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IALC Workshop 2005 – Paris, France

Paris 2005Record Attendance 2005 IALC Workshop Paris

A record 113 language travel agents from 27 countries attended the 2005 IALC Workshop in Paris on 28-30 April 2005, to meet with 85 IALC language schools drawn from around the world. The 22nd IALC Workshop took place at the Novotel Tour Eiffel directly after the IALC annual general meeting. IALC attributes the 35% growth in agent attendance from 2004 to 2005 to a combination of factors. 

Paris once again proved a popular destination for a meeting as well as French language study. The 1996 IALC workshop in Paris also broke attendance records, attracting 92 agencies. 

The IALC workshop format underwent a review and some changes in 2005. Agents were offered an extra night of accommodation and the workshop moved forward from Saturday/Sunday to Friday/Saturday. Since 2002, IALC membership has grown by 31 language schools, an increase of roughly 50%. The choice of language schools and courses in IALC has increased proportionately, most notably English in the UK, French in France and Spanish in Latin America. During the last six years, IALC has developed its quality assurance scheme into a rigorous international accreditation for private language schools, guaranteeing minimum international standards and dynamic, forward-thinking member schools. 

The 2005 IALC meeting was co-organised by the IALC Secretariat and the official 2005 hosts, Ecole France Langue in Paris. Events begin with a party at the Ecole de Langue Francaise Etrangere (ELFE) on Thursday night to celebrate the French language school’s 20th anniversary. It was attended by IALC delegates, ELFE staff and host families. On Friday night, France Langue invited guests to a tour of its school buildings followed by a delicious champagne buffet. The 22nd IALC Workshop culminated in the traditional Gala Dinner on Saturday night, held at the elegant Automobile Club de Paris on Place de la Concorde, with spectacular views of Paris. 

IALC members ILA, BLS, France Langue and Alpha.b hosted post-workshop fam trips to south-west and south-east France. 


Familiarisation Trips to IALC French Language Schools

Montpellier, Toulon and Nice

Famtrip27 language school agents from 12 countries took part in the post-workshop fam trip organised jointly by the Institut Linguistique Adenet (ILA) in Montpellier, BLS-Campus International in Toulon and France Langue and Alpha B. in Nice. 

Arriving in Montpellier from Paris by TGV, the agents visited the ILA school buildings, student residences and an aparthotel. At a champagne reception in the evening, they were able to chat to Claudia and Stefan Adenet, the ILA directors, and the school staff. 

A walking tour of the historic centre of Montpellier was followed by a drive via the salt lagoons with their wild pink flamingos to the beach restaurant of the Michelin 2-star chefs, Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, for dinner. 

The trip continued by coach the next day to Nice, stopping first in Toulon, where the group visited BLS-Campus International. Director Marie-Laure Lions-Olivieri gave a presentation on BLS-Campus International and its junior camp Le Pradet. There was time to talk to the school staff and look around the school and its beautiful seaside location, before a delicious lunch buffet of home-cooked specialities of the region. 

Next, it was on by coach to Nice, where the group visited one of the partner student residences of France Langue and the France Langue school premises. During a champagne reception, the agents had the chance to talk with France Langue owner Bertrand Piot and the directors, staff and students of the Nice school. In the evening, France Langue hosted dinner at a restaurant beside the yachting marina in Monaco. The drive along the stunning coast from Nice to Monaco showed some of the highlights of the region. 

The next morning, French language school Alpha.b organised a guided tour of the old centre of Nice, followed by a visit to the two Alpha.b school buildings and a champagne reception. Here, agents were able to talk with Alpha.b directors Anja Denysiuk and Pascal Richez and the school staff. Lunch was hosted by Alpha.b in a typical Nice restaurant with local specialities. 


"This one was the best of all fam trips I have participated in. I feel now more confident about your region." 
Ludmilla Gauslaa, Språkreisebyrået AS, Norway

"The whole fam trip was a great experience to get to know the schools and the destinations better. I was impressed how smooth everything was organized." 
Nizar Saade, STA Travel, Switzerland

"Our hosts offered us a perfect programme combining professional visits of their schools with the discovery of the three different cities and their neighbourhood." 
Nathalie Åkerlund, AVISTA Sweden

Bordeaux & Biarritz

Famtrip18 language travel agents from nine countries joined the post-workshop fam trip to the BLS French language schools in Biarritz and Bordeaux. 

Arriving in Biarritz by TGV, the group took a guided tour of the elegant seaside resort famous for its beaches and surfers. This was followed by a firsthand introduction to the BLS French & Golf programme. Isabelle Charbonneau, director of BLS-Biarritz, took the group around the Ilbaritz Golf Club, which has breathtaking views of the Pyrenees and Atlantic Ocean, ending with a drink at the club house. Next, the agents visited the school, where they enjoyed Basque wine and canapés.

The evening began with champagne offered the Biarritz Casino, followed by a delicious meal in the “restaurant du Casino”, overlooking the main promenade and ocean front. A relaxing stroll along the beach rounded off the day. 

The next morning, the group travelled to Bordeaux by train for a guided tour of the city, which was followed by a 2-hour Bordeaux wine tasting course at’ l’Ecole du Bordeaux’, BLS partner school for the French & Bordeaux wine course. 

After lunch in a typical French brasserie, the group took a short tour of Bordeaux’s main 18th and 19th monuments and architecture. Next, the agents visited the BLS school premises in the heart of the city, enjoying a glass of wine in BLS’s interior garden. 

The setting for the final evening dinner was “La Maison Bord’eaux”, a charming and beautifully decorated hotel. 


"It was an unforgettable trip and in fact, I already advised two students today who were interested in BLS!" 
Annette WILLI, Lingua Net, Switzerland

"Cela a été un plaisir de pouvoir finalement visiter vos écoles de Biarritz et de Bordeaux, pour lesquelles je vous fais mes compliments! J'espère pouvoir vous envoyer des clients dans les mois qui suivront!" 

"The trip was perfect. We had never been to that part of France and we came home full of enthusiasm about both cities. Most of all we were very well impressed with the schools and your work." 
Maria Helena and Cecilia, Link Viagens Culturais, Brazil


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