IT Sligo, the host institution for Future Learning's Sligo summer programmes from 2018
Future Learning unveils new Ireland summer centres

Ireland-based ELT provider Future Learning Language School has announced two new junior summer centres for 2018 in Athlone and Sligo.

The two new centres add to programmes in Dublin and Canterbury (UK) for Future Learning, which runs technology-enhanced language courses, and have been fully launched after trial runs with closed groups during 2017.


In a statement, the provider said the Athlone centre was located in "one of the midland's most modern second-level facilities and more than meets Future Learning's high standards for classroom facilities and friendly host families", and that its location made excursions to the east and west coasts possible. "Athlone itself straddles the majestic Shannon and bears the signs of Viking settlements and Noman castle-builders who made it home."


The Sligo centre, meanwhile, will be hosted at IT Sligo, a tertiary institution which the school said provided modern educational facilities and "top-quality residential accommodation" as well as on-campus restaurant. "Being based here will allow students to get a feel for Ireland's rugged Atlantic Coast, which has inspired generations of poets and has been a cradle of civilisation on the island."


David Ganly, Managing Director of Future Learning, said, "Opening a summer school in my hometown of Athlone has always been part of the vision, the fact that it is my old school makes it even more special. We are very confident in the choices of these two new locations and we can assure students, parents and agents of a truly authentic Irish experience in both destinations."


Academic Director, Peter Lahiff, added, "Our aim is to provide students with more than English classes; we want them to have an experience of the country and its culture. Having centres outside Dublin means we can offer a range of experiences. We will have the same project-based approach in all centres, but each location will inspire very different projects."


Established in 2013, Future Learning operates summer programmes, academic year mini-stay courses and high school placements for young learners, and the school recently received Eaquals accreditation.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor