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French, German and Spanish Residential Summer Courses
Our courses are so structured and so well planned that nothing is left to chance. Supervision is provided at all times including class, activities, meal time and in the dormitories. Language learning on the course is not just confined to the classroom, but involves a variety of cultural, sporting and other recreational activities. A key objective is to lower anxiety levels so that students learn in a relaxed and informal way as students experience a French, German or Spanish speaking environment all day every day.
• Students live in a boarding school for a period just short of 3 weeks.
• Classes take place 6 days a week usually from 9.30am to 1.00pm.
• Students cover the topics for Junior Cert/Leaving Cert.
• There is a wide range and choice of activities in the afternoons and evenings.
• Students are expected to communicate in the target language at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the courses are mixed and you will sleep in dormitories that are split into male and female. Some colleges have dormitories that sleep between six and eight although there are some with small bedrooms that sleep two or three. There are also dormitories that are large rooms with between twenty and forty beds that are separated by dividers.
Visits disrupt the continuity of a course and they also affect the French / German / Spanish atmosphere that prevails on our courses. Because of this we strongly advise that no visits take place. For those parents who feel they must visit, visiting time is confined to Sunday afternoon between midday and 5.30 p.m. Your parents will sign you out of the college and sign you back in on your return. In recent years we have found that the majority of parents do take their child out of the college on Sundays.
No. Schools are public areas and therefore it is against the law to smoke in the college. The Euro Languages College rules state that you are liable to expulsion if you smoke at the course regardless of your parents’ attitude to smoking.
Anyone who has completed one year of French, German or Spanish at secondary school can attend the courses. We will assess you when you arrive so that you will be placed in a class with students of equal ability to yourself. Some students attend the courses because they feel they are weak at the language and need to improve and others who may be very strong at the language attend because they enjoy the course environment.
We have students who attend the courses from all over the country and some who attend from abroad as well. Usually, where you live will probably determine which course you choose so as to be able to get there easily. Another factor in choosing a course would be the dates that it is running.
No one college is better than another; they all have their own individual appeal. There is no difference in structure at any of the courses as the language programme is exactly the same at every course.
Our rule states that “Students must make the effort to communicate in French / German / Spanish at all times in accordance with their ability.” If you are found to be breaking this rule you will be given a first warning and your Parents / Guardians will be contacted immediately. If you are found to be breaking this rule a second time you will be sent home from the college. Most students settle into speaking the target language after a few days! We realise that this may seem harsh, but the success of our courses depends on this rule being enforced.
We do not encourage Students to leave the course as it interrupts the continuity of the language experience; if it is necessary that your child leave the course for any reason, you must give the Course Manager all the details in advance and in writing. You should tell us when your child will leave the course, when they will be returning, how they are getting there and back to the course again, that is, if they are taking public transport or being collected by someone.
As a guide, the only pocket money requirements will be for the:
- Tuck Shop – The Tuck Shop sells ice cream, crisps, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks, water, stamps etc.
- Laundry (if students wish to avail of this facility) – An arrangement is made with a local launderette to collect and return students’ laundry, which is charged at the usual rate.
- Swimming in colleges that do not have their own pool.
- Doctor ? in case your son/daughter should need to visit the doctor.
- Senior French students must also pay for a grammar book. In summer 2018, the cost was ?27.00.
You must first of all inform us if your child has any special medical conditions or if your child needs to take medication during the course. We have experience with students who need daily medication. Medication should be given to the Course Manager at the beginning of the course to be dispensed to the student. A nurse visits the college daily and liaises with the Course Manager to ensure that each student’s medical requirements are met. There is also a doctor on call at all times for each college.
Unfortunately we cannot provide one to one supervision for swimming or any other activity and students cannot train unsupervised for reasons of welfare and safety. However, you could request that he is allowed to swim daily as his group activity.
Yes, we are strict in enforcing the language rule but this is the reason that our courses are so successful. In order to provide the necessary French / German / Spanish speaking atmosphere and to ensure total immersion, we must insist that Students make an effort to speak the language at all times to the best of their ability. Generally, students adapt very well to this after a few days.
Every effort is made to help the students settle in and enjoy our courses. We do not encourage telephone calls but if a student is homesick they are allowed to ring home. On the first evening of assembly, Students are advised to approach any member of staff if they are experiencing difficulties in settling in. There are pastoral care meetings held twice weekly where the students discuss any problems they may have. Students can also speak to the Course Manager in the office in English if they are having problems.
Male and female dormitories are completely separate. Animators and Assistants sleep in the dormitories with the students and the Management staff and Teachers sleep on site in the college.