Presenting the winners of the 2019 ESL Language Travel Awards!

We are ESL November 15, 2019

The beautiful beach town of Sitges just outside of Barcelona was the setting for the exciting 2019 edition of the ESL Language Travel Awards! The glamorous gala night took place on November 14th with all of the most important players in the language travel industry in attendance.

The awards are given based on a ranking of scores which combines feedback from our students and staff from the last 12 months. The top 5 candidates in each category were announced as the nominees during the awards ceremony, but of course, there could only be one winner! Below are the highly anticipated results:

School of the Year (English)

Winner: Kings Brighton

1. Kings Brighton4.41
 2. Brooklyn School of Languages4.31
 3. EC Bristol4.30
 4. Wimbledon School of English4.28
 5. English Language Company Sydney4.27
 6. EC Brighton4.21
 7. Lexis Byron Bay4.21
 8. Atlantic Language Galway4.17
 9. International House Newcastle4.17
 10. BELS Gozo4.06

Criteria: 40 reviews minimum, 50% student, 50% ESL Team.

School of the Year (other languages)

Winner: Expanish Barcelona

1. Expanish Barcelona4.39
 2. CLIC International House Sevilla4.35
 3. Lexis Seoul4.28
 4. Malaca Instituto4.24
 5. Lexis Kobe4.24
 6. Accademia Italiana4.22
 7. Genki Tokyo4.20
 8. Escuela de Idiomas Nerja4.19
 9. Don Quijote Madrid4.18
 10. Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture4.17

Criteria: 40 reviews minimum, 50% student, 50% ESL Team.

School Group of the Year

Winner: Lexis

1. Lexis4.38
 2. EC4.34
 3. Kings4.31
 4. St Giles4.14
 5. Alpadia4.08
 6. ILSC4.04
 7. France Langue4.02
 8. Ideal Group4.01
 9. BSC4.00

Criteria: Minimum 5 schools in a group, 50% student, 50% ESL Team.

School Facilities of the Year

Winner: Kings Brighton

1. Kings Brighton4.65
 2. EC London 30+4.64
 3. CLIC International House Sevilla4.48
 4. Expanish Barcelona4.43
 5. Don Quijote Madrid4.43
 6. St Giles New York4.42
 7. Lexis Kobe4.39
 8. Escuela de Idioma Nerja4.35
 9. Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture4.32
 10. Enforex Malaga4.28

Criteria: 30 reviews minimum, 70% student, 30% ESL Team.

Accommodation of the Year

Winner: IH Belfast

1. IH Belfast4.30
 2. International House Newcastle4.25
 3. EC Bristol4.21
 4. Wimbledon School of English4.20
 5. Brooklyn School of Languages4.14
 6. St Giles Eastbourne4.12
 7. Colón Language Center4.09
 8. ATC Language & Travel4.08
 9. CLIC International House4.01
 10. Alpadia Freiburg4.00

Criteria: 30 reviews minimum, 70% student, 30% ESL Team.

Teaching Programme of the Year

Winner: Don Quijote Madrid

1. Don Quijote Madrid4.82
 2. CLIC International House Sevilla4.74
 3. St Giles International Eastbourne4.71
 4. Cultura Italiana Bologna4.63
 5. Malaca Instituto4.68
 6. EC London 30+4.65
 7. Accademia Italiana4.64
 8. Expanish Barcelona4.63
 9. Taronja Valencia4.62
 10. Wimbledon School of English4.60

Criteria: 30 reviews minimum, 100% student.

Leisure Programme of the Year

Winner: Taronja Valencia

1. Taronja Valencia4.74
 2. CLIC International House Sevilla4.72
 3. Cultura Italiana Bologna4.67
 4. Wimbledon School of English4.62
 5. IH Belfast4.50
 6. BELS Gozo4.47
 7. CIAL Lisboa4.47
 8. Expanish Barcelona4.45
 9. Brooklyn School of Languages4.44
 10. EC London 30+4.43

Criteria: 30 reviews minimum, 100% student.

CSR Champion of the Year

Winner: ILSC

1. ILSC8.45
 2. EC8.43
 3. NZLC8.40
 4. French in Normandy7.90
 5. Ih Belfast7.20

Criteria: 100% ESL CSR Self-assessment tool results. In this category, schools that are part of a group are measured as a whole as opposed to individual schools. This encourages groups to share best practice and not focus expertise on a single centre.

Junior Programme of the Year

Winner: Brighton Campus

1. Brighton Campus (10-17)4.18
 2. San Sebastian Summer Camp (14-17)4.15
 3. Cambridge Summer Programme (13-17)4.09
 4. Brighton College (9-17)4.09
 5. Galway Summer Camp (12-16)4.09
 6. London City (13-17)4.05
 7. Berkshire College (8-17)4.01
 8. St. Paul’s College (10-16)4.00
 9. Freiburg Waldsee Campus (13-17)4.00
 10. Salina Bay (12-17)4.00

Criteria: 20 reviews minimum, 50% student, 50% staff.

Congratulations to all the nominees and of course, the winners! Thank you to all of our partner schools for working so hard to give our students the best experience possible over the course of the past year. Keep up the good work, and next year’s winner could be you!

By Krister Weidenhielm

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