Company Magazine - July 2010

Cactus teamed-up with Company Magazine and Optimum Releasing to offer won lucky reader the chance to win a trip to Paris to celebrate the release of Gainsbourg, a biopic about France’s legendary songwriter and maverick.

Gainsbourg is one of 2010’s most anticipated films, giving an enchanting look at the musician’s early life growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris, and through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s, until his death in 1991. The film has received excellent reviews and this competition will offer the winner a chance to absorb the real Parisian experience by learning French on location in the heart of the city.

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”

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 ( and Cactus Language ( 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( and Trinity CertTesol (trinity Cactus Tefl ( 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 and”

Cactus nominated for an LTM Star Award

The LTM Star Awards are unique, peer-voted awards in the international education industry that take place annually.  Education organisations vote for their preferred agent partners and vice versa, with the winners revealed in a glitzy ceremony in London every September.

This year, a record number of votes were cast, indicating that all those shortlisted are well thought of by their school partners. We pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service, and the great partnerships that we maintain with our partner schools not just in Western Europe, but all over the world. For this reason, it means a lot to us to be shortlisted again, and we are very hopeful that we’ll win the award.

The winners will be announced at the Language Travel Magazine Star Awards ceremony on 4th September 2010. Please wish us luck – we’ll keep you posted!

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Cactus supports 2010 National Awards for Excellence and LAFTAs

It’s awards time again and this year, Cactus is delighted to be sponsoring prizes for both the National Awards for Excellence and LAFTAs 2010.  The awards (organised by CILT -The National Centre for Languages) are one of the highlights of the languages calendar. Schools and individuals from all over the country enter the awards, which acknowledge the very best in language learning and education.

This year, Cactus will be offering two lucky winners the chance to learn Spanish on location with exciting, week-long languages holidays in Spain.  Cactus’ very own Jenny Johnson will be handing out the prizes at a special awards ceremony at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank on 6 July. 

The CILT team has advised us that the standard of entries has been outstanding again this year, with a record number of entrants for both competitions.  So it just remains for us to wish everyone who’s put themselves forward for the awards the very best of luck tomorrow!