Leaving Certificate Preparation Course
At our request, our partners in Tübingen have put together a closed group course specifically for Irish students preparing for their Leaving Certificate. The course material follows the Leaving Certificate syllabus and in just two weeks, students' German abilities can significantly improve in both spoken and written form. The combination of language classes and staying with a German host family offers dual language learning - ideal for Leaving Certificate preparation! Students will also have a chance to relax and have some fun through tours, cultural activities and excursions. This is a closed group course; there are a limited number of places (maximum 10 students per group) and there will only be other Irish students taking part in the class. Irish students have been attending these courses for over seven years and have improved their exam results immensely. Please note that we need a minimum of 5 students to run the course. Courses will be confirmed once we secure the minimum number of bookings.
Included in this group course are:
- 26 lessons per week
- Host family accommodation with half board
- Guided tour of Tübingen
- Phonetic workshop.
- One full-day excursion at the weekend
- 2 half-day activities
- Bus card for Tubingen Transit
- Return transfers from Stuttgart Airport
- CareMed medical travel insurance
Flights are not included. Flights should not be booked until confirmation from EIL is received.
Apply early to secure your place!
1 lesson = 45 minutes teaching time.
In order to promote students' rapid adjustment to everyday German life, teaching is practically oriented from the first day. Use is made of modern textbooks, media, and self-developed materials. The courses thereby communicate an up-to-date image of Germany and allow participants both a high level of learning success and rapid acclimatisation to German daily life. Groups are internationally mixed, which fosters intercultural learning. Great importance is placed on oral communication and intercultural interaction when training the four skills of speaking, writing, listening, and reading comprehension. Special attention is paid to pronunciation, especially in the beginners' classes.
Depending on the interests of the students, workshops on phonetics, literature, political geography, etc. are offered as a complement to the language courses in order to extend students' knowledge of the country, its people, and their daily life. A computer lab allows learning with multimedia programmes and Internet access.
Intensive Course: 26 lessons per Week
This standard course is ideal for those who wish to acquire a sound knowledge of German in the shortest possible time. The 26 lessons are divided into 20 lessons in the mornings and 6 lessons on three afternoons per week.
Super-Intensive Course: 34 lessons per Week
The Super-Intensive course is particularly suited to people who have a limited amount of time and who want to study very intensively over a short period. It is also ideal for people who are preparing for exams. In this course, students are integrated into groups according to their level for 26 lessons. In conjunction with this, they then receive eight lessons of instruction in a small group of two to five students.
Language Plus Exam Prep: 26 + 8 Lessons per Week
This course combines the Intensive 26 lessons of general language teaching with eight extra lessons of German, focusing on exam material in the afternoon. This is a great alternative to taking the Leaving Certificate Preparation Course if it does not run or if a more exam-focused programme is needed.
*Each lesson is 45 minutes.
Summer Youth Course (Ages 14-16): 26 Lessons per Week
During the months of July and August, this summer language course from elementary level upwards is for young people between the ages of 14 and 16 and provides 26 group language lessons per week. In the mornings, students take an intensive, communication-oriented language course. In the afternoons, the curriculum consists of a well-organised culture and leisure programme.
This intensive language course is organised in groups according to level, and allows students to improve and extend their existing language abilities in communicative situations. Great importance is placed on conversation and active participation. Pre-existing knowledge of German grammar is integrated and expanded through various exercises and activities to improve listening and reading skills and oral and written expression. 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 film screenings. In addition to these activities, the 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.