ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES IN DUNLAOGHAIRE, IRELAND
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See below for a list of the courses available.
The General English course aims to improve students’ competence in all aspects of English.
It is divided into two parts: the first two hours of each day is a core language course which provides a graded introduction to grammar and vocabulary set in contexts that draw on the students' own experience. This makes the language more relevant to them.
second half of the course provides practice in the four main skills of the
language: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. [preferred order]
Enabling the students to speak English well and use the language with ease is the primary objective of our teaching.
All our teachers are fully qualified as per the Department of Education regulations for teaching English as a foreign language. There is on-going training for them which ensures that they are fully aware of the latest developments in the theory and practice of teaching English. They make up a motivated, friendly team that works with the students on a personal basis. All our teachers (and staff) understand that the experience of learning English is not only about classroom time and so they regularly socialise with the students.
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Students are placed in a small group which matches their current level as established in the pre-test placement test. As the classes are small, every opportunity is used by teachers to help students expand and improve their command of the language in the shortest time possible.
We place students in a class appropriate to their level and aim to bring them up to the next level within 16 weeks and to continue to progress at that rate. The speed at which students progress from one level to the next, however, is entirely dependent on their ability and commitment to learning. Those who have the aptitude and put the work in are often able to go up a level in less than 16 weeks.
Although the Department of Education
(i.e. ACELS) maximum number of students per class is 15, we have restricted the
maximum number per class to 10 (12 in July and August) to ensure more individual
attention and better and faster results.
LESSONS: 20 Lessons Per Week
50 minutes per lesson
TIMETABLE: 09.00 – 13.00 Monday to Thursday
09H00 to 12H30 Friday.
LEVELS AVAILABLE: Elementary to Advanced.
CLASS SIZE: Maximum 9
Average 6 (January to June & October to December)
Average 7 (July - September)
ENROLMENT: Classes begin every Monday (with the exception of Course C which begins on the first Monday of every month from May to October.
CERTIFICATION: On the satisfactory completion of the course, each student will receive a certificate as well as a short didactic report from the teacher.
(Course A, Course B and the afternoon modules of the E courses):
These special courses are all 1:1.
Special arrangement can be made for semi-private classes (1:2) if two students
arrive together with similar specific needs.
Hours are tailor-made to suit the student’s requirements
E 5: Group classes at the student’s level in the mornings followed by 20 x 1:1
5 x 1:1
classes per week in the afternoons
AU PAIR COURSES
The school provides skills based
classes for students who are working in Ireland as au pairs. These are scheduled
at times when children are usually at school and are two hour classes which can
be taken between one and five days a week. Each day is devoted to a different
skill reading, writing, speaking (which includes pronunciation) and listening
with English for special and Academic purposes (this may be business / medical /
legal language etc. or exam preparation depending on the interests of the class)
on Fridays. Please note that the school does not actually place au pairs with
- 10 Hours Per Week.
This is a core language programme similar to that described under General English above but run 2 evenings a week.
or Tuesdays & Thursdays.
This programme is for students
wishing to improve their general level of English and then progress into paid
occupational/professional environments to practise their English. Students will
follow a minimum of a 4 week English course and will then attend interviews with
a view to being employed in a full time capacity for a minimum of 12 weeks.
our Work placement partner is assured that you have the correct level of
English, they will proceed to arrange a job interview. Once you have been
offered a job, you will be expected to accept it. If you are not offered a job
in your first interview, a maximum of 2 other interviews will be arranged.
FULL TIME & PART TIME ACELS TEFL (CELT) COURSE
Teaching English as a foreign language is a rewarding job for anyone with an interest in people and a fascination for other cultures. Working in Ireland you can have the world in your classroom or you can avail of the many opportunities to teach in almost any country around the world and really get to know it from the inside.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TEFL COURSES IN IRELAND
You must have a recognised TEFL
certificate in order to be allowed to teach English in an ACELS (Department of
Education) Recognised TEFL School in Ireland. These certificates are issued by
ACELS and are now also known as the Certificate in English Language Teaching
The School TEFL/CELT course appears on this list and so is fully recognised as a TEFL school by the Department of Education and Science.