LAI Bray offers tailor-made courses for juniors aged from 9-18 years old and small groups of adult learners all year round. Our school offers all types of lessons and activities. We have a wealth of experience in making your stay the best it can be. We can accommodate all types of groups and their needs from an intensive study week for high schoolers to a cultural programme for the more experienced traveller.
Host family accommodation provides students with a full experience of Irish culture and allows them to practice their English in a natural setting. All of our host families have been carefully chosen and are visited on a regular basis to ensure continuity of high standards in a safe environment. Host families will provide full food and board to the Junior Group students. Alternatively, for smaller groups we may arrange accommodation in a local hotel.
Our junior students attend 15-20 hours of classes per week. Classes are available at all levels from Elementary to Advanced. Our Irish ACELS and CELTA accredited teachers use a range of the best teaching materials to enable students to expand on and practice their language skills. Our focus is on learning English through the communicative method in which students will have many opportunities to put into practice the things they have learned. The most popular lessons option is general English and Irish culture. On this course we integrate general English lessons on assorted topics with the studying of Irish culture and history, so students can learn more about the sites they will be visiting throughout their stay with us. We also offer more exam-focused lessons whereby students can prepare for their exams over an intensive study week. Alternatively, we can provide for conversation and culture lessons where Irish culture and history is integrated with a host of conversational activities and discussions.
LAI Bray offers a mix of cultural excursions, historical visits, entertainment, sightseeing and sports activities which students can enjoy in the afternoon after their classes. We can also provide 2 late evening activities per week and one full day trip. We arrange excursions both in Wicklow “The Garden of Ireland” and Dublin city. Wicklow has some of the most beautiful natural attractions such as our local Cliff Walk, Glendalough (Wicklow Mountains National Park), Powerscourt House, Gardens and Waterfall and historical sites such as Wicklow Gaol. Dublin city is also bursting with historical attractions including the Book of Kells, Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral and a myriad of museums and art galleries. As well as that, the Guinness Storehouse, the National Leprechaun Museum, Dublin Zoo and the National Wax museum are just some of the cultural attractions Dublin has to offer. Even for a free afternoon, Dublin is a lovely city to just walk around, explore and take in the sights. We can also arrange excursions further afield to such places as the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, Belfast and Galway City. As for activities, our students may take part in water sports, Irish dancing, boxing, swing dancing, karate, yoga and Zumba. We also organise film nights, Irish music evenings, discos and shopping trips in Dublin’s famous Grafton Street or at the fabulous Dundrum Shopping Centre. We are close to Bray’s Bowling Alley which offers Quasar and pool as well as 10 pin bowling and arcade games. Being a seaside town, it is also possible to go for a dip in the Irish Sea! Bray is also home to a colony of native swans which visitors are welcome to feed and take pictures of.
On our afternoon and evening activities, we supply activities coordinators whose main goal is to provide students with a high standard of care and supervision while ensuring that they have a relaxed and fun-filled trip. It is very important to us at Language Academy Ireland that the students have a happy and memorable study holiday experience. We achieve this with the help of our integrated team of teachers (who keep an active eye on the students’ level and class participation), our office staff (who look after general enquiries) and of course, our activities coordinator.