LAL London opened in Twickenham in 2010. It is one of our smaller language schools, with a capacity of 140 students.
Our mission is to provide the perfect environment for our students to learn and practise English while enjoying the characteristics and culture of each country.
We understand that you may want to know more about us and what we do, so we have prepared this page to give you some further information. We would invite you to read it carefully as it may be referred to in an interview.
What we do
LAL London mostly runs English courses for adults aged 16+, although we sometimes teach closed groups of younger students out of the high season. We offer high quality courses that are accredited by the British Council. We offer a range of activities and excursions to our students, from cultural exchange sessions and cookery classes to tours of London: this is part of our core principle that our students should enjoy a full cultural experience as well as classroom time, which is why LAL stands for ‘Language And Leisure’.
Our school can teach up to 280 students per week on two shifts, though the number of students in the school will vary throughout the year. Our busiest periods are Easter and the summer, corresponding with school holidays in the northern hemisphere.
Our team of teachers are supported by the Senior Teacher and Academic Manager, who devise and control the courses in conjunction with the Group Academic Manager. Our small Student Services team covers Welfare, Accommodation and Leisure.
Why work for us
The LAL group has a reputation that we take our work and responsibilities seriously, offering excellent courses, pastoral care and leisure programmes, with staff who are dedicated to what they do. Although our busy times can be periods of high pressure, we have a high number of returning seasonal staff, and a low turnover of permanent staff thanks to a strong team spirit and sense of responsibility.
We are a company that assists and encourages its staff with our comprehensive management team. We welcome and support newly qualified teachers but also give experienced teachers their own freedom in the classroom; and we always look for the most enthusiastic, energetic and motivated administration, activities and welfare staff.
Whether it is contributing to new text books or helping with student events, staff often find opportunities for using skills that they might not have expected, and we have a surprising number of staff who have completely different jobs from the ones they first started through the company’s knack of spotting talents and encouraging staff to develop them.