If you wish to learn English in Ireland, here at the Galway Cultural Institute we recognise the importance of English language skills in both everyday life and to improve your career prospects.
If you’re thinking of improving your English and want to learn English in Ireland or take a General English course online, we offer a wide range of English courses and modules in Ireland to achieve the results in English language fluency and general English grammar you need for your future success.
From excellent, immersive courses where you can enjoy the wonderful city of Galway in summer, to relaxed yet informative evening classes where you will learn General English, Galway Cultural Institute in Ireland offers you the perfect opportunity to take that next step in your English language journey.
The city of Galway and its people are incredibly welcoming and love to meet and communicate with others. Learning English in Ireland means you will always have the chance to chat with locals, listen about their lives, and practise everything you will learn at the Institute.
What is General English: Definition
You can also think of ‘general English’ as ‘ordinary English’. General English is a core level of competence in the language – it will mean you can talk in English and maintain a conversation with someone in English while in work or social environments.
When you are proficient in General English and general English grammar you will be comfortable speaking the language, possess good pronunciation, have a reasonable vocabulary level and be able to communicate in most everyday situations.
Proficiency in General English doesn’t mean you will be able to talk about specialist subjects or be fluent enough to discuss extremely technical topics. It does, however, equip you with a solid foundation in the language that you can build on to further your personal goals and career prospects.
Why is taking a General English course beneficial for my career?
English is the world’s common language. Lots of countries are English-speaking, while many industries and professions around the globe use it as their designated language. English is also the official language of the European Union, in spite of the United Kingdom having left the EU, and it’s also an official language in Ireland and Malta.
So is taking a General English course beneficial for your career prospects? Absolutely. Knowledge of English – even at a very basic level – is seen by employers as one of the most important skills you can have.
Even in your own language, excellent communication skills and the ability to express yourself orally and in writing are seen as essential. If you can do the same in English then your career prospects are vastly improved.
We live in a multicultural, globalised society where job opportunities can be found all over the world. If you are proficient in English – the lingua franca of businesses and companies from the United States to Hong Kong – your chances at getting one of these jobs is greatly improved.
What does a General English course usually include?
With a General English language course you will learn about the four skill areas that are fundamental to progressing with the language – reading, listening, writing and, of course, speaking. Beyond this you will develop proficiency with general English grammar, spelling, pronunciation and English vocabulary.
Reading and listening are the two ‘Receptive Skills’, where you will ‘receive’ English input and need to process then understand it. The two ‘Productive Skills’ (also known as ‘Active Skills’) in English are speaking and writing, because they require you to ‘produce’ language.
Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) has a choice of daytime General English courses and General English evening courses to suit your needs. The learning framework we provide enables you to improve your practical English for everyday communication. It also gives you a solid foundation on which to build your English language knowledge, should you wish to move on to more in-depth and specialised English courses.