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TIMES

The new magazine about your study in Galway

Issue 01

New this year

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME

CONTENTS
03 WHERE WE ARE 04 IRELAND 05
The capital of Celtic Ireland

Discover the Emerald Isle

GALWAY

The Cultural Heart of Ireland Learn English the Irish Way

06 ATLANTIC LANGUAGE GALWAY 08 ACADEMIC STANDARDS & STAFF
Quality educational standards

09 ADULT COURSES

General English and Examination Preparation Courses

14 TEACHER COURSES

Designed for non-native teachers of English

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15 UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS New course
Start your future in Ireland

19 JUNIORS

Short-stay and International Summer Schools for Teenagers Galway and Sligo

24 HIGH SCHOOL YEAR New course
One unforgettable school year in Ireland

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25 ACCOMMODATION
Irish hospitality

29 SOCIAL ACTIVITES

Experience a wide range of social and cultural activities

30 ATLANTIC COLLEGE
Some courses are subject to a sufficient number of students. This document is intended as a guide to courses. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of information. Atlantic Language Galway reserves the right to make changes to any content in the document.

...life-long learning with courses in business and social studies

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Where we are
The capital of Celtic Ireland, Galway sits quietly on the west coast of Ireland. It is a crossroad, a place where people meet and create a unique cultural diversity and entertainments
Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland. Many students who visit Ireland choose to arrive through Dublin or Shannon Airport. From Dublin it is possible to continue to Galway by air, daytime hourly coach or train. From Shannon there is a daytime regular coach service. When students arrive to Galway city centre they can transfer to their accommodation by taxi without any difficulty. Atlantic Language Galway offers a range of transfer option from a meeting and greeting service where students are met at the airport of arrival by our representative and directed to their onward transport, to a transfer from the point of arrival to their accommodation. Please contact the school for further details of these services and charges.

FLYING TO IRELAND
Airline Aer Lingus Ryanair Iberia Airlines Lufthansa KLM Website www.aerlingus.com www.ryanair.com www.iberia.com www.lufthansa.com www.klm.com • Paris • Prague • Vienna • Zurich Dublin - Galway Shannon - Galway Sligo - Galway Cork - Galway Cork - Dublin Dublin - Belfast Sligo - Belfast 218 km 88 km 141 km • Rome 199 km 252 km 168 km 197 km • Lisbon • Madrid GALWAY • • Dublin • Berlin Warsaw •

• London • Amsterdam

DISTANCES

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Ireland

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Take medieval cities, add in lush landscapes and dramatic scenery, mix with cosy pubs and lively cultural festivals, and you have just some of the ingredients that have made learning English in Ireland an unforgettable experience

RESOURCES DISCOVER IRELAND
James Joyce, U2 and the creators of Riverdance are just some of the artists that have taken their inspiration from these surroundings, entertaining people all over the world. International education is nothing new for Ireland: Irish monasteries were recognised as important centres of education some one thousand five hundred years ago. This tradition has continued through the ages, and now that it is so easy to travel to Ireland, many choose to come here, not only to learn, but also to live the wonderful range of experiences that Ireland has to offer. Ireland is an island which is both old and new. Steeped in centuries of history and cultural traditions, surrounded by a landscape that changes from rolling green countryside to rugged towering cliffs, the four million or so inhabitants have embraced both tradition and modernity. While much has changed over the past twenty years as the island has rapidly modernised, the genuine welcome and hospitality of the Irish is still a deep-seated tradition and that they love to talk and talk continues to be an undisputed fact. Ireland is a place of wonder, a place to explore, discover and learn. |

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TESTIMONIAL MY EXPERIENCE
“My stay in Galway was perfect. It’s a beautiful city and I enjoyed it a lot. I met a lot of people from many different countries and for me it’s great! I travelled a lot around Ireland and it’s beautiful! I want to come back!”

Galway

Named the “Cultural Capital of Ireland”, Galway promises lots of entertainment and a constant line up of excellent festivals throughout the year

eulalia roca Tarragona SPAIN

sheltered from the great Atlantic Ocean by the picturesque Galway Bay, the city of Galway is one of the most western cities in Europe but its location does not mean that it is isolated. A port city, trade with countries far and wide has been a long tradition in Galway. Today, it continues this considerable history by welcoming people from even more countries. It is a crossroads, a place where people meet, coming from different directions, a lively and bustling place which boasts an amazing cultural diversity. Known as the cultural capital of Ireland,

Galway is a small but vibrant university city with a population of 72,000. It is renowned the world over for its music, both traditional and modern, for its theatre and performing arts and, perhaps most of all, for its many festivals throughout the year. Galway people are friendly and helpful people who are proud of their city and their region, and happy to show it to the world, as they have been doing for many hundreds of years. They have much to show.

The city of Galway is a maze of small, winding streets filled with shops, traditional pubs, street performers, weekend markets and some of Ireland’s finest restaurants. There is much more outside too as the city is a gateway to explore the striking scenery of the West of Ireland, from the magnificent Cliffs of Moher that face the Atlantic Ocean to the unspoilt karst Burren to the isolation of the Aran Islands off the coast, unique for their language – Irish (Gaelic) is spoken here as a mother tongue – archaeology and heritage. |

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The school
Located in the heart of Galway city, Atlantic Language Galway is a premium-choice English language school. Established in 1993, the school is recognised and accredited by the Irish Government’s Department of Education and Science

atlaNtIc laNGUaGe GalWay, established

in 1993 in the heart of Galway city, is a premium-choice English Language school. Atlantic Language Galway has established an often-remarked-on reputation for its friendly and personal atmosphere, its internationally mixed classes and its attention to high academic standards of English teaching proved by winning the Language Travel Magazine Award for “Best English Language School Europe 2009”. Being situated in the West of Ireland, the traditions of providing a warm and hearty welcome are important at Atlantic Language Galway. So too is the unique culture of the West which offers much to explore and visit giving students the valuable opportunity of taking their learning from the classroom to the outside world, practicing their skills in English while enjoying what the West of Ireland has to offer, ensuring that time spent at Atlantic Language Galway will be time well spent.

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LOCATION

The school is located in the heart of Galway city. After class students can stroll through the bustling streets of the city and soak up the ambiance. The streets are lined with cosy cafés, bars, restaurants and street performers. The school is located opposite the bus station, providing frequent services to and from Dublin and Shannon Airports. The train station at the back of the school is also easily accessible with several trains running daily to various towns and cities in Ireland. Atlantic Language Galway is located on the top floor of a distinctive twenty-first century modern glass building. Carefully designed and built as a language school, classrooms are glass-walled and filled with natural light, which flows into the central area of the school. This creates a bright, spacious and ideal learning environment and a place where students can spend time with their friends over coffee breaks or chat, meet up or study after classes. Atlantic Language Galway is very proud of its extensive nationality mix. Each year we welcome students from across the globe to come and study English. Students are excited and happy to meet others from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. They develop strong friendships and have the opportunity to share their many different experiences. This is especially true on occasions like International Food Day, celebrated each term, when students can sample the cuisine of others.

MODERN BUILDING

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NATIONALITY MIX

SCHOOL FACILITIES
› Free access to internet services is avail-able in the school with 17 fixed points in addition to WiFi access for laptop users › School library service with an expanding range of books, audiobooks and DVDs that may be borrowed by students › Our bookshop carries books that are useful for students seeking to get the most from their study time › Study room facilities are available where students may continue their own study in the comfort of the school › The school’s roof-top location provides a roof garden with panoramic views of the city and Galway Bay › New school café with a wide variety of delicious coffees, teas, freshly made sandwiches, soups and pastries

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Quality educational standards
Personal attention and one-to-one contact are hallmarks of the work of the Academic and Administration Department
ATLANTIC LANGUAGE STAFF

Each member of the Atlantic Language Galway team commit themselves to their roles in the areas of teaching, registration, accommodation, administration, marketing and catering. Our teachers are university graduates who have special qualifications to teach English as a foreign language. Many members of the teaching staff have extensive academic and general experience stretching over many years from teaching in Ireland and in other countries. Because Atlantic Language Galway has small class sizes it is possible for teachers to individually know each student and to have an interest in their learning experiences and an awareness of their particular needs. The Student Welfare Officer is available to students daily to ensure that the school can maintain a personal contact with students and offer a point of contact for questions or for assistance. Social, cultural and other activity programmes are also coordinated by the Student Welfare Officer. The school’s Accommodation Managers are also on hand to help with any questions that students may have regarding accommodation or living in Ireland.

QUALITY OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Professionalism, excellence and innovation have helped Atlantic Language Galway build its reputation for quality educational standards. The Academic Department, managed by a Director and Assistant Director of Studies, ensures that each student is individually tested and placed in a class level appropriate to their abilities. The progress of each student is frequently monitored so that there is always an academic challenge throughout their stay.

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ADULT COURSES

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General English

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Atlantic Language Galway offers a broad range of courses that have been carefully designed and prepared to meet the general and particular needs of the students who choose us as their location to learn and enhance their English language skills
Ge1 STANDARD GENERAL ENGLISH

The Standard General English course is structured to provide a solid grounding and improvement in the core language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course is offered in the morning class periods, is open to students from beginner to advanced levels and focuses on a communicative approach to learning.

Including all the elements of Standard General English (GE1) above, this course complements the work of morning classes with a focus on additional conversation-based activities in an afternoon group class. Intensive General English encourages communicative interaction through pair work, role play etc.

Ge2 INTENSIVE GENERAL ENGLISH

Students who wish to complement their Standard General English study with individual tuition find this course option of considerable benefit. Group classes in the morning are supplemented with one hour of tailored intensive tuition in the afternoon. A personal programme for individual tuition is worked out and agreed with the tutor at the beginning of classes and may be reviewed as necessary.

Ge1P5 STANDARD GENERAL ENGLISH PLUS 5 PRIVATE LESSONS

MORE ALL COURSES
› › › › LEVELS: Beginner to Advanced CLASS SIZE: 14 maximun MINIMUN BOOKING: 2 weeks AVAILABLE: Year-round (GE1P5 Low season only)

TIMES. ADULT COURSES. GENERAL ENGLISH

GE1 GE2 GE1P5

Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 15 hours tuition per week in twenty 45 minute classes Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00, 22.5 hours tuition per week in thirty 45 minute classes Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 15 hours tuition per week in twenty 45 minute classes plus five 60 minute individual classes in the afternoon

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Business English

This course is specifically designed for students who are interested in developing their general English language skills in a business context. A well planned course schedule guarantees students to cover the main areas for their Business study
Ge1B GENERAL BUSINESS ENGLISH

General Business English is designed specifically for students who are interested in developing their general English language skills and enhancing these for work in a business setting. This course combines group Standard General English morning classes (GE1 above) with a business elective, in group classes, focusing on a syllabus of business topics, such as buying, selling, ordering and marketing, on five afternoons per week.

“Teachers are very professional, helpful and
they prepare the class in order not only to teach but to make people motivated

TUITION COURSE
› 30 lessons (22.5 hours) › Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 GE1 and 13:30 to 15:00 Business English class › MINIMUM LEVEL: Intermediate › CLASS SIZE: 14 maximum (average is 10)

COURSE CONTENTS
For example › Complaining and apologising, delive-ry and after-sales problems › Marketing a product, market re-search, promotion and advertising › Applying for jobs and seeking pro-motion, participating in interviews › Selling and buying products, negotiating face-to face and on the phone

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Examination preparation courses

Fce/cae staNdard CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Standard Cambridge Examination Preparation courses are specifically focused on preparing candidates to successfully complete the examinations which take place three times each year. Students can chose courses commencing either 10 weeks (for the March session) or 13 weeks (for the June and December sessions) before the scheduled examination dates.

TIMES LEVELS CLASS SIZE MIN. BOOKING AVAILABLE EXAMINATIONS

Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 15 hours tuition per week in twenty 45 minute classes FCE minimun level: Intermediate CAE minimum level: Upper Intermediate 14 maximum Course duration: 10 or 13 weeks 10 weeks before the March examination session for FCE and CAE 13 weeks before the June and December examination session for FCE and CAE March, June and December

Fce/cae INteNsIVe CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATION PREPARATION
Intensive Cambridge Examination Preparation courses are specifically focused on preparing candidates to successfully complete the examinations which take place three times each year. Intensive courses take place in morning and afternoon classes, and commence four weeks before the scheduled examination dates.

TIMES LEVELS CLASS SIZE MIN. BOOKING AVAILABLE EXAMINATIONS

Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00, 22.5 hours tuition per week in thirty 45 minute classes FCE minimun level: Upper Intermediate CAE minimum level: Advanced

14 maximum
Course duration: 4 weeks FCE: 4 weeks before the July, August or November examination session CAE: 4 weeks before July, September or October examination session FCE: July, August and November CAE: July, September and October

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Students who wish to pursue the challenge of undertaking the Cambridge Examinations in English will benefi t from our cambridge examination Preparation
staNdard/INteNsIVe Ielts EXAMINATION PREPARATION
IELTS Examination Preparation courses are specifically focused on preparing candidates to successfully complete the examinations which take place at scheduled dates several times each year.

“Cambridge preparation course
is very focused, you don’t feel you are wasting your time, every day there is something beneficial

TIMES - STANDARD IELTS
Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 15 hours per week in twenty 45 minutes classes

TIMES - INTENSIVE IELTS
Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 13:30-15:00, 22.5 hours tuition per week in thirty 45 minutes classes

LEVELS
Intermediate to Advanced

CLASS SIZE
14 maximum

MINIMUM BOOKING
2 weeks

AVAILABLE
Year-round

EXAMINATIONS
IELTS

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Teacher Trainer Refresher Courses
Are you teaching? So do we.
desIGNed sPecIFIcally with the teaching
needs of primary and secondary level teachers in mind, this skills refresher course aims to help practitioners: › › › to keep up with recent changes and developments in language teaching to update and develop their skills to refresh and develop their command of English

Three core areas are covered by the course: › › Methodology, such as lesson planning, skills, communication Advanced language analysis, including grammar, register, authentic language, pronunciation Workshops on special topics like warmers and fillers, use of video, culture, speaking

The course also comprises a social and cultural component and content can be adjusted depending on the needs and objectives of the participating teachers.

SAMPLE TIMETABLE
MONDAY
09:00 - 10:30 Introduction Communication Activities 11:00 - 12:30 Culture History of Galway 14:00 - 15:00 Culture Walking Tour of Galway

TUESDAY
Workshop Games for young learners Methodology Teaching young learners Workshop English for the primary classroom

WEDNESDAY
Methodology TPR for the primary classroom Workshop Warmers and fillers for young learners Workshop Comparative Education

THURSDAY
Language analysis Grammar Methodology Drama in the primary classroom Workshop EFL resources for primary teachers

FRIDAY
Workshop Songs and chants for young learners First week review

Free afternoon

TIME MIN. LEVEL MIN. BOOKING AVAILABLE

Monday to Friday, 09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30, 15 hours tuition per week in twenty 45 minute classes plus afternoon classes and activities, and weekend excursions Strong Intermediate desirable 2 weeks Selected dates

MORE INFORMATION
› TEACHERS: Seperate courses for Primary School and Secondary School Teachers › CLASS SIZE: 18 maximum

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UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS

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Undergraduate Foundation
The International Foundation Year Programme is designed to help students who do not have the required academic/English language requirements, to gain entry to undergraduate business and information technology degree programmes at the National University of Ireland Galway
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
› Students must have completed the equivalent of secondary school education (generally 12 years of primary and second-ary school education) and must have achieved passes in their endof-schooling examinations. Students must at least be high school leavers with a minimum 4.5 IELTS or equivalent. The school may, if necessary, seek further verification or seek to undertake further assessments of a student’s suitability to the International Foundation Year Programme.

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PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
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Start date: September Duration: 9 months – The programme consists of 4 terms with exams and assignments Core Subjects: English for Academic Purposes, IELTS Preparation, IT Skills, Study Skills Subject Modules: Business and Management or Engineering and Technology, depending on degree choice

MORE INFORMATION
› TIMES: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 15:00 › CLASS SIZE: 14 maximum (average is 10)

TERM
Term One 8 Weeks Term Two 8 Weeks Term Three 8 Weeks Term Four 9 weeks

COURSE CONTENT
Foundation English & English for Academic Purposes. Personal and Professional Development English for Academic Purposes. IELTS Preparation. Subject Modules according to the study stream English for Academic Purposes. IELTS Preparation. Subject Modules according to the study stream English for Academic Purposes. Preparation for University Life. Subject Modules according to study stream

HOURS
20-25 hours per week plus self-directed study 20-25 hours per week plus selfdirected study 20-25 hours per week plus self-directed study 20-25 hours per week plus self-directed study

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Pre-Masters Foundation
The Pre-Master Programme is designed to help students who do not have the required academic/ English language requirements, to gain entry into University Masters programmes at the National University of Ireland Galway

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
› Students must hold a primary degree. › Students must at least be high school leavers with a minimum 5.0 IELTS or equivalent. › The school may, if necessary, seek further verification or seek to undertake furter assessments of a student’s suitability to the Pre-Masters Foundation Programme.

COURSE CONTENTS
› START DATE: September › DURATION: 9 month - The programme consists of 4 terms with exams and assignments › CORE SUBjECTS: English for Academic Purposes, IELTS Preparation, IT Skills, Study Skills › SUBjECT MODULES: Business and Management, Science or Engineering and Technology, depending on degree choice › TIMES: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30 › GROUP TUITION: 14 maximum (average is 10)

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Your Pathway
Galway is a University city offering a wide range of programmes to suit all learner profiles. From Diploma to primary -degree programmes to post-graduate programmes the choice is wide

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Bachelor Degree Programme (3 or 4 years) * Pre-Sessional English (EPP) Courses are 3, 6, 9 or 12 months’ duration

Postgraduate Degree Programme (1 or 2 years)

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jUNIOR PROGRAMMES

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International Summer Schools for Teenagers - Galway
We specialise in customised courses for groups of junior students according to request. Our options for junior students incorporate tuition, accommodation, airport transfers and elective excursion and activity packages

WHY CHOOSE ATLANTIC FOR YOUR LANGUAGE HOLIDAY?
NEW Intensive English Programme for 2012 More English classes than other junior programmes Fun activity and excursion programme Picturesque Galway. Population 72,000. Ireland’s premier student city. Perfect for a teenage language holiday › Meet, study, and make friends with teenagers from different nationalities › › › ›

LOCATION
DURATION COURSE AGE GROUP

west coast of Ireland Galway pop. 72,000 2, 3 or 4 weeks in July 11-17

National University of Ireland Galway

HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION
AvAILABILITY DISTANCE FROM COLLEGE ROOM TYPES PRIvATE BAThROOM OPTION NUMBER PER RESIDENCE MEALS Limited places available 15-20 minutes by bus twin/triple rooms no 2-3 students breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

SOCIAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMME
A range of afternoon and evening activities along with half-day and full-day tours to beautiful scenic places in the West of Ireland

AIRPORT TRANSFERS (PRIVATE)
From Dublin, 3.5 hrs. From Shannon, 2 hrs

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Family Package Programme
A summer with a difference for the whole family! Experience a unique cultural and educational holiday in a fun and safe environment while discovering the beauty of the West of Ireland. Different course and activity options to suit family needs

PACkAGE A AFTERNOON AND wEEkEND SChEDULE
ALL STUDENTS (PACKAGE A OR B) STUDY THREE HOURS EACH MORNING MONDAY TO FRIDAY (9:30-11:00 AND 11:30-13:00)

FOR CHILDREN 3-12 YEARS
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT Walking tour of Galway City Arts & Crafts Brigit’s Garden nature walk Bowling Pottery Full-Day Tour – Aran Islands Aquarium Outdoor Activities Pet Farm Hip Hop Dancing Concert Full-Day Tour – Cliffs of Moher Games world Irish Dancing Athenry Heritage Centre – costumes + archery Drama – Celtic tale Farewell Party Full-Day – Bunratty Castle

FOR PARENTS
Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes

FOR TEENAGERS
Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes

INTRODUCTION
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Suitable for parents with children aged 3 – 17 years Class sizes are subject to minimum 8, maximum 15 per class

COURSE DATES

Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes

Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes

Our Family Package Programme runs for 7 weeks. The minimum available programme is 2 weeks. One-week bookings upon request. Start and finish dates of the Family Package Programme are as follows:

STUDENT GROUPINGS
Three categories of students: 1. Children 3 to 12 years 2. Teens 13 to 17 years 3. Adults 18+

Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes

Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Afternoon Classes Children, teens and parents are never taught in the same classroom situation. We place students in appropriate English level based on linguistic ability, entry test and/or age. For example, children aged 4-6 years form a group as do children aged 7-9 and 10-12 years. Teenagers are grouped in a similar way based on English competency and age, as are parents.

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Home Tuition

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The smaller the classes, the bigger the learning outcomes. This makes Home Tuition the ideal course option for all those who seek to improve their English in a short and effective manner. A complete immersion into Irish life
TUITION
This programme includes 30 lessons tuition per week. Classes are taken in small groups of 2 or 3 students in the teacher’s house. Additionally, students join the International Summer School for Teenagers in the afternoon for 1.5 hours group tuition about Irish Culture etc. all weekdays. All teachers have university degrees and are fully qualified in teaching English as a foreign language. Many of them have travelled the world and taught English to students abroad.

ACTIvITIES

Any learning in class is greatly enhanced when students are involved in social events and activities. To ensure that students have an exceptional experience, students will join the International Summer School for Teenagers for extra activities and two weekend excursion, one of which is with their family. Activities and events include: World Cup Soccer Competition Irish Music and Dance English Language Quiz Movie Night Talent Show › › › › Karaoke Night Greyhound Racing Bowling Disco

TESTIMONIAL MY EXPERIENCE
“I travelled with my friend Andrea; at first I thought we would never learn anything as we were together but I really wanted to go… classes were fantastic and I learnt a lot. My family was lovely and my classes were really stimulating. ” maría GoNZalo SPAIN

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ACCOMMODATION

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› AVAILABLE: July and August › AGE: 14 - 17 years › CLASS SIZE: max. 3 students (average is 2) › MINIMUM BOOKING: 2 weeks

Students will be staying in their teacher’s house, experiencing an intensive immersion into the Irish life. They will be accommodated in twin and triple rooms together with 1 or 2 other international students having full-board all week. Nationalities will be mixed to guarantee that no more than 2 students of the same nationality stay with one family. Our families are carefully selected and are experienced in hosting international students. Most families live in areas around the National University of Ireland Galway, which makes it easy and convenient for the student to join the classes and the activity programme of the International Summer School for Teenagers.

MONDAY
08:00 - 08:30 09:00 - 13:00 13:30 - 14:00 14:15 - 15:45 18:30 - 19:00 20:00 - 22:00 Breakfast with teacher Class at teacher’s house Lunch with teacher

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Class at International Summer School for Teenagers Dinner with teacher Disco Optional Activity Bowling Optional Activity

Free afternoon

Full-day excursion with International Summer School for Teenagers

Weekend trip with teacher and their family

Greyhound Racing

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Short-Stay Programmes
We specialise in customised courses for groups of junior students according to request. Our options for junior students incorporate tuition, accommodation, airport transfers and elective excursion and activity packages
LOCATION
Classes take place at Atlantic Language Galway Adult School. On some occasions additional classrooms are rented at Park College, a private school located seven minutes walk from our adult centre.

TUITION AND PROJECT wORk

20 lessons (15 hours) English language tuition per week, materials provided Speaking, reading, listening and writing with emphasis on effective everyday communication skills Lessons on Ireland, Irish history, culture and geography of the island Project work suited to the students’ needs for their academic year in their native country.

ACCOMMODATION
Host Family Accoommodation
Friendly local families 15/20 minutes bus ride from city centre and school Twin-triple rooms, 2/3 students per room

Residential Accommodation
Local *** Hotel 4 minutes walk from school Triple/family room, 3/4 students per en-suite room

Breakfast, Packed lunch and evening meal each day

AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND GALwAY CITY BUS PASS

Return private coach transfers from Dublin and Shannon Airports for groups City bus pass available for city centre travel.

IRISh CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIvITIES

Afternoon activities such as a Galway walking tour, treasure hunt, drama, Irish music, Gaelic football and hurling Evening activities with, for example, bowling, cinema, greyhound racing Full day tours to locations such as the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands or Connemara.

QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT
...for more information on Short-stay Group Language Holidays or to discuss your requirements please contact the school’s Short-stays and Groups Coordinator.

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High School Year
International education is nothing new for Ireland: Irish monasteries were recognised as important centres of education some one thousand five hundred years ago. This tradition has continued through the ages and many International students are nowadays travelling from across the globe to study in Ireland and use the opportunities the Irish Education System has to offer

WHO?
› Students who want to improve their spoken and written English › Students who are excited about experiencing the Irish Way of Life › Students who intend to study at an Irish or UK University (It is usually recommended to stay for 2 Academic Years)

WHERE?
› Galway city at the West Coast of Ireland › Selected private and public co-educational secondary schools

WHAT?
Study a term or an Academic Year at an Irish Secondary School

SCHOOL TYPE TERM
Term One Term Two Term Three

DURATION
1, 2, 3 terms* 1, 2, 3 terms

ENTRY
EU** ALL

PUBLIC SCHOOL
26 Aug to 22 Dec 2010 10 Jan to 15 Apr 2011 03 May to 03 Jun 2011*

PRIVATE SCHOOL
01 Sept to 19 Dec 2010 10 Jan to 21 Apr 2011 02 May to 29 May 2011

Public School + Homestay Private School + Homestay

* The 1-term option is not available for the last term during the school year. ** Non-EU students who do not require a Visa to enter Ireland can also join this programme.

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ACCOMMODATION

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Atlantic Language Galway provides year-round accommodation in our modern school-managed selfcatering apartments. Accommodation is also provided by the school with selected host families. Quality hotels, bed and breakfast and hostel accommodation can also be booked on request

atlaNtIc laNGUaGe GalWay is pleased to be able to offer a range of its own accommodation, all of which is comfortably furnished and maintained offering students the freedom of catering for themselves. The school’s accommodation services coordinate mixed nationalities in each location: while making new friends, this has a great impact on cultural awareness and learning. School accommodation is strictly available on a Saturday to Saturday basis. It is not possible to offer extra nights of accommodation.
Exclusively for students of Atlantic Language Galway, the school provides superb high-grade accommodation in 2 and 3 bedroom apartments within a 15-minute walk from the school and the city centre. Located in the heart of the city and surrounded by all of the city’s amenities, we offer 2 bedroom townhouses which are only 5 minutes walk from the school.

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SChOOL TOwNhOUSES

Convenient to the school and all that the city has to offer by day and by night are the centrally located 3-bedroomed dockfront apartments.

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TESTIMONIAL MY ACCOMMODATION
“My accommodation was fantastic. My host family treated me like another daughter and made me feel like i were at home. i hope to come back to Ireland to visit them ”
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TESTIMONIAL MY HOST FAMILY
“My accommodation was perfect. Actually my host family in my first month was the best experience I could have arriving in a different city and country. warm family, clean house, good food, perfect room!”

sandra maNceBo Sao Paulo BRAZIL

hOST FAMILY

The school offers home stay accommodation with selected friendly and welcoming local host families. During the week accommodation is half-board, offering breakfast and an evening meal, while at weekends full-board accommodation is offered. All host families are located near to a city bus route, each of which arrives at the city’s main square only a couple of minutes from the school. Host family accommodation is available from Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday. Extra nights are also available on request.

hOTEL OR BED AND BREAkFAST ACCOMMODATION

Atlantic Language Galway has partnered with a number of carefully selected quality hotels and bed and breakfasts to offer some amazing nightly and weekly rates. Bookings can be directed through the school by request at the time of course booking.

accommodation “My it was clean, big, was perfect, with amazing views and near to the school, just 5 minutes!

hOSTEL ACCOMMODATION

” Danae, SAN ROMAN, Guadalajara, SPAIN

Located just across the street from the school, this option suits those who want to combine a prime English language holiday with very affordable accommodation. The hostel offers 4-6 bed dormitories each with their own private bathroom. Students are served a continental breakfast each morning of their stay. A fully equipped modern kitchen is also available for students’ use on a self-catering basis. The options of lunch and/or evening meals are available in a local restaurant.

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A student’s first day
A personal welcome awaits each student on their first day. Before taking the level test, students are shown around the school and receive a brief presentation of the activities available in the school before starting their classes

each stUdeNt is personally welcomed on

their arrival at the school and receives a welcome pack prepared specially and addressed in their name. This pack contains an individual student card as well as a student handbook, maps and guides to help new students settle in to life in Galway. Students, on their first day, attend a short orientation session where they have a chance to meet other new students and be introduced to various school staff members who are available at all times to assist students in whatever way possible. During the afternoon of the first day there is an opportunity to take a guided walking tour of the city in the company of the school’s Student Welfare Officer, giving the opportunity to get to know the city and make Galway their home from home. We believe that feedback is important as it helps us provide a better experience and

service for our students. For this reason students are encouraged to complete a questionnaire after their first week and to make suggestions to the school.

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It is important to us to learn how students find their experience of Atlantic Language Galway so that we may improve what we do. Students are given the opportunity to let us know what they think by: › › Completing our ‘Talk to Us’ question naire at the start of week 2 Being invited to meet with Accommodation Managers, Teaching Staff, Administration and Marketing at any time they wish Completing an Exit Questionnaire

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Social Activity Programme
At Atlantic Language Galway you will always find something exciting to do. Learn about Irish culture, enjoy a pub night with live music, try out Irish language, join our book club, learn to play Gaelic football, and discover the beauty of the West of Ireland with excursions and adventures
NoBody doUBts that the West of Ireland is distinctive in terms of its
landscape and environment and also with its culture, heritage and warmth. At Atlantic Language Galway we encourage our students to discover what the West has to offer. We are very proud of our place in the world and are delighted to show it off but we also know that the learning that students do in the school is greatly enhanced when they are involved in social events and activities. In many ways the magnificent landscape, the cozy pubs and the friendly people of the West are an extension of the school where students continue to learn about Irish culture and heritage while practicing and developing their language skills in the real world. To ensure that students can have an exceptional experience we organise weekly social and cultural events which include:

The social activities “boring. You have theprogramme ...is never choice between a lot of different, interesting things”
› › Guided walking tour of Galway city Day tours to discover the stunning scenery of the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Aran Islands, Connemara, Clonmacnoise, Inish Bofin Free Irish history and culture lessons Free lessons on Gaelic football and hurling - Ireland’s unique national sports Free school-based vocabulary and pronunciation lessons The opportunity to view movies in English Pub nights out - traditional Irish music, jazz, rock ’n’ roll

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We celebrate many occasions during the year with special events to mark them, including: › › › › › › St. Valentine’s Day St. Patrick’s Day with special workshops on Irish dancing, music and legends International Food Day Halloween The school’s Christmas party and concert International nights.

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With such a lively schedule of events our Student Welfare Officer is busy making sure that students are kept regularly informed on what’s happening. Being a city of festivals means that Galway has a constant line-up of wonderful events to attend. Two of the most renowned are the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Racing Festival, both of which take place during the summer months, and attract visitors from across the globe. |

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Atlantic College Galway
Atlantic College courses are accredited by nationally and internationally recognised professional and examination bodies such as FETAC, FÁS, CIPD and ACCA. A benchmarked qualification assures Atlantic College graduates of the quality of delivery and value of each course and provides employers with an objective validation of graduates’ skills, knowledge and capabilities
IN aUtUmN 2009, Atlantic College extended its course programme to
include a range of part-time day and evening courses in accountancy and finance, human resource management and training, childcare, nursing and social studies. All Atlantic College courses are accredited by nationally and internationally recognised professional and examination bodies. A benchmarked qualification assures Atlantic College graduates of the quality of delivery and value of each course and provides employers with an objective validation of graduates’ skills, knowledge and capabilities.

FURThER EDUCATION AND TRAINING AwARDS COUNCIL (FETAC)

Atlantic College Galway is a FETAC registered provider. FETAC is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland

FAS. NATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT AUThORITY
Atlantic College Galway is approved for inclusion on the FÁS/EI National Register of Trainers under registration number 903691

ThE ASSOCIATION OF ChARTERED CERTIFIED ACCOUNTANTS (ACCA) ATLANTIC COLLEGE PROGRAMME COORDINATORS
Maria McDonagh and Cathleen Hartnett

FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COURSES IN
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Childcare, Nursing and Social Studies Accounting and Finance Computers and IT Human Resource Management and Training Small class-size ensuring tailored support and tutoring Competitive rates and flexible payment options Discounted fees Bright, modern and purpose designed training facilities Free city-centre self-study facilities Individual careers coaching and use of IT facilities Convenient location; Atlantic College in located in Galway city centre, just off Eyre Square, a two minute walk from train, bus and coach stations

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. The Association offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a career in accountancy, finance and management. Atlantic College Galway is a registered ACCA Learner Training Provider

FEATURES OF AN ATLANTIC COLLEGE EDUCATION
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ThE ChARTERED INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL AND DEvELOPMENT (CIPD)

CIPD is Ireland’s and the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. With over 130,000 members, membership of CIPD is highly regarded by employers and CIPD programmes are internationally recognised

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