FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
You can book courses in Kilkenny year-round (and Waterford and Dublin during the assigned period during the summer), there are no vacations.
All English language books as well as all class material needed are provided free of charge.
A certificate is given to all students at the end of the English course with us. The certificate will indicate the results and the knowledge level achieved in the English language course as well as the number of lessons attended.
The best time to contact your children, relatives or friends during their English course in Ireland is either at lunch time (around 13:00 pm) or at dinner time (around 18:30 pm). Approximately four weeks prior to the beginning of the language course, all students will receive detailed information about the course itself. We then will inform you about the exact postal address and the phone numbers you may use to call your children, relatives or friends while they are with us. Please note that there is a one hour time difference between the British Isles and continental Europe.
All students are expected to participate fully in their English course. Thus, a certain amount of homework is obligatory in all English classes and levels. Homework is given regularly and involves preparation before, and revision work after the day's lessons. However, the amount of homework will always allow sufficient time for leisure activities. Written homework will be corrected and returned to the student, serving as an indication of his or her individual progress.
We distinguish between the levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Our school´s own school books are set up according to the Common European Framework as well.
Laundry facilities are provided free of charge in Dublin and Waterford. In Kilkenny, the use of a washing machine is of the discretion of the host family.
The duration of a regular lesson is 45 minutes. There are generally 20 lessons (totalling 15 hours) of English language tuition per week (General English and Junior lessons).
Every student who wants to attend one of our English courses sits a thorough placement test on the first day of class to determine his or her English language level. The entry test consists of a written and oral part. After the test, the student will then be assigned to a class that reflects his or her level. This ensures that our English classes are homogeneous from a linguistical point of view. When assigning the different classes, we take the age of the student into consideration too (if possible).
Please see the pages for each course location for a sample weekly schedule. A detailed itinerary for your course with mackdonald language academy will be sent to you about 3 weeks prior to your arrival to Ireland.
Living in a foreign country can sometimes cause problems of medical, emotional or psychological nature. This is a normal part of learning to live away from home for some time. However, our experienced staff will offer everyone support in these cases, and all such matters will be treated as strictly confidential. Reliable supervision for our minor students is guaranteed in all our Junior centres 24 hours per day.
One aspect of our comprehensive services are the transfers at arrival / departure. Arrival / departure from Dublin International Airport (DUB) to all our courses locations is on the Sunday before / after the course. Upon your registration, you can let us know your flight details and we will then arrange your transfer. A member of staff will wait for you in the arrival´s hall of Dublin airport and pick you up. At departure, we will accompany you to check in and say 'Good Bye' to you at the security check.
We advise you to take out a travel health insurance during your stay with us in Ireland. The travel health insurance covers all kinds of medical treatment by a doctor or in a hospital which becomes necessary during your stay in the program.
Please contact an Irish Embassy or Consulate to inquire whether you need a visa or not.