Standard General English

English Language School

  • Overview
  • Student Entry Level
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Accommodation

The Standard General English language course focuses on the key primary areas of language learning: reading, writing, speaking and listening and includes a wide range of functional English to help students feel at ease in any situation and start to feel more at home in the English-speaking world right from the beginning.

The General English course also focuses on students improving their level of English through a series of communicative and task-based activities which are designed to provide a high level of interaction with learners from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Levels Available:

A1.1 (beginner)  A1.2 (elementary)  A2 (pre-intermediate) B1 (intermediate)  B2 (upper-intermediate) C1 (advanced)

Each student is met personally and welcomed by our Director of Studies and staff when they arrive at Dorset College.  On the first day each students will attend an induction where they are introduced to new students and staff in a relaxed and informal setting.  We are here to assist you in whatever way possible and so ensure that your stay is a pleasant and fulfilling one in the College and in Dublin.  You are given a welcome pack which includes bus and train information, maps and relevant information about your stay in Dublin and Ireland.

The students’ range of skills will be tested on the first day with the school and further assessed after the first week to ensure that they are placed at the correct level.

Students Entry Test 

  • Students are given a placement test upon arrival.
  • The test consists of a multiple choice questionnaire and an oral test with the Director of Studies.
  • This allows us to accurately determine your current level of English.
  • You are then placed in a class at an appropriate level.
  •  Students’ level of progression may vary, depending on the initial level, aptitude and application.
  • All students are monitored closely by their teachers to ensure that they are always at the correct learning level.

Sample Learning Outcomes

Beginner/A1 Syllabus & learning outcomes / WEEK 4 – Shopping, Travel and Transportation 
At the end of this week learners can:   
Speaking Describe past events and personal experiences
  Use days, months and dates and birthdays and life events
  Ask for items in a shop
  Ask about price/cost
  Exchange  information about the above
Writing Write simple messages –shopping lists, reminders
  Write a short itinerary
  Write a simple postcard with holiday greetings
  Address an  envelope
Reading Identify important information in simple illustrated news summaries
  Find enough information on maps and directions to find their way about the city
  Identify important information in simple illustrated news summaries
  Find enough information on maps and directions to find my way about the city
Grammar Use BE to describe past
  Use BE in past tense questions
  Form past tense verbs using-ed.
  Use prepositions of place
  Use past tense irregular verbs
Lexis  Use the simple past with questions: WHEN, WHERE, WHAT TIME, WHY, WHAT, WHO
  Talk about modes of transport
  Use prepositions IN, AT, ON to describe places
  Say what the day and date is/was and ordinal numbers
  Use connecting words LIKE AND, BUT, BECAUSE to connect simple sentences
  Use past tense words like: YESTERDAY, LAST, AGO
  Use NEXT TO, BEHIND, OVER, BETWEEN, UNDER, ON, THROUGH, IN
  Understand vocabulary to describe places around town, city streets, the city, city streets, a library, a school, highways and streets, directions and traffic signs, public transportation*
Pronunciation  Pronounce –ed endings correctly /t/,/d/,/Id/.
  Pronounce /ɜː/and /ʃ/
  Discussion tasks

International Learners  on the 25-week academic programme are required to take the TIE (Test of Interactive English) examination or an equivalent upon completion of their course.  This is a requirement of their visa conditions. Although non-visa learners are not obliged to take an end-of-course exam, it is recommended that they do so.  Learners are encouraged to take a TIE exam or a Cambridge Exam appropriate for their level.

It must be emphasised that the GE1 programme classes are not specifically tailored for Cambridge Examination preparation; however, if a learner wishes to prepare for an exam whilst undertaking their GE1 course, every effort is made on behalf on the school to assist and facilitate the learner in successfully completing  the exam. We have exam preparation materials available on loan to the learner and the Director of Studies personally assists any student who requests assistance with exam preparation.

Learners are also tested throughout the course both through formative and summative assessment methods. Learners are prepared and helped in class by their teachers  in order to complete their logbooks for the TIE exam at the end of their course.  The Director of Studies also holds TIE preparation inductions for new learners once a month and checks each logbook individually before a learner takes the exam.

Why Study English in Dublin
Set like a jewel, between the Dublin mountains and the Irish Sea, Dublin is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Culture and music are everywhere. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with many restaurants, theatre, music venues, art galleries and much more. Students can enjoy traditional Irish food, good music and easy access to the lovely countryside. The weather is temperate, never too hot or cold. These factors together with the warmth and friendliness of the Irish people help to ensure that Dublin offers students a unique atmosphere in which to study.

Free Jobs Club
Job Seeking Skills  CV Preparation Interview Techniques Personal Skills Audit Personal Marketing Skills & Presentation Skills etc

Our Social Programme
To ensure that students have a memorable experience we organise social and cultural events that include:

Free Orientation, Quick City Walk
Off Campus Trip such as Kilmainham Gaol, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and The Chester Beatty Library
Free Film Club: The opportunity to view movies in English
Free Book Club: a text is discussed providing a great opportunity for informal conversation
Free Irish Culture Lessons, The Story and Music of U2
Free vocabulary lessons
Free Dance Classes: Irish and Salsa Dancing

We also organise day trips for students at a reasonable cost so you can explore Ireland as well.

We understand that accommodation is a very important part of your stay while attending our English language courses. Every individual has different requests and to meet the requirement needs of our students we have a number of accommodation preferences available. 

Host Family Accommodation (All year round)
Staying with a host family will provide the opportunity to become immersed in the English language at home and at school.  You will have a comfortable room of your own, with space for study.

Apartment
We offer self catering apartment of between 2-5 bedrooms.  Students share a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. This allows the students to cater for themselves in a comfortable modern apartment. Single and twin/double bedrooms have been designed to be spacious complete with study area

Hotels & Guest Houses
Dorset College works closely with a number of carefully selected Hotels and Guest Houses to offer some excellent nightly and weekly rates. Bookings for hotel and guest house accommodation can be directed through the school by request at the time of course booking.   For further information on seasonal offers and details of the accommodation choices, please contact us directly

Course Details

Standard General English [Full-Time]

Start Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10/5/15 to 12/30/16

Option 1

Code GE1-15
Price from €145.00 /week
146 from €165.00 /week
Comments Standard General English - Course Fees Per week - (1-4 Weeks, €175.00) - (5-11 Weeks €160.00) - (12-14 Weeks €150.00) - (24+ Weeks €145.00) ---- Start any Monday - our English language courses run from Monday to Friday all year round with the exception of holiday periods. We offer all levels and you can book a course from 1 – 52 weeks. Contact a course advisor on + 35318309677

Option 2

Code GE1-14
Price from €140.00 /week
146 from €160.00 /week
Comments Standard General English - Course Fees Per week - (1-4 Weeks, €170.00) - (5-11 Weeks €155.00) - (12-14 Weeks €145.00) - (24+ Weeks €140.00) ---- Start any Monday - our English language courses run from Monday to Friday all year round with the exception of holiday periods. We offer all levels and you can book a course from 1 – 52 weeks. Contact a course advisor on + 35318309677

Course Finder