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General English Language Course in Ireland

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The General English Language Training course is a comprehensive and immersive language program designed to enhance teachers' proficiency in English for both everyday social and professional communication. This course aims to equip educators with the linguistic skills necessary to interact confidently and effectively with students, colleagues, and friends in diverse settings.The training places a strong emphasis on developing oral skills, which are often the most challenging for students. The diverse groups, composed of educators from different countries, and specialties, create an ideal environment to enhance both oral competencies: comprehension and production. Written skills will also be addressed throughout the course.During the course, we will particularly focus on improving oral abilities, as these are typically the most difficult to practice alone at home. The heterogeneous groups offer a unique opportunity to develop oral comprehension and production skills in a dynamic and enjoyable setting. Fun is guaranteed!Written competencies are also a significant part of the curriculum. Students will receive valuable tips to enhance their writing and comprehension skills, using authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, and brochures. Our goal is to ensure you enjoy the experience while benefiting from the diverse perspectives of your fellow students. This cultural exchange is incredibly enriching!It is ideal for teachers, students, and other education professionals who require English to engage meaningfully in their professional environments. The program is open to participants of all English proficiency levels, from A1 (Elementary) to C1 (Advanced), ensuring that everyone can benefit from and contribute to the learning experience. 

Learning objectives:

Primary Goals:

  • To foster self-assurance in using the foreign language.

  • To improve fluency, phonetics, and accent.

  • To develop strategies for effective communication in real-life situations.

  • To communicate effectively with colleagues.

Speaking Skills:

  • To negotiate solutions to disputes through language.

  • To interact with a level of fluency and spontaneity that facilitates regular interaction and sustained relationships with native speakers without causing strain.

  • To use the language fluently, accurately, and effectively.

  • To engage in extended conversations on a wide range of general topics in an actively participatory manner, even in noisy settings.

  • To take part in lively discussions, identifying strong arguments for and against various viewpoints.

  • To follow detailed instructions reliably.

Listening Skills:

  • To comprehend standard spoken language on both familiar and unfamiliar topics.

  • To understand recordings in standard dialects encountered in social, professional, or academic contexts, identifying speaker viewpoints, attitudes, and content.

Reading Skills:

  • To read independently with a high degree of adaptability in style and speed, suitable to different texts and purposes, and to use appropriate reference sources selectively.

  • To scan long and complex texts quickly to locate relevant details.

  • To summarize the plot and sequence of events in a text or film.

Writing Skills:

  • To write independently with adaptability in style and speed, appropriate for different texts and purposes, and to use reference sources selectively.

  • To summarize the plot and sequence of events in a film or play.

Methods and tools:

  • daily motivational activities, self-awareness exercises, personal development tasks, pair and group work, simulations, and networking both in the classroom and during outdoor activities.

It includes:

  • 20/40 hours of classes spread over 5/10 course days,

  • Learning Materials,

  • Optional Cultural Activities and Visits,

  • Participants’ Evaluation Feedback,

  • Certificate of Attendance and Europass mobility

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