New faces, new places…

by ucclangcent

We have been really busy over the last few weeks. Welcoming new students, bidding farewell to others and trying to make everyone’s time at the Language Centre as memorable and fun as possible.

We are delighted to be working with a large group of Chinese scholars and PhD students, who are studying EAP, while undertaking modules in Teaching and Learning at UCC. We hope they enjoy their four weeks with us.

We were lucky enough to launch podcasting in the classroom for some of our morning classes over the past few weeks. We have been busy introducing new strands to the syllabus and making presentations as relevant as possible to third level education and the workplace. It has been a really interesting project to work on and a great opportunity for the students.

The social activities have been hugely successful, with Fota being a real treat last week. The students had great fun visiting the famous wildlife park, taking lots of photos and walking around the beautiful grounds. It is always such a pleasure to take students here because everyone seems to love the laid back, friendly atmosphere.

Cork is buzzing at the moment and there is so much going on. The students have been enjoying wandering around the streets in their free time and enjoying all that our little city has to offer!

Students went to Breandán de Gallaí’s production Aon at the Firkin Crane theatre, which was a first for the Language Centre. It was a very interesting production, which fused traditional Irish music with contemporary elements. It was a little wacky, telling the deeply personal story of individuals being who they want to be instead of what society wants to mould them in to. Sitting very near the front, it was easy to see the hard work and endurance needed for such a performance, with buckets of sweat pouring off each of the talented individuals. They all earned their place on that stage. It was an intensely deep performance. Overall, it was an enjoyable evening and the students were happy to be out and about mingling with each other.

The students went on a tour of Kinsale yesterday. This pretty little fishing town is always a big hit with students, with its quaint shops and various little cafe’s and eateries. It was a big success and the students really enjoyed their time, walking around the cobbled streets and taking in the blissful atmosphere that is so apparent down there. Many of them tucked in to the Fish and Chips in Dino’s and were very impressed!

Everyone is looking forward to the long weekend and taking a well deserved break on Monday. Everyone has been working so hard over the past few weeks, so enjoy the lie-in and see you all on Tuesday!

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