Cork English College (CEC)

Cork English College welcomes their great friend back for 30th year running

Cork English College welcomes their great friend back for 30th year running

Cork English College (CEC) has just welcomed their great friend Manuela Fasoli back with another group of students for the 30th year running. This partnership is a testament to the quality and success of this family-run language college in Cork, on Ireland’s South West Coast.

Coming with her first group of students in 1989, and every summer since Manuela was asked to describe why she keeps coming back to CEC and said ‘Last month while I was sending the flight details for the arrival of my group to CEC I had a flash: I realized that this was going to be my 30th year coming to Cork with my students for the summer junior course! Oh my God, 30 years working with CEC! That’s a long time! A lot of people asked me why I have kept coming to Cork, instead of changing destination and language school every year. If I think about the reasons why I kept my collaboration with CEC for such a long time, 3 words come to my mind: professionalism, attention, family.

It was 1989 when I came first and Ireland was different in many aspects, Cork was different. CEC was still called Language and Activity Holidays, it was a family run company and the main office was still at the Cullen’s house. Now every time I walk into the main building of the adult school, I think about how many important steps this business has made through the years. I’ve seen a lot of people, members of the staff, teachers, students, group leaders passing by at CEC and after all these years I have the same feeling: this school is still a family, in the sense that it makes you feel part of something that is not only a business. The attention to the student is still intact even if now the numbers are way bigger than in the past. An attention to the student’s language improvement through a solid and professional language teaching but also general attention to the client so that his/her experience in Cork would be something to remember with pleasure. I think I have kept coming because as a group leader it has always been important to me to feel that there is a solid organization that supports me and my students during our stay.

So the years have gone by and here I am still here with my students, in a school that makes us feel home. A lot of my students that have come to CEC have felt that, especially those who decided to come for more years in a row. One among all was Ludovica, a very special student who has been part of this “family” for 4 years and who unfortunately is not with us anymore. Gone too soon but her spirit is always with us and so are her words that she kept telling me every year: “Teacher, I’m going to come again next year because here I feel at home, my English is getting great and I feel important”. Exactly what I mentioned before: professionalism, attention, family.’

Cork English College

CEC was established in 1978 by Val Cullen, Managing Director and is now managed by her son Marc so this really is business run with great family pride and professionalism. It’s this commitment that keeps bringing people back, year after year to beautiful Cork.

Often referred to by locals as the ‘real capital of Ireland’, Cork is a young, energetic and vibrant city that has been revitalised over recent years. It now offers the best of both sides of Ireland with the old and new. While there is an artisan coffee shop on every corner and bustling shops, cafes and restaurants, you can still find that old charm of Ireland and of course that warm Irish welcome.

Presented with the Best Language Award in 2019 at the Education Awards, CEC were recognised for their achievements and excellence in a number of areas including the academic and professional qualifications of their staff team, the course and service provided to students and their accreditation, all of which they excelled in. This award reflects the work of everyone involved in CEC, making it a truly unique language learning environment. Wishing CEC another 40 years of excellence, offering the warmest welcome to both their returning and new students. Find out more about Cork English College (CEC).

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