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Intensive English Course All centres

On the Intensive English Course, you will follow the same programme as the Standard General English Course in the mornings. You will also have afternoon classes and the chance to improve your language skills even further.

Morning lessons are divided into two parts, usually taught by two different teachers (UK & Ireland). These lessons help to build your knowledge of the language, focusing primarily on helping you increase your vocabulary and improving your grammar so that you reach the levels of accuracy you need. Lessons also work on improving your overall communicative skills and fluency. Of course, you will also work on specific pronunciation difficulties and expand the range of language you use in real-life situations.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Start Dates: Every Monday
Minimum Level: Beginner (A1)
Lessons per week: IRL: 26 lessons per week
UK: 30 lessons per week
CAN: 25 or 30 lessons per week
Lesson duration: IRL: 1 lesson - 55 minutes
UK: 1 lesson - 45 minutes
CAN: 1 lesson - 50 minutes
Class Size: Average 12, Maximum 14 (Oxford, Maximum 9)
Minimum age: 16+
Available in: All centres
  

In the afternoons, you will be able to further practise the language you have learnt in the morning, with a strong focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing skills through discussions, role plays, video work and listening exercises.  Depending on availability, there is also the possibility to study for an examination (IELTS, Cambridge FCE etc.)  and practice key exam skills.  Where it is offered, the Business English option will help you manage your language skills for work. Perfect for students in a hurry to improve!

TIMETABLE

LOCATION: TIME/DAY
IRELAND: 09:00 – 13:00 Monday to Friday
14:00 – 16:00 Tuesday to Thursday
UK: 09:30 – 13:00 Monday to Friday
14:00 – 16:30 Tuesday to Thursday
CANADA: 09:00 – 14:25 Monday to Thursday
09:00 – 12:35 Fridays

  
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What levels do you teach?

Find out more about different language levels with a description of a typical learner at that level.  You might like to take a test to find your level!

Students have little or no English. They may be able to use a few words or phrases and recognise a very small number of written words.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A1  / IELTS 1

Students use very limited language, in short sentences and isolated words for basic needs and simple situations. Sometimes they are able to communicate in predictable "survival" situations but do not have enough language to communicate in most everyday situations.  Communication is dependent on repetition in simple language at a slower rate of speech. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A1+ / IELTS 2-3 / TOEIC 10 - 250

Students produce basic language in familiar situations, but have frequent problems with fluency, accuracy and organisation of language. Basic mistakes can confuse the meaning of what they are trying to communicate. They can can interact in easy situations and short conversations. Communication is often a great effort.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale A2 / IELTS 4.0 / TOEFL 450 / TOEIC 255 - 400

Students usually understand general meanings and can use language effectively in familiar situations. They can interact with some confidence when dealing with familiar topics. Fluency and accuracy are often weak, and language often incorrect although they can express themselves reasonably clearly.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale B1/ IELTS 4.5 – 5.5 / TOEFL 450-500 / TOEIC 405-600

Cambridge FCE Grade C

Students use the language with confidence in all but very demanding situations, though sometimes the language used is inaccurate or inappropriate. Fluency and comprehension will occasionally be weak, but the general standard of both is good. Students can interact on most occasions spontaneously and easily and can express themselves clearly with little sign of having to restrict what they want to convey. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale B2/IELTS 6.0 – 7.0 / TOEFL 500 – 600 / TOEIC 605 – 780 / Cambridge FCE Grade A / B

Students have an excellent command of the language, with occasional minor inaccuracies. Language is appropriate to the context. Complex constructions are usually well handled and errors are infrequent. Difficult subjects may make interaction more difficult, but students have strategies to use appropriately vague language.  Misunderstandings may still occur in unfamiliar situations but communication breakdown can always be avoided.

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale C1/ IELTS 8.0 – 9.0 / TOEFL 600 – 650 / TOEIC 785-900 / Cambridge Advanced Grade A/B/C

Students can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion. They can find the right language for the context and can express themselves fluently and express very exact  meanings clearly. Students can consistently maintain a high degree of control over their use of language. Errors are unusual and difficult to spot. 

Council of Europe 6-Level Scale C2, Cambridge Proficiency

 

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