Summer courses for Juniors

IH Galway Junior Programmes have been meticulously designed to meet the needs and interests of our students. Our programmes motivate and challenge our junior students as they are based on authentic, personalised materials.  As our language programme is linked to the activity programme, it also provides students with the opportunity to discover Galway and Ireland, as well as other countries and cultures.

Leadership and Adventure Camp in Connemara

Ages: 11-17 year olds

Course dates: 2nd of July to 23rd of July, 2023

Course length: 1 or 2 weeks

Course hours per week: 15

Minimum level: A1

Maximum class size: 15

Accommodation: Residence in the heart of  Connemara

Price: €1175/week

Pre-University Experience in Galway

Ages: 16-19 year olds

Course dates: 25th of June to 23rd of July, 2023

Schedule: Monday-Friday 09:00-11:00 & 11:30-13:20

Minimum level: B1

Course length: 1 to 4 weeks

Course hours per week: 19

Maximum class size: 15

Accommodation: in residential accommodation or host family

Price: €1150/week

Leadership and Adventure Camp

This programme takes place in Connemara, in the heart of the beautiful Galway countryside. Famous films such as ‘The Quiet Man’ are set in this magnificent region. In 2023, IH Galway is offering a fantastic new English Leadership and Adventure Camp in a beautiful resort in Connemara. Our programme approaches teen personal development in a lot of different ways, including autonomous learning, communication training, life skills coaching, self-motivation, and group activities. 

Delphi Resort and International House Galway have partnered to create the first Leadership and Adventure Summer Camp.

Located on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way alongside the unique Killary Fjord in Connemara, Delphi Resort has been offering adventure programmes to teens for over 30 years, and IH Galway students join this Summer Camp, meeting teens from Ireland, the UK, the US, and other countries. Our students will experience a fun-filled adventure programme, build friendships and create lifelong memories, all while improving their English language skills. As Ireland’s Leading Outdoor Adventure destination, Delphi Resort along with International House Galway, will take your group or child on a language and adventure journey to remember.

Delphi Resort inspires young people to aim higher and achieve more through their activity programmes and this is combined with an experiential language and learning specifically developed with teenagers in mind. The stimulating and rugged environment helps to change perspectives and broaden the horizons of teens. There is something exhilarating about being outdoors, and at Delphi Resort, the multi-activity and language programmes help built students’ confidence, language skills, belief in themselves and helps them to develop essential life skills, such as teamwork and self-esteem. With up to 20 land and water-based activities on offer and daily International House Galway English lessons, an experience to remember is guaranteed!

Through adventure we teach English

  • Programme running for over 30 years – very famous in Ireland.
  • Our students join this programme with Irish and international teens.
  • Action packed programme based on activities, such as kayaking, surfing and camping, and team buildingskills, such as raft building.
  • International House Galway provides the English language component and pastoral care.
  • Our students gain valuable and essential English language skills and learn practical vocabulary and expressions which they can use with the other teens and activity leaders during the activities and gatherings.
  • During the course, they work on developing projects about areas of Irish culture, history and people, and they develop a blog describing their experiences and their projects.
  • Opportunity to take Trinity Test (fee will depend on level)

Pre-University Programme

We help older teens prepare for study at university level. We focus on the development of academic English skills and vocabulary and we help our students to develop essential academic skills, such as note taking, making presentations and projects. We also help them to develop other essential skills such as study skills, adapting to life as a university student, cultural awareness and becoming independent learners.

There is an Academic IELTS focus, and students may take the IELTS Test at IH Galway at the end of their course. This course also includes a varied visit, activity and excursion programme. Students complete a project portfolio as part of their programme, which they take home with them following their course. See details about this programme below:

Get ready to study in university

  • Project based course programme based on Academic English skills; customised materials designed by our trainers.
  • Programme also based on student needs and interests, as well as Irish culture and history, and linked to our excursions.
  • Students develop a blog throughout the programme.
  • IELTS/Academic English focus.
  • Opportunity to investigate university options.
  • Activity and visit programme.
  • Excursions at the weekends.
  • Small programme with individualised attention.
  • Opportunity to take IELTS* Test (we’re an IELTS centre)


Vocabulary acquisition is a key part of the programme as we believe that a good vocabulary base is a fundamental part of language acquisition. Materials will draw on the learners’ own experiences and they will also introduce them to aspects of Irish history and culture, making their experience in Galway a richer one. We also incorporate aspects of Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL, into their programme to help them focus on areas of history, geography and science in English. Some essential elements of grammar will also be focused on. The students will also receive training in using dictionaries and apps in order to become more independent learners, which will help them continue to develop following the course.

Weekly Objectives

At the beginning of the week, students make their own ‘can-do’ descriptors, with guidance from they teachers. This helps students to focus on what they are going to study that week. They can also contribute some ideas to the programme. The use of can-do statements, plus the added input from the students, provides motivation and engagement in the programme as they know in advance what they are going to be looking at and they have an input also. At the beginning of each lesson, the teacher helps the learners focus on what the lesson aims are. This will help to focus students’ attention on the lesson objectives and content and the teacher looks again at these aims at the end of the lesson to help them see what they have achieved.


Our students complete a portfolio with all the materials they use and develop on their programme. Students will take their portfolios, with their materials and their projects, home with them following the course, and they will have these materials forever!


  • Lessons consist of project work on areas related to Ireland, culture, history, popular interest.
  • Lessons incorporate work on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as essential language skills of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
  • Project work is linked to student excursions and visits

The IH Galway academic programme is designed to meet the needs and interests of a group of teenage students. The programme has been designed to replace the traditional coursebook as we believe that it must reflect our students’ needs and interests, and these needs cannot be met by purely using a course book, which is designed for a very generic context. The IH Galway Summer English Programme motivates and challenges our students as it is based on authentic and personalised materials, which are selected with our students’ interests and needs in mind. As the programme is linked to our activities and visits, it also provides our students with the opportunity to find out some information about Galway and Ireland, and thus motivate them further. Projects are slightly different for both programmes and are pitched at a higher level for the Pre-University Experience students. They also have a more academic English programme, with an IELTS focus.

The aim of the course is to help our students to develop their knowledge of English, with an emphasis on the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, with a focus also on vocabulary development, grammar and pronunciation, as these elements are what students of English need in order to be able to communicate effectively. The course programme includes a series of projects and presentations to help our students develop their language skills. As they are linked to the planned activities and visits, the projects help students focus on the activity/visit with some background knowledge provided in advance. On the activities/visits, they complete some tasks, which are then used in follow up lessons. Projects and presentations are assessed by our tutors and there will be prizes given at the final ceremony for the outstanding ones. These projects and presentations will form part of the students’ portfolio, which they will take home with them following their course.

Our teachers follow the course programme, which has been designed by our own course designers, but they are also free to select other materials which are suitable for the learning context, the English level of the group and the learners’ ages and background. The programme is designed to ensure a balance of skills, as well as some useful lexical input to help students build a useful vocabulary bank of lexis, which they can then use outside the classroom.

All materials are either designed or adapted from other sources, or are authentic materials designed by our course designers. Students will be provided with a portfolio at the beginning of the course where they store all materials. Projects are stored in the portfolio as they are developed, and videos which are produced by the students are stored electronically in the group’s file. Students take their portfolios, with their materials and their projects, home with them following the course, to enable them to refer back to them and continue to develop their English.

The underlying methodology of the course programme is based on Communicative Language Teaching, but teachers are also encouraged to incorporate other methodologies into their lessons, including the Lexical Approach when focusing vocabulary and Task Based Learning when preparing projects. Teachers receive input in helping to maximize the learners’ participation in the lesson and to help increase learning opportunities through the use of pair and group work. Students work together on the projects and this foments the ability to work effectively in a team.

Our students develop essential skills on the course as they prepare and present videos and presentations in their groups for their classmates and teachers. The IT components focused on relate to practical work- and study related skills, social media knowledge and cultural awareness, all the time considering the students’ cultural background. Teachers receive input in helping to maximize the learners’ participation in the lesson and to help increase learning opportunities through the use of pair and group work. Students work together on the projects and this foments the ability to work effectively in a team.

  •  Pre-arrival: students will take the IH placement test. Each result will be collated based on the Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR level of each student will also include a reference to can-do statements for each skill and globally, in order to help teachers see where the needs are specifically. As part of the placement test, students will also complete a needs analysis.
  • During the course: formative assessment will take place daily in the form of recycling of lexis and expressions to help the items become part of the students’ long-term memory.
  • During the course: weekly progress tests are set, based on what the students have focused on in their lessons.
  • End of course: students are given a final assessment and they receive a final report as well as an end-of-course certificate.
  • Projects: content, accuracy and quality.
  • Presentations: content, accuracy and delivery.
  • Portfolios.
  • Participation in class.
  • Teamwork.
  • Interest in and ability to engage with students from other countries to learn about other cultures and customs and to tell others about their culture and customs.
  • The use of English only at all times during the programme.

IH Galway teachers all hold degrees and a CELTA, a Degree level English Language Teaching qualification, as a minimum requirement, and many of our teachers hold a DELTA, a Master’s level English Language Teaching qualification. IH Galway is an Authorised University of Cambridge Teacher Training Centre so we train our own teachers. We offer regular professional development for our teaching staff, which includes developmental observations, seminars, participation in, and presentations in, academic conferences, and further specialization courses. All our teachers have received training in delivery of our Junior Summer Programmes and they are all police-vetted.

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