Cork is a city in south-west Ireland, in the province of Munster, which had a population of 125,657. It is the third largest city on the island of Ireland, after Dublin and Belfast, and the second largest in the Republic of Ireland. The city is situated on the River Lee which splits into two channels at the western end and divides the city centre into islands.

Expanded by Viking invaders around 915, the city's charter was granted by Prince John, as Lord of Ireland, in 1185. Cork city was once fully walled, and the remnants of the old medieval town centre can be found around South and North Main streets. The city's cognomen of "the rebel city" originates in its support for the Yorkist cause during the English 15th century Wars of the Roses. Corkonians often refer to the city as "the real capital” in reference to its role as the centre of forces opposing the Anglo-Irish Treaty during the Irish Civil War.

Cork was the European Capital of Culture for 2005, and in 2009 was included in the Lonely Planet's top 10 "Best in Travel 2010". The guide described Cork as being "at the top of its game: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse”. There is a rivalry between Cork and Dublin, similar to the rivalry between Manchester and London, Melbourne and Sydney or Barcelona and Madrid. Some Corkonians view themselves as different from the rest of Ireland, and refer to themselves as "The Rebels"; the county is known as the Rebel County. This view sometimes manifests itself in humorous references to the Real Capital and the sale of T-shirts with light-hearted banners celebrating The People's Republic of Cork.

Cork features architecturally notable buildings originating from the Medieval to Modern periods. The only notable remnant of the Medieval era is the Red Abbey. There are two cathedrals in the city; St. Mary's Cathedral and Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral. Many of the city's buildings are in the Georgian style, although there are a number of examples of modern landmark structures, such as County Hall tower, which was, at one time the tallest building in Ireland until being superseded by another Cork City building: The Elysian. Other notable places include Elizabeth Fort, the Cork Opera House, Christ Church on South Main Street and St Mary's Dominican Church on Popes Quay. Other popular tourist attractions include the grounds of University College Cork, through which the River Lee flows, the Women's Gaol at Sunday's Well (now a heritage centre) and the English Market.


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The course was held in Cork English World, Ireland’s Cambridge award winning school that provides courses which are designed to provide students with the language skills needed to communicate effectively and confidently in English. They are specialized in English Language Courses and In-Service Teacher Training for teachers of English as a second language.

The school is located in the oldest quarter of Cork city, opposite St. Finbarre´s Cathedral, only 5 minutes walk from the city center. The area was surrounded by a vibrant student life since it´s not far from Cork University Campus. Vibrant student life, incredible architecture, abordable city size, and traditional Irish culture – Cork, Ireland resulted to be the perfect study abroad destination for teachers that pretend to improve their English skills and learn in an immersive academic atmosphere and to experience a classic Irish city while avoiding overwhelmingly large cities like Dublin.

The learning environment in school was highly motivating. Being an educational Center for adults and teachers, Cork English World brings the opportunity to share a immersive learning experience in English with many other teachers from all over Europe (and worldwide). Classes covered not only the regular English skills we, teachers, use to practice in a classroom with our students (grammar, listening, speaking, interacting) but also many other cultural activities, discussions, and debates inspired in arts, politics, culture and present issues.

Classes were often focused to reinforce teachers proficiency and skills in real teaching and learning situations. Furthermore, there were in the afternoons extra sessions dedicated to concrete English Teaching aspects as, for instance, pronunciation or conversational skills, also special lectures about specific interest topics as the Irish Educational System or about Gaelic (Irish). Additionally, the school offered social and cultural activities off daily schedule such as cultural trips during the weekends, traditional Irish dancing classes or special lectures in a traditional Irish pub with live music on it.