General English

Course Start Dates: any Monday

Campus: Dublin and Cyprus

  • Beginner to Advanced (6 Levels) -Maximum 15 students per class
  • Various options of course intensity and structures available
  • Average 10 weeks per level -Develops all aspects of the English language including speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing.
  • Daily coursebook-based lessons followed by Skills Modules and Elective lessons -Use of Interactive Whiteboards and additional teaching materials/methods -Acces to class content through Online Academy
  • Access to a variety of teachers and teaching styles
  • Weekly revision tests and structured teacher feedback
  • Students progress through levels as their abilities improve

Entry Requirements:
Beginner English language level or above

Intensive English

33 Lessons/ Week

Our Intensive General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of you English and intensify your learning experience, you will also add one of the Skills Modules and Elective Lessons to your weekly timetable.

Oscars International General English Intensive

Skills Modules:

Dublin only:

  1.  Exam Preparation
  2. Pronunciation & Public Speaking
  3.  Irish Life & Culture Projects

Dublin & Cyprus:

  1.  Conversation
  2.  Business Communication Skills

Electives:

Dublin only:

  1. Business Communication Skills
  2. Exam Preparation
  3. Irish Life & Culture Projects

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15 or PM 13:45- 17:00 plus Skills Module 12:20- 13:05 plus Elective 13:45- 17:00

Sample Weekly Timetable

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Pronunciation Module

12:20- 13:05

Irish Life & Culture Elective:

13:45- 17:00

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited Sound Symbols: Introduction to phonemic chart/ Intonation and Sentence Stress: Intonation in Wh- and Yes/No questions
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation Pronunciation of –ed past tenses: /t/, /d/ or /Id/ Weak form of prepositions of time and place Introduction to Irish Music and Culture; Notable Irish Musicians. Key Vocabulary
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Hearing the difference between polite and impolite offers/ Listening for implied meaning
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather The sounds /ʃ/, /s/ and /tʃ/ The sounds /ʊ/ and /u:/
Friendly/unfriendly intonation, in formal and informal dialogues
Pre excursion lesson. Information and history on the upcoming excursion
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary Skills Practice. Consolidate the week’s work.

Standard English

25 LESSONS/ WEEK

Our Standard General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of you English and intensify your learning experience, you will also add one of the Skills Modules to your weekly timetable.

Oscars International General English Standard

Skills Modules:

Dublin only:

  1.  Exam Preparation
  2. Pronunciation & Public Speaking
  3.  Irish Life & Culture Projects

Dublin & Cyprus:

  1.  Conversation
  2.  Business Communication Skills

Timetable

Monday -Friday 09:00- 12:15  or PM 13:45- 17:00 plus Skills Module 12:20- 13:05

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Pronunciation Module

12:20- 13:05

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited Sound Symbols: Introduction to phonemic chart/ Intonation and Sentence Stress: Intonation in Wh- and Yes/No questions
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation Pronunciation of –ed past tenses: /t/, /d/ or /Id/ Weak form of prepositions of time and place
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Hearing the difference between polite and impolite offers/ Listening for implied meaning
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather The sounds /ʃ/, /s/ and /tʃ/ The sounds /ʊ/ and /u:/
Friendly/unfriendly intonation, in formal and informal dialogues
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary Skills Practice. Consolidate the week’s work.

Essential English

20 LESSONS/ WEEK

Our Essential General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. The focus is on improving your ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Upgrades to Standard and Intensive General English available

Oscars-International-General-English-Essential

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15 or PM 13:45- 17:00

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary

Essential English PLUS

25 Lessons/Week

Our Standard General English programme develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with grammar and vocabulary. To focus on a particular aspect of you English and intensify your learning experience, you will also add five One-to-One lessons focused on chosen aspects of English. Needs Analysis will be run for the student prior course commencement to agree on content of One-to-One classes and the timetable.

Oscars International General English Essential PLUS

Timetable

Monday -Friday AM 09:00- 12:15 plus afternoon One-to-One classes

Sample Weekly Timetable

Intermediate B1 level

Core General English lessons

09:00- 12:15

Five One-to-One classes

 

Monday Weekly Skills test/Introduction to Week’s Topic: ‘Free Time Activities.’ /Discussion of holidays, places students have visited
Tuesday Vocabulary related to places of Interest/ Reading about A European City/ Prepositions of place/ Pronunciation of linked consonant and vowel sounds/ Listening to a conversation
Wednesday Developing Conversations :Giving and responding to suggestions/ Vocabulary related to suggestions/ Modals Verbs/ Conversation practice, role play Timetable to be agreed on
Thursday Listening to a description of people’s holiday/ Grammar : Future plans using future tenses/ Vocabulary Weather
Friday Reading and Speaking/ Grammar Present Perfect/ Class discussion: Experiences/ Revision of Grammar pronunciation and Vocabulary

Skills Modules & Electives

This is a menu of options which allows you to maximise your learning. Choose an area to focus on in which you need more support. If you’re not sure which module to choose, a teacher can help you to identify what you need when you arrive at Malvern House. These Skills Modules can be booked at any time during your course and for as long as you wish. To make the most of your time at Malvern House we recommend that you book one of the following, or to have them included in your course, choose the Standard English course.

Conversation Module Skills Module/ Elective

Improve your conversational English by practising speaking, listening, pronunciation and vocabulary. You will become more fluent and confident when speaking English.

Available in: Dublin, Cyprus (Skills Module)

Irish Culture & Life Module

This course introduces students to the rich and diverse elements that make Ireland such a unique and fascinating culture. From our ancient past, outstanding literary heritage and through to our famous sense of humour; students will get an insight in the artistic, musical and linguistic traditions of this beautiful country.

Available in: Dublin

Pronunciation and Public Speaking Module

This course focuses on students’ spoken production and the pronunciation, from individual sounds up to complex structures. Each week the students will work towards a complete presentation, increasing the length of time during which they will speak. The course is especially useful for students who are required to make speeches or presentations in an academic or business context.

Available in: Dublin

Business Communication Skills Module/ Elective

This course acts as an introduction to the core language used in most business settings. Students are introduced to the differences between general and business English and cover functions specific to the business world such as telephone conversations, note-taking, writing emails, sending memos, takings with colleagues, and much more.

Available in: Dublin, Cyprus (Skills Module)

Exam Preparation Skills Module/ Elective

Learn the format of your chosen exam, with tricks and tips to give you the best chance of achieving your required result. Each day, you will look at a different test aspect and identify the areas which will help you achieve your ideal score. Delivered by specialist exam teachers and drawing from past exam papers.

Available in: Dublin, Cyprus (Skills Module)

Track Your Progress

This is a menu of options which allows you to maximise your learning. Choose an area to focus on in which you need more support. If you’re not sure which module to choose, a teacher can help you to identify what you need when you arrive at Malvern House. These Skills Modules can be booked at any time during your course and for as long as you wish. To make the most of your time at Malvern House we recommend that you book one of the following, or to have them included in your course, choose the Standard English course.

Beginner A1

You Can:

You can understand very basic, everyday phrases and may respond with short, simple answers. You can exchange basic personal information, if the other person speaks slowly and clearly.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

A1 to A2: 6-8 weeks

Elementary A2

You Can:

You can interact in a simple way on concrete everyday subjects, such as
family information, shopping etc. You can communicate in routine tasks on familiar
subjects.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

A2 to B1: 10 to 12 weeks

Pre Intermediate B1

You Can:

You can converse in a fairly limited way on your background, the immediate environment and on matters of direct need. You can express basic opinions and wishes.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

B1 to B1+: 12 to 16 weeks

Intermediate B1+

You Can:

You can understand and respond to the main points in a variety of everyday situations and also more abstract topics, but have a limited range of style and expression.
Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

B1+ to B2: 12 to 16 weeks

Upper Intermediate B2

You Can:

You can understand the main ideas of complex written and spoken texts. You can interact with reasonable fluency and accuracy on a fairly wide variety of topics.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

B2 to C1: 10 to 12 weeks

Advanced C1

You Can:

You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously. You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

C1 to C2: 16 to 20 weeks

Proficiency C2

You Can:

You can understand almost everything you hear or read. You can interact very fluently and precisely, even on very complex topics.

Expected number of weeks necessary to change levels studying intensive english:

English proficiency!