Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre is a family-run adult English language school, established in 1987. Our school is located in a beautiful, renovated 18th century mill overlooking the River Corrib in the centre of Galway City, the cultural capital of the West Coast of Ireland.
In this friendly and vibrant atmosphere, you will study English with our team of experienced senior teachers. We have a wide range of courses, including:
- General English – Full-time & Part-time
- Cambridge Examination Preparation (all levels)
- TOEIC, TOEFL & IELTS Preparation
- English for Business & Professional Use
- English for Specialist Subjects
- Part-time Courses
- TEFL Teacher Training Courses
We can offer host family accommodation where you will live as a guest with an Irish family. Getting to know Irish culture and way of life will be an enriching part of your English language experience here in Galway.
Our school is accredited by many different organisations including MEI, ACELS (Irish Department of Education), Quality English, Cambridge Examinations, ALTO and Eaquals.
Quality is an important aspect to everything we do and as a member of Eaquals our Quality is assured. We strive to do our best and meet the standards of quality set by Eaquals (https://www.eaquals.org)
EAQUALS – aims
- To improve the experience of language learners by developing quality standards for the teaching of modern languages
- To deliver accreditation against these standards for providers of language education
- To develop practical resources, and offer training and support for those working in the field of modern languages
Eaquals – Values
- To serve the interests of language learners worldwide
- To promote all languages and cultures
- To foster international cooperation and understanding
- To encourage personal and professional development
- To uphold openness and transparency
- To support fair dealing and professional service
GDPR Compliance Statement:
We are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have always had a robust and effective data protection program in place which complies with existing law and abides by the data protection principles. We are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our remit and in developing a data protection regime that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and appreciation for the new Regulation.
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Back to School – Adult Education Programme -Turkana County, Kenya
Education sponsorship 2019 – Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre
Turkana County is an isolated Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) region in Northern Kenya that borders Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Almost the size of Ireland, it is populated by approximately a million Turkana, a traditionally nomadic tribe for whom pastoralism (raising of livestock including camels, goats and cattle) is the dominant livelihood.
Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre sponsorship 2019 aims to support 30 young adults who have had to drop out of school as a result of poverty, pregnancy and early marriage etc. to return to education. The programme involves those selected taking part in a 9-month, accelerated learning course covering the Kenyan primary curriculum for grades 6-8, ultimately sitting for their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in November 2019.
Specific objectives include:
* To cover the Kenyan Primary curriculum up to Grade 8 to prepare students to sit and pass their KCPE;
* To support the development of life skills in participants by ensuring regular attendance, participation in class and group work and completion of assignments;
* To build the personal confidence and self-esteem of participants to act as leaders in the community and advocates for the importance of education.
Students attend class on Monday – Friday, from 8am to 2pm whilst in the afternoon (2-4pm), students have the opportunity to attend IT classes, have one-to-one tuition with the tutors or to study in the library. Students study 6 subjects: English, Maths, Sciences, Social Studies, Swahili and Religious Education.
Under the project, the students contribute their own exam fees and stationary as a sign of their commitment, and receive tuition, learning materials including text books and exam papers, coaching, counseling support and lunch, all of which are essential in removing the financial burden of returning to education and ensuring that participants are able to concentrate on their studies. For those women who are successful in gaining access to the programme but have small children, the project is committed to supporting them to make suitable arrangements which allows them to attend classes.
ELE CONFERENCE 2018
Following on from our 30th Birthday conference in 2017 Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre held another ELE conference event on 19 May 2018 at the Harbour Hotel Galway sponsored by National Geographic Learning.
- Ciara Ni Eochaidh – ELE Teacher- Reflective Teaching – Raising Awareness
- Mairead O Connor – Teacher Trainer – Dealing with awkward classroom situations
- Cathy Peck – Managing Director Zoogle Training – Using critical incident frameworks to respond to intercultural challenges in the classroom
- Jo Watson – Eaquals Sponsored Speaker Providing feedback and Correction techniques
- John Hughes – ELT Author – National Geographic Learning Make critical thinking an everyday part of your teacher toolkit
- Thom Kiddle – Director Nile Training Norwich U.K. Professional Development Through Student Progress
30th Birthday Celebrations 2017
This free one day training event helped celebrate 30 years of teaching and training. Our event was a training workshop for teachers which linked to CPD development for in service teachers or those in training. The event was free for all to attend in Galway and included Lunch, coffee breaks etc. hosted at the Radisson Hotel in Galway. All talks were in plenary with feedback / self-reflection sessions following each talk.
Conference registration sponsored by Cambridge English Language Assessment
- Jo Gakonga – Teacher / Teacher Trainer -Cambridge English Language Assessment
- Tim Goodier – Head of Academic Development -Eurocentres
- Carole Robinson – Senior Trainer – Norwich Institute for Language Education
- TEDtalks (Bridge Mills)- 3 x 15 minutes sessions Julie Cuttance Teacher trainer, Gary Gallagher Videographer, John Doherty Teacher – Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre