact our team directly.
ESL Valbonne s/Cannes, our new location!
From summer 2010, the ESL programme on the French Côte d’Azur will be held in a new course centre, located in the hills above Cannes, overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
The immediate access to/from Nice International Airport will guarantee an easy journey to everyone flying to this destination.
Your ESL Team is looking forward to welcoming you to La Côte d’Azur where you will enjoy great summer holidays! category::categoryID=126
ESL-SCHOOLS on Twitter & Flickr
Illustrated by current photos, you will find out the latest news, gossip or particular language adventures of our students and of the members of our academic and administrative teams.
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Christmas Market in Montreux
The biggest Christmas market in Switzerland !
From 26 November to 24 December 2009 in Montreux.
Located on the shores of Lake Leman, it is the most beautiful Christmas Market with its 150 artisans and merchants. Gift ideas by the thousands, chalets decorated and illuminated in the grand tradition of Christmas. Tastings of local specialities in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Bern, Canada will be the guest of honour for 2009. The discovery of typical Canadian crafts, cuisine and culture awaits you in the numerous chalets on the Place du Marché. Various types of entertainment are planned for the enjoyment of visitors who love wide open spaces. http://www.montreuxnoel.ch/main.php?lang=en
pictures from the summer camps on facebook!
Get in touch with your friends you made last summer at ESL, by looking at the pictures on FACEBOOK.
New course centre for juniors for 2010!
Our French and English language courses for junior students from 10 to 14 years, will be held in a new course centre in Leysin from next summer onwards.
In order to do so, we will organise this programme in our course centre of "Le Central Residence" in Leysin, which we already use for the ESL–Leysin programme for teenagers in the autumn.
It is an upgrade of services in all respects: greater accommodation capacity, renovated bedrooms (2-4 students), restaurant and classrooms adapted to the size of the programme, indoor swimming pool, location 10 minutes’ walking distance from the town centre, just beside the train station. http://www.esl-schools.org/en/summer-camp-switzerland/language-camp-switzerland/leysin-juniors-8-14/index.htm
Montreux Jazz Festival - 43rd edition
Over the next 2 weeks, one of the most famous music festivals on the planet will take place in Montreux.
The students of ESL-Montreux will surely enjoy this great time, as all the concerts, workshops and events organised by the Montreux Jazz Festival are located 5 minutes’ walking distance from the school.