Here’s a brief overview of language courses and schools in Belgium for kids, including English courses, Dutch courses, and French courses.
If you’re looking for a language course in Belgium to teach your kids in the French language, Dutch language, English language or even more, there is a number of schools that offer classes for children. You can choose from total language immersion to private, cross-cultural, as well as group language learning.
English/French language courses in Belgium
AC Montessori Kids
This language school offers bilingual English/French education for children from one and a half to six years old. There are two classes, one for toddlers up to three years old (maximum 14 children) as well as the other one for the three to six age group (maximum 20 children).
Each class is directed by two teachers, one English-speaking, the other French-speaking (both always teaching in their native language). The low teacher/student ratio (1:7 and 1:10) also allows for individualized learning, enabling each child to work at his own pace.
Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination, and are also geared to help each child reach their full potential. The school, which is housed in a large villa in rural Lasne, offers large and bright classrooms opening up to a vast garden/playground. AC Montessori Kids is also approved by the Belgian youth authority O.N.E., which means that school fees for children up to three years are tax-deductible.
Dutch, English and French courses for kids
Active French School
Tel/fax 02 657 20 44
Dutch and French. Specialises in teaching adults and teenagers as well as a ‘Speak & Play’ method for children.
Schools in Antwerp, Bruges, Hasselt, Liege, Ghent, Tienen, and Mouscron, as well as three centres in Brussels. Berlitz centres offer total immersion courses as well as private, semi-private, group, cross-cultural, and in-company courses. There are also free Conversation Clubs in French, Dutch, and English for all enrolled students.
There is a special program for children (7–11 years as well as 12–15 years) in French, Dutch, and English. For young people between the ages of 17 and 25 the school also offers programs that vary in length from one to three academic years.
The Formation Linguistic Permanente focuses on language training. Students devote the school year to courses combining training in three or four languages with a variety of subjects, including subject areas such as marketing, advertising, tourism, and public relations.
Rue des Drapiers 25
Tel 02 644 95 95
Bd de la Cense 41
Tel 02 353 13 00
Centre for Accelerated Language Learning specializes in accelerated courses. Their super-learning method in addition to a relaxed, supportive atmosphere helps students learn faster without tiring or forgetting. Students learn new words and structures in a spontaneous, initially verbal manner, and only later in writing – just as they learned their mother tongues.
In fact, all teachers are university graduates teaching in their native tongues, trained in the super-learning method. Four-week or ten-week courses in small groups start every month. There are also courses a la carte, marathon, specific purpose, and a conversation club, as well as programs for children and teenagers.
Langues Vivantes Interlingua
Dutch courses for people aged 10 to 17. Languages, culture, and sports during school holidays in Bruges.
Ski Ten Int’l
5080 La Bruyère
Tel 081 21 30 51
Fax 081 20 02 63
English, Dutch, French, sports, and outdoor activities organised during summer for children aged 6 to 16.
Tel 09 223 84 92
Fax 09 223 61 10
Dutch in combination with creative workshops and sport activities during Easter and summer holidays in small groups of children of eight to 12 and 11 to 18.
Language schools for main EU languages
Kasteel Van Velm
Tel 011 68 82 60
Fax 011 67 37 70
Conducts courses of one-week to three-months at the Châteaux of Velm & Thieusies. Languages are Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish and there are also special courses for children over seven years old.
Kids’ Computer Club
Organises Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish courses for three to 16 years old during school holidays.
Kiddy & Junior Classes
Nine languages offered. Youngsters aged three to 18 can attend camps combining language and sports activities during school holidays.
Rue Louis Hap 156
Tel: 02 734 80 73
Fax: 02 732 63 35
The first professional private language school in Brussels. It offers a wide range of language courses, mainly French, Dutch and English; but also other languages, using its own library and experienced native teachers.
Company and private lessons are offered in flexible, tailor-made formulas, adapted to one’s needs, availability, and budget. Group lessons (maximum 8 people) are given 2 x 2 hours/week from September to June, also evenings. There are also intensive group lessons (4 hours/day) during holiday periods. Also in-company lessons.
Rue Africaine 27
Tel/fax 02 538 37 43
Teaches children aged three to 11 English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish in addition to craft, drawing, and music.
Language schools for EU languages, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Schools in Antwerp, Bruges, Liege, Ghent, Tienen, and Mouscron, in addition to four centres in Brussels.
Berlitz centres offer total immersion courses as well as private, semi-private, group, cross-cultural, and in-company courses. There are free Conversation Clubs in French, Dutch, and English for all enrolled students.
For young people between the ages of 17 and 25, the school offers programs that vary in length from one to three academic years. The Formation Linguistic Permanente focuses on language training.
Students devote the school year to courses combining training in three or sometimes even four languages with a variety of subjects, including marketing, advertising, tourism, and public relations.
CERAN Lingua International
Residential language institute with licensed centres in Europe and in Japan. CERAN proposes residential courses Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish for adults (over 19 years), and offers Dutch, German, French, and English language courses to children aged 10 to 12.
Weekly programs of 66 hours, every day from 08.00 to 22.00 with the teachers as well as CERAN assistants. Only the target language is used during lessons, breaks, meals, and socio-cultural evening activities. CERAN uses its exclusive method developed in 1975, which is constantly refined.