General English

LEARN ENGLISH WITH CITY LANGUAGE SCHOOL

• A1 (Beginner) to C1 (Advanced). Watch a guide to levels here
• Maximum 15 students per class / Average 12
• Dynamic integrated skills lessons focus on developing language proficiency
• CEFR-based curriculum develops communication & interaction strategies
• Online lesson sharing platform ensures active and direct communication with teacher & learning materials
• Clear, structured syllabus at each level to help learners track progress
• Continuous classroom assessment and feedback from experienced and highly qualified teachers
• Clear & transparent level testing practices
• Access to a dedicated Academic Team for guidance and self-study planning

Course Start Dates: any Monday

Entry Requirements:
Beginner English language level or above
Minimum Age: 18

Learn English in Dublin with City Language School – Intensive English Course

30 lessons per week

City Language School is a great place to learn English in Dublin. Our Intensive General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of your English and intensify your learning experience, you can also add one of the Skills Modules and Elective Lessons to your weekly timetable.

City Language School General English Intensive

Skills Modules:

Dublin only:

  1.  Exam Preparation
  2. Pronunciation
  3.  Irish Life & Culture Projects
  4.  Conversation
  5.  Business Communication Skills

Electives:

Dublin only:

  1. Business English
  2. Exam Preparation
  3. Academic English

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15 plus Skills Module 12:15- 13:00 plus Elective 13:00- 13:45 on Tuesday and Thursday

Sample Weekly Timetable

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Pronunciation Module

12:15- 13:00

Irish Life & Culture Elective:

13:00- 13:45

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited Sound Symbols: Introduction to phonemic chart/ Intonation and Sentence Stress: Intonation in Wh- and Yes/No questions
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation Pronunciation of –ed past tenses: /t/, /d/ or /Id/ Weak form of prepositions of time and place Introduction to Irish Music and Culture; Notable Irish Musicians. Key Vocabulary
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Hearing the difference between polite and impolite offers/ Listening for implied meaning
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather The sounds /ʃ/, /s/ and /tʃ/ The sounds /ʊ/ and /u:/
Friendly/unfriendly intonation, in formal and informal dialogues
Pre excursion lesson. Information and history on the upcoming excursion
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary Skills Practice. Consolidate the week’s work.

Learn English in Dublin with City Language School – Standard English

25 lessons per week

Our Standard General English at City Language School programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of you English and intensify your learning experience, you will also add one of the Skills Modules to your weekly timetable.

City Language School General English Standard

Skills Modules:

Dublin only:

  1.  Exam Preparation
  2.  Pronunciation
  3.  Irish Life & Culture Projects
  4.  Conversation
  5.  Business Communication Skills

Timetable

Monday -Friday 09:00- 12:15, plus Skills Module 12:15- 13:00

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Pronunciation Module

12:15- 13:00

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited Sound Symbols: Introduction to phonemic chart/ Intonation and Sentence Stress: Intonation in Wh- and Yes/No questions
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation Pronunciation of –ed past tenses: /t/, /d/ or /Id/ Weak form of prepositions of time and place
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Hearing the difference between polite and impolite offers/ Listening for implied meaning
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather The sounds /ʃ/, /s/ and /tʃ/ The sounds /ʊ/ and /u:/
Friendly/unfriendly intonation, in formal and informal dialogues
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary Skills Practice. Consolidate the week’s work.

Learn English in Dublin with City Language School – Essential English

20 lessons per week

Our Essential General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. The focus is on improving your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Upgrades to Standard and Intensive General English are available. Contact us to find out more

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary

Learn English in Dublin with City Language School – Essential English PLUS

25 lessons per week

Our Standard General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of you English and intensify your learning experience, you will also add five One-to-One lessons focused on chosen aspects of English. Needs Analysis will be run for the student prior course commencement to agree on content of One-to-One classes and the timetable.

City Language School General English Essential PLUS

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15 plus afternoon One-to-One classes

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Five One-to-One classes

 

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Timetable to be agreed on
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary

Tutorials

At City Language School we are always listening to our students and what they need as they live, study, and work in Dublin. We hold daily lunchtime Tutorials  to help you focus on other aspects of your learning. These Tutorials are free and open to all students, at every level.

*Tutorial schedules are subject to change.

Monday (12:30 – 13:15): Welcome to City Language School- Living in Dublin

New & existing students meet with one of our teachers with questions about living in Dublin.

Tuesday (12:30 – 13:15): Conversation Club / TIE Preparation Tutorial

Tuesday’s tutorial changes according to what students need. Sometimes it focuses on developing conversation skills, sometimes it is a pronunciation workshop, sometimes it’s about Irish Culture. All of the time it is useful preparation for the TIE test.

Wednesday (12:30 – 13:15) : TIE Preparation Tutorial

Meet Luca to get help & feedback on your preparation for the TIE test.

Thursday (12:30 – 13:15): Job Finding Skills

Meet Business English teacher, Barry, and learn how to prepare for the job market in Dublin and improve your chances of getting the job you want.

What is the CEFR? (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The CEFR describes what language learners have to learn to do in order to use a language for communication and what knowledge and skills they have to develop so as to be able to act effectively. The Framework also defines levels of proficiency which allow learners’ progress to be measured at each stage of learning and on a life-long basis.

A1 – Beginner

In an A1 class, you are working towards achieving CEFR level A1 in English. You can interact in a simple way, ask and answer simple questions about yourself, where you live, people you know, and things you have. You can make and respond to simple statements on very familiar topics. At this level, your teacher will help you develop fluency- the ability to speak and make sounds in English. Communication is the most important activity to practice.

A2 – Elementary

In an A2 class, you are working towards achieving CEFR level A2 in English. At this level, you will be able to use simple everyday polite forms of greeting and address, and react to responses and news. You can have short social exchanges as well as simple transactions involved with getting out and about. At this level, your teacher will help you develop fluency- the ability to speak easily in English. Your teacher will help you structure sentences so that your communication is clear and simple.

A2+/PreB1 – Pre-Intermediate

In an A2+/PreB1 class, you are working towards achieving CEFR level A2+/ PreB1 in English. You are becoming more active in conversation but still need some help. You can understand simple, routine interactions without much effort, and can make yourself understood. You can generally share ideas and information on familiar topics in predictable situations. In conversation, you can express how you feel in simple terms and are able to give an extended description of everyday aspects of your life. At this level, your teacher helps you learn lots of new vocabulary and new grammatical structures.

B1 – Intermediate

You are working towards achieving CEFR level B1 in English. This is the level where you are able to maintain interaction and express what you want to say comprehensibly, even though you probably have to pause to think of a word or a structure. At this level, you can expect to be able to cope flexibly with problems in everyday life, and can enter unprepared into conversations. In class, your teacher will help you develop your fluency and broaden the range of language you use. You are able to use basic structures correctly and without hesitation and now you can concentrate on expanding the range of grammatical structures and vocabulary that you use in communication.

B2 – Upper Intermediate

You are working towards achieving CEFR level B2 in English. This is the level at which you are able to account for and sustain opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments. You can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. There are two new focuses at this level- being able to more than hold your own in social discourse, initiating, turn taking, sustaining and closing discussion, and, at this level, you should be more aware of language. You are able to correct mistakes if they have led to misunderstanding and are beginning to monitor your speech and writing in order to correct mistakes. In class, your teacher plans tasks and activities that practice all skills and help you develop strong communication strategies.

B2+ – Upper Intermediate+

You are working towards achieving CEFR level B2+ in English. B2+ is the level at which we expect learners to interact using a wide range of linguistic and strategic skills which demonstrate their ability to explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options, hold their own in social discourse by initiating, turn taking, sustaining and closing discussion. At this level, you are aware of language and are able to monitor your speech and writing in order to correct mistakes. There is a greater emphasis on how you organize your speech at this level and you are expected to be able to use a wide range language accurately. There is also a greater emphasis on how you express yourself in writing at this level.

C1 – Advanced

You are working towards achieving CEFR level C1 in English. At this level. You have good access to a broad range of language, which allows fluent, spontaneous communication. There is little obvious searching for expressions or avoidance strategies; only a conceptually difficult subject can hinder a natural, smooth flow of language. The discourse skills characterised at B2+ continue to be evident with an emphasis on more fluency with clear, smoothly-flowing, speech showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices. In class, your teacher pushes you to actively take control of your learning and will use material from C2 level if appropriate.

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