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Free New Year Gift from Cactus

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Free New Year Gift

Would you like a free New Year gift for 2016? Is there someone in your life who needs to learn a language? Someone who’s always said they wanted to ‘parle a little francais’? Or be able to ‘chat with the espanoles over unas tapas’? As more and more people need languages for their job, for a sense of personal achievement, and to communicate with their partner’s family, now is the perfect time to book yourself onto a course and receive a free gift for someone you know.

With our January offer you will not only receive 10% off your January course, you will also receive a £25 Cactus gift voucher to spend either on yourself, or to gift to a language-loving friend or member of your family. Give someone you care about a great gift – for free!

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Please use voucher code 10GV – This offer runs from 28th December to 14th January

Cactus offers over 20 languages and delivers courses in 15 locations across the UK including eight centres in London, and centres in Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton, Oxford, Leeds and Sheffield.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To book any of our courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our language course questions page.

The Rise of the Millennial Force

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Written by Dorotea De Santis, Foreign Languages Executive at Cactus Worldwide

With regard to their future, millennials may not be facing much certainty.
It may be time for a reinvention. It may be time for the millennial force.

In a progressively globalized world, that offers a pessimistic future for our young people, more and more Britons begin to push for a legitimate question to be answered: where will my place lie within it?

Young people today are constantly being told that:

• Going to university leads to excessive graduate debt
• Career prospects are scarce, despite qualifications being plentiful
• They may never own their own home
• They may never be able to afford to have children
• They will have to work into their retirement and far beyond current retirement age
• They compete for the European title of being the worst foreign language learners

The recent tripling cost of tuition fees across the U.K. as well as the speculation that these may sore to even higher rates , has led millennials to face a wall of discouragement when applying to university. That, combined with a bleak, debt-filled, childless future in rented accommodation has also contributed to dissuading many from taking on what seems to have become an educational struggle, at least here in the U.K.

However, with constant exposure to doom and gloom, recent studies demonstrate that many young people in the UK have started to realise that the key to a brighter future may in actual fact lie elsewhere. Enthusiastic youngsters have become eager to consider their options with an open mind. More and more are looking to experience a way of life that is different from their own – even if this means studying in other countries.

The Benefits of Studying Overseas:

• Lower or non-existent university fees
• Lower living costs and a better quality of life
• Better international job prospects
• The acquisition of a new language
• An enhanced diverse learning experience
• A unique opportunity to meet people from different walks of life
• A guaranteed increase in starting salary

And it’s not just about the costs. The inevitable truth is the following: the generations of tomorrow will be competing in a global market where the majority of the workforce speaks at least two languages. English is already a given for many young Europeans. In addition they are armed with not only their native language but often a third or even fourth tongue. Supported by continuous findings that young foreign language speakers in search of a job are deemed more attractive than their monolingual competition, this trend, shows no sign of abating.

If there ever has been a bandwagon to jump on, this one would be it. Stay ahead of the game and join the winning majority. The trade-off is a brighter future, in the form of the opportunity of a lifetime.

As from 2016, Cactus Language Training will be teaming up with partner universities throughout Europe, in order to facilitate the enrolment of British students into institutions across Spain, Germany, Italy and France and Scandinavia. Our students will benefit from close consultation every step of the way, from their search for the right programme right through to a prospective conditional offer from one of the many European establishments to choose from, all ranked amid the best 200 in Europe.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To book any of our courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our language course questions page.

Language Course Competition Winners 2015

Cactus is delighted to announce the winners of our recent language course competition, which was run in line with our appearances at The Expat Show and Language Show Live 2015.

We would like to thank everyone who visited us at the shows and who entered the competition either at the shows or online. This was our biggest ever language course giveaway and we are excited to be able to announce the following winners of our prizes:

Language Course Winners

Many of the course prizes included accommodation and activities. See full terms and conditions of the competition here.

We look forward to confirming dates for all of our winners and to sending them abroad to learn their chosen languages in 2016.

Keep posted for their articles reviewing their experiences and for our next competitions!

Many thanks again to everyone who entered and to our partner schools.

Choosing a Language Course Abroad

So, you want to take a language course abroad – what now? With so many options to pick from choosing a language course abroad can seem a little daunting. How do you know which school and course is right for you? What may be right for one person may not necessarily be right for you, so it’s useful to do a bit of research beforehand. Make sure you get off on the right footing by following our quick guide to 10 things to look out for in a language holiday.

1. Location

For some people, where you study is more important than the school itself. You can learn a language in a huge variety of locations – beach, city, mountains, jungle – which will often determine what else there is to do outside class, so you can gear your language holiday towards your passion for surfing, shopping or even zip lining. Your choice of location may also affect the accent and dialect of your chosen language, so if you’ve previously only been to Spain, be aware that you may lose your ‘zeta’ in South America and need to swap ‘tú’ for ‘vós’ in Argentina.

2. Class Size
Language classes can vary in size from 1 or 2 students (Individual Course) to 4-8 students (Mini-Group Course), up to approx 12 students (General Course). It is up to you which learning environment will benefit you most. The smaller the class, the more you usually have to pay, as classes will focus more on your specific needs and interests. For some students, especially those with limited time in which to learn the language, this is worth the extra cost. Those who have more time and want to meet more people will enjoy the popular General Course option – and if you want the best of both worlds you can always go for a Combined Course.

3. Time of Year
Language schools are usually open year-round, but holiday periods, especially Easter and Summer, tend to get very busy – both in the school and location. University and college students often spend a couple of months studying at a language school during their summer holidays. Older students may prefer to study outside these periods when, depending on the location, it can also be a more agreeable temperature plus less touristy. It’s also worth bearing in mind that larger cities in Europe such as Seville and Florence often empty during the hot summer months, when savvy locals escape to the coast to cool off.

4. Student Age & Nationality
It’s usual to find a mix of many different ages and nationalities in a language school. Some schools promote heavily in certain countries, giving a higher percentage of say Japanese or Swiss students, while others, by nature of their location, courses or pricing, attract a particular age group. If student demographics are important to you it is easy to gain this information before booking.

5. Language Teachers
All teachers at any language school should be both qualified and experienced in teaching their native language to foreigners. If the specific teaching criteria and school’s accreditations are important to you, for example if you are working towards a specific qualification or are a teacher yourself, you can check these in advance.

6. School Facilities
For some people a language course is just a small part of their holiday abroad, and as such it may not be too important what facilities the school may or may not have. For others, access to facilities outside class plays an important part in their language learning and general social experience. In this case it is worth checking whether your preferred centre has facilities such as a multi-media centre, library, language laboratory, computer room, café, garden, sports or leisure facilities, etc.

7. Client Feedback
Schools and agencies will usually give you an accurate description of your chosen location, but there’s nothing like reading first-hand feedback from other language learners. This not only attests to the quality of a school but also to the agency you may have booked your course through. In some cases you may even be able to contact past students to chat things through. But at the very least, by reading past feedback you will gain a better feel for a place and be able to work out whether or not it is right for you.

8. Price / Value for Money
Some language courses are naturally cheaper than others, for reasons ranging from the size of the location itself, the presence of competitor schools nearby, the quality of on-site school facilities, class size, the country’s economy, etc. Working out what is important to you will help to choose a course that suits your budget and requirements. It is in cases like this that using an agency rather than going directly to a language school can be very helpful, as you will receive impartial advice and come away with what’s best for you.

9. Accommodation
Where you stay during your language course can affect your experience as a whole and the people you interact with during your stay, so it’s worth checking the options. For some people staying with a local family is the best way to immerse in the language and culture, while others yearn for independence and prefer a hotel or private apartment. Some locations offer shared apartments and student residences which vary in size and facilities, but will normally be shared with other students from the language school.

10. Accessibility
If you’re short on time or simply looking for a hassle-free trip, a city or town location will usually provide the quickest and easiest transfer from the airport to your accommodation. If you’re feeling more intrepid and don’t mind a connecting flight or bus/train travel, then a more remote location may be worth the extra effort for some stunning natural scenery and fewer crowds. This is good if you have time more time or want to add a language course onto the beginning of a longer trip.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To book any of our courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our language course questions page.

Our Top 3 Christmas Courses Abroad

If you want to escape abroad for Christmas, it’s not too late!

A language course is the perfect way to experience another culture at a magical time of year whilst learning a new skill. From enjoying traditional festive food to joining in celebrations with new-found friends and seeing in the New Year in style, jetting off at Christmas is a brilliant way to put some sparkle into the holiday season. Read on for some fabulous offers to help you plan a Christmas to remember.

Our Top Christmas Courses

1. Christmas in Berlin

Book 4 weeks and get 1 week free!

BerlinBerlin is a fantastic city at any time of year, but come Christmas it is transformed into a winter wonderland of over 60 Christmas markets, twinkling lights, fabulous eateries and romantic Christmas spirit. Ride a ferris wheel, go ice skating, watch jugglers and singers and warm up with a gluhwein or two and you can’t help but be swept up in the spirit of things! Best of all, there are many things you can do in Berlin for free!

German Course Offer

Cactus is offering 1 week free when you book a 4-week General German course in Berlin. Learn German in the mornings and spend the afternoons exploring this captivating city. Combine your course with accommodation in a host family to experience a true Berliner’s Christmas, or stay in a residence or apartment for complete independence. Frohe Weihnachten!

2. Christmas in Barcelona

3 weeks for the price of 2!

Another European favourite, Barcelona is a magical place to visit at Christmas, with extravagant Christmas lights at over 400 locations across the city (don’t miss the spectacular light and sound show at Plaça de Catalunya or the beautiful Montjuic Magic Fountain). From Christmas concerts to midnight mass and children’s festivals to nativity scenes, Barcelona can be as traditional as you want it, yet the shopping and nightlife remain second-to-none. Stay for the Three Kings Parade on 5th January, arguably more important than 25th December, as 6th January is when the Three Kings (Tres Reis Mags) arrive loaded with presents for the children. A must-see!

Spanish Course Offer

Cactus is offering 3 weeks for the price of 2 when you book a Spanish General Course in Barcelona between 14th December and 22nd January. There are plenty of accommodation options and regular flights. Feliz Navidad!

3. English in Brooklyn

Buy 2 weeks, get 1 week FREE! Buy 4 weeks, get 2 weeks FREE!

Christmas in New York City. who hasn’t dreamt of ice skating at Central Park, counting down the New Year at Times Square, swooning at elaborate window displays and seeing the whole city lit up like in the movies? It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as they say. If you want to learn English in New York, now is the time!

English Course Offer

Cactus is offering 3 weeks for the price of 2, or 6 weeks for the price of 4, on the Standard English courses and shared house accommodation in Brooklyn, New York. The offer is available from 30th November to 26th February 2016. Just one subway stop from Manhattan, and with stunning views of the Statue of Liberty, the school in Brooklyn offers all the benefits of small classes and personalised service with the best of New York right on the doorstep.

A very Merry Christmas, wherever you are!

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To book any of our courses please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can visit our language course questions page.

 
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