The Competitive Edge: Mastering English As A Foreign Language (EFL)

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Did you know that having English language skills can give you the competitive edge in career choices? EFL (English as a Foreign Language) part-time courses are available countrywide. The ELF course aims to prepare students for examination leading to a Higher Certificate. It’s not just about ease of communication, learning English as a foreign language in Ireland means gaining an understanding of it’s culture too.

The English language is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the majority of EU countries.  It is the official language in Ireland and the UK.   For job seekers who want work in Ireland, having a good grasp of the English language is a necessity. Taking a structured class in learning English can help boost your employability and gain certification in the language.

Ireland is a popular destination for those interested in learning English. Whether you want to improve your everyday language skills, learn as a beginner or work towards certification, there is an EFL course available in Ireland to suit your needs.

EFL Courses

One of the most popular EFL classes in Ireland is General English and is available for every level, beginner through advanced. This course is perfect for learners who want to learn the language and improve their written and spoken skills. Students complete regular testing throughout the course to ensure they placed in the right class for their abilities. Also, instructors closely monitor and measure a student’s developing skills via one on one interaction.

There are also intensive English courses available for more advanced learners or for those who want to learn the language quickly. This course is recommended for those who already have a grasp on basic grammar. This course would be ideal for executives who want to improve their language skills in a short space of time.

Most language schools also offer preparatory programmes for students who wish to sit major English language exams, such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity College London.

Classroom learning environments

The majority of EFL courses on offer allow students to choose from a range of flexible learning options, with a mix of classroom/distance or online learning environments. For students who choose a classroom-based learning environment, they can benefit from the interaction with fellow students.

Furthermore, peer learning environments can help students feel more comfortable and open when interacting with a new language. It can help to reinforce active learning, which is particularly useful when learning a language skill.

What will you learn with EFL & TEFL?

Qualified language teachers set clear learning objectives from the beginning. General English courses aim to develop a student’s speaking, pronunciation, grammar and listening skills. For example, textbooks, videos and grouped activities are all used to help students practice and understand how it is spoken by natives.

Additionally, audio recordings are provided enabling students to listen to course material in their own time. Listening comprehension is one of the hardest parts of learning any foreign language. Therefore, listening to audio recordings in a car, at home or out for a walk are excellent ways to reinforce language skills.

The advanced and intensive classes will help students to improve their efficiency in written skills with a focus on business and academic written communication. In addition to developing their oral competency and enhancing their listening skills.

Why learn English as a foreign language?

Whether you want to work, study or live in Ireland you must be capable of holding a conversation in English and have adequate written abilities.

Irish colleges and universities have specific English language requirements for EEA and non-EEA students who wish to study in Ireland. The most commonly recognized language exam in Ireland is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

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Laura Molloy

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