English Language Teaching – Course Offering
CITAS College provides interactive communicative English language teaching at all levels. We seek to encourage independent learning and develop Learner Autonomy. Our classes are based on developing the communication skills and abilities as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
- Elementary (CEFR level A1-A2)
- Pre-Intermediate (CEFR level A2-B1)
- Intermediate (CEFR level B1-B2)
- Upper Intermediate (CEFR level B2-C1)
- Advanced (CEFR Level C1)
6-Month, Academic Year Programme in General English
Citas College offers 6-months course in General English culminating in one of six globally recognised English language examinations:
- Trinity College ISE (Integrated Skills in English) examination
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Cambridge FCE
- Cambridge Business English BEC Vantage
- TIE (Test of Interactive English) examination from IELT (ACELS accredited)
- Pearson Academic English Test
These courses comply with the requirements of the International Student visa that is offered by the Irish government.
Academic Year courses consists of 25-weeks of English Language study:
- A day of initial placement testing and induction
- 24-weeks of General English classes
- 4 days of focused IELTS, Cambridge FCE or Business English BEC, Trinity College ISE or TIE examination practice and preparation which directly precede the end-of-course external examination.
English language courses at Citas College are offered exclusively to adults who are not first-language English users. Adult learners from all previous educational backgrounds may apply.
Course Objectives – General English with IELTS, Cambridge FCE, Cambridge Business English BE, Trinity College ISE or TIE Examination Preparation
- To develop the necessary skills to pass end-of-course external examinations. This involves improving the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking as well as focusing on vocabulary development and grammatical accuracy.
- To perform well in end-of-course external examinations.
- To develop communication skills that enable learners to communicate in a multi-cultural environment. This includes developing some cultural understanding of both the local environment in Dublin, as well as the larger English-speaking community. This cultural understanding is linked to real-world contexts relevant when communicating in the English language.
- To sustain interest and motivation over the length of the course through regular feedback and progress testing; as well as through the development of learner autonomy and by encouraging learners to partially negotiate their own learning.
- To improve linguistic ability by two complete CEFR Performance Levels within the 6-month time-frame.
End-of-Course External Examinations
Learners embark on their 25-week course with the final objective of sitting an end-of-course examination: Trinity College London ISE or TIE or IELTS or Cambridge FCE or Business Vantage, or Pearson Test of English (Academic). While learners prepare for their examination throughout the 25 weeks by improving their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English, they also do a short course in final exam practice and preparation prior to the examination date.
At the end of their stay, learners receive a certificate from Citas College stating their length of study and their current CEFR proficiency level.
GENERAL ENGLISH SHORT COURSES
Learners can enroll on short courses in General English at Citas College, studying either 15 hours per week or 22.5 hours per week. Learners can begin their course on any Monday of their choice. Course duration is between 1 week and 3 months.
INTENSIVE IELTS PREPARATION
A 4 Weeks intensive program in preparation of students for the IELTS Examination. 25 lessons per week, from Monday to Friday, with an option for Mornings or Afternoons classes. This course will suit advanced and upper intermediate students who are aimed to sit the IELTS Exam.