Holiday periods vary from one country to another. And even in the same country, the holiday periods of secondary schools and universities don’t always coincide.
In Belgium, where the English Academy is located, these are the secondary school holidays: All Saints break, Christmas holidays, Carnival break, Easter holidays and last but not least the summer holidays.
I would like to classify these 5 holidays into 3 groups:
- The one-week breaks: All Saints and Carnival.
- The two-week breaks Christmas and Easter.
- The two-month summer break: July and August.
It is obvious that the longer the holiday period, the more choice you have.
At All Saints and Carnival, there is no other option than to take the only week available.
During the Christmas and Easter holiday, you can choose two weeks or just the first or the second week. Since Christmas Day and New Year’s Day often fall on weekdays, the Easter break is generally a better choice than the Christmas break. This is reflected in the larger number of students that we see attending the English lessons at our language school in Brussels during the Easter holidays.
The best period for an intensive language training course during the school holidays is the long summer break that allows you to plan the course whenever your child is available and for the number of weeks of your choice.
Even if your child takes a three-week course in July or August, it will still have enough time left for other activities that summer. Make sure that the language school you choose offers that flexibility.