Face Up Magazine - May 2010

This full page article from Angela West looks at how to learn language quickly if you’re heading off on your holidays.  Angela writes: “Do you know your pommes frites from your pescado?  Whether you’re camping with your family in France, skydiving in Spain or clubbing in Croatia, even a few basic words in the language will go down well with the locals – and you might make a few new friends. Learning abroad?  Cactus is one of the world’s leading language training companies with courses in over 25 languages, in 45 countries worldwide.  Visit https://www.cactuslanguage.com.”


Tuscan Living Magazine - May 2010

This double-page spread written by Angela West covers her top tips on how to brush-up your Italian skills.  Angela writes: “Want to impress the locals?  Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to improve your knowledge of Italian, there’s a whole wealth of language learning resources out there.  What’s more, you can combine your learning whilst wine tasting, capturing those beautiful Italian landscapes on canvas or aiming for a hole in one on the fairway.”

“It’s not all about sitting in a classroom. Language and activity courses are the perfect opportunity to combine language classes with a whole host of exciting activities, even if you’re a mature student.  Cactus Language Training believe that picking up a language is as much about getting out there and doing it as it is about learning verb tables, so they offer a variety of courses with morning language lessons, leaving the afternoons free to learn a new activity or indulge in an old favourite.  You can also give your body a workout, not just your brain, on a Language and Sport combination course.”


The Independent - 17 July 2010

This double-page article by Joe Bindloss takes a look at how you can take time out for travelling without damaging your career.  It includes an interview with a previous Cactus Tefl student, Tessa Barber.  She talks about her experiences of retraining as an English teacher and her varied work experience around Europe. 

Joe writes: “If the focus is on gaining new skills, there are many opportunities to study abroad. Total-immersion language schools such as Languages Abroad (languagesabroad.co.uk) and Cactus Language (cactuslanguage.com) offer the chance to learn a foreign language in the country where it is spoken, from Spanish courses in Barcelona to Mandarin Chinese courses in Beijing.

“If you don’t want to learn somebody else’s language, you could always try teaching your own. Language schools around the world need a steady supply of qualified English teachers, and, with aTefl (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or Tesol (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, you can work almost anywhere. The most widely recognised teaching qualifications are Cambridge Celta(cambridgeesol.org) and Trinity CertTesol (trinity college.co.uk). Cactus Tefl (cactustefl.com) can arrange certification courses around the world – a four-week Tefl course in Poland, Hungary or Thailand can cost as little as £779. Search for teaching jobs at eslcafe.com/jobs and tefl.com.”