Programme Focus: English and Culture
Duration: Two weeks
Minimum Level: A1
Hours of English Tuition: 15 hours/week
Activities: English Classes, Sports, Cultural Activities, Excursions, Group Projects, Evening Entertainment and Walking Tours
Accommodation: Student Apartments or Host Family Stays
Number of students per class: Maximum 15
Course Description: Culturalingual is designed to improve students’ overall language ability and to develop everyday communication skills. Individuals who enrol on this course are typically high school students looking to enhance their English language level while also experiencing a new country, culture and way of life. The programme structure enables students to improve their English language competency and to develop life skills such as working as part of a team, presenting, public speaking and formal writing.
English Language Training
Morning classes employ a variety of topics and aim to develop general English competency in all four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). The focus is firmly placed on effective communication and engagent with the language. A variety of activities are incorporated into class time ensuring the various learning styles of students are met. Students also engage with teacher-led presentations on cultural topics such as Irish food, customs and historical landmarks.
This is a key component of the programme and encourages students to apply their newly acquired language skills. Students work independently and in small groups to complete projects on a wide range of topics linked to cultural content covered in morning sessions. These activities are structured to encourage communication, integration and practical use of new vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Total immersion is encouraged for the duration of the programme. One way that we facilitate this is through cultural activities and excursions. Students participate in a variety of games, presentations, and interactive activities which ultimately enhance their ability to communicate and function effectively using the medium of the English language. Participants on this programme will visit a number of Ireland’s major cities and some of its most famous tourist sites and landmarks.
During all Castel courses, we offer optional one-to-one tutorials. Students have the opportunity to schedule additional classes with Castel trainers during free slots in the overall programme timetable. These sessions aim to focus on individual problems and issues and attend to difficulties students may be experiencing in their language learning journey. Tutors guide the student through a series of exercises and activities which directly target the problem area and ultimately enhance the student’s all-round language competency.
For the duration of this programme, students will enjoy the very best in student accommodation. There are a number of options available and the choice is purely in the hands of the participant. We offer comfortable, modern and spacious student apartments or, if you seek complete immersion during your stay, we arrange homestays with host families located a short distance from the main campus. If the latter is your preference, then you will be treated to a friendly Irish welcome, pleasant conversation on your return from scheduled camp activities and, not to mention, three home cooked meals daily. This is certainly our recommended option as we take great pride in the quality of our affiliated host family network.