Students learn English and play rugby
Munster Rugby and Cork English College will be teaming up in July as they welcome in a new batch of students from abroad who wish to learn English with rugby forming a major part of the course.
Students between the ages of 13 and 16 can avail of a place of the course - it involves a combination of language tuition in the mornings with rugby and cultural activities taking place during throughout the day and in the evenings.
The idea is to reinforce the English taught in the classroom in the fun environment of the rugby pitch.
All aspects of the game are covered by professional coaches as they delve into tackling, taking the ball into contact, ball handling and performing skills under pressure.
The coaching methods depend on the age-group and skills of the individuals, and students will also get to experience games against Irish teams while they are here.
Students who undertake the programme will stay with carefully selected Irish families and will stay with another student of a different nationality in order continue their experience of the foreign language.
Classes take place from Monday to Friday (9.30-12) and on an interactive basis. Their teachers are native English speakers and are fully qualified in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
The course, which takes place in the Cork Institute of Technology campus, runs over a period of two weeks and begins on July 5, costing €1,600 per person.