Intensive English courses in Belgium

This intensive junior English programme focuses on communication, immersion and interaction: young people are supervised not only during lessons and activities, but also during breaks and meals. They are constantly encouraged to express themselves in English by the “native speaker” monitors and teachers.

The young people are divided into age groups of 9 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 17, in classes of six participants on average (nine maximum).

So that you can see for yourself how your child is progressing, the school has set up an effective evaluation system using :

  • an online English test before arrival at the centre
  • from the very first lessons, an assessment by the teacher of the child’s ability to express him/herself orally
  • a language skills assessment at the end of the stay

CERAN quality

As a leader in training and intensive language stays, CERAN makes it a point of honour to provide young and old alike with high-quality stays thanks to a wide range of flexible formulas, so that every child can find a way to make rapid progress.

In the commune of Ferrières(province of Liège), young people are welcomed in the grounds of the Collège Saint Roch, a magnificent historic building dating from the 17th century. Just 30 minutes from Liège and 5 km from the centre of Ferrières, an exceptional landscape and lush gre enery await the young learners.

There are several independent immersion areas, each with training rooms, a multimedia area, a dining room and a relaxation room. They can also take advantage of

  • a heated indoor swimming pool
  • a football pitch
  • a mini football pitch
  • a sports hall
  • two beach volleyball courts
  • three badminton courts
  • two mini tennis courts
  • a petanque court
  • a table tennis room

The centre also has two multimedia areas and an international lounge where all the learners can meet.

Children learn effectively while having fun thanks to a communicative approach to language teaching, which gives priority to oral expression and is based on the principle of intensity (minimum 21 hours of lessons per week) and immersion, i.e. practising the language outside the classroom in everyday situations (meals, activities and socialising).

Three teaching techniques unique to the CERAN centre:

  • QRI (question, answer, intonation) is a technique based on ongoing dialogue and mutual listening between child and teacher.
  • The key phrases are a summary of the lessons. They are unique but can be transposed to many general or school contexts.
  • The verbo-tonal method of phonetic correction helps children to improve their pronunciation.

Lesson content :

Group lessons – small groups up to a maximum of 9 students per level and age group. There are 7 sessions of 45 minutes per day.

  • Speaking – speaking lessons twice a day. The focus is on the QRI method, key phrases and personal improvement of speaking skills, interaction, coherence, fluency and confidence in speaking. (2 sessions)
  • Listening comprehension – lessons in listening techniques once a day. Using mainly short clips, these lessons assess the children’s comprehension and interaction with each other. (1 session)
  • Written expression – written expression lessons once a day. These lessons are similar to the typical grammar lessons, except that all the activities and topics are based on the oral expression and comprehension lessons. (1 session)
  • Reading comprehension – reading skills lessons once a day. Similar to listening comprehension but with an emphasis on understanding written texts. (1 session)
  • Language in action – language games, language in action, debates and other activities where the target language is used in action. (2 sessions)

Individual lesson – the content of these lessons is based on the needs of the children and following the teacher’s assessment. They are recommended as preparation for a specific exam.

Each week includes :

  • 28 English lessons of 45 minutes in small groups (21 hours)
  • 19 sessions of 60 minutessupervised recreational activities
  • a half-day excursion or recreational activity on Wednesday afternoon

English lessons

The courses focus on

  • listening comprehension
  • oral expression: role-playing (telling a story, giving a presentation, explaining an opinion, taking part in a debate, etc.), with the teacher emphasising the grammar rules and vocabulary to remember
  • reading comprehension: understanding, analysing and summarising written information
  • written expression: writing summaries, comments and letters; expressing an opinion, developing an argument, organising lecture notes, etc

This programme is available from age 12.

Does your child have specific weaknesses? Would they like to focus on specialist vocabulary? You can also combine the group programme with private lessons, for more personalised learning.

Each week includes :

  • 28 English lessons of 45 minutes in small groups (21 hours)
  • personalised one-to-one lessons
  • a programme ofsocio-cultural activities, depending on the number of individual lessons (see possible combinations below)
  • a half-daydiscovery activity or excursion on Wednesday afternoons
  • two days of off-siteexcursions on Saturdays and Sundays, if the minimum stay is two weeks

Individual courses are given in two consecutive lessons of 45 minutes each, with a maximum of 4 lessons per week and per participant. They replace some of the socio-cultural activities organised in the afternoons.

The following combinations are possible:

  • Programme P2: 28 group lessons 2 private lessons
  • Programme P4: 28 group lessons 4 private lessons

Tennis, golf orhorse-riding lessons can be combined with the English lessons, instead of the activity modules of the classic programme, coached by English-speaking professionals. All levels are accepted.

Please note: these specific packages are only available on certain dates, specified in the “Prices & dates” tab, and for young people aged 12 or over. Appropriate clothing for each sport is required.

Each week includes :

  • 28 English lessons of 45 minutes in small groups (21 hours)
  • 8 sports sessions of 60 minutes supervised by a professional
  • 9 sessions of 60 minutes supervised recreational activities
  • a half-day excursion or recreational activity on Wednesday afternoons
    • English & tennis: Groups of six players maximum. Rackets and balls can be provided.
    • English & horse riding: Groups of a maximum of eight riders. The centre can lend a bomb and additional insurance must be taken out (contact us for more information).
    • English & golf: Groups of up to twelve players. Balls and half a set of clubs can be provided.

Wednesday afternoons are devoted to a sporting or cultural activity, either on or off site:

  • Sports: football, badminton, basketball, handball, rugby, tchoukball, hockey, fencing, martial arts, climbing wall, swimming, tree climbing, rock climbing, hiking, tennis, horse riding, mountain bike, archery, beach volleyball, etc
  • Arts : creative arts, sculpture, drawing, painting, scrapbooking, fashion design, singing, drama improvisation, digital photography, short films
  • Wellness: yoga, aqua fitness, pilates, gym, Zumba, relaxation, walks
  • Other activities: orientation walk, kayaking, team building, escape game, disco and talent show, magic show, hip-hop, table tennis, board games, treasure hunt

Weekend excursions include city tours (Brussels, Bruges, Maastricht), theme parks, exhibitions and museums (Waterloo Museum, Exhibitions at Liege, Fashion Museum, etc), chocolate factory, etc

Accommodation in Ferrières

Accommodation is in single rooms. The bathroom is shared with other rooms.

Full board is included throughout the stay. Young people will be given a picnic lunch on excursion days and all meals are included at weekends if the stay lasts two weeks or more.

A laundry service is available twice a week.


Day of arrival: Sunday (preferably between 4pm and 6pm)
Day of departure: Saturday (between 8.30am and 12.30pm)


If you wish, we can organise your transfer from Brussels Zaventem airport and Brussels, Liège or Verviers train stations. See “Dates/Fares” for prices.

Visa info

Do you need a visa to follow this programme? For more information on this subject, please consult our Visa Information page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone if you require any further information on this subject.

Dates & Prices 2024

Dates 2024

From 23/06 to 24/08 (last possible arrival on 18/08)

The English & Sport programme takes place on the following dates:

  • Golf: 14/07-20/07, 4/08-10/08
  • Horse riding: 30/06-13/07
  • Tennis: 23/06-29/06, 21/07-3/08

Prices 2024

CERAN advantage: for every CERAN stay booked, you will receive a €50 discount on one of our other programmes (excluding the CERAN programme).

All prices are exclusive of VAT, applicable according to current legislation.

WPCS 42.0.3
Courses & activities - Residence, single room, full board
Program - Per weekPrix
Intensive program 1.825
Language & Golf program 2.200
Language & Horse Riding Program 2.200
Language & Tennis Program 2.200
Combined program (supplement) - Per week
2 individual lessons (P2) 150
4 individual lessons (P4) 300
Transfer supplements (per journey)
From Brussels – Zaventem Airport 125
From Liège or Verviers station 70
Unaccompanied minors (UM) 40
Accommodation supplements
Extra night 105
Insurance supplement
Serenity (reschedule the stay at no additional cost within the next 12 months) 75

The above prices include:

  • The programme of courses and activities as described
  • Equipment provided for all activities and courses (excluding sports clothing)
  • Online placement test
  • Report on language skills acquired sent at the end of the stay
  • Full-board accommodation in the centre from Sunday evening to Saturday morning
  • Laundry service (twice a week)
  • Weekend accommodation (for stays of two weeks or more)

Not included:

  • Travel to the centre
  • Any visa fees
  • Optional additional insurance