English course for 50+ in Ireland

The programme

The 50+ course is designed for mature students who want to improve and combine their language skills with an active social programme. You will learn and practice English with people from a similar generation and you'll have the perfect opportunity to visit Ireland and combine the holiday feeling with a learning experience. 

  • 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

    7 May, 10 June
    12 August, 9 September

  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 12.30

Who is the 50+ 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 fifty plus course offers mature students the opportunity to study with like-minded students of the same age range, from all over the world. The 50+ course 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 agenda

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. English for fifty plus is all about discovering and connecting with others, learning about the Irish culture, combining enjoyable language practice and discovering Galway and its surroundings. 

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

Students will take part in a variety of activities during the 50+ programme and a GCI representative will accompany the students most of times during the social programme. Depending on the type of activity, these can take place during the afternoon or evening time during the week and full day at the weekend. The social programme activities include the following attractions:

Day Activities*

  • Welcoming Lunch with GCI staff – great opportunity to get to know the other participants and GCI staff as well.
  • Walking tour of Galway - a great way to discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Galway city.
  • Galway Museum – learn about the history of the city and enjoy wonderful views from this cultural hub.
  • Film Club – step back in time and experience one of Galway’s most popular heritage attractions.
  • Irish Workshop – learn more about the Irish cultural heritage through one of the following workshops: Irish Dance, Irish Coffee, and Irish Music.
  • Certificate Ceremony - small event to celebrate your learning achievements at the end of the course

Evening Activities* 

  • Conversation Club & Prom Walk - Salthill’s Promenade is an ideal spot for watching the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over Galway Bay, with stunning views of Clare Hills in the distance.
  • Half day trip on the Corrib Princess Boat - enjoy a guided tour of the Corrib Lake & River on the luxurious all weather Corrib Princess.
  • Pub Night – discover  Galway’s most famous and historic drinking establishments nestled in the middle of Galway’s cultural quarters, meet and talk with both Galwegians and other visitors to Galway city.

One Full Day Activity 

Cliffs of Moher

Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view of one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions, the Cliffs of Moher, where you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form. Like more than million plus visitors who come to see them each year, you can look forward to a trip never to be forgotten: Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breath taking view. 

To make the experience extra special, we include:

  • Return transfer by public coach (from Dublin Airport to Galway Coach Station)
  • Taxi transfer (on arrival only) from Galway Coach Station to the selected accommodation

*Please note the social activity programme is subject to change due to availability challenges, weather conditions and providers' accessibility outside of our control. 

50+ Programme is tailor-made for fun!

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