50+ Programme

The programme

The 50+ Programme is designed for mature students who want to improve and combine their language skills with an active social programme.

  • Minimum Course Length

    2 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons per week
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Pre-Intermediate - A2
    Upper-Intermediate - B2

  • Cost

    two weeks course

  • Start Dates

    13.05.2019, 10.06.2019
    08.07.2019, 16.09.2019

  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 12.30
    in the summer classes start at 8.30

Who is the course for?

If you are over 50 and looking for new experiences, studying the English language in a city as vibrant and exciting as Galway should be top of your list. This two-week course offers 20 Intensive General English lessons and a specialised activity programme so that you can enjoy the very best of Ireland.

The 50+ programme offers mature students the opportunity to study with like-minded students of the same age range, from all over the world.The programme includes exciting language practice and a range of cultural and social activities with a focus on Ireland’s famous heritage.

Course objectives

  • To maximize use of English in everyday situations
  • To practice elements of functional English language and gain confidence in employing the language
  • To communicate effectively in a variety of practical settings
  • Combine language learning with an active social agende

Course content

The classes

The 50+ programme has 20 lessons of Intensive General English in a closed group in the morning, with max class size of 14 students. The course of study is designed to maximize use of English in everyday situations, includes elements of practical language and increases students’ confidence in their ability to use English. The teaching team is chosen based on their experience and areas of expertise.

It is a mixed ability class with students from Pre-Intermediate (A2) to Upper-Intermediate (B2). If students fall outside of these categories, they will have the option, if they wish, to join a General English class more suitable to their level.

The social programme

Below are some highlights of the activities programme that is suited to the participants' specific tastes and needs.

Welcome lunch in the school cafeteria with GCI staff – exclusive to Club 50+ Programme participants.

Six afternoon activities which include the following:

  • Walking tour of Galway guided by GCI teacher.
  • Half day tour to one of the following local places of interest (e.g. Corrib Princess boat trip, Cool Park). The tour will be guided, if the minimum number of 6 participants is achieved. Coach and entrances are included.
  • One Irish workshop – (depending on availability of outside experts) which will include one of the following: Irish music / Tin Whistle with master musician Celtic / Ogham writing with local artist.
  • Irish dancing Lesson with professional dancer.
  • Galway Museum visit – not guided.
  • Film Club at GCI - no GCI representative.

Three Evening events – some of which are shared with Galwegians and other students.

  • “Trad on the Prom” (a Riverdance type show) - no GCI representative
  • Pub evening usually shared with other GCI students – with GCI representative
  • Greyhound racing at the local dog track – other GCI students may be attending. No GCI representative     

Two full day weekend tours

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Aran Islands

Transfer which include the following:

Return transfer by public coach and taxi transfer (on arrival only) to accommodation in Galway.