Spanish or French Language and Activity Summer Camp
Junior Courses

Spanish or French Language and Activity Summer Camp

Dear Visitor

Warm greetings from Dublin and Active Language Learning and we hope you are keeping well.

For the first time in 33 years we have taken the unfortunate decision to postpone our junior summer school for this year only. This decision is based on many reasons of a perfect storm. Active Language Learning has consistently delivered quality young leaner programmes each July and August which was in no small part down to our excellent homestay provision and teachers. As you are aware the combination of Brexit, Covid, and the situation in the Ukraine has escalated the lack of provision of homestay providers and teaching staff to unprecedented negative levels. For these reasons our usual quality and care would be overstressed. Active Language Learning has a reputation for ensuring that every possible aspect of all our courses are managed at the highest levels at all times. If at any stage, like the present time, this is compromised beyond our control we will not run any course at half pace to the detriment of our cherished partners and students.

We sincerely apologise to all students hoping to come to our junior programme this year but we look forward to 2024 where every effort will be made to ensure our usual standards are back in place.

Our adult courses will run as usual but early accommodation requests would be advisable on the strength of the above concerns.

If you wish to discuss any of the above regarding our courses please feel free to contact the School Director at and we will be happy to help where possible.

Kieron Mahon
Active Language Learning

Spanish or French Language Courses

Activity Summer Camp

Spanish or French Language Courses
Every year, Active Language Learning offers courses for teenagers living in Ireland to study French or Spanish in July at our summer school in Rockford Manor secondary school.

We are Dun Laoghaire’s longest established summer camp for Irish students who wish to improve their foreign language skills . Our school has offered English Language courses for 30 years to non-native speakers, including French and Spanish students who come to the Dun Laoghaire area to study English. Our school gives Irish teenagers the ideal opportunity to meet young people their own age who are speakers of the language they are studying.

We have courses for one, two or three weeks.


Students study their target language every morning for three hours – in a week in our school, students study the same amount of material as they would in six weeks at secondary school. In the afternoon, students play sports, have cookery, music, computers, dance, art classes or go on tours around Dublin. Students do these activities with French/ Spanish students. This provides them with lots of time to chat using the language skills they have learnt during the morning. They can also learn about the culture of Spain and France and what life is like for young people in those countries. This is a vital part of both Junior and Leaving Cert French and Spanish syllabuses. The social activity aspect of our course is a great opportunity for students to learn about culture and day to day life for young people around Europe. Students enjoy that this happens naturally through games and activities, rather than in a classroom.

Three times a week we run evening activities such as discos, ceilis, movie or quiz nights. These are optional for the students on the French and Spanish courses. Each weekend we also offer full day excursions to interesting cultural destinations like Glendalough, Kilkenny and The Boyne Valley while still interacting with our foreign students.


Our teachers are native speakers of French/ Spanish and the focus is on speaking and listening skills and improving the range of vocabulary which students have. Classes are small with a maximum of fifteen students, so these courses are a great way for shier students to shine.