Grafton College is committed to a General English teaching programme that focuses on the learner. Our approach is student-centred and communicative, which means that teachers will focus on individual aims and interests to help learners use English in an effective and practical way. This course focuses on integrating the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing with emphasis placed on communication skills, improvement in fluency and confidence in speaking English.

Teachers make use of course books, but also supplement lessons with authentic material and out-of-class activities. You should allow at least two hours of self-study per day.

General English classes are available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced. We make sure you go to the right group according to your current knowledge by asking you to take a placement test when you arrive at the College. The school year is divided into four 12-week terms, at the end of which you will revise course work, sit a progress test and be advised on what to do next. Detailed information regarding your progress, including strengths and weaknesses, will be included in your end of term report and your teacher will make recommendations, ensuring you make the most of your time with us.

We have designed 3 paths for you to choose from, depending on your day to day schedule:

Morning Classes



Monday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 Friday 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 Start Date Every Monday
 Teaching Hours  15 hours/ week


Afternoon Classes


Monday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Wednesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Thursday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 Friday -
 Start Date From 05 December 2016
Every Monday
 Teaching Hours 15 hours/ week 


Evening Classes

Tuesday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 Thursday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 Start Date Every Monday
 Teaching Hours  4 hours/ week



At the end of the General English course you will:

  • have improved your ability to use English orally and in writing
  • have a better understanding of Irish life and culture
  • be able to communicate with native speakers with greater confidence
  • be more aware of your own strengths and weaknesses as a learner
  • have developed study skills and strategies for independent study

Key Facts

Students per class: 15 Maximum
Duration: Up to 40 weeks
Start dates: Every Week
Mode of study: Morning/ Afternoon
or Evening
Contact hours: 4 to 15 hours per week
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Minimum age: 18 years

* Please note this course is subject to minimum of 6 participants

Recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).

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