English Courses (Adult)

We offer all levels of English, from A1 to C2, from Beginners To Proficiency, in a wide range of adult and junior English courses, including English language & activity summer camps, business English and examination preparation courses.

General English 20 hours per week

Our General English Courses are structured on 5 levels (CEFR) divided into 20 lessons per week. Schools, English courses, teachers, teaching method and learning experience are reviewed, inspected, checked to precisely meet the linguistic and organisational standards imposed by ACELS in Ireland and the British Council in the UK.

General English Course Highlights​

Our General English course is designed to make you more proficient in everyday English situations and activities.

The General English course is designed to cover all the aspects of the English language including the various sub-skills and areas of competence: the basic 4 skills ( Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking), communicative language (e.g. turn-taking, asking for clarification), types of interaction (e.g. obtaining goods and services, interviewing), and more linguistic skills (e.g. vocabulary range, phonological control). The course aims to combining the usage of English with Vocabulary, Grammar & Pronunciation.

The course will definitely help you to improve your ability to understand and communicate effectively in English, enabling you to engage more confidently in English-speaking environments.
A wide range of classes and levels ensures that every student will be placed with students of the same ability, therefore you can definitely enjoy improving all aspects of your English in a lively and friendly environment.
Our General English course is designed to make you more proficient in everyday English situations and activities.

The General English course is designed to cover all the aspects of the English language including the various sub-skills and areas of competence: the basic 4 skills ( Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking), communicative language (e.g. turn-taking, asking for clarification), types of interaction (e.g. obtaining goods and services, interviewing), and more linguistic skills (e.g. vocabulary range, phonological control). The course aims to combining the usage of English with Vocabulary, Grammar & Pronunciation.

The course will definitely help you to improve your ability to understand and communicate effectively in English, enabling you to engage more confidently in English-speaking environments.
A wide range of classes and levels ensures that every student will be placed with students of the same ability, therefore you can definitely enjoy improving all aspects of your English in a lively and friendly environment.

English Course Highlights

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Students generally attend classes in the morning which follow the same layout as a General English Course. There are 15 hours English classes per week held Monday to Friday and split into two 90 minute lessons per day. Class size is restricted to a maximum of 15 students and all levels are available from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1).

Two teachers, covering different prearranged areas of the syllabus, work alternately with each class. One teacher takes the first 90-minute session which focuses on language in use, vocabulary and grammar practice. After a short break, the second teacher starts the next 90-minute session which covers conversational practice, pronunciation, listening and speaking. This work share provides variety for the students and allows them to benefit from different personalities and teaching styles. All our teaching staff are university graduates and are qualified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL).

All of the staff at IELS are committed to offering students the best education during their stay. We inspire students to work diligently to improve in all aspects of the English language.

Our experienced teaching staff are well trained and highly qualified in what they teach. They are up to date with the latest methods in teaching English as a foreign language and combine academic excellence with the sensitivity and receptiveness for each student’s individual needs, talents and potential.

All teachers are university graduates with qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and are respected for their knowledge and professionalism.

Classes are on from 9:30 until 13:00 with a 30-minute break at 11:00. After class, there is a 60-minute lunch break. After lunch, depending on the programme, there will be sports, activities or a cultural trip. Students must be ready at the designated time.

The first day in the college is somewhat different to the rest. Students are advised to arrive at 9:00 to allow for unforeseen delays as they may not be familiar with the bus timetable or the route. At 9:30 there will be a short introduction by the camp manager and principal. After there will be an assessment test, which is used to determine the level of English so students can be placed in the appropriate class.

After the test students meet in the main hall again. Here a staff member will go through the college rules and some other important information. The students are then taken on a tour of the college. At the end of the tour, students will be divided into their appropriate classes and attend the second-morning class until lunch time. After lunch students on the general course go on a familiarisation trip, while students on the specialised sports courses have training.

Please note that all students on “Play Sport and Learn English” programme MUST bring their training equipment with them on the first day.

Students on the familiarisation tour will arrive back to the college by approximately 17:00. For further excursions to the city centre, students staying with the host families, do not return to the college but travel directly home to the host family.
Students on “Play Sport and Learn English” programme will finish training at approximately 17:00 – 17:30.

Students will receive the English course materials and workbooks as part of the programme. After completion of the English course, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each student. It certifies the progress that has been made and the level of English reached.

Extracurricular Activities Highlights

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In addition to classes, students go on half-day cultural trip. These are normally to local visitor attractions such as galleries, museums, sports stadiums or other popular sites.

Full-day excursions, usually on Saturdays, are also part of the programme. Students travel to places of interest, normally outside the city. There are no organised activities on Sundays as many groups, host families or friends like to organise their own day.

Evening activities are held several times every week. These can include discos, Party nights, karaoke, quiz night, sports & games competitions, movie nights, barbecues and much more. Evening activities normally take place between 20:00 and 22:00 but this can vary depending on the activity and age group of the students.

The activities programme provides students with an opportunity to absorb some of the world’s rich heritage in a fun and relaxed way while also allowing students the opportunity to improve their English. This informal and social aspect of the programme is key to improving language skills. It also allows students from different nationalities to get to know each other outside the classroom. Some of the friendships made at “IELS” will last a lifetime.

Accommodation & Supervision Highlights

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Students attending “IELS” should stay with host families. All our families are inspected and carefully selected by our accommodation officers who maintain regular contact with each host family during a student’s stay. Host families are conveniently located to the colleges and most have many years experience looking after students.
 Accommodation is arranged on a full board basis with packed lunch Monday to Saturday.

Students normally share a room with a student of a similar age but different nationality. Unless specifically requested and if feasible there is only one student of any particular nationality in each family.
 Students normally travel to classes each day by public transport like bus, DART (suburban train) or LUAS (tram) or TUBE. Private transfers can also be arranged at an additional cost. 
Living with a host family gives a perspective into Irish or British family life. The interaction with a host family plays a prominent role in developing language skills.

Residence and apartments offer an alternative to the “host family” option for students who wish to immerse themselves and independently in the complete campus and/or local experience. 

This type of accommodation offers students a degree of independence and freedom to explore. 

All the accommodation used by the Language School students is of extremely high quality. Each bedroom is either situated very close to our modern wash and toilet facilities or, alternatively, has its own en-suite shower room. Each student will have their own wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair.

We have self-catering and catering solutions in place. The catering facilities provide both hot and cold meals and a wide range of snacks.

All of the staff at “IELS” are committed to offering our students the best education during their stay. We inspire our students to work diligently so they can effectively improve their English proficiency.

Our experienced teaching staff are well trained and highly qualified in what they teach. They are up to date with the latest methods in teaching English as a foreign language and combine academic excellence with sensitivity and receptiveness to each student’s individual needs, talents and potential.
 All “IELS” teachers are university graduates with qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and are respected for their knowledge and professionalism.

The activities programme provides students with an opportunity to absorb some of the world’s rich heritage in a fun and relaxed way while also allowing students the opportunity to improve their English. This informal and social aspect of the programme is key to improving language skills. It also allows students from different nationalities to get to know each other outside the classroom. Some of the friendships made at “IELS” will last a lifetime.

During the evening, students will also have a programme of activities.

All the students have 24-hour emergency assistance.

Weekly Timetable

SAMPLE WEEKLY TIMETABLE ( GENERAL ENGLISH - 15 hrs English Tuitions per week)
TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
9:30-11:00 CLASS CLASS CLASS CLASS CLASS Full day Excursion Activity day
11:00-11:30 Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break
11:30-13:00 CLASS CLASS CLASS CLASS CLASS
13:00-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:30-16:30 Extracurricular Activity Extracurricular Activity Extracurricular Activity Extracurricular Activity Excursion / Sport
18:00-19:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
EVENING Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity
The Educational Programme is recognised by the Irish and British Departments of Education. The courses are structured on 5 levels (CEFR) divided into 20 lessons per week. Schools, English courses, teachers, teaching method and learning experience are reviewed, inspected, checked to precisely meet the linguistic and organizational standards imposed by ACELS in Ireland and the British Council in the UK.
* Please note: Schedule is subject to change without notice.

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The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is a recognised English Language Examination designed specifically to meet the needs of all students coming to Ireland to learn and improve their English. TIE is designed to assess learners’ communicative and interactive skills in both predictable and spontaneous situations. It assesses the students’ level of language ability in speaking and writing, with the receptive skills (reading and listening) being tested indirectly through preparation for the test and through the skills required to interact effectively during the test. The test is task-based with the content chosen by each individual learner and can, therefore, be used to assess learners with the following needs and motivations:
  • Learners of English for general purposes;
  • Learners of English for business, professional or academic purposes;
  • Learners of English as a second language.
CERTIFICATE After taking TIE, each candidate is awarded a certificate recording their 2 grades. This certificate tells candidates their level for each part of the test – oral and written – and awards them a separate grade for each section.
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Fees

All Year-RoundAccommodation2 WEEKS3 WEEKS4 WEEKS MORE WEEKS
General English Host Family1.690 Eu *2.535 Eu *3.380 Eu * TBQ
General English Residential 1.890 Eu * TBA**TBA** TBA**
General English Apartments1.890 Eu *2.835 Eu *3.780 EuTBQ
* Please note: The course fees are starting at the price scheduled above. You will find details on course fees under each programme entry.
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