Students in Ireland
Our students come either on an individual basis or as part of a school group from abroad. Each student is assigned a tutor to monitor their progress and welfare while they are here.
Groups are normally accompanied by their own leaders.
There are certain requirements for students participating in our programmes. These are:
Minimum level of English
Students should have a minimum level of English to avoid problems of adaptation – especially at the beginning of their stay.
They should have a high academic level, be diligent workers and be keen to learn English. They must make an effort to do the homework given in the Irish school each day and try hard to communicate with the family, even if this may prove difficult for them at first.
Level of maturity and good behaviour
Students should be conscious that they are going to live in a country with a different culture, and that they will have to adapt their behaviour and habits accordingly. Specifically, they will have to follow new codes of conduct while living in a family and attending school.
An Academic Year in Ireland
A School Term in Ireland
Activities in Ireland
On Saturdays our international students attend English classes followed by an activity. The students are brought to the school by their host families at 10am and collected in the evening at 5pm.
The students attend English classes on Saturday morning from 10:30am to 12. The boys come to Rockbrook School and the girls to Rosemont School. There are generally about 15-17 students per class. They do general grammar and conversation classes and preparation for the TP exam. After Christmas they will be put into different levels and start preparations for the Cambridge exams. Our Saturday teachers are experienced and dynamic.
After the English classes the students do an activity. Depending on the weather it could be indoor or outdoor. We try to vary the activities as much as possible. It could be either a cultural excursion like a castle or museum tour or just a fun activity like bowling or the cinema.
Sundays are a family day and the student will participate in whatever the family has organised. Students will have the opportunity to go to mass on Sunday morning if they wish.
During the first mid-term break (last weekend in October) and second mid-term break (middle of February), we organise a three-day trip to an Activity Adventure Centre or to places of cultural or historic interest. The trip is subject to there being sufficient numbers participating. If not, an alternative programme is organised to keep the students busy during this holiday period.
TP Test of English
The English classes on Saturday mornings prepare students for the TP Test of English. This test is in two sections: a spoken test (live interview) and a grammar test. All candidates receive a Certificate showing their level of spoken English on the Council of Europe Framework and a separate percentage mark for the grammar test. To be eligible to take this exam students must spend a minimum of seven weeks on one of our programmes.
University of Cambridge Examinations
Students who spend a full academic year or more in Ireland may also take the various University of Cambridge examinations, including First, Advanced and Proficiency.