English course in Cork
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Information on the English School in Cork
Cork is affectionately known as ‘the real capital’ by the locals – and is the second largest city in Ireland! It is an excellent place for mature students to study, simply because the city is brimming with a vibrant young adult population.
Cork is an extremely youthful, liberal, and upbeat city that somehow seamlessly meshes its traditional and old-fashioned architecture. This city is no stranger to all the history and culture that continues to make Ireland such a popular destination for students.
With its playful air, melodies of Irish music, towering cathedrals and friendly residents, the city will catapult you into a timeless dimension where you can practice and enrich your English language skills amongst the genuinely friendly and fun residents.
The Cork English School is centrally located within a beautiful heritage building, recently restored to a high standard and offering well-equipped classrooms complete with modern teaching tools. It is just a stone’s throw away from St. Patrick’s Street, lined with malls, restaurants, bars, cafes and all the shops you could possibly need.
The English courses in Cork are based on an interactive and communicative approach, with classes typically having just 7-8 students (the maximum amount of students per class being just 10!). Needless to say, students never lack opportunities to make friends and interact with peers from all across the globe.
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General or Intensive English Course in Cork
[+] This English course teaches students practical English through thematic, interactive and engaging lessons. The program covers all four communication skills: reading, writing, oral expression and comprehension. Included in the course price is also a variety of useful and fun extra-curricular activities and workshops, an ideal way to socialize with classmates and practice your English in Cork and other nearby destinations! >> Read more
English for Work in Cork for Adults
[+] A well-balanced combination of simulations, tutorials, and thematic lessons are used in this English course in Cork. Students learn in a practical and engaging way the language to negotiate a contract, manage human resources, and present business scenarios… you’ll learn how to deal with international work environments, give advice and warnings, and solve problems. This course is devoted exclusively to motivated adult students. >> Read more
IELTS Exam Preparation Course in Cork
[+] The goal of the IELTS Preparation Course is to provide you with the techniques necessary to achieve the best possible result. Teachers will guide and support you throughout and the course also utilises exam past papers so that you are prepared for what appears on the test. The IELTS Preparation Course offers the opportunity to learn in a structured and precise manner, giving you a better understanding of texts, context, generic meaning and vocabulary! >> Read more
One to One Lessons in Cork
[+] To make the most of your studying in Cork you can integrate some individual English lessons with your group course. Thanks to individually tailored lessons, you will have a double advantage: you can interact with other students in the morning classes, then focus on your individual improvement in the afternoon. Having a tutor at your disposal is very useful. You can focus on your weaknesses (comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, etc.) or develop target vocabulary. >> Read more
Certify your study stay in Cork
What certificates can you get?
At the end of your English language course you will receive a certificate of participation stating the dates, the type of course and the language level you have achieved. This certificate of partecipation is a nice addition to your CV. Remember that to get your level certified and recognised internationally, you will have to take a test like the IELTS or TOEFL, for example. You can apply for your examination directly at school, there are normally 2 sessions every month.
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Tips, tricks and links - Independent accommodation
[+] No matter why you're after an independent accommodation, maybe that was your first choice anyway, or you simply couldn't find anything available through the school... When the time to find a private accommodation comes, there are some tips and tricks that might come in handy. Find out more about the ... >> Read more
[+] This is the perfect solution for students wishing to be in close proximity to other students studying at the school. The apartments are the most cost-effective solution in comparison to renting your own apartment or a hotel. You will find them equipped with everything – kitchen, bathrooms, laundry ... >> Read more
[+] Staying with a host family offers you a unique and unforgettable experience – a cultural exchange which will leave you with lasting memories. You’ll be staying at the home of a local family, where you’ll have your own room (single or twin on request) in a sociable and hospitable environment. T ... >> Read more
Extra activities, learn while having fun!
What extra activities are available for the students in Cork
Each English Course includes a variety of educational and social activities for free, which are specifically designed to promote linguistic practice and socializing. Activities are ongoing and differ from week to week, involving teachers and participating adult students that come from all around the world. There are also varied activities such as concerts and movie nights that can be purchased directly at the school, so make sure you inquire! Among the free activities, you'll find:
- Pronunciation Classes;
- Arts and Food Cultural Evenings;
- Sports, Walking and Hiking;
- Guided Tours of surrounding areas and local markets;
- Focus Groups for conversation practice;
Why study English in Cork
Find out why this destination may be the right choice for you!
Cork is Ireland’s second most populous city, and is a perfect destination for anyone interested in learning English in Ireland. It is known as having the friendliest residents in Ireland (if not the world!), so making friends will come easy to those wishing to take an English course here.
Many of Cork’s areas of interest are located within the city and are accessible on foot.
From exploring the Fota Wildlife Park, to Gougane Barra, there is an endless list of fun things to do around here. You can opt to walk the old railway line to Crosshaven, visit the seals near Garnish Island, try out night kayaking on Lough Hyne, or go stargazing at Blackrock Observatory.
You may wish to head to the English Market or on a food tour of Cork city, with endless opportunities to explore the rest of the Emerald Isle.
The public transport network is efficient and punctual. Most places are easily accessible by foot, however, there are coach and railway services if you’re looking to visit surrounding places. There are also some great boat rides around the island.
Statistics, some interesting numbers
Does this English course meet what someone of your age and nationality needs? Check it out by comparing the facts.
- WESTERN EUROPE55 % 55 %
- CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE7 % 7 %
- ASIA AND FAR EAST15 % 15 %
- CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA13 % 13 %
- MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA10% 10%
Here the age groups at the English school in Cork:
- 18-2990 % 90 %
- 30+ 40+ 50+10% 10%
Structure and timetable of English course in Cork
First day in Cork
The first day begins at 08:30 with reception, registration and a short language test. The test is nothing to worry about, it’s specifically designed to put you in a class with other students of a similar level to yours. The test will be followed by a session / welcome speech, the handing out of the teaching calendar and other activities, and possibly lessons.
Welcome Package Tipically, on your first day of English course in Cork students get a welcome package, including a manual with information about Cork, the schedule of classes, some detailed information about your English course in Cork, suggestions for free time activities, a list of extra learning activities, the school regulations and some important contact information including the emergency telephone number of the school (which you can contact 24 hours a day during your entire stay).
Welcome Event On the first day of your course you are invited to a welcome event. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other students on your English course and from the school.
As of your second day, you will start with the regular timetable. For courses of 20 lessons/week, it typically starts at about 09:00 am up until 12:30, with a coffee break in the middle. For courses of 30 lessons/week, the timetable also includes an afternoon session, typically from 13:30 up to 15:00.
NOTE: At certain times (often in the High Season), the school opts for a “Double Banking” time table, this means that your lessons will be held in the morning one day, and in the afternoon the day after. Naturally, the overall amount of lessons you booked will be completed.
Useful information about Cork
Not to be missed!
- The English Market
- Shandon Bells @ St. Anne’s Church
- Try a ‘Beamish’
- Triskel Christchurch
- Railway to Crosshaven
- Blackrock Conservatory
- Fota Wildlife Park
- Blarney Castle
How to get around Cork
The best way to travel lightweight and securely, is to use your mobile and Google Maps to organize your commutes, you probably use it already, but just in case… try it out here: Google maps. Also, in most English speaking countries worldwide you can use private transport services such as Uber and Bolt. Please try them out, you will find the Apps on your mobile App store, most students use these services to commute from and to school, sharing the rides with their class mates.
Cost of living, some examples
- Big Mac Combo Meal €7
- 2 Litres of Coca Cola €2.00
- Cappuccino €2.50
- 1 litre of milk €1.20
- Loaf of bread €1.40
- Lunchtime Menu (+drink) €7-€8
- Cost of sim card €10-€15
- Cinema €10 – €12
- Beer in local pub €4.50