About Us


One of the unique features of Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre is its location in The Bridge Mills, an 18th century mill situated on the River Corrib in the centre of Galway. From the school windows there is a superb view of the river below with its colonies of swans and wild birds, and in the distance, Galway Bay and the hills of Co. Clare.

The school began in 1987 as a small group of teachers wishing to bring academic excellence and a high standard of personal attention to students visiting from overseas to study English in Galway. Over the past 30 years we have expanded to our present year-round, adult school of 20+ teachers and on average 250 students per week (full and part-time), but we have never forgotten the principles of the early school.

Galway Language Centre Exterior

We are especially proud of our teachers who are chosen for their experience in English language teaching and their knowledge of other cultures and languages. All hold university degrees and have post-graduate qualifications and overseas teaching experience.

In our small classes there is a warm and relaxed atmosphere that is both convivial and professional. Most importantly, our teachers genuinely enjoy their lessons and are committed to helping our students fulfil their academic goals, while introducing them to the charm and uniqueness of life on the West Coast of Ireland.

Some of our Ongoing Work

Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre sponsorship programme

Context: 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 aims to support 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 an accelerated learning course covering the Kenyan primary curriculum for grades 6-8, ultimately sitting for their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

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, counselling 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.

Training and Development

The school hosts training events and conferences each year to promote ELE education and training. Some of the topics we recently offered training in include;


  • Reflective Teaching and Raising Awareness for the language teacher
  • Dealing with awkward classroom situations
  • Using critical incident frameworks to respond to intercultural challenges in the classroom
  • Correction techniques in the classroom
  •  Make critical thinking an everyday part of your teacher toolkit Professional Development Through Student Engagement
  • Trainer or Facilitator – Who is the Modern Language Teacher?
  • CLIL – What is it and how do we use it?
  • Pronunciation – Is it for everyone?
  • Error Correction Techniques
  • Erasmus Training and Development

30th Birthday Celebrations

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
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