Standard General English

General English

  • Overview
  • A Student's First Day
  • Assessment & Award
  • Social Life/Activities
  • Accommodation
  • Course Fee Schedule

The Standard General English language course focuses on the key primary areas of language learning: reading, writing, speaking and listening and includes a wide range of functional English to help students feel at ease in any situation and start to feel more at home in the English-speaking world right from the beginning.

The General English course also focuses on students improving their level of English through a series of communicative and task-based activities which are designed to provide a high level of interaction with learners from other cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Reasons to take this course

  • Your level is between Beginner and Advanced
  • You want to improve your English level quickly and effectively while gaining confidence
  • You want to develop your fluency in everyday contexts
  • You want recognition of you level
  • You want to study with students who come from all over the world.

Creative & Interesting Classes
Our highly qualified and experienced English Language Teachers create dynamic and motivating classes, designed to activate and build upon your strengths, whilst also giving focused attention to your weaker areas.

In addition to the text books, your teachers will refer to authentic resources such as newspapers, magazines, videos, internet and audio recordings. This will give you an understanding of how English is used in real contexts.

Your teachers will deliver constant support and feedback within a relaxed and informal environment. Their care and encouragement will build your confidence as you progress through your lessons.

A Student's First Day
Each student is met personally and welcomed by our Director of Studies and staff when they arrive at Dorset College. 

On the first day all Students will receive a placement test.  The student’s English language level is determined by a multiple choice test and an assessment of speaking skills. Students are then placed in a class at an appropriate level.

They will also attend an induction where they are introduced to new students and staff in a relaxed and informal setting.  At the induction students are given a welcome pack which includes maps and information about Dublin and Ireland.  During the afternoon of the first day there is an opportunity to get to know the city and make Dublin their home from home.

 Our Team is here to assist you throughout your time with us. Our aim is to encourage your development as an independent language learner throughout.

A1.1 Beginner A 1.2 Elementary A2 Pre-intermediate B1 Intermediate B2 Upper Intermediate C1 Advanced C2 Proficient

The students’ range of skills will be further assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they can progress to their appropriate level.  Students’ level of progression may vary, depending on the initial level, aptitude and application.  They are monitored closely by their teachers to ensure that they are always at the correct learning level.


Dorset College is a member of MEI RELSA and is recognised by ACELS a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language in Ireland.

International Learners  on the 25-week academic programme are required to take the TIE (Test of Interactive English) examination or an equivalent upon completion of their course.  This is a requirement of their visa conditions.

Although non-visa learners are not obliged to take an end-of-course exam, it is recommended that they do so.  Learners are encouraged to take a TIE exam or a Cambridge Exam appropriate for their level.

It must be emphasised that the GE1 programme classes are not specifically tailored for Cambridge Examination preparation; however, if a learner wishes to prepare for an exam whilst undertaking their GE1 course, every effort is made on behalf on the school to assist and facilitate the learner in successfully completing  the exam. We have exam preparation materials available on loan to the learner and the Director of Studies personally assists any student who requests assistance with exam preparation.

Learners are also tested throughout the course both through formative and summative assessment methods. Learners are prepared and helped in class by their teachers  in order to complete their logbooks for the TIE exam at the end of their course.  The Director of Studies also holds TIE preparation inductions for new learners once a month and checks each logbook individually before a learner takes the exam.

Why Study English in Dublin
Set like a jewel, between the Dublin mountains and the Irish Sea, Dublin is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Culture and music are everywhere. It is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with many restaurants, theatre, music venues, art galleries and much more. Students can enjoy traditional Irish food, good music and easy access to the lovely countryside. The weather is temperate, never too hot or cold. These factors together with the warmth and friendliness of the Irish people help to ensure that Dublin offers students a unique atmosphere in which to study. 

Free Jobs Club
Job Seeking Skills CV Preparation Interview Techniques Personal Skills Audit Personal Marketing Skills & Presentation Skills etc

Our Social Programme 
To ensure that students have a memorable experience we organise social and cultural events that include:

Free Orientation, Quick City Walk
Off Campus Trip such as Kilmainham Gaol, IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and The Chester Beatty Library
Free Film Club: The opportunity to view movies in English
Free Book Club: a text is discussed providing a great opportunity for informal conversation
Free Irish Culture Lessons, The Story and Music of U2
Free vocabulary lessons
Free Dance Classes: Irish and Salsa Dancing

We also organise day trips for students at a reasonable cost so you can explore Ireland as well.

We understand that accommodation is a very important part of your stay while attending our English language courses. Every individual has different requests and to meet the requirement needs of our students we have a number of accommodation preferences available. 

Host Family Accommodation (All year round)
Staying with a host family will provide the opportunity to become immersed in the English language at home and at school.  You will have a comfortable room of your own, with space for study.

We offer self catering apartment of between 2-5 bedrooms.  Students share a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. This allows the students to cater for themselves in a comfortable modern apartment. Single and twin/double bedrooms have been designed to be spacious complete with study area

Hotels & Guest Houses
Dorset College works closely with a number of carefully selected Hotels and Guest Houses to offer some excellent nightly and weekly rates. Bookings for hotel and guest house accommodation can be directed through the school by request at the time of course booking.   For further information on seasonal offers and details of the accommodation choices, please contact us directly

General English and Academic English Courses

Course Code    Course 1 - 4 Weeks 5 - 11 Weeks 12 - 24 Weeks 25 Weeks +
GE1 Standard General English: 20 Morning Lessons (15 Hours) , 09.00-12.15 Monday to Friday.  All Levels Price Per Week
€170.00 €155.00 €145.00 €140.00
GE2 Intensive General English: 30 Lessons (22.5 Hours), 09.00-12.15 & 13.00-15.45 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  All Levels €215.00 €200.00 €175.00 €165.00
GE1B Business English Programme: 20 Lessons (15 Hours)  13.00-17.00 Monday to Thursday.  Minimum Strong B1 - subject to demand €170.00 €155.00 €145.00 €140.00
GE3 Intensive IELTS Preparation:30 Lessons (22.5 Hours), 09.00-12.15 & 1.00-15.45 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Intermediate / Upper Intemediate (Online placement test required before registration).  Minimum of 12 weeks duration must be booked.     €215.00 €180.00
GE3-AFT Afternoon IELTS Preparation: 10 Lessons, 1.00-15.45 Tuesday and Thursday. Intermediate / Upper Intemediate (Online placement test required before registration).  Minimum of 12 weeks duration must be booked.     €80.00 €70.00
PT Private Tuition (Hourly) One-to-One Tuition - General English Topics €65.00      


Course Details

Standard General English

Start Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 1/1/17 to 12/31/17
Age Group: 18+
Levels: A1.1, A1.2, A2, B1, B2, C1

Code GE1-17
Price from €140.00 /week
Comments Standard General English - Start any Monday

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