About Language and Leisure

Language and Leisure is a family run school based in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland - a picturesque seaside town 10km from Dublin city centre. 

We provide an annual English language summer school for students aged 13 to 17, with beginner to advanced level English at the Holy Child Community School, Sallynoggin, County Dublin.

Our students stay with our friendly host families who provide full board accommodation. Many of the families are within walking distance of the school.

Since 1989, parents and teachers have been sending their children and students to our courses knowing that their English will improve, that they will grow in confidence and maturity, make new friends from over the world and have an unforgettable experience.

Meeting the needs of young learners

We ensure that our teaching is of the highest standards and that lessons meet the real needs of young learners. Our course addresses the following four language skills:

  • speaking

  • listening

  • reading

  • writing

Importance is also given to grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

We take into account different learning styles and use a wide range of communicative approaches including task-based learning and project work.

Host families

All of our host families are selected personally by Andrew Basquille, Director of Language and Leisure. Many of them have been hosting students for us for over 10 years; they know how important it is to provide students a home away from home and take their responsibility very seriously. Our families host students because they have a genuine interest in people and they love to talk and to learn about other cultures. They regard the experience of meeting foreign people as important for their own children.

Our leisure activities

Over the years we have developed a great balance between fun and cultural activities. For every visit to a gallery or museum, there is a sport, music or dance activity.

We look forward to welcoming, teaching and building long-lasting relationships with our students - and many of them come back to us year after year. Some even go on to work with us as young adult monitors.

Our Director of Studies


The school is owned and managed by Director of Studies, Andrew Basquille (B.Comm H.Dip DELTA), who oversees all aspects of the academic programme and leisure activities. 

During the summer he is always present to ensure that we provide classes, activities and accommodation of the highest quality.

His daughter Andrea and son David are also qualified teachers. They organise and operate the afternoon and evening social, cultural and leisure activities.

Find out more about us

To find out more about our programme, follow the links below. Read about:

If you are interested in booking one of our courses, you can complete our online booking form. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Are you interested in teaching for us, or becoming a host family?

If you would like to teach at Language and Leisure, please visit our teaching page. If you are interested in hosting students, please complete our host family online application form.