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Centre for English Language Teaching

The Centre for English Language Teaching provides English language learning support for prospective and future students of the college, as well as offering specialized courses for the general public. Located in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, the centre delivers pre-sessional (summer), in-sessional, and pathway English for Academic Purposes courses within the college.

 

Welcome to the CELT

 

Welcome to the Centre for English Language Teaching at Trinity College, The University of Dublin. Our centre specifically focuses on the development of students’ academic English skills, in order to support them in their current or future university studies. 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. Our programmes are student-centred, project-based, and focus on the use of English as a global language. Our courses are open to current or future university students, as well as other learners who want to improve their English language skills. Information on each of the programmes can be found on this webpage.

 

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

 

Trinity English Support Pathway (12 week course)

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.

Pre-sessional Summer English for Academic Purposes Courses (4 and 12 week courses)

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 Courses (during term)

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 - Eurozone's No. 1 English language university

eurozone-no1Trinity College is Ireland’s premier university and one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. In 2014, it ranked 61 overall in the QS World University Ranking, and it was number 1 for English Language and Literature in the Eurozone (ranked 25th in the world).

And it’s not just English language... Trinity’s School of Business was ranked 37th in the world by Eduniversal in 2013, and the Trinity MBA was among the top 39 globally, as recognised in the 2013 QS Elite Global Business Schools.

 

Trinity campus - rich history in the city centre

rich-historyTrinity College was opened in 1592. The 47-acre campus is situated in the centre of Ireland’s bustling capital city, where cobbled squares, historic buildings and playing fields stand alongside state-of-the-art facilities. Some of the world’s most famous English language writers and playwrights attended Trinity.

Today, the campus has a vibrant international community of almost 17,000 students, and 2,860 members of staff. The student population represents 122 nationalities.

 

 

 

History meets state-of-the-art, a global network in the heart of Dublin

 

Dublin - IT global hub; the best place to live

dublin-best-place-to-liveDublin is home to headquarters of the world’s most prolific high-tech IT and social-networking multinationals, employing thousands from around the globe.

In 2014, Dublin ranked 34th out of 223 world cities according to the Mercer Quality of Living survey (beating out London). Educational facilities, lower levels of air pollution and recreational and social activities make Dublin one of the best places in the world to live.

 

 

 

 

 

Dublin quality of living is hard to beat!

 

 

English Language Teaching Staff
Trinity Centre for English Language Teaching
The Trinity Centre for English Language Teaching is part of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. Our English Language Teaching staff all have Masters or doctoral-level qualifications in language education.

Your primary contact will be with the Director of the Trinity Centre for English Language Teaching, Dr. Heath Rose (heath.rose@tcd.ie), as well as the English language teaching staff after you are enrolled. You can contact the office by e-mail (clcsinfo@tcd.ie) or by phone: 01 896 1560.

Please click here to view the profile of the English Language Teaching Staff

 

Self-Access Centre + Computers
During your time in College, you are invited to use the CLCS self-access language learning facilities.

Located on Level 4, Arts Building
Language Centre: Room 4091 (CLCS main office)
Computers: Rooms 4073 and 4074

A small library offers English language learning resources, and authentic source materials (print, audio, DVD, video, CD-ROM) in other languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Korean and Turkish. These resources are available for use in class and for self-access study.

Computers Rooms 4073 and 4074 (Level 4) are dedicated for your use to access the internet and a wide range of English language materials relevant to your project topic or personal interests.

During term, the CLCS self-access facilities are open from 10am to 9pm on Monday to Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Friday. Opening hours outside term will be posted on the door of the main CLCS office (Room 4091, Level 4).

A CLCS identity card needs to be applied for in Room 4091 before you start your module. You need to present it if you borrow materials to work on in Rooms 4073 and 4074 or to use the self-access multimedia facilities. You may then use these facilities throughout your stay in College.

 

Aims of the English Language Modules
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.

 

Visa & Insurance

Visa Information

The citizens of many countries do not need an entry visa before coming to Ireland. It is advisable to contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate before travelling to check whether you need a visa and whether you need to comply with any other requirements. Even if you do not need a visa, you should have certain documents to show the immigration officer at the point of entry into the country: your passport; your Trinity College acceptance letter for your degree course; your return airline ticket (helpful but not strictly necessary). 
If your documents are in order you will receive a passport stamp indicating the time period during which you should visit the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin to receive your permission to stay and registration certificate. The time allowed between entering the country and registering with the GNIB usually varies between 7 days and 1 month. Trinity College’s International Office can advise on this process, www.tcd.ie/international

 

Insurance

Non-EU students are advised to have adequate insurance cover for medical treatment and hospitalisation before leaving their home country; please check that you are sufficiently insured for your period of study in Ireland. Students from EU states should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country before departure.

 

Payment options

See ‘Fees’ under each course for payment amounts

Payment options

Payment can be made via cheque, postal order or bank draft. Unfortunately we cannot accept payments via credit card at this time.
Cheques, postal orders or bank drafts should be made payable to: Trinity College Dublin No. 6 Account, and returned with your application. 

  • Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts must be in Euro and drawn on a bank in the Republic of Ireland. Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts received in any other currency, from a bank in any other country, or made out to any other name will be returned for re-issue.
  • Please note that for security reasons, bank drafts should not be sent in the post, and should instead be delivered to the CLCS office in person, or sent via registered mail.

How to obtain a postal order:
A postal order can be used for payment even if you do not have an Irish bank account or a chequebook. This can be done by visiting any Irish post office and asking for a postal order. Upon receiving your payment in cash (including a small additional fee), the post office will issue you with a postal order, which is a piece of paper similar to a cheque. You should enter the relevant details (payment should be made to ‘TCD No. 6 account’), attach the postal order to your application form and submit it with your application.

Applicants are liable for transaction fees incurred by any method of payment. 

Refunds/cancellation charges

In the event of withdrawal from the course before it begins, course fees will be refunded, excluding a non-refundable euro 200 administrative fee (pre-sessional courses)/non-refundable euro 50 administrative fee (in-sessional courses). Requests for refunds must be made by email to clcsinfo@tcd.ie.

 

Accommodation options


Accommodation Options

Different types of accommodation options are available for non-TCD students planning to take the intensive pre-sessional course in the summer, including:

  • Self-catering accommodation in university residences during the summer months
  • Home-stay accommodation in selected families, in a single room, with breakfast and evening meals
  • Half-board accommodation in independent student residences located in the city centre
  • Students may also wish to make their own accommodation arrangements by renting a room or apartment

TCD students from outside the EU with an offer for a degree course at Trinity College and who have received their TCD ID number are eligible to apply for a room in one of the university’s residences for the academic year. Students who have applied through the CAO system can apply once they have received an offer. Applications should be made through the university’s Accommodation Office. Staff at the Centre for Language and Communication Studies will also be able to put students in contact with the relevant accommodation offices and to provide information about different options.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What sort of topics will be covered on the English for Academic Purposes programme?
The EAP programme aims to help students consolidate their English language proficiency in areas which are vital to successful university study. Classes are small, and are delivered by instructors with Masters and Ph.D.-level qualifications. The course content focuses primarily on written and spoken academic discourse, and includes:

  • the development of communication and oral presentation skills;
  • extensive development of academic vocabulary;
  • a review of plagiarism and how to avoid it;
  • preparation and delivery of group projects featuring both written and spoken components;
  • tailor-made feedback on written submissions;
  • the provision of self-study resources, which include online testing.

The pre-sessional course also includes a social programme that provides students with an opportunity to build relationships outside class time.

I have an IELTS score of 5.5 and a conditional offer at a university if I get a score of IELTS 6.5. Can I take the pre-sessional EAP course instead of retaking the IELTS examination?
While the pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course may help you in preparing for an IELTS examination, it does not act as a substitute for achieving a score of 6.5 or higher. Unless your university department advises you otherwise, you must still achieve the required IELTS score in order to take your place at university.

I would like to take the in-sessional course but I am only going to be free on Tuesday evenings. Can I request that I join a class that is held on a particular day?
If you have a preference for a particular day, you should submit your application as usual following the instructions on our website, and include a note on your application that indicates which day you would prefer to attend class. While we cannot guarantee that all students' preferences will be met, we will do our best to allocate you to a class that will suit your schedule.

 

Contact us

Contact us by email or telephone, or visit our office

Location:
CLCS Office, Room 4091 (between 10am and 5pm, Mon-Fri) 
(located between Staircases A & B, near Italian/French department offices)
Level 4, Arts Building
Trinity College 
Dublin 2

Postal address
English for Academic Purposes
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Room 4091, Arts Building
Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 896 1560
Email: clcsinfo@tcd.ie
Website: www.tcd.ie/slscs/English
Facebook: TCD.languagecentre

 

 

Please choose from the following options:

Trinity English Support Pathway

Trinity English for Academic Purposes

In-Sessional English for Academic Purposes Courses

 

 

Information about the course can be downloaded here:

About Trinity College
Language Study at Trinity College

EAP Programme Information

Students can enrol in two types of English for Academic Purposes courses at TCD.

  • Intensive Pre-Sessional EAP course (20 hours per week for 4 weeks), available to all those who do not have English as their first language, including registered TCD students and other students from outside the university.
  • In-Sessional EAP course (2 hours per week for 12 weeks), available only to registered TCD students who do not have English as their first language. For further information, please clcsinfo@tcd.ie.

The EAP programme at TCD is designed to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English (including those who have applied through the CAO system), who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level in our university, or in another English-speaking university. Each course focuses on academic writing and academic spoken discourse, and aims to help students consolidate their English language proficiency in areas which are vital to successful university study. Each course asks students to work on tasks relevant to their own academic field of interest, and involves the completion of written and spoken presentations. Students can also access our self-study resources, including online testing, and can participate in tailor-made English language writing clinics. Students are given a certificate of completion if they satisfy all aspects of the course, confirming their English language proficiency level.

Eligibility

This programme is designed for students engaging in third or fourth level education, whose first language is not English (including those who have come through the CAO system in Ireland). Applicants must be aged over 18 years at the time of the course, or have received an offer of a place at university. If English is your second language, you may enrol in an intensive summer course (pre-sessional course), or weekly English language evening  modules which run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings in the first and second term (in-sessional course). The pre-sessional course is open to new and continuing students intending to study at TCD or any other university. The in-sessional course is open to all full-time TCD students (undergraduate and postgraduate) in 2014-2015.

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Payment can be made via cheque, postal order or bank draft.

Cheques, postal orders or bank drafts should be made payable to: Trinity College Dublin No. 6 Account, and returned with your application.
  • Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts must be in Euro and drawn on a bank in the Republic of Ireland. Cheques/postal orders/bank drafts received in any other currency, from a bank in any other country, or made out to any other name will be returned for re-issue.
  • Please note that for security reasons, bank drafts should not be sent in the post, and should instead be delivered to the CLCS office in person, or sent via registered mail.

How to obtain a postal order:
A postal order can be used for payment even if you do not have an Irish bank account or a chequebook. This can be done by visiting any Irish post office and asking for a postal order. Upon receiving your payment in cash (including a small additional fee), the post office will issue you with a postal order, which is a piece of paper similar to a cheque. You should enter the relevant details (payment should be made to ‘TCD No. 6 account’), attach the postal order to your application form and submit it with your application.

Applicants are liable for transaction fees incurred by any method of payment.
Unfortunately we cannot accept payments via credit card at this time.

 

Refunds/cancellation charges

In the event of withdrawal from the course before it begins, course fees will be refunded, excluding a non-refundable €200 administrative fee (pre-sessional courses)/non-refundable €50 administrative fee (in-sessional courses). Requests for refunds must be made by email to clcsinfo@tcd.ie.

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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.

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.

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Last updated 11 July 2014 by slscs@tcd.ie.