3 – An opportunity to gain confidence and grow as a person
If you are still undecided about travelling overseas to learn English in Ireland, studies have shown that enrolling on a course abroad is a real positive step – and not only for your learning and career prospects.
Moving overseas to undertake a course or travel on a gap year:
- has a hugely positive impact on your brain
- makes you more welcoming and outgoing
- makes you more open to new experiences, thoughts and ideas
- stimulates creativity and curiosity
- reduces self-doubt
- introduces you to new people and cultures, breaking down social barriers
- breeds tolerance
Striking out on your own will make you mentally stronger and more resilient, too. It teaches you to be able to rely on yourself and to be more resourceful and confident in your abilities, which you can use as you move forward in life with your career or further academic studies.
You may be many hundreds of miles from your home and family, but taking a summer English course abroad will teach you how to cope while being away from your normal comforts and the familiar things – the culture, the language, for example – that you are used to.
A major benefit of living abroad is that you will make a lot of new friendships – some of which will last for a long time. At Galway Cultural Institute the smaller classes and intensive learning means you will meet and bond with many different people from all walks of life, because you have a shared interest and common goal – to learn and improve your English.
4 – It’s flexible and convenient
Summer courses abroad are perfect for the busy world we live in. Many of us have commitments such as family, work or other studies – and sometimes all three at once! – so learning through the summer is ideal. The courses are also flexible, meaning you can usually join any week during the summer.
Most universities and many businesses shut down for a period during the summer, so it is a great opportunity for you to use this spare time to enrol on an English language course. University terms or semesters typically end in June and restart in September, so lots of summer schools – Galway Cultural Institute included – arrange for their course modules to take place during this hiatus.
And, of course, summer schools frequently have fewer pupils and more demanding learning periods which, if you are already at university, will keep you fresh and ready to return to academic life after the summer, or if you are due to attend university for the first time it will equip you with some basic, practical skills that you can take with you.
If you are working and normally take a week or two as a holiday between June and September, you could use this time to develop your communication skills at any one of the English language summer schools Ireland has to offer. At Galway Cultural Institute we know life is increasingly busy for many people, so our flexible Summer Afternoon General English courses are an ideal way for you to improve your English language fluency.
5 – Quickly develop your language skills
English intensive summer courses are typically shorter and more rigorous than many other brief courses run by universities and places of learning. This means that you will find it more immersive and in-depth, where you will be talking, writing, reading and listening to English every day.
As a result your English language abilities will improve far more quickly than if you were practising for, say, just two hours a day each week at home alone. It is accepted that language immersion is brilliant for attaining fluency fast, and as a student undertaking an English summer course, Ireland offers you the chance to:
- immerse yourself in English language culture, including music, film, TV shows and books
- listen to other people’s conversations. You might be on a bus, in a queue, or simply walking down the street. Overhearing a conversation is often a fun, interesting way to learn how people talk in English, the rhythms of their voices and the expressions they use
- play your favourite English language songs on repeat. Mimic the lyrics, sing if you want. Watch lots of English or American movies, listen to the dialogue and quote them at your classmates
- surround yourself with like-minded people, such as your fellow students, and continually practise talking and listening to each other in English
6 – To immerse yourself in the Irish culture whilst learning English
To immerse yourself further, and learn the language even faster, you can spend as much time as possible living in and amongst the people and places of Ireland. As we’ve mentioned, immersion is an excellent method for learning, but it is even better to be with and around native speakers for as much time as possible.
You will learn so much more about the language by travelling the country and engaging in general conversation with locals, or attending plays, concerts, poetry readings or even taking a class trip to the local Galway cinema to catch the latest blockbuster. All of that is just a little easier in the summer, where the sun warms the spirits, and people have more free time. Just spend a few evenings with a group of native English speakers in an Irish pub, for example, and you will pick up lots of jokes, local expressions, habits and customs that will enrich your vocabulary and boost your confidence with the language.
Ireland has so many great things to do during the summer. Travelling the Wild Atlantic Way. Day trips to Cork, Dublin and Killarney. Exploring Connemara National Park. Sipping your way through a tour of Jameson’s whiskey distillery. The Burren. The Aran Islands. Or simply enjoying the company of friends in the sun while you lie on Grattan Beach and stare out at Galway Bay.
For summer English courses, Ireland has much to offer the English learner in terms of attractions and events that you can immerse yourself in, and Galway is as rich and vibrant as any major city in the world. If you are researching English summer schools, you will find that Galway Cultural Institute is a welcoming, modern, multicultural and fun place during the summer, and offers the best immersion to learn English this summer in Ireland. Why not let your English language journey be an unforgettable one with us?