Summer Courses

Summer 2021

June: (A1) 05/06/’21 – 18/06/2021

June: (A2) 19/06/’21 – 02/07/2021

July: (B1) 03/07/’21 – 17/07/2021

July: (B2) 18/07/’21 – 01/08/2021

Aug: (C1) 02/08/’21 – 16/08/2021

Age 10 – 18 years

Pre-Leaving Cert Course

  • Mock Oral Interview
  • Aural Comprehension
  • Particular emphasis in class on conversation for the Oral Exam
  • Essay Content - vocabulary, idioms, grammar

Junior Cycle Course

  • Pre Junior Cycle Course for 1st and 2nd year students
  • Conversation and Oral Language
  • Presentations, Debates
  • Comprehension

Primary School Student Course

  • Pre second Level 5th and 6th Class
  • Basic Irish course with emphasis on basic idioms and conversational sentences
  • Preparation for transition to second level

Aim

Our policy in Coláiste Chiaráin is to run our courses solely through the medium of Irish so that the students leave the college very well versed in the language and confident in their ability to express themselves.

Daily Program

10:00 – 13:15: 3 Formal Classes
15:30 – 17:15: Outdoor Games, Competitions, Beach & Watersports
19:30 – 21:15: Céilí, sketches, sing songs, inter-house competitions, Dioscó Gaelach, fancy dress & many more interesting and fun activities.

A typical day at Coláiste Chiaráin

A typical day is busy and fun. The students wake in their houses where they will have breakfast prepared by the Bean/Fear an Tí. They will then either walk/get a bus to the college with the rest of their housemates. They will begin classes at 10 am.

Classes focus on oral language development. The students can expect to cover the main topics that are assessed in the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations. Classes are interactive with an emphasis on speaking and listening skills as we aim to improve their conversational Irish.

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In the afternoon the students enjoy sporting activities. We are lucky to be based by the sea and therefore can organise a variety of water sports. The students can expect to participate in kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Of course An Cheathrú Rua has a strong culture of GAA and again there will be opportunities to play football and hurling. We have special guests in from time to time to help with training. If sport isn’t your thing; do not fear! Our students also participate in Zumba, aerobics classes, cycling, hiking, drama and art based activities!

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Each evening the college hosts a céilí. The students will learn traditional céilí dances. There is a theme each night and the students love to dress up and show their creativity! Each house also prepares for a talent show; a competition amongst the students where they incorporate aspects of drama, music and dance!

Each day is different and certain days will bring changes to the timetable. We cannot wait to make some new memories with our future students. Looking forward to welcoming you to Coláiste Chiaráin!

Accommodation

All guest houses are approved by Roinn na Gaeltachta. Irish is the spoken language of the guest houses and the Fear/Bean an Tí will always encourage the speaking of Irish by her/his students.

Cinnirí Tí

We support returning secondary students who have shown a keen interest in the Irish language having attended Coláiste Chiaráin previously. They are normally in the senior cycle at school. There is a Cinnire Tí in each house to encourage students to speak Irish.

College Bank

Students are expected to lodge their pocket money in the College Bank, where money will be safely kept and can be withdrawn each day as needed. Money can also be lodged during the course.

Medical Illness & Allergies

A doctor is always on call. The cost of attendance is borne by the student or their parents. Parents are requested to inform the college of any recurring illness during booking (e.g. asthma, bed wetting, allergies etc…). Medical report from can be downloaded here and attached with your application form.

Information Meeting

Information meetings are arranged prior to the courses for students who are attending the college for the first time. They are organised normally during the month of May. Centres are arranged in locations most convenient to parents throughout the country. A parent or guardian must attend these meetings with the students. The students will be interviewed in order to assess their current level of Irish and to enable them to ask any questions they have in advance of travelling to An Cheathrú Rua. It is also a chance for parents to address any particular concerns they might have.