Our Courses

We offer both short-term and long-term courses in General English, Business English, examination preparation and specialist options.

Courses are organised in 45-minute lessons in groups of no more than 10 students , and can be booked to start any Monday in the year for two weeks or more.

PLEASE NOTE we are experiencing high volumes of bookings in 2017 so please book well in advance of arrival to avoid disappointment – this applies in particular to long term 25 week study programmes.

Our Courses

Here is a list of all our courses we offer

Methodology

Our approach is broadlyPrincipled Eclecticism. We use a variety of methodologies and approaches, choosing from a range of techniques that we consider effective and applying them according to the learning context and objectives. We aim to facilitate the understanding of the new language being taught and do not rely on one specific ‘best method’.

Pedagogic Approach

Our approach views communication as both a goal of and means to language acquisition. Our approach is centred on helping the student develop certain skills and abilities: spoken interaction and expression, listening and reading comprehension, and writing expression. In each class students will be afforded opportunities to practise language in contextualized, practical and everyday situations through activities, games etc. with predefined goals.

We offer courses at the following levels (min. age in adult classes is 16):

  • Beginners (A1) (no previous study) *
  • Elementary (A1)
  • Pre-Intermediate / Lower Intermediate (A2)
  • Intermediate / PET preparation (B1)
  • Upper Intermediate / FCE preparation (B2)
  • Advanced  / CAE preparation (C1)
  • Proficiency / CPE preparation (C2)

* For Complete Beginners please contact the school before booking.

 

See our Learning aims for each level under Courses/Pedagogy

Your course – what you should know:

20 lesson programmes (15 hours)

Mornings: 9:00-10:30 – 11:00-12:30

or

Afternoons: 13:00-15:00 – 15:15-17:00

CANCELLATION OF BOOKING and REFUNDS – : Cancellation charge €160 applies in all cases plus the school shall retain a portion of the course fees as follows: notice of receipt of cancellation 21 days before the start of a course, 10%: 14 days before, 20%: 7 days before and up to 7 days after course commencement, 30% No refunds will be made for partial weeks of attendance or an uncompleted course following 7 days after the course begins.

Refunds will be made within a maximum of 2 months following the cancellation date and processed by Patrick Creed info@galwaylanguage.com

If a visa application is refused, the funds will be returned within 20 working days of the decision being received by the provider, less cancellation charge of €160.

Students should be punctual and attend class each day. A student will be recorded as absent is they are more than 15 minutes late to class or depart 15 minutes early. Students more than 30 minutes late will not be allowed to class and will have to return after the following class break. (VISA requiring students must keep an attendance rate of at least 85% for their programme and must not be more than 15 minutes late to each class)

Recording of attendance will be by the teacher in class and checked at the end of each week by the Director of Studies.

In the case of a student being absent for 2 days the school (Director of Studies) will try to make contact with the student by phone or email to seek clarification on the situation. If unsuccessful a letter/email will be sent to the student within 10 days of absence. If the school is unable to make contact with the student or receive good cause for absence then the student will be expelled from the school (by the school Director) within 4 weeks of the initial absence and reported to the local immigration office.This final decision on expulsion for any reason is made by the Director of the School. The school follows the decisions of INIS regarding visa requests and any decision on the renewal of visas or the cancellation of visas will be at the discretion of INIS and the school will respect any decisions INIS make

All standard correspondence as part of this process will be retained and available on request to relevant internal personnel and external authorities. Absenteeism and expulsion procedures are implemented in a timely manner – the disciplinary action follows immediately after the absenteeism issue has been identified by management. (Non-EEA students will not be expelled towards the end of their programmes in relation to issues identified at an earlier point in the programme)

Students must email (info@galwaylanguage.com) or text (00353861678503) to the school on the first day of sickness and each day subsequently. Students must submit a certificate from a doctor on the first day of return to school. The procedure regarding absenteeism and expulsion is referenced in the requirements as activated in the case of uncertified sick leave beyond the statutory entitlement.

No unscheduled breaks are permitted except in documented cases of illness or close family bereavement. Any queries should be forwarded to Patrick Creed (info@galwaylanguage.com). Student holidays and breaks must comply with the Department of Justice and Equality’s requirements.

External authentication of exam results / grades received by students;

Examinations provided by the school are as follows:

Programme Title Title of Award/ End of Programme exam External Authentication Examining / Awarding Body
EGTIE TIE Interactive English Language Tests Ltd.
EGF General English / FCE Cambridge English Language Assessment
EGA General English / CAE Cambridge English Language Assessment
EGP General English / CPE Cambridge English Language Assessment
EGIELTS General English /IELTS British Council
EGETAPP ETAPP Interactive English Language Tests Ltd.

Approved from June 2017 onwards;

EGPET   –  General English/PET  –  Cambridge English Language Assessment

EGTRINITYF – General English/ Trinity Integrated Skills In English Foundation – Trinity College London

EGTRINITYI  – General English/ Trinity Integrated Skills In English 1  – Trinity College London

 

 

 

Visa requiring students are obliged to sign an agreement at the beginning of the programme stating that Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre will enter the student for the appropriate end of programme exams and that the exams are mandatory. The student must sign the agreement stating that they understand the exam is mandatory and agree that they will sit the exam. This document is available for inspection in respect of each student.

Procedure for entering students for the required exams

  • The school is a TIE and ETAPP examinations centre and can register students onsite.
  • The school is a Cambridge examinations centre (PET/FCE/CAE/CPE) and can register students onsite.
  • The school can register students for IELTS examinations via the local IELTS examination centre
  • The school can also register students for Trinity examinations.
  • The school can register students for TOEIC and TOEFL examinations ( but these do not fulfill Visa requirements for end of course examination programmes )

The person responsible for this is Patrick Creed info@galwaylanguage.com

A record of grades received will be available on request to students, INIS and relevant internal personnel and the relevant data protection permissions are agreed with students accordingly.

If students have complaints or grievances they should report to the office immediately. This includes (not exclusive list);

 

  • School Questions / Classroom issues – Alan –  academicmanager@galwaylanguage.com
  • Student Support – Banking / Visa / Work questions etc. David – studentsupport@galwaylanguage.com
  • Accommodation – Axel or Patrick – info@galwaylanguage.com
  • Social Programme / Events – Anyone in the office – info@galwaylanguage.com
  • Finance – Patrick – director@galwaylanguage.com

If you don’t know what to do – come see us in the office – We are all happy to help!

As a member of EAQUALS we are also bound by the EAQUALS charters, available to view at www.eaquals.org.  If you believe we are in breach of a charter you may make a complaint to the EAQUALS Secretariat by emailing info@eaquals.org. The EAQUALS complaints procedure is backed up by the EAQUALS Ombudsman, an independent arbitrator, who as a last resort can be called on to decide on the basis of the evidence provided whether a complaint should be upheld or not, and if it is how it should be resolved.

 

 

The maximum duration from receipt of a complaint to resolution of the issue is 5 working days.

Non visa requiring students: EHIC / EEA card should be obtained before travelling to Ireland. For further details go to www.ehic.ie Students requiring a student visa must have adequate medical insurance to cover their stay in Ireland. The policy must be in English. The school can arrange medical insurance before a student arrives or on arrival. Cost: €125 (for 8 months).

If required the school has arrangements in place for the protection of students in the event that a programme ceases prematurely i.e. arrangements for a student to complete the programme with another provider(s) through membership of Marketing English in Ireland (www.mei.ie). Student protection arrangements cover the period from when a student enrols on a programme until the time the student has successfully completed the programme and the end-of-programme exams.

2017 Public & School Holidays

The school will be closed on the following dates:

  • 10 Dec 2016 – 02 Jan 2017 – Christmas – New Year Holidays (school opens 3 January 2017)
  • 17 March – St Patrick’s Day Holiday
  • 14 April – 17 April – Good Friday – Easter Monday, inclusive
  • 01 May – May Bank Holiday
  • 05 June – June Bank Holiday
  • 07 August – August Bank Holiday
  • 30 October – Halloween Bank Holiday
  • 15 Dec 2017 – 01 Jan 2018 – Christmas – New Year Holidays (school opens 2 January 2018)

Note: ETM lessons and private tuition falling on public holidays will be re-timetabled.

Which General English Level may I be suitable for?

Do an online test to guide you.

http://www.englishtag.com/tests/tests.asp

Which Cambridge Exam should I take?

Do an online test to help you decide.

http://www.cambridgeesol.org/test-your-english/index.php

Exam Registration

TOEIC, TIE, ETAPP, CAMBRIDGE EXAMS – Register and take the exam at our school.

IELTS Galway: https://ielts.britishcouncil.org/cesdublin

TOEFL Dublin: TOEFL DUBLIN


Course Fees
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Course Fees 2017