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Alpha College of English, Dublin, Ireland

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  • Hotel / Hostel accommodation very close to school

Alpha College of English

The language school Alpha College of English was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1989. Alpha College is located in a fully-equipped Georgian building in the heart of the city, two minutes on foot from the main street, O'Connell Street and the Spire which is regarded as the centre of the city. Shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and local bus stops are all within very easy walking distance from the school.

The school address is: 4 North Great George\'s St., 1 - Dublin (Ireland).

Accreditations and Quality seals

School Size:

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

19

Number of public workstations:

8

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Free airport pickup for all junior courses (both ways)
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students but has to be returned to the school at end of course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 250
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 110
  • Junior courses in summer: 160

Average age of students

  • in summer: 24 years
  • throughout the year: 28 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 7
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6
  • Junior courses in summer: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 11 years for specific Junior courses

Exams offered:

  • TOEIC

Average examination results:

700 at TOEIC.

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

6
4
19
3
1
1
3
19
5
7
5
8
2
1

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Dublin International (DUB). It takes 25 minutes by bus to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2017, 02.Jan.2017, 17.Mar.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 01.May.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 07.Aug.2017, 30.Oct.2017, 25.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017

Courses

All prices in € (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 240228 480456 720684 912867 13681300 16641581 20801976 23522235 44164196 46004370 196187
General English course + 2 afternoon sessions focusing on fluency development.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 196187 392373 588559 752715 11281072 13441277 16801596 18721779 34563284 36003420 156149
This course is always available except at beginner and proficiency levels which have specific start dates Beginner: 03/01, 10/04, 08/05, 03/07, 04/09, Proficiency: 10/07
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 24 25 Additional Week
Price in € 284270 568540 852810 10721019 16081528 19841885 24802356 28322691 53765108 56005320 236225
General English course + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on fluency development + 5 afternoon lessons focusing on Business English
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 14351400 21522099 28702799 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner) Programme is held in St. Tiernan's Community School, Balally, Dublin 16, 20 mins from the city centre.
Price also includes: laundry, course materials, end-of-course certificate and report, activities, excursions and bus passes if the student’s host family is not within walking distance of the school.

Intensive Option (25 lessons/week) also available. Prices:
2 weeks=1550€
3 weeks=2315€
4 weeks=2980€ Price includes
Airport transfer (return trip) This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
St Tiernan\'s College, Dundrum, Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 24.Jun.2017 - 06.Aug.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 16801638 25202457 33603276 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Shared room (multiple beds), Full board (breakfast + lunch + dinner) Programme is held at the King's Hospital College, Palmerstown, Dublin 20, 20 mins from the city centre.
Price also includes: laundry, course materials, end-of-course certificate and report, activities, excursions and discos.
Residence rooms have 4-6 beds and ensuite. Price includes
Supervision 24/7, Airport transfer (return trip) This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 24.Jun.2017 - 06.Aug.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:30
Required language level
Beginner (A1) - No previous knowledge required
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 288274 552525 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
It is a language and cultural activities course exclusively for the over 50 age group. The programme is customised to meet the demands of this group and combines enjoyable language practice with varied opportunities to explore Ireland’s unique cultural heritage. This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Dublin
Starting dates
2017: 12.Jun.2017, 04.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 12:30
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 Additional Week
Price in € 240228 480456 720684 912867 11401083 13681300 16641581 20801976 23522235 44164196 196187
Beginner level classes are ONLY offered in the mornings. There are no afternoon classes available at this level so the only option at Beginner level is GE01
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:05
Required language level
Lower intermediate (B1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 19501853 39003705 58505558 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Elementary (A2)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € 400380 750713 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
OTC01: General Methodology (2 weeks) - B2/C1 - July 3rd
OTC02: Literature (2 weeks) - B2/C1 - July 17th
OTC03: CLIL (2 weeks) - B1/B2 - August 14th, October 16th
OTC04: Technology (2 weeks) - min. B1 - April 10th, July 31st, October 16th
OTC04A: Technology (1 week) - min. B1 - February 27th, June 19th, August 28th
OTC06: PE Teachers (1 week) - B1 - August 21th
OTC07: General English + for Teachers of Technical Subjects (2 weeks) - A2/B1 - July 3rd, August 7th
OTC08: Project Based Learning (1 week) - min. B1 - July 17th, August 28th
OTC09: Using Drama in the Classroom (1 week) - min. B1 - July 3rd
Extra groups by arrangement
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:00
Required language level
Advanced (C1)
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 Additional Week
Price in € 245233 490466 735699 940893 11751117 14101340 16801596 21001995 23402223 43204104 195186
Usually a combination of students taking the exam and those who are not. A mock speaking exam is scheduled near the exam date. Students are encouraged to submit written tasks for assessment outside of class.
Starting dates
2017: 03.Jan.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 12.Jun.2017, 04.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required language level
Upper intermediate (B2)
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Note: All courses offered by Alpha College of English, Dublin can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 55 minutes
School's administrative fee: 75.00  €
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 65 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: Classes commence on Mondays unless there is a public holiday in which case an excursion is provided.

Also available:
Work Experience Programme (available to EU nationals only)

Classes of 2 weeks duration for students at Proficiency level start on 10/07/17;
In summer months we aim to place students aged 30+ at A2-B2 levels, according to level, in group classes with other students of the same age.

In July and for the first 2 weeks of August students aged 16-19 at A2-B1 levels can also be placed in classes with their age group. For this age group, there are special evening activities, accompanied by an Alpha teacher.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 180 360 540 720 180
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
26 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
29 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2017 - 02.Sep.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 150 300 450 600 150
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
22 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
27 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
Maximum age of students: 0
Dates
High season dates 25.Jun.2017 - 02.Sep.2017
High season
High season supplement per week: 10 €
  • Individual or Group transfers can be arranged in July and August for students staying in our residential accommodation.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Dublin Airport: for 70 € (one way); for 140 € (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Dancing  
Diving 4 km
Golf 3 km
Horse riding 4 km
Mountainbiking 7 km
Music 2 km
Sailing 4 km
Squash 6 km
Swimming 1.5 km
Tennis 3 km
Windsurfing 4 km
Yoga 2 km
Other leisure options: Archery, Go Karting, Poker

Reviews

City
4.3/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
3.9/5.0 
Social activities
4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.4/5.0 
Value for money
3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family
3.9/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.9/5.0 
Other
3.8/5.0 
Students liked about Alpha College of English, Dublin
Teachers and students make an amazing environment.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Entertaining classes, amusing and with plenty of interaction.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Take the unbrella everywhere.
I liked the college organization and that it was close to the city centre
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Dublin is often more expensive than Italy (for Italian student!)
Very good organisation. The teachers are friendly.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Host Family
5.0/5.0
very " frienfly"environment. The teachers, at least mine, were fantastic! They were always available to answer any questions and ready to re-explain when I did not understand.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
3.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: " expensive" public transport.

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