There is a new trend for students to complete an English language course before moving into mainstream high school or university in Ireland
- Approved language school organizations
- General English
- Business English
- Teacher Training
- Children and teenagers
Every year, thousands of people from all walks of life come to Ireland to study the English language. And there are plenty of language schools that hold courses designed to focus on your exact needs.Back to top
Approved language school organizations
Mei-Relsa : Mei-Relsa is a marketing association for recognized English Language Schools in the Republic of Ireland. Quality is central to Mei-Relsa's mission, and students of every age can benefit from the high quality English language programmes offered at schools throughout the country. All Mei-Relsa Schools are recognized by the Irish Department of Education through and inspection scheme administered by ACELs (Advisory Council for English Language Schools).
Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS) : The Advisory Council for English Language Schools was established to control standards of EFL schools and organizations through an inspection/recognition scheme. ACELS holds a list of all the approved English language schools in the Republic of Ireland and recognition is only given to those schools that meet the high standards required for premises, extramural activities, teaching programmes and qualified staff.
British Advisory Council for Learning : English language schools in Northern Ireland are accredited by The British Council. There are three language schools in Northern Ireland accredited by this body: The University of Ulster, Coleraine; Queen's University, Belfast; and The Foyle Language School, Londonderry. The Council's aim is to connect people with learning opportunities and creative ideas across the world.Back to top
This is the most popular type of course for adult learners. Students are introduced to a variety of examinations, including TIE, Cambridge, Pitman, Trinity College London, TOEFL, TOEIC and others. To prepare for these examinations, schools offer specialized courses, either full or part-time, which focus on the individual's needs.Back to top
Company executives looking to expand their knowledge of the English language with a focus on business communication can access courses that cater for their specialized needs. Ireland is the ideal location for these types of courses with its track record as one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in Europe. Courses are packaged as small groups or on a one-to-one basis.Back to top
Those working in education can increase their knowledge of English at specially tailored courses focussing on Teaching English as a foreign language. TEFL Ireland is an accredited, award-winning training organization dedicated to providing high quality teaching certification courses. The courses not only train you as a successful English teacher, it hands you an internationally recognized qualification making you an invaluable asset to a wide variety of employers worldwide.Back to top
Children and teenagers
There's no doubt that teenagers and children benefit greatly from their stay in Ireland. Not only do they become acquainted with the natural sound of the English language, they can have plenty of fun while they're learning, too. The courses for children and teenagers in Ireland make the language come to life, with opportunities for students to develop their English language and social skills through interacting with their peers. Children and teenagers can join courses as groups or as individuals, depending on the time of year. Schools arrange comfortable and welcoming accommodation in carefully selected host families or out of school term, campus-style residences can be accessed.Back to top