Broadcaster and comedian Hector Ó hEochagáin has launched this year’s Euro Languages College (ELC) summer residential language courses for second-level students across Ireland.
Commencing on July 5th next, Junior and Leaving Certificate courses in French, Spanish and German are provided in established boarding schools including Clongowes Wood in Clane, County Kildare, Villiers School in Limerick, Cistercian College Roscrea, County Tipperary, and Bandon Grammar School in Cork.

Hector, who is fluent in both Spanish and Irish, says with schools struggling, with new waves of Covid affecting teachers and students Euro Languages College is a holiday that will help teens catch up on missed curriculum, brush up on exam questions, and enhance fluency for their oral and aural tests.

“Students can brush up on their language skills and exam texts, and have fun with friends at the same time.  It’s like the Gaeltacht, only for global languages instead!”

Running until the end of August, individual courses last just under three weeks and involve over 40 hours of formal learning.

Costing around €80 a day for full tuition and board, a €100 discount is available with full payment on booking.   Leaving certificate French at Clongowes costs €1,475 for the course commencing on July 5th, while all other French, Spanish and German courses in Cork, Limerick and Tipperary are €1,395.  See https://elc.ie for full detail.

The learning opportunity is equivalent to half an academic year of school tuition, and has the advantage of being a totally immersive languages experience, according to Padraig Ryan, Managing Director of Euro Languages College (ELC).

“ELC is excellent value when compared to grinds costing €50 an hour.  Courses are not confined to a classroom, but involve cultural, sporting and recreational activity too.  This lowers anxiety, so young people learn in a relaxed way, experiencing the language fully”.

This year’s ELC courses are in full compliance with public health measures, assuming the same rigorous Covid-19 policies already operated by the boarding schools.  This includes a compulsory PCR test ahead of arrival, and regular rapid antigen testing for students and teachers on-site, who also work in a ‘bubble’ or pod system with appropriate social distancing.

Classes take place 6 days a week for half of the day, with separate courses covering the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams.