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Answers to Some of Your Questions

Why choose the CLL?

  • Because it is Belgium’s largest language school, which therefore guarantees you a programme adapted to your level and a package that answers your needs;
  • because we have a long experience in language teaching to all audiences;
  • because we tell you the truth: learning a language is an important personal investment that requires time;
  • because our teaching body is of high quality and we invest in an ambitious training plan each year to keep our skills up to date;
  • because we guarantee results: if you work hard and do what is asked of you by your teacher, your progress will take care of itself;
  • because our method, centred on speaking, prepares you and encourages you to use the language in real life situations with native speakers.

How do I choose a course suited to my needs?

The choice of course naturally depends on your goal.

Do you want to advance as quickly as possible because you need to use the language in the near future and are you able to make yourself available over a short period? An Intensive Course would be the most suitable: in two weeks, you will notice significant improvement and in four weeks you will be able to pass onto the next sublevel! For even faster results, combine this course with individual coaching, in line with your needs or difficulties (pronunciation, grammar etc.).

Do you wish to advance in your own time, while continuing other activities? Our Progressive Courses allows you to do so, whether it be during the day, in the evening or at the weekend.

Do you wish to practise a language that you have learned, but in which you feel a bit rusty? Then the Conversation Tables are for you, which are a place of exchange and oral practice - moderated by your instructor, of course.

Do you wish to work on a particular skill area? We offer Workshops or Private Courses to be taken alone or as a complement to another course.

How do I enrol?

To sign up, you may either:

Is it possible to pay in installments?

Yes, group courses may be paid in three installments without additional charge. Select "Payment by credit card" (VISA, MasterCard) when signing up online and tick the box declaring "I would like to pay for my enrollment in three instalments, without additional charge".

Do you give reductions to particular groups (jobseekers, students etc.)?

The CLL always has a plan to help you throw yourself into one of the various programmes that it offers. This assistance is in various forms (promotions, reductions etc.) and depend on different factors. Consult the Advantages page.

How is my initial level determined?

Before the start of your programme, we invite you to sit a free level assessment test on our website.

What do the levels correspond to?

The CLL applies the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the international standard in the field of language learning. Each level is defined on a basis of precise skills in the target language (understanding and using idiomatic expressions, express an opinion on a news item etc.).

A1: Beginner’s or Breakthrough Level

It is really about breaking into the language, its sounds, and learning some very simples sentences. At the end of the level, you will be able to speak about yourself and your immediate environment and, for example:

  • introduce yourself and someone else (name, age, nationality, home etc.);
  • answer simple questions about yourself;
  • fill in a simple form;
  • write a postcard etc.
A2: Elementary or Survival Level

Imagine that you are completely immersed in a country: if you have reached this level, you will be able to survive without a problem! Eating, sleeping, getting around and even having simple conversations with native speakers! At the end of the level, you will be able to describe your past, present and future environment and, for example:

  • describe your family, work, lifestyle, tastes and past and present activities;
  • order at a restaurant and make purchases;
  • accept or refuse an invitation;
  • use public transport, ask your way and describe an itinerary;
  • describe people, animals and everyday objects;
  • give a short and simple description of events, identify the main subject of news story on television etc.
B1: Threshold or Intermediate

If you have achieved this level, you have stepped over a threshold in your learning: you can have steady conversations and give your opinion. You will, for example, be able to:

  • follow the main points of a discussion on concrete subjects;
  • hold a conversation or discussion;
  • give and ask for an opinion;
  • express a personal opinion on a film, book or article;
  • give an account of an event or dream;
  • explain a project or idea simply;
  • understand a newspaper or magazine article roughly;
  • watch news broadcasts and understand the general sense;
  • express your feelings;
  • and, if you have not understood, you can ask to paraphrase.
B2: Advanced or Independent Level

That’s it! After all your efforts, you are finally at ease with the language. You understand all conversations, you can attend a conference and contribute to it and take part in meetings at work. A conversation with a native speaker doesn’t cause any stress for either party. You express yourself easily, naturally and effectively. You will, for example, be able to:

  • watch a film without subtitles and will understand the sens;
  • read the newspaper;
  • defend your opinions;
  • express hypotheses;
  • write a report or essay;
  • construct a logical argument;
  • give a presentation;
  • read a short, modern prose text.
C1 / C2: Advanced Level / Proficient Level

You are perfectly at ease with the language: you understand its subtleties and registers. You will, for example, be able to:

  • chair a meeting;
  • express your ideas very precisely;
  • understand complicated texts and appreciate stylistic differences;
  • summarise documents;
  • use numerous idiomatic expressions appropriately;
  • deliver a clear and well constructed speech without hesitation;
  • read literature… and enjoy it!

How many lesson hours are necessary to reach the next level?

Two sessions of 30 hours or three sessions of 20 hours are needed to reach A1 Level and four sessions of 30 hours or six sessions of 20 hours for the following levels.

Do I need to enrol in a group of my starting level or of the level I am aiming for?

The groups and programmes are always designed on the basis of your starting level.

Will classes take place even if not enough students sign up?

If the number of enrollments is less that the minimum number specified for the programme, we reserve the right to cancel the course in return for a full reimbursement of the amount already paid.

What happens if I am absent for one or several lessons?

In the case of absence of a group course, your trainer will provide you with the material and exercises used in class on your return.

For short term programmes (up to 14 days), we recommend that you take out cancellation insurance. If you cannot participate in part of the course because of circumstances covered (illness, accident, property damage, dismissal or a new job, divorce or separation, entrance exams etc.), you will receive a reimbursement pro rata for the days missed.

How are private classes organised?

“A la carte” individual and group courses are custom made, based on the wishes and objectives that you have communicated to us. Timetables are also à la carte: it is based on your availability that we will suggest a timetable. This may change during the session, with direct agreement between the trainer and yourself and respecting our terms and conditions.

How are classes conducted?

Group classes place great emphasis on oral communication: conversation. Language acquisition is achieved in situations of everyday life. The themes and situations dealt with are adapted to the participants’ needs: we guarantee courses that are structured but personalised according to your own objectives, level and areas of interest.

Do CLL trainers teach their mother tongue?

Yes, over 80% of our trainers teach their mother tongue. The others are selected on the basis of their skills and experience (long term stay in a country where the language is spoken, linguistic environment, academic and pedagogical experience in this language etc.).

How do I get to the CLL where my lessons take place?

Our four Language Centres are easily accessible by car or public transport. You will find travel advice and a map for each centre on the Contact page.

Will I receive a certificate at the end of my study?

Yes, a certificate in electronic format is sent to you at the end of your course of study on condition that you have participated in at least 75% of the classes. Your electronic certificate, designed for ease of printing and sharing by email or on social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook etc.), includes the dates and number of hours of the programme you completed as well as the level attained at the end of your study.