Family Package Programme FAQs

General

Where does the Family Package Programme take place? 
Classes take place in our special Family Hub which is located right beside our Adult school in the middle of Galway city.

When does the Family Package Programme take place?
The Family Package Programme takes place from 15 June to the 21st August 2020. It is also available for one week at Easter, from 13th April to 17th April 2020. Families can stay for a minimum of 1 week.

Where are other families from? 
In 2019 we welcomed families from all over the world – Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, France and South Korea. The Family Programme offers the perfect opportunity to meet other families and make friends from all over the world while improving your English language skills.

Accommodation

Do you have self-catering accommodation available in Galway for families? 
Yes. We have City Centre apartments and City Apartments both self-catering. All apartments are fully furnished and boast a fully-fitted kitchen, with everything your family needs to have a comfortable stay in Galway.

Do you have host families available for family groups in Galway?
Yes. Host family packages include twin room based accommodation, with meals. Our friendly host families are located approximately 20-25 minutes from Atlantic Language Galway by bus.
Please note that host family accommodation has limited availability.

Airport Transfers

Do you offer a transfer service from and to the airport?
Atlantic Language have a number of transfer options available for families to book.
Dublin Airport Meet & Greet Service:
Family members are met on arrival at Dublin Airport by a representative from Atlantic Language, who accompanies them to their coach departure point. The family will then be met in Galway by another representative, who will guide the family to their accommodation.
Private Taxi Service:
Family members will be met on arrival at Dublin airport by the driver, who will have an Atlantic Language sign. They will be directly transferred by taxi from the airport to their accommodation.
For other airports, please contact the school.

Programme Content

Do families take classes together? 
Familes study in classrooms close to each other, but children, teenagers, and adults take separate classes, with lessons catered to each individual’s level.

How are individual levels assessed?
Children: Children are assessed by a qualified teacher via a speaking assessment on the morning of arrival/ They are then placed into classes based on their ability, age, and level of maturity. 
Teenagers: Teenagers are tested online or via a written test on arrival, and will also have their speaking level assessed during their first morning of class. Teenagers with low-level English skills will attend lessons designed to improve fluency and accuracy, while those with higher-levels will have the opportunity to improve their critical thinking and research skills, as well as advance their communication skills. 
Adults: Parents will complete an online test prior to arrival, and will have their speaking level assessed on arrival at the school. Parents will be placed in classes with other students of a similar age and maturity.