Language School Dublin — Alpha College of English: The Emerald Isle is calling
The harp and shamrock are not the only famous emblems of Ireland: there is of course also the leprechaun, who is a mischievous little man that will take you to his treasure at the end of the rainbow if you catch him. Make Dublin the destination for your Eurocentres language stay abroad and learn more about the language, city and culture. It is definitely worth doing.
The proximity of Ireland to the United Kingdom is not just geographical but also linguistically. Thus, Dublin is the perfect destination to learn English with Eurocentres and to experience the hospitable Irish mentality. We will give you the required language expertise as well as abundant inspiration and opportunities to explore Dublin, and find your treasure at the end of the rainbow.
Though Dublin, the largest city in the Republic of Ireland, has no real pots of gold lying in the streets it still has plenty of treasures to offer you. In addition to the many architecturally impressive bridges and the vast Dublin Zoo, there is the liquid treasure of the city which is always on offer. Of course, we are talking about Guinness, Ireland’s most popular export. The history, manufacturing process and gripping background information of this popular beer is displayed across seven levels in the Guinness storehouse. But that’s not the only reason to visit the storehouse. In the Gravity Bar located on the top floor, you get a breathtaking panorama of the whole city. You will certainly be able to quench your thirst on a tour through Dublin’s colourful pubs and bar scene. You will be able to experience the Irish attitude towards life and what makes a real Irish pub.
Leisure activities: Getting to Dublin
Thanks to its location right on the east coast of Ireland, you can fly or take the ferry over to Dublin. A language stay here also gives you the right connections to take a day trip to Liverpool in England. The lovely boat trip will top this leisure time off nicely. In Dublin itself, the bus network forms the core of the public transport system. Different bus services will quickly take you to the centrally-located partner school, the Alpha College of English, whilst the night buses will carry you safely through Dublin’s nightlife. In Dublin, the end of the rainbow seems only a bus-stop away – they are certainly a treasure in this town.
The English spoken by the Irish is of course different from the standard English normally taught in language schools. However, the basis for understanding different dialects and accents is profoundly helpful in building knowledge of a language. The language lessons at the Eurocentres partner school meet all the requirements of excellent language teaching. We don’t see the difference between what our teaching staff teach and the day-to-day language used in the city as a barrier in any way to learning the language successfully in the long-term; quite the opposite: differences like these give learners the necessary flexibility and dynamism that marks a secure and natural feeling for foreign language speakers. Listen to the sound of Irish English. It is not quite as gentle as the harp; however, it is no less beautiful and no less harmonious.
Language lessons of a different kind
Central location, the best range of language courses, special private lessons – this is what makes the Eurocentres partner school in Dublin stand out. Located very near O’Connell Street, the Alpha College of English is home to 18 classrooms, a media centre, a cafeteria, and a computer room. Living up to Dublin’s reputation as a technology heartland, Wi-Fi is available free of charge throughout the whole building. Dublin is the perfect place for learning and practicing English. The school offers various language courses; from general language skills to business English. The city centre is easy to reach by foot. In the Ilac Shopping Centre or on the famous James Joyce Bridge, the friendly and open-hearted Irish people will be so welcoming that it will feel like a private lesson on the streets of Dublin.
For a successful language stay that lasts several weeks, you not only need an exciting city, first-class language courses and stimulating leisure activities, you also need a welcoming place to stay. Happily, in this respect, you have two excellent options to choose from at Eurocentres: homestays and student resident halls. With one of our carefully selected host families, you can find yourself right in the heart of the Irish culture and structure your everyday life like a real resident of Dublin. In a local and warm-hearted atmosphere, you can expand your knowledge of the culture and the language. Thanks to different family types (with or without children, couples or singles) every language student is guaranteed to find the right host family for them.
Culture and language as a housemate
If your language stay abroad is about boosting contact with fellow students, then Shanowen Hall is the right place for you. In the student hall of residence you will live with language students from across the world in roomy and fully-equipped flats. Here, the cultural experience of Dublin is not left outside; rather it becomes a firm component of your language stay. The constant use of newly-acquired language knowledge is as integral to the experience as making new friendships whilst taking part in a variety of activities. If learning together is precious, then spending time together on a language stay is priceless.
Dublin is a technological hub, financial centre, and cultural metropolis. The character of the Irish capital sets the ideal stage for an exciting and educational language stay abroad. Nowhere else on the island does the Irish mentality and urban lifestyle meet so head-on making it a truly unique experience of learning English. It encourages motivation and a willingness to learn so that you can really make the most of our range of high-quality courses. Follow your inner leprechaun to the east coast of Ireland and discover the treasure of a city which is even brighter than the rainbow itself.
- 18 Classrooms
- Computer room
- Interactive whiteboards
- Learning centre
- Student lounge
A typical day at Alpha College Dublin
Oh, no – it’s raining! In Ireland, they have an easy-going attitude towards the weather – it can sometimes get rather damp. But that’s not a problem; you just have to have the right clothing! Nico travels to school in the morning by public transport – it takes him about half an hour. This is the average time for students attending the Alpha College of English.
He wants to get there early today so that he can look something up in the media library that came up in class yesterday. Nico is improving his general English language skills here in Dublin. He chose the course in Dublin because the Irish way of life has always appealed to him. He had always wanted to travel to Ireland. And so, the opportunity of studying at the language school in Dublin was just right for him... He has never regretted his decision. During his stay, he notices the great progress he is making each day in his English language skills. He likes Dublin because of the many young open-minded people he encounters. He spends his free time visiting theatres, concerts, art galleries and museums, or enjoying the nightlife. In Dublin, there is always a lot happening! He finds the traditional Irish music particularly appealing and he goes to concerts as often as he can. Homesick? – Not in Dublin.
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