Our programs meet the needs of anyone who would like to improve his/her English. Those who wish to study at a university or college take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, as well as many who would, according to their academic and professional needs, take part in one of our F.C.E., C.A.E., C.P.E., IELTS or TOEFL courses. Those who wish to improve their English for personal or professional reasons will also benefit from our General English (GE) Intensive program.
General English Language Course
Our General English course is aimed at all students from Elementary to Advanced level who wish to improve their language skills in General English covering every day topics and situations. The Intensive General English programme focuses on developing the four communication skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. This General English course also invites students to explore the Irish culture through the use of authentic material and learn related idiomatic expressions in various contexts. This course is available to adult students aged 18 and over.
English writing is one of very principle skills for success in the modern global economy. It is relevant to say that without certain knowledge of English reading and writing skills, a career would somewhat be limited if it involves doing business in English-speaking countries. English writing has become a necessity for any global businessperson who strives to advance his or her career in the global marketplace. Throughout our courses, at any levels, English writing is being taught at a pace consistent with your current writing ability. You will study how to study subjects that you enjoy learning about and write in the style of your favourite author(s) of the same subjects. There are always plenty of writing and correcting, rewriting and further bettering your writing. You will gradually notice and understand particular themes which are often used in English writing.
♣ You will be writing in English every day. ♣ Your writing will be checked in the class. ♣ You will improve your vocabulary. ♣ You will make use of English dictionary. ♣ Your writing will be checked carefully and revised. ♣ You will be writing about many different topics. ♣ You will have exciting outside-of-class writing assignments, many of which related to cultural and education tours that you will take with our Institute. ♣ You will be writing to your classmates and friends by using social media, emails, writing texts, chatting on Skype etc. Your writing will be checked and corrected, therefore you can learn from each other’s mistakes. ♣ You will be writing one blog article a week. This is a great way to practise your writing.
Improving your reading skills will reduce unnecessary reading time and enable you to read in a more focused and selective manner. You will also be able to increase your levels of understanding and concentration. You already use a range of reading styles in everyday situations. The normal reading style that you might use for reading a novel is to read in detail, focusing on every word in sequence from start to finish. If it is a magazine you are reading, you might flick through the pages to see which articles are of interest. When you look in a telephone directory for a particular name, you purposefully ignore all other entries and focus your attention on spotting the name you want. These everyday reading skills can be applied to your studies.
Throughout our courses, we apply different learning techniques that help you identify areas for detailed reading. To name a few, would be: Scanning: Passing your vision speedily over a section of text in order to find particular words or phrases that are relevant to your current task. Skimming: Skimming is the process of speedy reading for general meaning. Let your eyes skip over sentences or phrases which contain detail. Concentrate on identifying the central or main points.
We also implement different learning methods in order to improve your reading skills:
♣ Watching video and films ♣ Reading English books and newspapers ♣ Seminars and conferences Class debates and conversing with native speakers guests ♣ Recording and improvisation ♣ Complex and prolong conversation and reading materials ♣ Grammar in use ♣ Mistakes spotting and correcting
A lot of English learners have trouble understanding what native English speakers say. One reason that real English is difficult to understand is that the English in classrooms and textbooks is very different from how people really speak. Some of the differences include:
♣ People use different words and phrases in spoken English than they do in writing. ♣ They use slang. ♣ They skip the word “that” when using relative clauses. ♣Native English speakers pronounce words differently when they say them together than when you say them one-by-one. This is called “connected speech”.
If you only learn English in a classroom, you probably only hear very careful pronunciation. You might find it quite difficult to understand when interacting with a native speaker on a street or in a public place. People talk about a lot of different topics. Some topics are very specialized and uncommon. An English class, textbook, or websites cannot solely prepare you for all of the possible topics in this world.
Throughout our courses we recommend and implement the best way of improving your listening skill by listening to different topics and as many accents as possible. Throughout our courses, you will be listening a lot. There is no other way around it. You will have to spend hours and hours listening to people speaking English, be it in or outside the class. We make use of the most sufficient and effective methods in order to help you improve your listening skills to the highest levels possible:
Interactive listening: Besides listening to exams recorded audio clips, different documentaries, radio programs, news, comedies, lectures etc., you will talk to class guests live; with this method you will listen more carefully and interact with the guest(s) whilst thinking about how you are going to respond. This method keeps your brain locked into “native Language Mode”.
Effective spoken communication requires being able to express your ideas and views clearly, confidently and concisely in speech, tailoring your content and style to the audience and promoting free-flowing communication.It is our belief that the best way to improve your language skills is by speaking the language. There is no substitute for practicing with real people. Throughout our courses, we highlight, train and coach you to:
♣ Develop interpersonal communication. ♣ Think in English. ♣ Talk to yourself in English in your mind. ♣ Plan your day in English. ♣ Talk about things you see in English. ♣ Imitate, emulate, reproduce, mirror and copy the speakers you admire.
We also make use of progressive techniques in helping you losing the mother tongue influence and gain good pronunciation. You will be encouraged to talk about the articles you read and to express your thoughts on issues like Deforestation, Climate Change, World Hunger and Poverty, Global Warming, Global Financial Crisis, Human Population, Environmental Issues, etc. with your classmates.
You will watch variety of TV and documentary programs and there will be plenty of class discussions about what you watch. We make sure that you enjoy what you watch and express yourself by observing the body language, emotions and expressions in connection with the speech or dialogues. The speaking part of the course ensures that you vary your tone, pace and volume to enhance the communication and encourage questions.
Each course, including Basic, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced, F.C.E, C.A.E., C.P.E., IELTS and TOEFL, is consisted of 10 weeks (60 hours). Each week is consisted of 3 sessions. Each session is 2 hours. There will not be any classes during the 11th week.The end-of-term exam takes place during the 12th week. Those who successfully pass the exam will be conferred with the institute’s diploma.
Please be informed that our Institute cannot assist visa-required nationals with their visa enquiries.