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TLA-The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale, USA

What we like about the school

  • 3 Time Star Award nominee for best language school in North America
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated school facilities

TLA-The Language Academy

The language school TLA-The Language Academy was founded in Fort Lauderdale, USA in 1997. TLA is located in a prestigious building, within the Museum of Art Plaza, on famous Las Olas Boulevard, in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a 5-minute walk to the central bus terminal and the entertainment district.

The school address is: 200 South Andrews Avenue, 33301 - Fort Lauderdale (USA).

Accreditations and Quality seals

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Student support desk

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

Classroom equipment

  • TV in most classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

20

Number of public workstations:

17

Prices include

  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 250
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 100
  • Junior courses in summer: 400
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 50

Average age of students

  • in summer: 20 years
  • throughout the year: 27 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 7
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 7
  • Junior courses in summer: 7

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 14 years for specific Junior courses

Exams offered:

  • BEC

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 70 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

15
2
10
10
1
10
2
5
12
2
2
15
5
3
5
2

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (F. It takes 10 minutes by taxi to school.

Language school closed

In 2016 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2016, 25.Mar.2016, 30.May.2016, 04.Jul.2016, 05.Sep.2016, 24.Nov.2016, 25.Nov.2016, 23.Dec.2016, 26.Dec.2016 In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 14.Apr.2017, 29.May.2017, 04.Jul.2017, 04.Sep.2017, 23.Nov.2017 - 24.Nov.2017, 25.Dec.2017

Courses

All prices in US$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 14 15 16 Additional Week
Price in US$ 360342 720684 10801026 14401368 21602052 28802736 42904076 46204389 49504703 52805016 330314
It requires F1 Visa. This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Fort Lauderdale
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Afternoon: 13:30  - 15:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 250238 500475 750713 1000950 12501188 15001425 17501663 20001900 25002375 30002850 220209
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 550523 825784 11001045 13751307 26502518 19251829 22002090 27502613 33003135 240228
F1 visa. Afternoon classes, 1 afternoon per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Afternoon: 13:30  - 17:10
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 570542 11401083 17101625 22802166 28502708 34203249 39903791 45604332 57005415 68406498 500475
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:40
Afternoon: 13:30  - 14:20
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ 900855 18001710 27002565 36003420 45004275 54005130 63005985 72006840 90008550 1080010260 800760
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- -- -- 11001045 13501283 16001520 18501758 21001995 26002470 31002945 250238
Textbook and materials fee: US$75. The TOEFL test fee (credit card required) is payable directly to ETS Corporation.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:45
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
Exam fee
190 US$
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 400380 800760 12001140 16001520 20001900 24002280 28002660 32003040 36003420 40003800 --
Starting dates
2016: 07.Mar.2016, 25.Apr.2016, 18.Jul.2016, 28.Nov.2016.
2017: Every first Monday of month 06.Feb.2017, 06.Mar.2017, 01.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 21.Aug.2017, 04.Dec.2017.
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Note: All courses offered by TLA-The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
School's administrative fee: 125.00  US$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 65 US$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: Absolute beginners are required to attend private classes until they can reach the A1 Beginner Level. TLA reserves the right to replace group classes with private classes at a 5:1 ratio if the student's level is not high enough for group classes.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ -- 630 945 1260 315 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
45 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 15
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ -- 770 1155 1540 385 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
55 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
12 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Half board, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 15
Maximum age of students: 0
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 525 1050 1575 2100 525 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
75 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 21
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2016 - 14.May.2016, 11.Sep.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 175 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 665 1330 1995 2660 665 200
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
95 US$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Heating, Air conditioning, No meals, Private bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 21
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 01.Jan.2016 - 14.May.2016, 11.Sep.2016 - 31.Dec.2016
High season
High season supplement per week: 210 US$
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: on request
  • Optional airport transfer
    Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: for 90 US$ (one way); for 180 US$ (return trip)
    Miami International Airport: for 190 US$ (one way); for 380 US$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Cooking 1 km
Dancing 1 km
Diving 1 km
Football (soccer) 1 km
Golf 5 km
Horse riding 10 km
Music  
Sailing 1 km
Squash 1 km
Swimming 1 km
Tennis 1 km
Volleyball 1 km
Windsurfing 1 km
Yoga 0.5 km

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.6/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.7/5.0 
Value for money
4.4/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
4.6/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.6/5.0 
Other
4.5/5.0 
Students liked about TLA-The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale
The facilities and the methodology.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The excursions the school organises are expensive. It's great to rent a car during your stay, as the public transport is bad.
The atmosphere and the teachers.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
I appreciated the seriousness of the school structure and the organization of the classes. Furthermore, because of the Florida's climate, I appreciate so much the afternoon classes.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Except on the weekend, the school does not organize guided excursions outside school hours, it only provides suggestions.
Professionalism coupled with a friendly atmosphere.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
The truly dedicated lecturers and of course not forgetting TED !!
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The trips to Key West and the Everglades are a MUST !!
Other comments: This was my second time there, a great team and it's always exciting to get to know new people and other cultures!

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