The Collins family have been welcoming students to Cong in the beautiful Connemara region for over 30 years. Lakeland Language Academy offers students the opportunity of immersing themselves in an English speaking environment, with all meals, lessons, activities and excursions conducted through English.
The atmosphere at the Academy is typically Irish - warm and welcoming with lots of fun and laughs! The students’ total immersion in English brings about wonderful improvements in their language skills.
Lakeland Language Academy accept students aged 11 to 17 years.
Students partake in 3 hours English lessons every weekday morning. Lessons focus on the spoken language and how to use it practically in everyday life. Grammar, reading, writing and role plays are on the curriculum to allow the students to practice and improve what they learn.
Lessons are given by fully qualified TEFL teachers from Ireland who speak English as their native language. Classes are small, with no more than 15 students so that each student has the time and opportunity to ask questions. Students take a short assessment on the first morning to assess their level of English to ensure that they get the most out of the classes.
Students are encouraged to speak English at all times throughout their stay – at meal times, in class, during activities and on excursions – for a total immersion in the English language.
Every afternoon students practice the English language in a natural environment by engaging in activities such as kayaking, abseiling, windsurfing, obstacle courses, sailing, rock climbing, gorge walking, caving, nature trails and Irish music and dancing.
On Wednesday afternoons and at weekends students explore the beautiful west of Ireland with excursions to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher, the Connemara National Park and take a boat cruise on Lough Corrib – Ireland’s largest lake. Students also experience towns such as Clifden and Westport and Galway city.
Every evening board games, cards, charades and games are played through English to continue the students total immersion in the English language.
Lakeland Language Academy’s facilities include shared rooms for students, kitchen and dining room where all meals are provided, classrooms, sitting room, mini-cinema, children’s playground, games room and outdoor play area.
Lakeland Language Academy is located 1 mile from Cong, one of Ireland’s most beautiful villages and the only village included in TripAdvisor’s top ten Irish destinations in 2018. Surrounded by Lough Mask and Lough Corrib, Cong is an inland island, dating back to pre-historic times. It is home to stone circles, the 12th century Cong Abbey, Ashford Castle and amazing walks and cycle paths by the river and lakes through the 2000 acres of woodland that surround the village. Cong was the location of the filming of the John Wayne movie The Quiet Man. Cong is also the gateway to Connemara – one of Ireland’s most famous and scenic national parks.
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