Language Immersion Courses in Ireland




Alpha College of English

Dublin, Ireland
Alpha College of English is an English language center, located in Dublin, Ireland. Established in 1989, the school consider themselves one of the leaders in the EFL industry in terms of quality and value for money. The school is focused on applying continuous improvement teaching methods to ensure the satisfaction of its students and create a stimulating learning environment. All teachers are university graduates with postgraduate EFL qualifications. Courses offered are varied – General, General & English Business, English & IELTS, Examination Preparation, English & Work Experience, as... See full description.
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Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure

West Cork, Ireland
Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure is and English language school in South West Cork, Ireland. The school is also a certified teacher training center, offering flexible General English courses in combination with a number of Business and Specialist Programs. Groups are small, and emphasize the personal approach to each student. The school also provides summer programs for juniors and teenagers. More interesting program options include Business or General English & Golf, Mind Body and Spirit Plan, Home English Language Program, etc. Atlantic S.E.A.L. is located in a traditional... See full description.

Bray Language Centre

Bray, Ireland
Bray Language Centre is a specialized language school located 35 minutes away from Dublin city center (Ireland). It offers English language courses, which include written and oral placement tests on the first morning of the course; weekly tests and progress reports; regular feedback; end-of-course examination and diploma. The maximum size of classes is 14 students. During the autumn and spring months, the school also organizes one week English language courses for groups of 15+ students. These include airport transfers, full boarding host family accommodation; 15 hours of classes per... See full description.

CELT Ireland English School

Dublin, Ireland
CELT Ireland is a language school in Ireland, organizing English language courses of all levels. The school promises to provide a wonderful educational and cultural experience for their students, priding themselves on their quality educational services and attractive location. CELT Ireland makes available courses in General English, Academic English, Business English, a Teacher Program, as well as a Junior Program. Teaching is in small groups with professional, friendly teachers. The school is located in a 200 year old Georgian house, but classrooms are modern and bright. Cultural... See full description.

Clare Language Centre

Ennis, Ireland
Clare Language Centre is a teacher training centre, based in Ennis, a small town in the West of Ireland. The centre is focused on providing high quality English language courses in small groups. The school also prides itself with its affordable pricing and welcoming atmosphere. Furthermore, Clare Language Center is a recognized Teacher Training College, government approved since 1994. Classes include no more than 8 students per class, whilst teachers are experienced professionals with graduate qualifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. The center also offers one to one and... See full description.

Cork International Language Academy

Cork, Ireland
Cork International Language Academy is a language school based in Cork City, Ireland. They strive to offer students a high-quality education service and the opportunity to fully enjoy life and travel in Ireland. The courses offered by the school include Standard English, Business English and on-to-one tuition. A diverse range of academic, social and cultural activities are organized too, as the need to practice English out of the classroom is well understood by all. The accommodation offered is in en-suite bedrooms, which are part of a larger apartment, where students share the kitchen.... See full description.

Cork Language Institute

Carrigaline, Ireland
Small language school situated in the South of Ireland, highly qualified English teachers and full linguistic programmes/activity packages available at a very reasonable price. Homestay available. We are experienced in teaching all levels of English speakers, from beginner to advanced. We can prepare you for the Cambridge exams (PET, KET, FCE, CAE, CFE), and you can sit the exam at the University College of Cork. We also teach business and specific English. Please visit our website if you would like to learn English from a professional teacher in a holiday setting.

DCU Language Services

Dublin, Ireland
DCU Language Services is a language training center, operating within Dublin City University. It has been providing students with professional but friendly language training opportunities since 1992. Some of the advantages DCU Language Services points out are the fact that students can become part of the university atmosphere and have the chance to meet many Irish and other native speaking friends. They can also choose between homestay and campus apartments accommodation options. Students at the language center can make use of the free WiFi access, the university’s library and the... See full description.

Delfin English School, Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
Delfin English School is a well established school located in the heart of Dublin, right beside O'Connell St, the most famous street in Dublin and only a short walk from Grafton St and Temple Bar. Our main school is based in a lovely Georgian building with large, bright and modern classrooms. We have an excellent student recreation room with drinks and snacks machines and plenty of games to entertain you! You can read more about our excellent facilities by clicking here The real difference between us and other English schools, however, is the atmosphere in the school. To get a feel... See full description.

DLTC English Language School

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
The Dun Laoghaire Tuition Centre (DLTC) is a language center, based in Dublin, Ireland. It provides language training in both English and other foreign languages – Spanish, Italian and French. The variety of courses offered is great – they include general language courses, full-time English courses, part-time night courses (in Spanish, Italian, English and French), preparation courses for Cambridge English exams, private courses, business language courses, and oral preparation for Leaving Cert and Junior Cert. Classes are small with a maximum number of 11 students per group. All... See full description.

Dublin School of English

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin School of English is the oldest English language school in Ireland. It was founded in 1968, and follows a student-oriented approach in the educational services it provides. Dublin School of English is also a family-run school, and this is one of the reasons it cares about students feeling relaxed and happy, while studying. The range of programs offered is wide – there are part-time, online opportunities, as well as high school year in a secondary school and senior travel opportunities. DSE also operates a summer center, providing courses for juniors, teenagers, young adults and... See full description.

Eden School of English

Dublin, Ireland
Eden School of English is an English language institute, founded in 2002. Based in Dublin, Ireland the school strives to meet all of its students’ needs and requirements. Eden School of English provides year round English language training for both groups and individuals. Courses include General English, Non EU General English, Business English, Exam Preparation, as well as Summer Groups and online lessons. Eden School has also made available some other, non-English programs, including Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Polish.

EFL Ireland

Dunmore East, Ireland
EFL Ireland is a specialized institution, offering English language summer courses, based in Waterford – Ireland’s oldest and smallest city, located on the ‘Sunny South East’ coast of the country. The school was established in 2006 when it was accredited by the Irish Department of Education and Science. The English language courses that the school offers are held in two high school campuses in the center of Waterford. Full homestay or residential accommodation is included in the course price, which also includes afternoon activities and weekend trips to Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, and... See full description.

Emerald Cultural Institute

Dublin, Ireland
Emerald Cultural Institute offers English language training in USA and Ireland. With high emphasis on quality and personalization, the school offers General & Examination courses, which focus on improving the students' fluency and accuracy in English at all levels; Business and Professional courses, aimed at business and professional clients; as well as junior courses, which combine expert English language tuition with a program of fun and interesting activities.

English for Law

Foxrock, Ireland
We at English for Law offer 'tailor made' legal English courses presented by experienced legal professionals with accredited English language teaching qualifications. This ensures that courses are professionally directed and properly address the actual needs of our clients. We offer all types of legal English courses from one-to-one courses where you are the only participant to small groups of approximately three to four participants. These courses are suitable for legal practitioners who need to improve their legal English, other professionals who require a knowledge of Legal English... See full description.

Griffith Institute of Language (GILL)

Limerick, Ireland
Situated on Ireland's west coast, Limerick is a friendly place to study. It is a riverside city, and although it is Ireland’s third largest city it is small enough to feel comfortable and at home yet still has all the amenities one needs. Limerick has many attractions, some fascinating historic sights, bars, shops, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres and museums. Limerick also boasts the title of ‘European city of Sport 2011’ . Only an hour from some of Irelands most magical landscapes such as The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Bunratty Castle just to mention a few, Limerick... See full description.

Horizon Education Centres Ireland

Westport, Ireland
Horizon Education Centres is an organization dedicated to the design and creation of educational programs that effectively combine educational content and adventure. Thanks to its financial stability, Horizon has been able to provide a wide array of programs, ensuring schools and parents that students will be well taken care of. Horizon has proved to be a highly reliable, committed and environmentally friendly organization. It offers summer camps, specialist holidays (i.e. multi-activity, motor sports, wet and wild, rugby academy), Learn a Language opportunities (English or French &... See full description.

iEnglish Centre

Kilkenny, Ireland
iEnglish Centre is a relatively new, specialized school in Kilkenny, Ireland. It aims to offer a revolutionary, unique approach to teaching English. It does so by applying the latest, cutting-edge technology interactive SMART Boards. Thanks to these, students can experience live English through video and audio clips, photographs, animations and diagrams. In this way English language learning becomes fun, making it easier for students to absorb the new information. The courses offered by the school include General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation, Business English and English for Work. See full description.

Immersion Languages (One-to-One Homestay)

Dublin, Ireland
Immersion Languages offers one-to-one English language tuition in a family environment in Dublin and other selected destinations in Ireland. A full immersive experience is guaranteed since students stay and learn with their teacher. Courses include one-to-one general English, which covers a basic set of skills like speaking, listening, everyday vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and grammar; one-to-one English for professionals, which is tailored to individual needs, but also incorporates meetings, negotiations, and writing for professional purposes; one-to-one English for law, one-to-one... See full description.

International House Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
International House Dublin is a specialized English language school part of the International House World Organization, established in 1953. IH Dublin has a wide array of courses on offer, available for all levels and ages. Examples are general English courses for adults, Examination preparation programs, English and Work programs, Junior Summer Programs (both homestay and residential ), a High School Program, a Mini-stay program for groups, High School Integration program for groups, Teacher Training Programs including CELTA and DELTA. Each educational opportunity is carefully... See full description.

Mackdonald Language Academy

Kilkenny, Ireland
Mackdonald Language Academy is an independent English language school in Kilkenny, Ireland. It specializes in English holiday courses for kids, teenagers and young adults. The summer camps are held in June, July, and August, and they are all inclusive – the fee covers English language training, host family accommodation, airport transfers, trips, sports, activities, etc. The programs offered last for two, three, four or six weeks, and there is a multi-sport option available, too. The school is an ACELS accredited institution.

MovingOn Courses

Cork, Ireland
MovingOn Courses is an organization which designs and delivers English language courses that guarantee 12 hours of English language practice every day. The school has gained 15 years of experience in training students, and their approach is unique with the fact that every summer they choose a different location for their course. Some previous locations include Cork, Galway, Bath, Bristol, York, Edinburgh, Exeter, Stirling, Cotswolds and Scottish Highlands – all places, where students are unlikely to meet too many other people on an English course, with whom they can speak their mother... See full description.

PACE Language Institute

Bray, Ireland
PACE Language Institute is a language center, located in the seaside town of Bray, Ireland (30 mins. by train from Dublin’s city center). Founded in 1990, the school is dedicated to delivering excellent tuition, while helping students enjoy Ireland’s customs and culture. The school’s tutors are university graduates with full TEFL qualifications. Courses are provided in all levels – from beginner to proficiency. Most students enrolled are in the intermediate and pre-intermediate levels, but the school also runs an exam preparation program. Upon completion of the course, each... See full description.

The English Academy

Dublin, Ireland
The English Academy is a specialized center, providing year-round English courses to students of all levels. More specifically, the school focuses on Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation courses. The English Academy is located in Dublin, and is the only Official Cambridge ESOL examination Center, located in the center of the city. The institution is especially proud with the high standards it sets for students and the high achievements that the latter reach. Teachers within the academy are trained Cambridge ESOL Examiners, which is another guarantee for the high quality educational... See full description.

The Horner School of English

Dublin, Ireland
The Horner School of English is an English language school, taking pride in its modern facilities and excellent location. It is a family-operated school, situated in Dublin City Center (Ireland). Classes are small (8-10 per class), while the atmosphere is truly multicultural – most students come from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland & Russia. The variety of English language courses offered by the school is extremely wide – they have organized different options under the general headings General English, Business English, Exam Preparation,... See full description.

The Linguaviva Centre

Dublin, Ireland
The Linguaviva Centre is a reputable English language school in Ireland. It has been serving the educational needs of international students since 1977, offering courses for all levels – from elementary to advanced. Except for the general English options, Linguaviva center provides custom-made courses for Business English, Teacher Training and Literature. The school is especially proud of its excellent facilities – they have wifi throughout the classrooms and common areas; besides, all lecture rooms are equipped with flatscreen LCD computers and laptops that allow tutors to introduce... See full description.

The Slaney Language Centre

Ferrycarrig, Ireland
The Slaney Language Centre is a small, student-focused English language school based in the South East of Ireland. Its specialty are custom-made English language courses for adults and families. They are most proud of the low student-tutor ratio that they have managed to achieve, as well as the great nationality mix present in the school. At Slaney Language Centre, there are students coming from Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Hungary, Finland, Lithuania, Slovacia, Czech Republic, Holland, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Romania, Greece, Japan, Korea,... See full description.

University of Limerick Language Centre

Limerick, Ireland
The University of Limerick is a university in Ireland, founded in 1972. It is situated near the city of Limerick on the country's west coast; Shannon International Airport is only 20km away from the university’s campus. The Language Center within the university provides high quality language tuition, combined with access to all of the university’s facilities. Courses offered by the center include General English, which runs both during the summer and other months; Preparation for University options; IELTS Preparation; English for Academic Purposes; International Foundation Program;... See full description.

Language Immersion Courses in Ireland by City:

BrayCarrigalineCorkDublinDun LaoghaireDunmore EastEnnisFerrycarrigFoxrockKilkennyLimerickWest CorkWestport

About Language Immersion Courses in Ireland

The Irish language is required to be taught throughout the country in all primary and secondary schools which receive any sort of public money.  Certain students may get an exemption from learning Irish; these include students who have spent a significant period of time abroad or students with a learning difficulty.  In 1973 the requirement to pass the Irish language in order to receive a second-level certificate was dropped.  English is the primary medium of instruction at all levels, except in Gaelscoileanna.  Universities also offer degree programs in diverse disciplines, taught mostly through English, with a few in Irish. Some universities also offer some courses partly through other languages such as French, German or Spanish.

Gaelscoilenna, primary schools in Ireland with the Irish language as the medium, are a recent movement, started in the mid 20th century.  In 1972 there were only 11 such schools at primary level and five at secondary level in the Republic. Now there are 172 at primary level and 39 at secondary level.  There is now at least one gaelscoil in each of the 32 counties of Ireland and several in some larger towns and cities.  Gaelcholáistes are the second-level schools for Irish language medium education sector. Approximately 3% of secondary students attend these schools. There are 368 Gaelscoileanna and Gaelcholáistí in Ireland.

The Irish language is the working language in these schools and they can now be found throughout the country.  Students in the gaelscoileanna acquire the Irish language through language immersion, though they study the standard curriculum.  They differ from Irish-language National Schools in that most are under the patronage of a voluntary organization, Foras Pátrúnachta na Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge, rather than a diocesan patronage.  Nearly 10% of all school children attend Gaelscoils with 368 primary and post-primary schools across the country making it the fastest growing education sector in Ireland.

Gaelscoileanna have the reputation of producing competent Irish-language speakers.  In contrast, English-medium schools produce relatively few fluent Irish speakers, despite the Irish language being an obligatory subject in both primary and secondary schools in Ireland. This failure has been attributed in part to the lack of Irish-language immersion programs. The Irish government has promised reforms in curriculum and teaching training for Irish in English-medium schools.

The 20 Year Irish Language Strategy was published in November 2009. This document emphasizes the importance of offering all children in primary schools in Ireland the opportunity to experience partial immersion in the formative years of primary education. It calls for primary teachers to have additional immersion classes to improve their competence in the language. This would involve teaching some subjects such as Mathematics and Science in Irish. Such a policy, if implemented effectively, would mean that the gaelscoileanna were no longer the only means of promoting bilingualism in schoolchildren.

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