History | IALC

Founding aims

  • To promote cultural & professional exchange through studying modern languages in the countries where they are spoken
  • To represent and convey professionalism and expertise in the teaching of foreign languages
  • To protect and maintain worldwide the existence of high quality independent language schools

Founding members

  • Cial Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Estudio Internacional Sampere, Madrid, Spain
  • Gran Canaria School, Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Instituto Michelangelo, Florence, Italy
  • The Language Centre of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • The Montreal Language School, Montreal, Canada
  • Pitman School of English, London, England
  • Rennert Bilingual, New York, USA

Milestones

  • 1983 First meeting in Madrid
  • 1984 First IALC Agent Workshop
  • 1988 Approval of Constitution, Code of Ethics and Bylaws
  • 1990 Incorporation as a not-for-profit company
  • 1999 Strategic review
  • 2000 Creation of current Quality Assurance Scheme
  • 2007 Winner of the first STM Star School Association Award
  • 2008 Creation of Partner Agency Scheme
  • 2008 Shortlisted for STM Star School Association Award
  • 2009 Winner of STM Star School Association Award
  • 2010 Winner of STM Star School Association Award
  • 2011 Shortlisted for STM Star School Association Award
  • 2011 Strategic review
  • 2012 Creation of new mission, vision and values
  • 2012 Shortlisted for STM Star School Association Award
  • 2013 30th Anniversary Workshop in Lisbon
  • 2013 Shortlisted for STM Star School Association Award
  • 2014 Winner of STM Star School Association Award
  • 2015 Winner of STM Star School Association Award
  • 2016 Achieved STM Super Star status
  • 2017 A record 20 IALC schools shortlisted for the StudyTravel Star Awards 2017

Presidents of IALC

  • 1983-1986  Alberto Sampere, Estudio Sampere
  • 1986-1989  Renato Borges de Sousa, CIAL Centro de Linguas
  • 1989-1992 Cesar Rennert, Rennert Bilingual
  • 1992-1995 Mary Towers, The Language Centre of Ireland
  • 1995-1999 Juan Manuel Sampere, Estudio Sampere
  • 1999-2002 Sonia Di Centa, Centro Internazionale Dante Alighieri
  • 2002-2005 Odile Migieu, Cork Language Centre International
  • 2005-2008 David Diplock, LSC Language Studies Canada
  • 2008-2011 Walter Denz, Liden & Denz Language Centres
  • 2011-2014  Alexandra Borges de Sousa, CIAL Centro de Linguas
  • 2014-2017  Celestine Rowland, Galway Cultural Institute
  • 2017 Giorgia Biccelli, Linguaviva 

Current IALC ST SuperStars

  • IALC: School Association
  • ELC Sydney: English Language School Southern Hemisphere
  • French in Normandy: French Language School
  • GLS German Language School: German Language School
  • Liden & Denz Russia: World Language School
  • Malaca Instituto: Spanish Language School