|Foundation Courses ||· ||Our Foundation Courses offer students the possibility to prepare themselves for entry into 2nd and 3rd level Education in Ireland, America, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The Foundation Course demands a certain level of competence in order to participate, a general rule of thumb being; the lower the studentīs entry level, the longer the course required to bring them up to the requisite level.
Once students apply, a needs analysis and placement test are conducted whereby the studentīs situation is taken into consideration and then catered for accordingly.
Students may decide that they want to partake in an exam which will give them an internationally recognized certificate thereby assisting their application process into other schools and universtiies.
|KET ||· ||This is the most elementary level exam in the Cambridge system, at Cambridge level 1 which can be achieved after approximately 180-200 hours of learning and is described as being about halfway to PET. It tests the most basic communication needed in everyday situations and is suitable for students aged thirteen and over.|
(Preliminary English Test)
|· ||The Preliminary English Test is a Cambridge level 2 exam. It tests language ability at lower-intermediate level (after approximately 375 hours of study) and is described as being about two-thirds of the way to the very popular FCE. It is suitable for students who wish to gradually improve their standard of English and monitor their progress along the way.It is also a useful method for companies to evaluate the progress of staff for whom an improved level of English is essential.|
(First Certificate in English)
|· ||At Cambridge level 3, this exam is described as being at the upper-intermediate or 'independent user' level. It is taken for employment and study purposes and is the most popular of all the exams , being the most commonly taken. |
(Certificate of Advanced English)
|· ||Classified as a Cambridge level 4 exam, this offers a lower-advanced language qualification for those who need to use English in their jobs. In Japan and parts of Europe for example, it is predominantly taken by university students and young professionals. Many universities recognise CAE as an English language entry requirement.
The Cambridge Advanced Exam is a prized qualification amongst all users of English in a wide variety of fields. It says much about the student's competency in and command of the language.
Our courses require a rigorous placement test before acceptance to the course, as this is a level to which many aspire though not all can reach.
Our Course reviews the student's basic grounding in English and seeks out those flaws which cost students valuable marks. Grammar, fluency and accuracy are all then brought up to speed, followed by intensive drilling in examination techniques.
(Certificate of Proficiency in English)
|· ||The Cambridge Proficiency Exam is designed for those students who wish to obtain a sense of closure to their qualification in English. It is one of the highest-level exams in the world and is suitable for long-term students of English who have an extremely high competency in all aspects of the language.
The CPE runs over a period of six months to a year depending on the entry level of the student. The frequency of lessons is also dependent on the student's command of English. It is generally recommended that any student wishing to take a preparation course for CPE should have already passed the Cambridge Advanced Exam or have an equivalent level of English.
Again learning techniques, vocabulary building, grammar accuracy, exam techniques, and micro-management are all elements of this course which demands a very high level of maturity on the part of all course participants.
Students who score well in this exam are recognized as having near native speaker ability. It is for this reason that it fulfils entry requirements regarding students' standard of English language by British universities and many universities in other English-speaking countries and by other professional bodies worldwide.
(International English Language Testing System)
|· ||Possibly our most demanding course, the IELTS exam is geared towards students who wish to either emigrate to an English speaking country or who wish to study in a third level institution through the medium of English (in an English speaking country).
The course is made up of 3 eleven-week terms, of which students are expected to attend a minimum of 20 classes (contact hours) per week and then take the IELTS exam at the end of the 33-week course.
Our students are not only given instruction in learning techniques, such as visualization, and understanding through context, but also intensive preparation in examination techniques, such as time management, micro-management and various approaches to handling certain types of question.
Students are taken in at no lower a level than Band 4 and are expected to advance by a minimum of one band per year.
Considering the wide range of social challenges that faces students when they embark on a long term study project in a foreign country, an integral part of our course involves a revolutionary new Integration & Induction module which helps the students to assimilate into Irish culture and to break through some of the barriers which stem from the substantial cultural differences that can sometimes act as an obstacle to learning.
This course is designed with the sole objective of success for the student and considerable demands are made on the students to rise to the challenge that lies before them.
(Test of Interactive English)
|· ||TIE (Test of Interactive English) is a learner oriented, task based exam which is suitable for learners of all ages and backgrounds and can be used to assess the level of students of General English, Business English, English for Academic Purposes.|