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TLA-The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in USA

What we like about the school

  • 3 Time Star Award nominee for best language school in North America
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Excellent rating of homestay accommodation
  • 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, Suite 401, 33301 - Fort Lauderdale, USA (see on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

AAIEPACCET ALTOIALC SEVPPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

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

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

18

Number of public PC workstations:

17

Facilities for disabled students

  • Disabled car park

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 175
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 100
  • Junior courses in summer: 150

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 7
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 7
  • Junior courses in summer: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 14 years for specific Junior courses

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

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):

16
2
10
10
1
10
2
5
12
2
2
15
5
2
2

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (F.

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport:
90 US$ pick up
180 US$ return (both ways)
Miami International Airport:
190 US$ pick up
380 US$ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 28.May.2018, 04.Jul.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 22.Nov.2018, 23.Dec.2018 - 25.Dec.2018.
In 2019 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2019, 27.May.2019, 04.Jul.2019, 02.Sep.2019, 28.Nov.2019, 29.Nov.2019, 25.Dec.2019.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 13
Price in US$ 375 357 750 713 1125 1069 1500 1425 1875 1782 2250 2138 2625 2494 3000 2850 3750 3563 4500 4275 4160 3952
This course requires an F1 student visa.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6-7 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 15:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 13
Price in US$ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1250 1188 1500 1425 1750 1663 2000 1900 2500 2375 3000 2850 2600 2470
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 13
Price in US$ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1300 1235 1560 1482 1820 1729 2080 1976 2600 2470 3120 2964 2860 2717
This GEA2 course requires F1 student visa. Afternoon classes only meet 1 afternoon per week.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 13
Price in US$ 550 523 1100 1045 1650 1568 2200 2090 2750 2613 3300 3135 3850 3658 4400 4180 5500 5225 6600 6270 5850 5558
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 14:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 13 20 Additional Week
Price in US$ 900 855 1800 1710 2700 2565 3600 3420 5400 5130 7200 6840 9000 8550 9600 9120 10400 9880 16000 15200 800 760
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1100 1045 1375 1307 1650 1568 1925 1829 2200 2090 2475 2352 2750 2613 3300 3135
Textbook and materials fee: USD 100. The TOEFL test fee (credit card required) is payable directly to the ETS Corporation. Students must make their own reservation for the exam via the ETS website
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam fee
200 US$
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1100 1045 1375 1307 1650 1568 1925 1829 2200 2090 -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam fee
125 US$
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 325 309 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2600 2470 -- 3250 3088 --
The FCE course is either 10 or 8 weeks (for students who choose to arrive 2 week after the course start date. Exam dates are the same for both 8 and 10-week students.
Starting dates
2018: 15.Jan.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 24.Sep.2018.
2019: 15.Jul.2019.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Exam dates
21.Mar.2018, 03.Jun.2018, 29.Nov.2018
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 450 428 900 855 1350 1283 1800 1710 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$ 100 book fee applies
Starting dates
Every first Monday of month .
2019: 10.Jun.2019, 02.Dec.2019.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam fee
375 US$
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in US$ 300 285 600 570 900 855 1200 1140 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$ 100 book fees apply
Starting dates
2018: 08.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 07.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 05.Nov.2018.
2019: 07.Jan.2019, 04.Feb.2019, 04.Mar.2019, 08.Apr.2019, 03.Jun.2019, 08.Jul.2019, 05.Aug.2019, 07.Oct.2019.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by TLA-The Language Academy, Fort Lauderdale can be reserved 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 classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 60 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 Beginner group classes.
For test preparation courses, tuition fees do not include book and materials. The books and material fee for these courses is $100.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 585 900 1215 315
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, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 15
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ -- 715 1100 1485 385
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, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 15
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in US$ 595 1190 1785 2380 --
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per room
Price extra night:
85 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: 18
Dates

High season dates 01.Jan.2018 - 12.May.2018, 14.Oct.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 245 US$
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)*
Price in US$ 700 1400 2100 2800 700 200
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
Dates

High season dates 01.Jan.2018 - 12.May.2018, 14.Oct.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
High season
High season supplement per week: 280 US$

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Baseball2 km
Basketball2 km
Cooking1 km
Dancing1 km
Diving1 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding10 km
Ice Hockey2 km
Music 
Sailing1 km
Squash1 km
Swimming1 km
Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Windsurfing1 km
Yoga0.5 km
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.8/5.0 
Facilities
4.5/5.0 
Social activities
4.1/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.8/5.0 
Value for money
4.5/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.6/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.7/5.0 
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
Friendly atmosphere. Good organization of the educational process. Qualified teachers.
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
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation

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