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English Language Support

Heath Rose The centre for English Language Learning and Teaching at Trinity College specifically focuses on the development of students’ academic English skills, in order to support them in their current and future university studies.

Our programmes are student-centred, project-based, and focus on the use of English as a global language. more

Dr. Heath Rose
Director of the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching

Our centre is located in the School of Linguistic Speech and Communication Sciences, where I also coordinate the university’s masters programme in English Language Teaching. This dual role means that the programmes in the language centre have strong links with the latest research in language teaching, and best practices in teacher training.

 

English for Academic Purposes

We provide English Language Learning Support for prospective and accepted students of Trinity College who are not native-speakers of English, as well as offering specialized courses for the general public.

Aims

The chief aim of this programme is to equip postgraduate students with English language support sufficient for their needs in the academic domain. The proficiency levels required for successful functioning at fourth-level are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) common proficiency level C1.

At C1 level, a non-native speaker of English is expected to be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; to express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without too much obvious searching for expressions; to use the English language flexibly and effectively for academic, professional and social purposes; and to produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

The communicative curriculum designed for this programme is intended to foster lifelong, autonomous language learning. It employs a task-based learning approach, which, through the use of authentic academic resources will engage learners in real-life academic tasks with both oral and written components, in order to encourage the development of transferable language skills.

 

Pre-sessional (Summer) English for Academic Purposes

The pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Modules are twelve or four-week intensive courses that run before the start of the Michaelmas term, and focus on the development of spoken and written academic English. Classes take place for four hours daily, 20 hours per week. These courses are available for accepted TCD students, or the general public who want to improve their academic English skills.

In-sessional English for Academic Purposes

The in-sessional English for Academic Purposes weekly two-hour evening modules are open to all registered TCD students for whom English is not a first language. Modules take place during the first and second terms: Michaelmas (autumn) and Hilary (winter) terms. Students can choose to attend on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings (6-8pm or 7-9pm each evening).

Trinity IELTS Pathway

This programme is designed for selected applicants who have a conditional offer for entry to a postgraduate degree course at Trinity College Dublin, and are in need of improving their English language skills in order to begin their studies at TCD. The course focus on the specific academic skills needed for study in the students’ future school at Trinity College Dublin. Courses run from mid-June until mid-September each year.

 

Dates, Fees, Eligibility

 

Course

Dates (2015)

Price

Eligibility

Courses open to the public:

 

12 week Summer EAP program

JUN 8 – AUG 28

€3,090

IELTS 5.0+

 

8 week Summer EAP program

JUN 8 – JUL 31

€2,190

IELTS 5.0+

 

8 week Summer EAP program

JUL 6 – AUG 28

€2,190

IELTS 5.0+

 

4 week Summer EAP program

JUN 8 – JUL 3

€1,190

IELTS 5.0+

 

4 week Summer EAP program

JUL 6 – JUL 31

€1,190

IELTS 5.0+

 

4 week Summer EAP program

AUG 3 – AUG 28

€1,190

IELTS 5.0+

Courses open to accepted Trinity College students:

12 week IELTS Pathway

JUN 8 – AUG 28

€3,600

IELTS 6.0+

8 week Pre-sessional EAP program

JUL 6 – AUG 28

€2,190

IELTS 6.5+

4 week Pre-sessional EAP program

AUG 3 – AUG 28

€1,190

IELTS 6.5+

Course open to high school students:

Get the Edge: English for Univ. Study

JUN 27 – JUL 11

 

IELTS 4.5*
*recommended

 

Language study at Trinity College

Trinity College is a world-leader in university language learning, and has earned many plaudits for the innovative language learning tools and courses designed and delivered by its Centre for Language and Communication Studies. Trinity College is a multilingual university, and offers many opportunities for you to improve your language skills. English for Academic Purposes courses run regularly at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (part of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences) for students registered at TCD and for other students from who wish to improve their English before they start a course at another university.

English language teaching and learning is an important part of the School’s academic activities, not just through teaching English for Academic Purposes, but also by training and upskilling English language teachers, testers and course designers in our postgraduate courses (for instance, M.Phil. in English Language Teaching), and by conducting cutting-edge research on many aspects of English language, such as the varieties and status of English, its sound system and its morpho-syntax.

 

About Trinity College

Trinity College is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university. It was founded in 1592, and is one of the great universities of the world, situated on a beautiful historical campus in the centre of Dublin. There are some 17,000 students registered in our three Faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences.

 

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Last updated 15 December 2014 by slscs@tcd.ie.