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Facilities

School facilties vary considerably according to the location and size of schools. However, all schools nowadays are fitted with several classrooms, a computer room with Internet access and a meeting place for students (cafeteria, living room, chill-out bar, etc.)

Classroom

The schools' classrooms are generally furnished with the latest equipment, sometimes even designer. According to the size of the school, the number of and space within classrooms will vary. A classroom is made up of at a minimum tables and chairs for the students and a blackboard.

Internet access and computer room

Every language school has a computer room where you can have Internet access. However, it may be the case that certain small schools make you pay for Internet access because of a bad connection to the local network.

Library/media library

In order to immerse yourself in the culture of a country, every school offers a choice of books (learning, novels, crime novels, books concerning philosophy and politics etc..), newspapers (local and international) and magazines in the language you are learning. You will have a wider choice in a large school than in a small one which often may only have a set of shelves in the by way of a library. The largest schools offer international newspapers and are equipped with a media library which offers an even wider choice of different types of media.

Language lab

Schools with large enough premises and good technology will encourage you to use the language lab in order to continue practising the language outside of class hours. In general, a certain method will be proposed to you in order to optimise your progress.

TV/ DVD/ radio

Given the importance of the media nowadays, language schools need to inform their students of the poltical, economic and social world which surrounds them. Even if DVD players are still quite rare in small schools, a television and radio are part of the furniture. Schools which have a DVD player have a wide choice of fiction films and documentaries on offer, which students can watch on-site or borrow.

Cafeteria, lounge, bar, etc.

Whatever it may be called, almost all schools have a common room for students' use which can be either a lounge, a cafeteria, a bar or a reading room. This place represents the frame of mind of the school by being innovative or staying quite traditional. It is often possible to buy something to drink or eat from a vending machine unless the school has a snack bar or even better, a restaurant.

Terrace, balcony, garden

Certain schools are lucky to have set up in a premises with a terrace and/or garden. It's often here that students meet each other outside of class before heading out for a walk around the surrounding area or going home.

Access to the campus

If the school is located near a campus, or even on one, it is obvious that you will be able to benefit from all of the facilities used by the students there, such as the university library, cafeteria, restaurant, bar, sports and cultural activities. However, don't forget that during the university holidays, the campus risks being quite empty.