City Language School\’s Orientation Tour
Every Monday, new students arrrive through the doors of City Language School to begin their journey with us. City Language School has always been a little more than a place to learn English. Many of our staff and teachers have lived abroad themselves and we all remember those first few days in our new home when someone looked out for us and made us feel welcome. We are well aware that our students are here for the experience of a lifetime but back home they have friends and family who want to know that someone has their back.
When students have filled out their forms and done thier first classes we like to take them out and about to show them around. It is impoortant to be confident in a new city and a big part of that is simply knowing where you are going.
Tours Every Monday
With that in mind, City Language School offers orientation tours to its new students every Monday. It is a chance to see your new city and get used to finding your way around.
The tours are lead by the wonderful Sophia, often with the help the equally lovely Pádraig.
\”I\’m always happy to take people around Dublin,\” says Sophia. \”Though it is a small city, Dublin is lively and busy so you need to know where you are going. It is also nice to show people all the great places that are so close to our school in the city centre. I mean, Temple Bar is across the road, Trinity College is one minute from our door, St. Stephen\’s Green is just five minutes away and there are lots and lots of museums, cafés, restaurants and, of course, pubs all around us.\”
As Sophia says, Dublin is indeed a small city but it is a Medieval City too and therefore is not laid out like many of the modern cities you might find in younger countries. You also need to get used to having street signs in both English and Irish and, of course, crossing the road (because the traffic is coming the other way) takes a bit of getting used to.
Dublin doesn\’t have many tall buildings but there are landmarks and reference points to look out for. The Spire is right in the middle of the city, on O\’Connell Street. The red and white rings of the Pigeon House, tell you that you are heading towards the sea, while the city itself is split in two, the Northside and Southside, by the River Liffey. You\’ll know which side you are on by looking at the post code – odd numbers are on the Northside, even numbers, Southside.
You\’ll also need to get used top getting and giving directions using pubs as your landmarks. Most people will not know where Anne Street South is but if you tell them to go to Kehoe\’s they\’ll understand.
Our orientation tours usually last about three hours. We have lots to show off and we are always proud to do so.
We look forward to meeting you!
City Language School Dublin
City Language School is right in the heart of Dublin City Centre. Dublin is the proud and vibrant capital of Ireland and with its cosmopolitan and modern feel, it has repeatedly been voted Europe’s friendliest city by Trip Advisor. Dublin boasts strong links with literature, music, dance and storytelling. As you walk through the streets of Temple Bar, you can absorb the musical tradition which spills onto the streets from the many bars and restaurants; truly a city of enormous beauty! Dublin is surrounded by breath-taking natural scenery that will leave you with lifelong memories. It is perfectly located on the eastern coastline of Ireland and is a convenient gateway to the rest of Europe.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin on Dame Street, giving you easy access to the whole city of Dublin as well as bus and tram lines for you to get around.