General English

LEARN ENGLISH WITH CITY LANGUAGE SCHOOL

Course Start Dates: any Monday

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

  • 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

At City Language School we are always listening to our students and what they need as they live, study, and work in Dublin. The Academic Team are always available to discuss learning goals and to develop a guided self-study programme to suit individual learners’ needs.*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.

Timetables

Intensive English Course (30 Lessons)

Monday – Friday AM 09:00 – 16:00 plus afternoon One-to-One classes

Course book: Speak Out Intermediate (B1) Week 10: World 10.1 & 10.3

Standard English (25 Lessons)

Monday – Friday AM 09:00 – 13:15 plus afternoon One-to-One classes

Course book: Speak Out Intermediate (B1) Week 10: World 10.1 & 10.3

Essential English (20 Lessons)

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

Course book: Speak Out Intermediate (B1) Week 10: World 10.1 & 10.3

Essential English PLUS (20 Lessons)

Monday – Friday AM 09:00 – 16:00 plus afternoon One-to-One classes

Course book: Speak Out Intermediate (B1) Week 10: World 10.1 & 10.3