Christmas Greetings 2013

 Here is one of our favourite Irish Christmas songs!




Iván and Natalia are a lovely couple from Spain who are just coming to the end of a 3 month English Language stay with us. They are staying in a double room with a lovely host family. The host mother’s name is Alaine and she is very happy with the students. They all get along very well. They are very active students and took part in nearly all the excursions and afternoon social activities. We will be sad to see Iván and Natalia  leaving this Friday!


Here is what Natalia has to say about her language holiday: 

I finished studying a major in Spain just before coming to Ireland. I wanted to study abroad to improve my English.

I had been in England a view years ago and wanted somewhere different to visit so I chose Ireland. I heard that Cork was a small city so it seemed the perfect choice for me.

Cork is a really nice place with lovely people and I am enjoying living here a lot. Furthermore, I have traveled around Ireland and it is gorgeous. I really like it!

I have gone to Dublin, to Galway, to Kinsale,  to Youghal ,to Killarney and to the Ring of Kerry… Ireland is very nice.

The school has very good teachers and staff and I am learning a lot of English.  The school offers lots of social activities. My favourites are Book Club, Pronunciation Class, Conversation class and another very interesting one is the City Orientation Walk on the first day.

In addition the school has a lot of board games,books and DVDs to borrow.

Nowadays I am a member of the Book Club and I enjoy reading new books and sharing my opinions with other members.

In Ireland I am living with a host family with Iván my boyfriend. The family are so nice and they take really good care of us.  The house is big . I share a bedroom with my boyfriend and we share a bathroom with just one other student. There is lots of room for all of us. The food is delicious and our host family also allows us use the kitchen to cook at extra times if we like. We sometimes cook Spanish food for the family.

I have met many people in Cork:  French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and of course Irish.

I used to drink coffee before coming to Ireland and now I drink tea with milk like an Irish person! I love tea with milk, I like the flavour so much!


Here is what Iván has to say about his language holiday: 

Before coming I was working in a company and I took a break for three months in my job.I chose Ireland because a friend came to Ireland last year and he advised me to come here.

I prefer towns to cities so I chose Cork over Dublin and I also knew there would be less Spanish people in Cork. Cork is a beautiful place and the people are lovely.

I have traveled around Ireland from Cork and visiting Galway, Limerick and Dublin. Each place was beautiful.

The school has  a lot of activities after lunch for students. My favorite social activity is the Book Club because I think it is the best social activity to improve your English.

I’m living in a host family with my girlfriend and the family are really lovely.The food is delicious because my host mother loves cooking.I have been very lucky. I like it a lot.In conclusion, I think going to a host family is a good chance to improve your English.

My favourite thing in Ireland is the rugby environment and also Ireland is so green and the views very beautiful.

I recommend Ireland as a study destination over other countries as the people are very friendly, the views are amazing and there are lots of places to visit!


Thank you to Ivan and Natalia for being such engaging, active and out going students. We wish you both all the best for your future.



One of our favorite new activities for students to enjoy after school hours is the cookery class hosted by the Cookery Cottage on the South Douglas Road, Cork city.
Last Monday a group of students accompanied by Tara, Cork English Academy School Director, tried out the 2 hour long class from 3 to 5pm.
 The students ranged in age and nationality(Mexican, French, Korean, Japanese and Spanish students).
The chef was extremely professional and spoke clearly and slowly enough to be understood. The students all worked well together at times nearly elbowing each other out of the way in their eagerness to be more “hands-on”!
They cooked brown soda bread to start. This was in the oven by 3.15. They then started making Irish lamb stew. All meat comes from the English Market, a municipal food market in the centre of Cork who stock the best of local produce. The students  peeled all the vegetables themselves. The chef  included barley in the stew and students were very impressed by this ingredient.
While this was on the hob they moved to another area to make scones. There were 2 tables of 4 students. Each table made 12 scones. The bread was taken out of the oven and the scones put in.
The group then sat down to eat together. They had bread and stew. It was delicious.Some students had seconds!
The group were  given copies of the recipes to take away and they all brought scones home.
Thank you to all at the Cookery Cottage. We will be back again!