Our ONE-TO-ONE ENGLISH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE COURSE is specially designed for young people aged from 12 to 18 years approximately who have their own particular language needs and usually prefer to be in the company of younger people. We can accept under 12s on request and have appropriate teachers for this age group. Two-to-One courses are also possible (two students to one teacher). Teachers and families for these courses are normally young people themselves with particular expertise and qualifications for teaching at this level and caring for younger students. Where possible, we always try to place our young students with teachers who have children of similar ages to the student.
Parents can be assured that their children are in a safe and secure environment while improving their English. The teacher and family will converse in English at all times and the young student will not be exposed to their mother tongue as is the case with large groups. This, along with a uniquely delivered course focusing on individual needs, makes our courses different to others. In addition, our courses are presented to allow for the maximum enjoyment from the immersion experience. Parents can be assured that the young students will be monitored and visited by us during their course. Further, they can contact us at any time should they need to discuss any matter or have any issue that they need to discuss.
Lessons are presented and delivered in an appropriate and friendly manner with the best interests of the young student in mind. Our teachers understand the needs of this group very well and are quite aware of the most suitable teaching methods to bring out the best in every young student while making the whole experience an enjoyable one for all concerned.
With the knowledge that most of our students will be at primary, secondary or early third level, there will be a mix of skills and activities and, of course, every course will be different according to individual needs. Emphasis will be on a balance of activities to ensure that those areas of language that need improvement will receive attention. There will be speaking practice and listening activities, good use of grammar, vocabulary development, pronunciation and appropriate reading and writing practice. Advice in relation to study skills will also be offered. Constant feedback and mentoring will feature and the teacher will offer all the assistance and encouragement needed to allow for maximum progress
After lessons there will be an opportunity to engage in some activities such as visits of the local area, swimming, and other appropriate activities. Activities will be organized by the teacher on at least three days per week which will comprise activities such as swimming, cinema, walks, hikes, visits to interesting places etc. The exact activities will depend on suitable weather and of course taking into account the wishes of the student. Our objective for this course is to combine language with an immersion experience in an interesting and motivating way and provide a great experience for our young students.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES: If requested, lessons and after-lesson activities can comprise three visits to places of interest such as interactive tours of castles or other places of historic interest where students may speak and interact with actors, city shopping tours etc. that have associated travel and entry fees. There is an additional charge of €125 per week for these activities.
ENGLISH LEVEL REQUIRED: This course is suitable for students from 12-18 years approximately (including under 12s on request) from complete beginner to those with an advanced standard.
FREQUENCY: Courses commence every week from January to December (excluding Christmas).
FLEXIBILITY: We always try to match our young learners with the most suitable tutor and family. Some flexibility on course dates would be helpful as we have limited availability during the busy summer period of July and August. Please consider June, September, Easter and other school holidays for courses, if at all possible.
COST: €1200 (15 hours) for one week plus airport transfers if not travelling with an adult; €1400 (20 hours) plus transfers for one week. Full board and accommodation for dates selected, course materials and three local activities with the teacher. We require that our young students are collected on arrival at the airport and returned there and helped check in at an additional cost. This charge will not apply if students are accompanied from the airport to the teacher's home by an adult and likewise for the return.
NOTE: We can accept students on a 2 - 1 basis with the teacher in the case of siblings/friends who have a similar English level and age. The cost for this is €1920 for 15 hours and €2240 for 20 hours 2 students staying and studying with the same teacher.