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Programmes for Teens

IH Galway Junior Programmes have been meticulously designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. Our programmes motivate and challenge our junior students as they are based on authentic, personalised materials.  As our language programme is linked to the activity programme, it also provides students with the opportunity to discover Galway and Ireland, as well as other countries and cultures.

Course Programme

Our customised and personalised course programme, which is based on motivating and educational projects, has been designed by our Cambridge qualified teachers for our students, and we also select other materials which are suitable for the learning context, the English level of the group and the learners’ cultural background. The programme is designed to ensure a balance of skills, as well as some useful vocabulary to help students build a useful bank of words and expressions which they can use inside and outside the classroom.  The weekly programme consists of 60-minute lessons of English, with practice of the four skills, vocabulary, grammar, project work and presentations, incorporating IT and leadership skills. 

Our objective

Our aim is to help our students develop their knowledge of authentic English, focusing on the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, with a strong focus also on vocabulary development, as these elements are what learners need in order to be able to communicate effectively. The course programme includes a series of projects and presentations to help the participants develop the four skills. As they are linked to the planned visits, the projects will help the participants focus on the visits with some background knowledge provided in advance of the visit. On the visits, they will complete some tasks, which will then be used in follow up lessons. Projects and presentations are assessed and there will be prizes given at the final ceremony for the outstanding ones. These projects and presentations will form part of the students’ portfolio, which they will take home with them following their course.

Programmes for Teens

We focus on...

Vocabulary

Vocabulary acquisition is a key part of the programme as we believe that a good vocabulary base is a fundamental part of language acquisition. Materials will draw on the learners’ own experiences and they will also introduce them to aspects of Irish history and culture, making their experience in Galway a richer one. We also incorporate aspects of Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL, into their programme to help them focus on areas of history, geography and science in English. Some essential elements of grammar will also be focused on. The students will also receive training in using dictionaries and apps in order to become more independent learners, which will help them continue to develop following the course.

Weekly Objectives

At the beginning of the week, we show our students their weekly objectives in the form of ‘can-do’ descriptors, and this helps students to focus on what they are going to study that week. They can also contribute some ideas to the programme. The use of can-do statements, plus the added input from the students, provides motivation and engagement in the program as they know in advance what they are going to be looking at and they have an input also. At the beginning of each lesson, the teacher helps the learners focus on what the lesson aims are. This will help to focus students’ attention on the lesson objectives and content and the teacher looks again at these aims at the end of the lesson to help them see what they have achieved.

Portfolio

Our students complete a portfolio with all the materials they use and develop on their programme. Students will take their portfolios, with their materials and their projects, home with them following the course, and they will have these materials for ever!

International House Galway Portal

Students have the opportunity to develop their language skills further with our tutor-directed self-study programme, where we help our students focus on aspects of language they want extra practice in, such as grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing or speaking, guided by their tutor. And our students can start their language journey with us from their home! Once you book your course with us, we give you access to the IH Galway Portal, and this access continues after you finish your course with us.

Here is a summary of the junior programmes:
11-15 year olds: Junior Vacation Programme (15 hours per week)
We help our teen students develop their English language skills and help them to speak English with confidence. Our course combines an interactive learning experience with sports, activities and visits, focusing on Irish culture and beautiful sights. Our Cambridge qualified tutors have designed a customised programme based on our students’ needs and interests, and in class we help them complete project work, focusing on the essential skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as vocabulary acquisition.
16-19 year olds: Pre University Experience (20 hours per week)
We help older teens prepare for study at university level. We focus on the development of academic English skills and vocabulary and we help our students to develop essential academic skills, such as note taking, making presentations and projects, and we also help them to develop other essential skills such as study skills, adapting to life as a university student, cultural awareness and becoming independent learners. There is an Academic IELTS focus, and students may take the IELTS Test at IH Galway at the end of their course. This course also includes a varied visit, activity and excursion programme. Students complete a project portfolio as part of their programme, which they take home with them following their course.
11-18 year olds: Leadership and Adventure Summer Camp
Delphi Resort and International House Galway have partnered to create the first Leadership and Adventure Summer Camp. Located on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way alongside the unique Killary Fjord in Connemara, Delphi Resort has been offering adventure programmes to teens for over 30 years, and IH Galway students join this Summer Camp, meeting teens from Ireland, the UK, the US, and other countries. Our students will experience a fun-filled adventure programme, build friendships and create lifelong memories, all while improving their English language skills. As Ireland's Leading Outdoor Adventure destination, Delphi Resort along with International House Galway, will take your group or child on a language and adventure journey to remember. Delphi Resort inspires young people to aim higher and achieve more through their activity programmes and this is combined with an experiential learning and language programme specifically developed with teenagers in mind. The stimulating and rugged environment helps to change perspectives and broaden the horizons of teens. There is something exhilarating about being outdoors, and at Delphi Resort, the multi-activity and language programmes help built students’ confidence, language skills, belief in themselves and helps them to develop essential life skills, such as teamwork and self-esteem. With up to 20 land and water-based activities on offer and daily International House Galway English lessons, an experience to remember is guaranteed!
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