CLT is a fascinating, multicultural environment. Not only is it a centre where you can learn 18 languages, it is also a place where you meet people from all over the world. Did you know that we count no less than 100 nationalities? They are all people with their individual stories, connected by the desire to learn another language.
What I appreciate most about CLT's approach, is the interaction during the lesson. Our teachers ensure students engage with each other. In this way, we truly participate in the lesson and overcome barriers to express ourselves in another language. For me, that is the essence of language learning. It is also the main reason why I chose to study English and French. These languages are the key to communicate with other people and to discover new worlds.
It is a fact that this language centre has a very good reputation. I have been one of their students for several years now and I can only confirm that the level of education is high. The teaching methods help you succeed in achieving significant results in a short time. Something else that strikes me, is the energy and enthusiasm of the teachers. Teaching is their passion. Their lessons are definitively something to look forward to.
Sometimes I think I was a Viking in my previous life. Not only do I love the Swedish language, I am also fond of the Swedish no-nonsense culture. No wonder I truly enjoy the classes. We learn to speak Swedish so we don't feel inhibited to start a conversation when we are in Sweden. Our teacher also introduces us into a number of Swedish habits. Such as the Fika - this is the name for a Swedish snack with coffee and cake - and the Christmas and St. Lucia tradition.
To express yourself as clearly as possible with as few words as possible: this is how I view the essence of the Swedish language. Their concise way of communicating fascinates me. The most striking feature of the CLT approach is their focus on communication. In class, we obviously also pay attention to vocabulary and grammar. We do this while we are talking, listening and reading. Learning a language can be fun indeed.
Already during the first lesson it became clear that from now on we would only converse in the target language. That was quite a surprise. In the meantime we have discovered that this is the ideal way to learn a language in a focused way. Being immersed in the language definitely helps you to take the next step and to speak it. For me it was the best way of becoming fluent in Swedish. By the way, did you know that it is scientifically proven that learning another language protects you from getting Alzheimer's?
Blended learning is great. Every two weeks our class gets together. This is the moment we practise what we studied through distance learning and when our teacher takes time to give us feedback. For me, these learning moments are very valuable. They tell me on which areas I have to focus and give me insights into how I can continue to progress. This type of feedback, along with the fun interaction in the classroom are for me the two main reasons why I enjoy my time at CLT to the full.
Words, their meaning and etymological background have always fascinated me. Words are so much more than just words. Together they form a language and languages form the key to different cultures. The fact that I've followed several languages at CLT, shows that I have a great love for languages but also indicates that I appreciate the student-centered and quality-oriented approach of this language centre. Here languages are truly alive! The level is high but our teachers are always ready to guide us and to help us cross the finish line. No wonder students experience this centre as a motivating learning environment.
Even as a little boy I was fascinated by the English language. Translating English songs was something I loved to do. Attracted by the elegance of the English language, I wanted to master it in the most perfect manner. CLT has proven to be the ideal place for me to achieve this goal. I learn to speak English at a high level and at a very democratic price. We learn very typical English expressions which make us sound like a real native speaker. And you know what: it makes me happy. :-)
Each and every class it strikes me how our teacher manages to turn a lesson into a dynamic experience. She makes sure we are involved by asking us all kinds of questions and by engaging us in conversation with each other. It is not only an effective way to make you speak Spanish. It is also a way to get to know the other students in your group. Our class is a very diverse group, both in age and nationality. Don't you think it is fascinating that during class you have the opportunity to get to know people from all kinds of backgrounds? I am definitively looking forward to travelling to South America so I can meet a lot of local Spanish-speaking people!
If you are interested in studying a language, I recommend CLT. The quality of training you receive, is very high. Our teachers challenge you to constantly improve your language skills. Even the exams are an enriching experience. They are more than a formality. They are an interesting exercise targeted at improving your knowledge of the language.
I enjoy the combination of achieving high standards and having a good time in a relaxing atmosphere. Recently we celebrated a student's birthday with a chocolate fondue. That was real fun!
Quality is CLT's benchmark. This is especially true for the way languages are taught, for the language lab where you learn the language in its most authentic form and for the online learning methods which are being used. I find e-learning very useful. It means that, even after the lesson, I can continue to improve my language skills. In other words, the course doesn't stop when I leave the classroom. I can also work from home on becoming more proficient in the target language.
Our teacher does more than just teaching. She transmits her love of the language. Recently our class organised a Swedish midsummer celebration. This type of participation is not only fun but also ensures our Swedish language skills rapidly improve.
The lessons are educational and at the same time pleasant. The teacher makes sure that there is sufficient variation so you don't get bored. In this language centre you get in touch with people from different cultures. That's fascinating because by talking to them you learn a lot about their country and habits. CLT means more to me than the place where I come to study other languages. It is also a meeting point.
More than 30 years ago I started my first language course at CLT. I immediately liked their dynamic way of teaching. The instructors keep you constantly involved in the course. This type of participation makes the lessons very interactive and at the same time it makes you practise the language.
As a city guide I find it pleasant to communicate with people in their language. It is something which city visitors appreciate and which gives me a special kind of satisfaction and desire to continue to study new languages. Do I intend to learn a new language? As long as I can continue to apply the language in practice, my answer to that question is a resounding "yes". It makes my job all the more interesting.
At CLT the way you learn is not theoretical but much more practical. I still remember the first lesson when, from the start, the teacher pointed out to us that during the course we would only speak the target language. An interesting approach because this way you learn a language not only by memorising words and phrases. You become fluent in the language because you make the effort to compose phrases yourself. This makes it a more active way of studying which in turn generates more sustainable results.
Thanks to the many conversations we had in class, I feel comfortable starting a dialogue in another language. This is what it is ultimately all about: communicating fluently in a language which isn't your mother tongue.
I live in Antwerp but don't mind coming all the way to Louvain to follow language courses. The high level of education makes it worthwhile. In my opinion CLT is a true reference in the field of language teaching. What I like about their approach is the fact that they manage to combine high level education with a pleasant atmosphere. During the lessons you never get bored. You are constantly challenged to expand your "language boundaries". It feels nice when you notice that your language skills are rapidly evolving. I experienced it a few times when I was visiting the motherland of the language I was learning. The difference before and after the course was remarkable.
We learn more than just grammar and vocabulary. There are of course the basics of the language to start with. But once mastered, we then focus much more on applying the language in practice and in real life situations.
Because the groups are not too large, the teacher can give each of us an opportunity to exercise the target language. As a result we often have the opportunity for dialogue in which we share our daily experiences. By doing so, we learn to express ourselves in French in a natural way.
My confidence in speaking French has much improved because of this interesting mix of theory and practice. In my work this is an important aspect. Especially in light of the fact that bilingualism is rewarded with a monetary bonus.
Thanks to the exercises in the language lab my knowledge of Hungarian has rapidly evolved. In the lab you put on your headphones and listen to native speakers. This method helps you make your pronunciation sound as natural as possible.
Learning Hungarian is more than learning Hungarian words. We mainly learn how to speak this language. As a result, the lessons are anything but boring. It strikes me every time again how our teacher succeeds in getting us to participate in the course. The result of this participative method is that I have become more self-confident when it comes to speaking Hungarian. Where I used to be hesitant about approaching someone in Hungarian, I now feel confident to do so.
Words which come to mind when I think about CLT are "cool school" and "high level". The teachers are super. They know how to motivate you and how to keep you actively involved during the lessons.
By doing so, you remain focused and you pick up a lot already during the course. We often start from real life situations. They offer the advantage of approaching all kinds of topics not from a theoretical but practical point of view. And the best way to learn a language is to speak it. In the language lab you do all sorts of exercises. They help you pronounce the language in a way native speakers do. I would recommend this method together with CLT's general approach to anyone who wants to learn a new language.
Thanks to the flexibility of the "Combined Learning" formula I can study a large part of the course from home. This allows me to learn at my own pace and at times which are convenient for me. As a result, I can perfectly combine my language course and my job.
The teachers are very accessible. Even if you learn from home, they remain approachable and continue to give constructive feedback. You feel supported even though you are communicating with them remotedly.
What I like about this center, is that age doesn't matter. Whether you are in your twenties, forties or sixties makes no difference. As a matter of fact, I am personally convinced that learning a language keeps you young.
Languages are my hobby. I am fortunate to practise my hobby in a language centre with a great atmosphere. I therefore keep coming back to this place, each time to master a new language or - shall I say - a new hobby.
I like the way we learn. During the lessons there is a lot of interaction going on between the teachers and the students but also amongst the students themselves. We talk about everyday subjects. As we become better in mastering the language, our topics also become more interesting. This type of interaction requires an effort. But you get a lot in return. The best proof is the progress I made in French. My job requires me to use French regularly and each day I feel the benefit of following these courses.