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FAQs - teen total immersion in english

What people ask us

Here is a selection of some of the questions we are frequently asked by students and parents on our Teen Total Immersion courses. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact us at and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Where should I fly to?

Teen Total Immersion students should fly into Dublin from where they will be taken to The Language Place by private bus. Students from the same city usually fly together on the same flight. Contact us for flight details:

Who should I fly with?

Students on the Teen Total Immersion course who are under 16 years old can fly with Aerlingus ( ) if they are travelling without an adult. Teens who are over 16 can fly with Ryanair (

How long does it take to get from Dublin to Dundalk?

The journey from Dublin to Dundalk takes approximately one hour (70km).

Who will meet me at the airport?

Students on the Teen Total Immersion course will be met at the airport by a representative of The Language Place and taken directly to Dundalk by private transport. They will be taken to The Language Place where they will meet their host families. They will also return to the airport by private transport.

Where will I stay?

Students on the Teen Total Immersion course will stay with a host family with teenagers of the same age. It is the best way to be totally immersed in English and really experience Irish culture.

How is my host family chosen?

Our host families for Teens are carefully chosen after a long interview process. We visit the families at their homes and collect information about the family members’ ages, occupations, language skills, interests and hobbies, pets etc. The information the student gives us on his/her student application form helps us match the student with a host family that is best for them. In general, host families for Teens will have teenagers of the same age or a little older or younger, and these teenagers will accompany our students on some excursions. All host families live in very comfortable houses in Dundalk or in surrounding areas. Two friends or family members can share the same host family if they want.

Will I have my own room?

Yes. Our students always have their own room. If two friends want to share the same family, they generally share a room but two single rooms in the same house can be possible so do ask us!

Will I have my own bathroom?

Some students will have their own bathroom but most students will share a bathroom with the teenagers in their host family.

What are the mealtimes in Ireland?

Irish people usually have breakfast between 7.00 and 10.00. They have lunch between 12.00 and 14.00 and they have dinner between 18.00 and 19.30. Breakfast and dinner are the main meals of the day. It is important to know that lunch is much lighter than in Europe.

What meals will I have with my host family?

The student will have breakfast each morning and dinner each evening with the host family. Every day the student will have an organised activity or excursion and the host family will provide a packed lunch to take. A packed lunch is usually a sandwich, salad, yoghurt, cheese and some fruit. The family will buy all the food the student will need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They will also provide snacks for the student between meals.

What happens if I don’t like the food my host family makes for me?

It’s good to remember Ireland is a different country, with different ways of preparing food and typical dishes in Ireland will be different to dishes in the student’s home country – this is part of the adventure of really experiencing another culture. Before the student comes to Ireland he/she will fill in a very detailed likes and dislikes section on his/her application form. The student can tell the host family what he/she likes, what he/she doesn’t eat, etc. The families are very flexible. Students can eat as little or as much as they like. The host family will not expect the student to like absolutely everything. If the student does not like something the host family prepares, the best thing is to tell the family and they will prepare something else for him/her.

I forgot to mention in my questionnaire that I don’t really like meat? What should I do?

If the student forgets to put something on his/her application form about likes and dislikes, he/she can tell the host family when he/she arrives in Ireland.

What food and drink do I have to buy for myself?

The host family will buy everything the student needs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I’m allergic to dairy products/cats … how will my host/host family know?

There is a section on the student application form that asks about allergies and medications. We will make sure the student’s host family knows about any dietary restrictions or allergies before he/she arrives.

How will I get from my host/host family’s house to The Language Place?

The host family will take the student to The Language Place by car. If the host family cannot take the student by car, a The Language Place representative will pick up the student every morning from 8.30. The students will be picked up by the host family every evening at 17.30.

Will my host family wash my clothes?

Yes, the host family will wash the student’s clothes with the family laundry.

Will my host family have internet/wifi?

Most Irish homes have wi-fi. In any case The Language Place offers free internet access to all our students in our study centre. The student can also take his/her ipad or smartphone to use in The Language Place.

I don’t like going to sleep too early. Will this be a problem for my host/host family?

Teen Total Immersion students must return home every day at the time agreed between the host family and the directors of The Language Place, usually not later than 18.00. From 18.00 the student is with the host family and his/her teenage host(s). This time is often spent with friends of the teenage hosts and it is an important part of the day for the student. It is the time when he or she can practise English with his/her teenage host. The host family and The Language Place must know where the student is at all times. For this reason students are not allowed to make any trip or participate in any activity which is not organised by his/her host family or The Language Place.

Can I smoke in my host family’s house or garden?

No. Smoking is not permitted in the host family house or garden.

Should I bring my host family a present?

The families don’t expect a present but if the student would like to bring a small present but is not sure what to bring, something cultural from his/her own country is always a good choice.

I’m worried that I won’t understand my host family and they won’t understand me.

Our host families are committed to helping our students improve their communication skills and are kind and patient. Many of the hosts are teachers themselves. If the student has a low level of English, he/she should not expect to understand everything the first day! During his/her English classes he/she will learn how to communicate better and will feel more confident every day. The Language Place team want our students to enjoy their English learning experience in Ireland and we are here to help in whatever way we can. So don’t worry!

Can I stay extra nights with my host family?

If the student wants to stay extra nights with his/her host family, please let us know in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements with the host family. Extra nights cost €30 per night.

Do I have to do all the activities or excursions?

No. If the student does not want to do a particular activity or excursion, please let us know. The student can stay in The Language Place or with his/her host family.

What am I going to do during my English workshops?

All our workshops are especially designed to cover the needs of our students. The students spend three hours per day working on their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. But we know that our students also want to enjoy themselves and for this reason the students also do projects, record movies, participate in debates, do projects, carry out street interviews, play games, do quizzes, etc.

Will I have enough time to relax and do what I want?

In accordance with the principal objective of our Total Immersion programmes, we make sure that our students have maximum opportunites to learn and practise English all day long.
Students are collected at 17.30 every evening and spend the rest of the evening at home with the host family. Usually the student will spend this time with his/her teenage host(s) and their friends but he/she can also relax, study, do some sport if he or she wants. Students are not permitted to meet other students after 18.00 or at weekends unless this has been agreed in advance with the directors of The Language Place.

Do I have to go to all the English workshops?

Yes, the student must go to all English workshops unless he or she is sick. Generally, our students enjoy their classes so much, they don’t want to miss any!

What is the weather like in Ireland in July/August? What clothes should I bring?

The weather in Ireland is very changeable in summer. August is the start of autumn in Ireland so we have sunny days but also cloudy days, and because we are so near the Atlantic Ocean we have rain regularly. The best thing to do is be prepared for all types of weather. When the student is packing, he/she should include some warm clothes, a jacket and a raincoat (and maybe a small umbrella) as well as summer t-shirts and light clothes. Use our checklist to help with packing!

I am 16 years old. Can I go into Irish pubs?

Students on the Teen Total Immersion programme cannot enter pubs or drink alcohol during their stay.

What happens if i get sick?

If the student gets sick and needs medical attention, the Student Welfare Officer at The Language Place will take him/her to the doctor. If the student is from the EU, and has an EHIC card or an E111 form, the EU Regulation 1408/71 says that holders of the European Health Insurance Card, E111 or equivalent during a temporary stay in Ireland can have access to doctors and services in a public hospital free of charge. But if the student doesn’t have this card, he/she will have to pay for medical treatment here, so it is important to make sure the student has one before he/she comes. The cost of medicine is higher in Ireland than in other countries. It usually costs €50 to visit a GP and €100 to go to accident and emergency. If the student has an illness for which he/she has to take regular medication, it is essential to make sure the student brings enough medication with him/her for the duration of his/her stay here. If for any reason the student cannot take medicines such as paracetemol, ibuprofen or antibiotics, please tell us in advance.

If the student gets really sick and has to return home without completing his/her course, The Language Place will give him/her either a partial refund or a credit note for a course at a later date (see terms and conditions in the application form).

Do I need travel/personal insurance?

Students are covered against personal injury while they are doing activities and excursions with The Language Place under a Personal Accident Insurance policy that we purchase for every student. This policy covers the student while he/she is in The Language Place building, on excursions with The Language Place and during most activities with The Language Place. Unfortunately this policy does not cover our students during the following activities which are classified as high risk: karting and quad-biking. This insurance policy does not cover the student when he/she is doing activities with the host family. For this reason we recommend that all our students take out a good travel insurance policy in their own country to have adequate insurance cover at all times in Ireland, including insurance against loss or theft or belongings. The Language Place cannot accept responsibility for theft or loss of belongings.

How much money do I need to bring?

The Teen Total Immersion course is an all –inclusive course. The student does not need to buy very much while he/she is here so he/she should not bring much money with him/her.

My parents would like to go to Ireland too. Can they do a course?

Yes, we have courses for adults in July and August. For more information or to request an Adult Just Study or Adult Total Immersion brochure:

Do I have to speak in English all the time during my Teen Total Immersion course?

Yes, students on this course must speak English all the time. They must speak English with their teachers, the other students and their host families. This is the best way to improve their English quickly.

I would like to do the Teen Total Immersion course. What should I do now?

Please complete a student application form and return it to We will then contact the student and his/her parents to arrange an interview via Skype to answer any further questions and to confirm the student’s place on the Teen Total Immersion course. The student will receive their host family details between 4 and 6 weeks before coming to Ireland. The student should pay a €400 deposit to reserve his/her place on the Teen Total Immersion course and the balance at least 28 days before they come to Ireland.

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dundalk, county louth, ireland

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