The Language Place

adult total immersion terms and conditions

It is essential that all students read and accept the following terms and conditions. Thank you.
Arrival in Ireland
  • If a student chooses to live with a host person/family, the student must look for flights to arrive on the Sunday prior to the beginning of the course and return on the Monday after the course finishes. There is a charge of €30 for each additional night.
  • Students can fly directly to Dublin with Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) or with their own national airline or with Ryanair (www.ryanair.com).
  • If a student needs assistance in organising their flights, they can contact The Language Place at info@thelanguageplace.ie
  • Students can travel with their passport or national identity card – please check in your country.
  • To avoid problems when checking in, as well as their checked-in luggage, students can also take on board one piece of carry-on luggage, which cannot weigh more than 8-10kg nor exceed the standard measurements of carry-on luggage allowed by airline companies (55cm x 40cm x 20cm). Students flying with Aer Lingus or most other national European airlines may also take on board as carry-on luggage, a carry bag, camera, laptop or jacket. In all cases, it is strictly prohibited to take in your hand-luggage any type of liquid or gel etc. or any sharp objects such as scissors, nail files, knives etc.
  • Once the student has arrived in Ireland they can take a bus from the airport to Dundalk and a representative from The Language Place will pick them up at the bus station. There is a bus from the airport to Dundalk every hour during the day at a cost of approximately €8. A representative of The Language Place can also meet the student at the airport and take them directly to The Language Place if they so wish. This private transfer costs an additional €50. The trip from Dublin airport to Dundalk is about 70km and will take about one hour.
  • The host person/family will meet the student at The Language Place.
Accommodation:
  • We recommend students on total immersion and just study to stay with a host person/family. This is the best way to guarantee total immersion in English and to get to know Irish culture. If the student prefers to cook for themselves or eat out, they can also stay in an apartment in Dundalk. To see the apartments, visit www.lismar.ie If students wish to share an apartment with other students, they can do so on a student campus. The apartments at Lismar or on the student campus cost €30 per person per night.
  • All of our host persons/families are carefully chosen after a long process of interviews. We visit the families/people in their homes and we gather information about their ages, professions, hobbies,pets etc. The information which the student provides us in this application form is then compared with the host-family information we have in our data base. Students are then matched with the host most suitable to them.
  • In general, host persons/families will not have young children.
  • All our host persons/families usually live in very comfortable houses in Dundalk or very near Dundalk. It is important to know that half of the population of Ireland does not live in the centre of towns but in the suburbs. Some of our host persons/families live about 5-10 minutes from the centre of Dundalk by car or 30 minutes on foot. These persons/families usually have bigger houses than normal.
  • Students will have their own bedroom. Most students will have their own bathroom but some will have to share a bathroom. If two friends would like to stay with the same host, they will usually have their own bedrooms but share a bathroom.
  • If a student would like to stay an extra night with their host person/family before the course begins or after the course finishes, they must let us know in advance of their arrival in order to let the family know and allow them to make the necessary arrangements. Extra nights cost €30 per night.
  • Usually students on total immersion spend their evenings with their host(s). This time is important for the student as it allows them the opportunity to practise what they have learned in class during the day.
  • Students can choose if they would prefer to stay in a house which allows smoking.
  • If a student comes for three or more weeks, they can rent a house in Dundalk at a cost of around €600-€800. For more information on this option, please contact: info@thelanguageplace.ie
Food:
  • Irish people generally have breakfast between 7.00am and 9.00am, lunch between 12.00pm and 2.00pm and dinner between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. Breakfast and dinner are the main meals of the day. Lunch is usually light and typically consists of a sandwich, a salad, a yoghurt or fruit.
  • The host person/family will prepare the student’s breakfast each morning, or buy the food needed for the student to prepare their own. They will also prepare dinner each night. All students will have an organised activity or excursion each day and the host person/family will prepare a packed lunch for the students to take with them.
  • Students can make use of the kitchen to prepare their own meals if they so wish.
  • Before arriving, students can tell us about their likes and dislikes on this booking form. We will pass this information on to the host person/family. Students can also give more information when they arrive. If they have forgotten to include anything on this form (for example, they like salads but not tomatoes), they can mention it to their host person/family when they arrive.
  • There is a section in this form which deals with allergies and food restrictions. The host person/family will know of these dietary needs before the student arrives.
  • Irish food is much more varied than it used to be in the past. However, other diets, such as the Mediterranean, are more varied. If a student has any problems with their food/meals, they should mention it politely to their host person/family or to a representative of The Language Place.
  • All hosts will do their utmost to ensure that their student enjoys their meals but it is normal that some students who are used to eating everything in their own country may not like absolutely everything they are given to eat by their host person/family in Ireland. Students should bear in mind that they are in a different country, with different ways of preparing food; this is part of truly experiencing another culture.
  • The host person/family will purchase all the food the student will need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They will also offer snacks between meals. If students decide to eat out, this is not the responsibility of the host person/family and must be paid for by the student. If students go on the weekend excursions to Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny or Cork, all meals are included in the price of the Total Immersion course. Drinks are not included.
  • If students stay in apartments, their meals will not be included in the price of the course and it will be the student’s responsibility to pay for and prepare all meals. They will also have to pay for all meals on excursions organised by The Language Place.
Transport:
  • Most of our host persons/families chosen for the Total Immersion course live within a 5-30 minute-walk of The Language Place. If a host person/family lives more than a 30-minute walk from The Language Place, they will usually take their student to The Language Place by car. The Language Place also offers a free transport service to and from classes.
  • Students will travel to and from activities by private bus.
  • Students will travel on excursions by private bus.
Clothes:
  • The host family/person will do all their student’s laundry.
  • The weather in Ireland in July and August is quite changeable (between 12° and 24°). When packing their suitcases, students should include warm clothes, for example, a fleece or a jacket, some sweaters, a raincoat (and a small umbrella if they can) as well as some light clothes like t-shirts and shorts. It can be sunny but also cloudy and because we are so close to the Atlantic, and further north, we have rain quite regularly. The best thing is to be prepared for all types of weather.
  • Students should also bring some leggings or tracksuit bottoms and suitable footwear for horse-riding. It is necessary to wear footwear with a sturdy heel in order to better grip the stirrups; trainers will not be permitted. Suitable footwear can be provided at the equestrian centre.
Level of English:
  • It is essential for students to have a sufficient level of English to enable them to communicate in English with both their host(s) and the other students on the course. Therefore, we recommend students have at least A2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.
  • In order to ensure a notable improvement in a student’s level of English by the end of the course, students must commit to speaking in English at all times from the first day of the course.
  • All host persons/families are there to help their students improve their communication skills in English; they are friendly and patient. However, if a student has a low level of English, it is normal that they will not understand everything or everyone on the first day. During their intensive English course they will learn to communicate better and gain more confidence in themselves.
  • The Language Place team wants our students to enjoy their experience learning English in Ireland and we are here to help them at any time with any problems.
English classes:
  • All classes are specially designed to suit the needs of the students. Students will spend 4 hours a day in class practising their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills.
  • The cost of class materials is included in the course price. Students will get a folder for their class material.
  • Students must attend all classes unless they are ill. Usually our students enjoy their classes and prefer not to miss any!
  • Attendance will be recorded in their Certificate of Attainment.
  • A detailed report on students’ progress in the different language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing, will be sent to each student at the end of the course.
Activities and excursions:
  • According to the aims and objectives of the total immersion course, we guarantee that students will have maximum opportunities to practise English throughout the duration of the course and will take part in a great variety of activities in English. The programme of activities and excursions is specially designed so that students can spend time practising English outside the classroom in a very natural way.
  • We recommend that students have an A2 level of English or higher in order to understand instructors and guides during the activities and excursions.
  • The activities and excursions are great fun and students usually take part in all of them. However, if a student does not want to take part in any particular activity or go on any particular excursion, they can let us know beforehand.
  • On the just study programme, students can choose the activities and excursions they want, depending on availability. For more information and a price list and dates of activities and excursions please contact: info@thelanguageplace.ie
  • We will always endeavour to do the activities and excursions as they are planned in the programme but sometimes the days can be changed depending on weather conditions. If we have to change an activity because of adverse weather conditions, we will do the activity on another day.
Illness/emergencies:
  • If a student becomes ill and needs medical attention, a representative of The Language Place or their host person/family will take the student to the doctor.
  • If the student is from the EU and has a European Health Insurance card or equivalent, EU regulation 1408/71 stipulates that all carriers of the EHI medical card or equivalent are entitled to free medical care during a temporary stay in Ireland. If a student does not have this card, they will have to pay for any medical care they receive so students must ensure they have the necessary medical cards before travelling. Medical care in Ireland is more expensive than in other countries. A simple visit to a local doctor can cost €50 while a visit to emergencies could cost over €100.
  • If a student has a medical condition which requires regular medication, it is imperative that the student makes sure they have enough medication to last the duration of their stay in Ireland.
  • If a student becomes really ill and has to return home without finishing the course, The Language Place will return the balance of their accommodation and activity costs. Unfortunately, once a student has begun their course, it will not be possible to return the cost of classes, transfers or registration.
  • In case of an emergency, a representative of The Language Place will take the student to hospital or accompany them in an ambulance. The student’s family will be contacted immediately.
  • Although it very rarely happens, in the case of a host person/family having an emergency (an accident, a serious illness, a death in the family etc.), there is the possibility of changing the host person/family before finishing the course. If this is not possible or if there are only a few days left of the course, the student will be hosted by the directors of The Language Place.
Money
  • The total immersion course is all inclusive, that is, classes, activities, excursions and entrance fees. If the student stays with a host person/family, the price will also include all meals, except drinks outside the house. Therefore, students will not need a lot of money for the trip. We suggest taking enough money to cover the cost of going out for a drink at night if they want.
  • If a student on the just study programme stays in an apartment, they will have to purchase all their food themselves or eat out. They should also bear in mind that food in Ireland is generally more expensive than in other European countries.
Insurance:
  • We always advise students to take out private travel insurance to cover against injury, theft or loss of possessions during their stay in Ireland.
  • Loss and theft: The Language Place does not accept responsibility for any loss or theft.
  • Injury: The Language Place’s insurance policy covers students while inside the The Language Place building but not outside the building or during activities or excursions.
Communication/ internet:
  • Most homes in Ireland will have broadband but not all because in some rural areas the service is not yet provided. In any case, The Language Place offers free Internet access in the school to all our students. Students can also take their ipad or smartphone to use in The Language Place, but not during class.
  • During the total immersion programme we will post photos, videos and comments on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/thelanguageplace If any student would prefer us not to use their photo on this social media site, please email us at: info@thelanguageplace.ie
  • If a student has to stay in Ireland longer than planned for whatever reason (illness, strike, etc.), they will have to pay an additional €30 per night. Unfortunately, if we are not told in advance, we cannot guarantee that students will be able to stay with the same host.
Payment and refunds:
  • An invoice will be sent to students by email and payment can be made by bank transfer or by PayPal.
  • Students must pay a deposit of €400 to reserve a place on total immersion or just study programmes. This deposit is part of the full payment and is non-refundable.
  • Final payment must be made at least 28 days before the start of the course.
  • Students can cancel their course up to 28 days before the start date and The Language Place will refund them the full cost of the course.
  • If a student cancels their course with less than 28 days’ notice, The Language Place will refund them 50% of the total cost of the course.
  • Once the course begins, if a student falls seriously ill and has to return to their country without completing the course, The Language Place will return the proportion of payment for the remainder of the course. Unfortunately, we will not be able to return the cost of classes, transfers or registration.
Thank you again for choosing an adult total immersion or just study course and please do let us know if you have further questions.

Richard Keogh, Managing Director, The Language Place
Annemarie Keogh, Academic Director, The Language Place



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18 francis street,
dundalk, county louth, ireland

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