About LAL Language Centres

35 years’ experience

LAL Language Centres was set up in Torbay in 1980, and offers language courses with leisure programmes for adults and young learners around the world. The LAL group of schools is owned by a large German tour operator, FTI. We have schools for adults in Boston, London, Torbay, Florida, Cape Town, Malta and Gozo. We also run residential summer schools in the UK, USA and Malta.

You can find out about all our schools and courses at www.lalschools.com.

High quality

LAL prides itself on the quality of our courses. Our lessons are taught by trained teachers, and we are accredited in each country as a mark of our high standards.

Not just lessons

LAL stands for ‘Language And Leisure’, which emphasises our belief that students should get out of the classroom and enjoy themselves while practising their new language skills. Our activity programme for Young Learners is fully supervised by a large team of Activity Assistants and provides our students with a mix of compulsory and optional activities every week. Adults are offered a wide range of excursions and tours, ranging from visits to local beauty spots to trips to cities further afield. We have our own minibuses and employ driver-guides to help our students get the most out of their visit.

The LAL family

Our sister company LAL Sprachreisen is a leading language travel agent in Germany and you can visit their homepage at www.lal.de. Both LAL Language Centres and LAL Sprachreisen are owned by the Munich based tour operator FTI  www.fti.de


1980: LAL Language Centres founded in England
1981: LAL Sprachreisen founded in Germany
1983: Frosch Touristik opens in Germany
1984: Torbay Language Centre opens in Paignton
1985: IELS opens in Malta
1992: Florida Language Center opens
1996: Cape Communication Center joins the LAL Group
1996: Unified branding
1998: First CELTA course run in Torbay
1998: First Summer School
1999: First LAL website launched
2000: Airtours buys FTI
2003: FTI bought back
2003: Summer School at Kelly College
2005: Major refurbishment of Torbay Language Centre
2006: Schools rebrand as LAL
2007: Second Summer School in Taunton
2008: Third UK Summer School open in Winchester
2008: Summer School opens in Boca Raton
2009: New corporate identity
2010: LAL London opens
2011: LAL course book published
2011: First Summer School in New York
2013: Summer School opens in Berkhamsted
2015: LAL Boston opens
2015: New Summer School in Brighton

This site is published by LAL Language Centres Holding Limited, registered in England No. 01525902, with registered address Sigma House, Oak View Close, Edginswell Park, Torquay, TQ2 7FF, England, on behalf of LAL Language Centres UK Limited (LAL London and LAL Torbay), the Institute of English Language Studies (IELS Malta and IELS Gozo), LAL Language Centres South Africa (Pty) Ltd (LAL Cape Town) Language Skills Inc. (LAL Boston) and LAL Language Centers US (LAL Fort Lauderdale and LAL US Summer Schools).