DCU Language Services students enjoy modern facilities on the DCU campus, just 15 minutes from both the city centre and the airport. A wide range of short-term and long-term English courses are offered (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, CAMBRIDGE, general and academic English). We specialise in pre-university programmes and also in summer programmes for juniors. A beautiful 85 acre campus with restaurants, cafes, library, sports centre, computer labs, inter-faith centre and on campus apartments. www.english.dcu.ie
General English is our most popular course at Dublin City University Language School. This course will develop your Spoken, Written, Pronunciation, Grammar and Listening Skills in English. Students are placed in a class that is appropriate to their level of English and receive expert tuition from our team of experienced and friendly teachers.
ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMME – GENERAL ENGLISH & EXAM PREPARATION
The Academic Year Programme is a 6 months General English and IELTS / Cambridge (or equivalent) exam preparation programme. This course is very popular with students as it prepares students for IELTS / Cambridge exams or equivalent exams. Students who wish to study in an Irish or UK university are required to have taken and passed IELTS / Cambridge exams.
This is an intensive course and will develop your Spoken, Written, Pronunciation, Grammar and Listening Skills in English. Students are placed in a class that is appropriate to their level of English and receive expert tuition from our team of experienced and friendly teachers.
ENGLISH & INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
DCU offers a General English & Internship Programme to students. The programme provides General English training at our university language school followed by an 8 week internship at a Host Company. The English study section of the programme ensures that students are confident to be able to function within a busy work environment during their internship.
We work closely with a large number of established local, national and international businesses and have received excellent feedback on the programme from both Interns and companies alike. Students can choose a sector in which to undertake their internship (subject to placement availability).
INTENSIVE IELTS PREPARATION COURSES
We are experts in IELTS examination training, and will help you to achieve the score you require in the IELTS exam. Many students attend this course in order to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 or 7.0, which is the entry requirement for Irish and U.K. universities. Our students achieve excellent scores in exams. By choosing an IELTS course at DCU you are making the best preparation for the IELTS exam. We will help you to succeed.
Our intensive courses will provide you with 20 hours of class input every week and additional 10 hours of work on assignments outside of class. You can study at home, in our computer lab or in the DCU Library.
TOEIC EXAM PREPARATION
DCU provides TOEIC exam preparation courses to students and professionals. TOEIC is an examination used for professionals, and since 1979, organizations around the world have used the TOEIC test to hire, place and promote employees. TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations).
CAMBRIDGE PREPARATION COURSES (FCE and CAE)
We are a leader in providing preparation courses for the Cambridge FCE and CAE examinations. You will receive expert tuition from experienced teachers, many of whom are qualified Cambridge examiners. By choosing a Dublin City University Cambridge Preparation Course, you are choosing the path to success.
TOEFL EXAM PREPARATION
DCU offers TOEFL examination preparation. The TOEFL iBT test measures a student’s ability to use and understand English at university level. In addition, the test evaluates how well a student combines listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. Our TOEFL exam preparation programme is an intensive programme designed for student success at exam time. The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 9,000 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
This programme is popular with students, academics and lecturers who seek to improve their English language ability in the field of education.
The English for Academic Purposes programme has been devised around the acquisition of skills required to perform in an English-speaking academic environment across subject areas which are generally encountered in a university setting.
About the Programme:
- Participating in tutorials and seminars
- Answering examination questions
- Listening to lectures and note-taking
- Organised note-taking
- Giving presentations
- Developing reading skills for academic purposes
- Research study reading
- Presenting academic papers
- Academic writing (essays, reports, reviews)
- Citation, referencing and avoiding plagiarism
The Business English Programme is designed for students and professional individuals who wish to improve English competency for their career needs. The course will develop the ability of the student to communicate effectively in English for business purposes. The course is taught by professional English Language Teachers and Leading Business Professionals. The syllabus will cover:
- Client Relationships and Interaction
- Writing Reports and Proposals
- Meetings and Conference Calls
- Buying, Selling and Negotiating
- Office Etiquette
- Presentation Skills
- Emails and Written Correspondence
- Management Skills
3U PATHWAY PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMME
The 3U Pathway Pre-sessional English Language Programmes are aimed at international students who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate study but who require additional English language support. During the programme, students will be able to improve their English language skills whilst developing their social and inter-cultural skills.
ONE TO ONE CLASSES: INDIVIDUAL LANGUAGE TUITION
We offer customized tuition services to individuals and companies. Many people find it difficult to attend a regular class due to their changing work patterns and the migration of the traditional 9-to-5 role to a more flexible arrangement. For this reason we offer tuition to individuals and companies to suit their schedule. Classes are tailored to suit the needs of an individual / group; programme delivery can be arranged at Dublin City University or at your workplace.
UNIVERSITY GROUPS – TAILOR MADE PROGRAMMES
Dublin City University Language Services works with partner universities from around the world, providing customised training programmes to meet student and partner university needs. We can tailor programmes to meet the requirements of universities, drawing from university expertise in languages, business, engineering, nursing, computing and science.
We can provide open programmes (mixed with international students) closed programmes or a mixture of both for these courses. DCU can provide short programmes (1 week) or longer term programmes for up to a full academic year.
CORPORATE CLASSES: BESPOKE LANGUAGE TUITION
We offer customized tuition services to companies. Many multinational companies find it difficult to attend a class offsite to improve their English owing to changing work patterns and the migration of the traditional 9-to-5 role to a more flexible arrangement. For this reason we offer bespoke tuition to companies to suit their schedule. Classes are tailored to suit the needs of the corporation; programme delivery can be arranged at Dublin City University or at the client’s offices.
PARENT & CHILD PROGRAMME
This programme is extremely popular with families, and allows Parents to attend English classes while their children attend a Sports Camp at DCU Sports Centre. Accommodation is provided at Student Residences. This programme will take place for 5 weeks in the summer. Families can apply for single or multiple weeks.
Summer camps activities: Gymnastics, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Football, Athletics, Tennis, Basketball and Arts and Crafts.
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
We offer a bespoke Primary Level Teacher Training programme. This course is designed for Primary School Teachers who are non-native speakers of English and teach students through English. The course is ideal for professionals who are seeking to upskill and retrain. We receive participants for this course from around the world. The course leader will introduce attendees to the latest teaching methodologies, new trends in teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.
TEACHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - SECOND LEVEL TEACHERS
We offer a bespoke Second Level Teacher Training programme. This course is designed for Secondary School Teachers who are non-native speakers of English and teach students through English. The course is ideal for professionals who are seeking to upskill and retrain. We receive participants for this course from around the world. The course leader will introduce attendees to the latest teaching methodologies, new trends in teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.
University Lecturers Summer Programme In English Medium Instruction
This course is designed for university teaching staff who have a functional level of English but whose first language is not English. It is suited to lecturers who teach academic disciplines through the medium of English and whose students may come from a range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Why should you undertake this course?
- To develop your language skills for the purpose of teaching through English in a third-level education environment.
- To help you support students develop critical thinking skills and metacognitive skills.
- To improve your use of English in academic environments and contexts.
- To build on your Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency.
- To help improve your Cognitive Obligatory Language which includes vocabulary, grammar and functions specific to the academic subject.
- To help strengthen your Content Compatible Language skills and everyday language which support the study of curricular subjects.
- To help strengthen your career prospects.
- To give you the opportunity to network and establish relationships with international academics.
JUNIOR GROUP / PON PROGRAMMES AT DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
DCU offers Junior and PON Programmes to schools and junior groups throughout the year. We can customise programmes to suit the needs of your group, offering 15 or 20 hour programmes per week. We provide an excellent social programme for your students.
Accommodation is offered at DCU Host Families, Residence or at a local 3 Star Hotel. Our campus is located in a residential neighbourhood 5km to the north of Dublin City Centre. Come to DCU this year and experience a truly memorable academic, social and cultural programme.
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