‘Work Hard, Play Hard’
We offer language programmes in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Irish and cater for students from 1st to 6th Year or from Year 8 to A’ Level for students from Northern Ireland. The established successful programme was developed in 2000, and so far we have worked hundreds of schools from the second level system in both the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.
We have 90% repeat business and continue to expand in the education sector at both primary and secondary level. This programme has been consistently endorsed by the Department of Education in their subject inspection reports.
We have had hundreds of endorsements from second level teachers throughout Ireland and thousands of students have requested return visits to our facility. As a language teacher, I believe that the students’ enthusiasm to return again and again is our greatest achievement in terms of encouraging students in their learning of languages.
Our ethos is to make the whole process of learning an enjoyable experience, whilst instilling confidence and competence in the practice of languages. Our aim is to help students develop a positive perspective of languages and we consistently remind students of the positive outcomes of language learning, such as a positive impact on future employment options.
We combine language workshops with adventure activities in order to make the whole experience a truly unforgettable one for students. Activities include surfing, kayaking, cliff jumping, skateboarding, team building, climbing tower, abseiling, high & low ropes courses, archery and lots more.
The motto at ‘Language & Adventure’ :
‘work hard, play hard’
We expect students to work hard and actively take part in their language workshops. Classes are quite intensive and we ensure that students are focused and diligent throughout. Language workshops run for three hours (with short breaks) and it is imperative to us that students cover a lot of ground during these sessions.
Our expectations in terms of behaviour and language acquisition are made clear at the start of each lesson and teachers are insistent that students work to the best of their ability for the duration of the language session. Our language teachers are chosen for their ability to teach in a positive and enthusiastic manner, thus ensuring that students are enthused and motivated whilst learning.
Students often comment that they feel like they are being ‘rewarded’ for their hard work in class when they get the chance to try some of the fantastic adventure sports on offer. The fact that we intertwine language workshops with adventure sports ensures that students associate the language programme with fun and laughter.
We liaise very closely with teachers to ensure that the content of the language workshops is appropriate to the level of the students and suits their specific needs. Whilst we have specific programmes for each year group, we listen to the requests of each teacher and take this on board when designing each language programme. All students will receive excellent revision notes on various areas of study during their language workshops.
The staff who do the adventure activities with the students are not language teachers, but instead are highly trained outdoor instructors. They play a vital role in encouraging students to undertake tasks individually, as well as part of a group and thus assist in developing a sense of confidence, leadership and team spirit amongst students.