Intensive General English

General English

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This Intensive General English GE2 language course, 22.5 (45 minute) lessons per week, is structured to provide a solid grounding and improvement in the core English language and communication skills of English.  This course is taken over five mornings (with the General English GE1) and three afternoons.  The afternoon is devoted to developing fluency covering the four main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Students wishing to focus on improving their oral fluency can discuss and debate a wide variety of topics whilst being facilitated, motivated and corrected by an experienced native speaker.  It also gives the student the opportunity to further build on their vocabulary and put into practice what has been learned in the morning class.

The social programme provides the student the opportunity to attend out-of-class activities and to explore Dublin. 

This intensive English language course is open to students from beginners to advanced levels and focuses on a communicative approach to learning.  It is a combination of our morning group English classes and our afternoon elective classes.

This is intended for students wishing to rapidly improve their level of English.  The focus of the elective English classes will be on grammar, vocabulary, writing, conversation, pronunciation and intercultural matters. Innovative and stimulating activities will promote and accelerate learning in these specific target areas of language acquisition.

At Dorset College, we offer you …

  • Welcoming staff, providing support and individual attention.
  • A Team of highly qualified and experienced Teachers with specialised qualifications in English as a foreign language.
  • City Centre location with easy access to all transport networks.
  • We provide English as a foreign language at all levels.
  • Excellent facilities include Library, Wi-Fi, Computer Lab, Canteen and Student Social Room.
  • Small class sizes where you learn to communicate more fluently and accurately and enjoy interesting and effective lessons.
  • Meet students from all over the world with a high mix of nationalities in each class.
  • Our range of social and cultural activities will give you new experiences, new friends and more opportunities to speak English in the real world.
  • Our Accommodation Officer will arrange host family or residential accommodation.
  • The progress testing with your teacher will help you to see how close you are to your learning goals.

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.

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.

The sample lesson below shows the level of proficiency that non-native speakers of English can achieve in a very short period of time. It will prepare students for academic entry to university and also the study and research skills required at undergraduate or post graduate level.


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.

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Sample Intensive Time Table                          

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9.00- 9.45

Level testing

Grammar & syntax


Grammar & syntax


9:45-10:30 Class allocation Vocabulary development Listening Vocabulary development Listening
10.30-10.45 Break Break Break Break Break


Writing –informal notes, e-mails and texting

LWriting – Formal letters & e-mails

Writing essays

Writing reports

Writing-Responding to authentic input

11:30-12:15 Speaking – social situations Speaking – formal situations Speaking – asking & answering Speaking - presenting Weekly test
12.15-1.00 pm



Lunch Lunch


1.00-14.30 Skills development or exam preparation Skills development or exam preparation Excursion Skills development or exam preparation Free afternoon for self-study
14.30 pm Break Break   Break  
14.45-15.45 Skills development or exam preparation Skills development or exam preparation Excursion Skills development or exam preparation Free afternoon for self-study

Course Details

Intensive General English

Start Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 & 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 GE2
Price from €165.00 /week
Lessons 23 /week
Comments Standard General & Intensive English - Start any Monday

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