It is understood that students need to grasp all key aspects of a foreign language (speaking, writing, reading, listening and grammar) to a similar degree. Experience shows that only the students who master all of these areas really feel at ease speaking another language. On the first day of classes, a detailed placement test is held that helps the schools to assign students to their corresponding course levels. Small class sizes contribute considerably to students noticing a clear improvement in their language skills by the end of the course.
Intensive course: 26 group lessons per week
Super-Intensive course: 34 group lessons per week
Intensive Plus Exam Prep course: 26 group lessons plus 8 private/small group lessons per week to focus on exam material
Leaving Certificate Courses
At our request, our partners have organised an intensive language and activity programme for Irish participants focusing on Leaving Certificate preparation. In just two weeks German skills can significantly improve both in spoken and written form, and the combination of language classes and staying with a host family offers dual language learning–perfect for Leaving Certificate Preparation. Students will also have the chance to relax and have some fun through guided tours, cultural activities and excursions. These courses are taught to a 5th year level. Students can add on an extra week or two of the Intensive or Super-Intensive course either before or after the Leaving Certificate Preparation Course to further enhance learning.
Summer Youth Courses * Please note that a minimum of 5 participants is required to run a Leaving Certificate Preparation course. Alternative dates or courses will be arranged if 5 participants cannot be found or a full refund will be given. Should one of the courses not run, a great alternative would be to take the Intensive Plus Exam Prep course and focus on the Leaving Certificate material during the private lessons.
This course is devised for students aged 14-16 and runs only during the summer. It combines 20 language lessons per week with 8 hours of sports and culture per week. Great emphasis is placed on conversation and active participation. Pre-existing knowledge of German grammar is integrated and expanded through various exercises and activities in listening and reading skills, and oral and written expression. Accommodation is with host families and includes full board. In the afternoons students participate in organised sporting and cultural activities, all of which are supervised by a trained member of staff. The afternoon programme consists of sports such as: swimming, badminton, squash, and climbing, along with cultural activities such as sight-seeing, painting and drawing with instruction in German, exploration of the town, and films. In addition to these activities, students participate in a programme of excursions. For example, a two-week language course includes in its price one full-day and two half-day excursions.