Recognised by the Irish Department of Education,we delivery a quality integrated English language programme from the classroom through to a broad range of recreational and cultural activities,both on and off campus. Students are expected to use English at all times with special emphasis placed on pronunciation, intonation and self-confidence in the use of everyday conversational English. Our residential campus with its top-class facilities,overlooked by open green countryside, is located in a tranquil elegant suburb just 15 minutes from Cork city centre. Students reside in supervised accommodation with individual rooms on, or adjacent to campus, in a welcoming, secure and friendly environment. Our experienced & highly qualified staff are in constant and permanent contact with students throughout their stay and are available at all times. Cork City, with a population of 140,000 is Ireland´s second city. Noted for its friendly people, university, architecture, and vibrant cultural urban lifestyle, it is the perfect city for young students to visit and enjoy practising their English.
The Standard General English Course takes place every morning from Monday to Friday, leaving you free every afternoon to join the Social Programme or study in our Self-Access facilities.
Your morning lessons are divided into two parts and you will usually be taught by two different teachers.
In the first lesson the teacher concentrates on improving your accuracy, focusing primarily on grammar, reading and writing. The course-book is the basis for much of this lesson, with supplementary material taken from workbooks and other resource material.
The second session concentrates on improving your overall communicative proficiency and fluency, focusing on your listening, speaking and vocabulary and consolidating the first part of the morning. You will also be able to work on specific pronunciation difficulties and improve the language you will use in real-life situations.
Students taking this course for longer periods (8 - 25 weeks) will have monthly assessments to make sure their are constantly improving. Our Director of Studies arranges a weekly meeting time and place where all students can come and discuss any questions or problems.
FCE First Certificate in English
CAE Certificate in Advanced English
CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English
The Cambridge "Classic" programme fees include the following:
- Minimum 20 hours per week micro-group tuition (average 4 students only NEVER more than 6)
- Cambridge Exam Text book and all course materials
- Use of computer & free internet usage for exam study & research (including exam Practice CDROMs )
- Remedial workshops every two weeks with your private tutor
- Full certification and progress report from both Atlantic SEAL & Cambridge
- Free tea/coffee & snacks during breaks each day
- Progress test & personal study assistance each Friday
- Opportunity to join any ongoing leisure/entertainment activities with other students attending the school
10 hours of General English in micro-group of average four students + 10 hours one-to-one tuition.
- Level Assessment Test on arrival
- End of Course Certificate and Progress Report from your tutor
- Free email support from your tutor for one academic year following your course attendance
- Free tea/coffee and snacks each day between lessons
- Leisure Programme optional after lessons
- Weekly Friday Progress Test Assessment
Our Academic Programme
Class levels are comparable to standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), as set out by the Council of Europe. Students are placed according to the results of their initial evaluation examination and their progress is continually assessed throughout the programme, with a change of level being implemented if deemed necessary. On completion each participant receives an individual academic report which is an indispensable reference for pupils,parents, academic centres and teachers regarding the CEFR level of English undertaken. Students will also receive a certificate of completion, validated by Access English Campus.
Our extra-curricular activities emphasise the use of English and learning about Irish culture and history, along with visiting places of interest on scheduled afternoons and weekends. Evening activities include role play, cinema, situational English, language competitions, karaoke, quizzes, treasure hunts, talent shows, Irish music and dancing. Students also submit projects based on research and interviews with native-speakers of English during their stay in the city. Teachers monitor and help students with this work.
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