As the weather is heating up and we are heading for the warm spring weather, so is the summer break. What will you do this year: relax or do something worthwhile? If you are thinking about the last one you might want to look in to vacation language courses. It might not sound like the ideal way to spend your summer holiday, but picture this:

You live in beautiful apartment in London, near Hyde Park. You get your breakfast from the local deli around the corner every day. In the evening you enjoy the sights London has to offer and of course the exciting night life. A picnic on primrose Hill, high tea at the Dorchester and dinner at Jamie Oliver’s fifteen restaurant. You are living the big city life to the fullest, knowing that you can go back to a more tranquil pace of life, at any time. Have we grasped your interest yet?

Why should you do a language course?

A vacation language course is the perfect opportunity to combine travelling with building up your CV. A foreign language always looks good on your resume, it shows you are interested in other cultures and it shows you are determined to improve your skillset.

What does a language course entail?

During the day you learn something new about a new culture that is foreign to you. In small groups of 12 you improve your knowledge of a language of your own choice. You practice the grammar, pronunciation and spelling of this language and slowly develop a basic knowledge. You can use this level of knowledge to move to an advanced course or you can try your luck in a native speaking country.

Why choose London?

London is a great place to study a foreign language because it is such a multi-cultural city. It doesn’t matter which language you decide to study, it is almost guaranteed you will run in to someone from the background of which you are studying the language and culture.  This enables you to practice your school knowledge with a native speaker straight away. It doesn’t matter if it is only a quick chat in the pub because when it comes to learning a new language:  practice makes perfect.

Plus there are also a lot of amazing cultural themed festivals in London throughout the year. The Hyper Japan London festival in February and the Caribbean Notting Hill carnival in August are just two of the biggest examples. The city of London makes it therefore not only possible but also exciting to indulge yourself in a foreign culture.

What to do afterwards?

The majority of vacation language course are taught in small groups so you can easily make friends that have the same interest as you do.  Chances are you make some great travel for your next vacation. Or you can choose to make use of the central location of London and make a little road trip to the South or the East coastal regions.

There are more than plenty of great opportunities for a holiday that combines leisure and doing something worthwhile. You just need to find the one that suits you best.