This course runs for a minimum of two weeks during July and August. The start dates are Mondays 4th and 18th July and 1st and 22nd August 2016. The course is available at 5 levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced, and the maximum class size is five (5) students.
N.B: Monday 1st August is a public holiday and there is a full-day excursion for all students on that day in place of classes.
The course includes:
- 15 hours of tuition per week in small group classes
- Single room half board host family accommodation
- One midweek half-day excursion per week
- One tour of North Clare on the middle Saturday or Sunday
- Use of computer room, library and hall with badminton and table tennis
- Use of kitchen at school with free tea,coffee and hot chocolate
- Collection from Ennis or Shannon Airport at any time
- Collection and return to Dublin airport on preceeding Sundays between 11.00 and 17.00 (group transfer by mini-bus so some hours of waiting for other students to arrive can be involved - not a taxi transfer)
Students can also avail of one afternoon excursion per week. These excursions include places of natural beauty, and places of historical or cultural interest which are not available by public transport. Activities such as pitch and putt, hill walking and swimming are also included in our excursions prog
ramme for those students who prefer to be more active. Horse-riding and sailing are also available, but at an additional cost to the student.
There will be no tuition on the first Monday of August as it is a bank holiday that day. Instead there will be an all day excursion for students on this bank holiday and no afternoon excursion in that week.
The Summer Course includes host family accommodation. Families provide a single room, breakfast and evening meal. Students can book their place with the family from Saturday to Saturday, or from Sunday to Sunday. Rooms with private shower and toilet are available at an extra charge of €100 for two weeks.
We require students under the age of 18 to pay a supplement for full board with their host families. This policy is designed to ensure that students eat three meals each day while they are under our care. This supplement amounts to an extra €50 for two weeks.
We take great care to place students with families where the only common language is English. We also have detailed questions on our registration form to find out if students have any preferences with regard to the type of family or any dietary needs.
The Summer Course provides for five levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced. There is no class of Beginners.
- Exposure to rich but comprehensible input
- Motivation stimulating interest in the subject in question
- Use of new material presented in the performance-relevant tasks
To this end we draw from a wide range of training methods, but with the principal emphasis on individual, paired or group tasks in order to stimulate interest, enhance performance and gain confidence in the target language. We create tasks through the use of newspapers, magazines, radio cassettes, television and video. We exploit language from song and story, drawing on the students’ own culture and tradition and we include play with puzzles and board games. We also use formal textbooks and grammar exercise books.
In this course we ask students to keep a learning diary and we also hold frequent feedback sessions where we ask students to assess the effectiveness of their course to date in meeting their needs. These sessions also examine where improvements on content and methodology can be made. This feedback is invaluable for maintaining the language learning efficiency of the course.
Individual collection at Cork Airport is extra and the extra fee is €125 for pick up and return to Cork Airport at any time. Individual collection at Dublin Airport (outside the hours of 11- 17 on Sundays) is €200 for pick up and return to Dublin Airport at any time.