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Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching

Dr. Sarah O'Brien

Wecome to the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching (CELLT) at Trinity College We focus specifically on the development of students’ academic English skills to support current and future university studies.

Our programmes are student-centred, task-based, and are culturally and linguistically responsive to our students' diverse backgrounds.

The Centre works closely with Trinity's masters programme in English Language Teaching. This relationship means that the programmes in CELLT are grounded in the latest research in language teaching and best practices in teacher training.

Dr. Sarah O'Brien
Director of the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching (CELLT)

Meet the Team

Dr. Sarah O'Brien

Dr. Sarah O'Brien is Director of the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching (CELLT) and Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics.

O'Brien has a research background in linguistic acquisition across minority communities with a special interest in Irish and Hispanic Diaspora. Prior to arriving at CELLT she was Director of Bilingual Education and TESOL in Northern New Mexico College where she completed research on dual language education and heritage languages in the Western U.S. Her multi-disciplinary research takes an applied linguistics approach to historically framed events and particularly examines overlap between pragmatics, discourse analysis and oral history.

 

Brian ConryBrian Conry (BA, PGDipPR, DipKorean, MPhil in Applied Linguistics) Senior EAP Tutor; EAP Instructor

Brian has co-ordinated and taught on English language programmes for K&H Business Communications (Korea), the Hyundai Research Institute (Korea) and F. J. Kurdyla (Japan). He has taught specialist courses on Presentation Skills, Cross-cultural Communication as well as Technical and Business Writing. As Senior EAP Tutor, Brian is responsible for curriculum development, and catering to specialized language needs as well as pastoral concerns of individual learners. He has taught on the Pre-sessional and In-sessional courses at Trinity since 2009. He also teaches on behalf of Trinity at the University of Padova (Italy) on the ‘English as a Medium of Instruction’ programmes.

 

Martha FinanMartha Finan provides Administrative support for the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching, with responsibility for registration of students, communications and  associated administration. Prior to a career break, Martha held administration roles across a variety of different organisations and geographies, in addition to a twelve year period with GE Capital.

 

 

 

RESEARCH CENTRE

CELLT functions as a world-class research centre in which faculty, visiting scholars, researchers and postgraduate students observe, study and theorize on established and emerging approaches to English and Second Language learning and teaching. CELLT’s Intensive Academic language modules, which operate through Trinity College’s academic year, provide opportunity for the development and testing of multi-modal teaching and learning practices and act as a forum for research and collaboration on multiple aspects of English language learning and teaching.

Our research expertise include:

  • Dual Language Education
  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Applied Linguistics Global Englishes
  • Bilingualism
  • Family & Community Engagement in ELL
  • Multilingualism
  • Curriculum Design
  • Academic English
  • Linguistics and Cultural Acquisition in Migrant Communities
  • Discourse Analysis

If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research in any area of English Language Learning and Teaching we encourage you to contact us in order to discuss a placement in CELLT.

CELLT is committed to disseminating knowledge on best practice in the field of English language learning and teaching to educators and the general public. If you are interested in opportunities to develop your educational expertise in ELL please contact us at cellt@tcd.ie

 

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.

You are a future Trinity College student, who wants to improve your English before starting your degree programme at Trinity College Dublin.

  • In-sessional English for Academic Purposes

For current Trinity College students, who need English language support during their degree programme at Trinity College Dublin

How to pay the enrolment fee

We prefer students to pay via PayPal, using the portal below. Please note, the enrolment fee is not refundable, so ensure you have confirmed your place in the in-sessional course before paying. Please note that a 3% PayPal fee has been added to the enrolment fee.

Please chose the appropriate option from the dropdown menu, and press the "Buy Now" button.

Choose a term of study:

 

 

You need to improve your IELTS score in order to enter a university degree programme at Trinity College Dublin, or another university.

You want to improve your English language skills, and would like to join a flexible course that will match your needs.

 

 

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes

The pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes Modules are eight 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 Trinity College students, who want to improve their academic English skills.

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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 (or another university), and are in need of improving their English language skills in order to begin their studies. The course focuses on improving students' IELTS score, as well as the specific academic skills needed for their chosen degree programme. This 12-week course runs from June until August.

Summer English for Academic Purposes

The Summer English for Academic Purposes modules are twelve, eight or four-week intensive courses that run throughout June, July, and August, 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 any student, who wants to improve their academic English skills. Students can choose two of the following study options: academic english skills modules, content-based modules, or IELTS preparation modules.

 

Dates, Fees, Eligibility

 

Course

Dates (2015)

Email cellt@tcd.ie for 2016 dates

Price

Eligibility

Courses open to any student:

 

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 future university 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+

 

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 21 March 2016 by slscs@tcd.ie.