General English Courses
What is General English?
General English Courses are our most popular programmes for learners who want to improve their practical English for everyday communication.
General English courses will suit you, whatever your personal learning goals are. Whether you want English for study, work or pleasure, this course will help you. Learning General English in Ireland will mean you have time to enjoy the social and cultural activities here at the Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) and to explore our lovely city of Galway.
What General English courses are available?
Whether you want general English courses in Ireland for a short period of time or for a year stay, whether you want to study in the afternoon, the morning, or for full days, we have what you need. The choice is yours - we want to help you get the English skills you need in the best way for you.
Here are the different course options that you can choose from, either morning or afternoon alone.
The General English Courses are our most popular English language courses. You can choose between 20, 26 or 30 lessons per week.
From €215Read more
General English Summer
General English Summer
The Summer English courses are available during the summer months only and the lessons take place during the afternoon only.
From €185Read more
Study English Abroad
Study English Abroad
The SAY programme is specifically designed for non-EEA students. These are long stay General English courses which run for a total of 33 weeks with the option of taking 20, 26 or 30 lessons per week.
From €3150Read more
You have three General English courses to choose from: 20, 26 or 30 lessons per week. Our shortest course is 2 weeks and there is no maximum number of weeks as you will progress through the levels the longer you study!
The Summer English courses are available during the summer months only and the lessons take place during the afternoon only. The Summer General English courses are the ideal option for students on a tight budget who see English lessons in Ireland as a good way of exploring our country’s natural beauty.
The Study Abroad Year is specifically designed for non-EEA students. These are long stay General English programmes and the course seeks to develop your skills and fluency in English while enjoying a unique experience of living and studying in Galway.
Read our blog to find our how you can Improve your English by taking an English Course.
Why should I take General English?
Your General English course offers you the ultimate in flexibility because you can start your learning journey in Galway on any Monday of the year. During your course you will:
- Build your English vocabulary and grammar
- Improve your reading, writing, listening & speaking skills
- Use contemporary and engaging class materials
- Have free access to extra study materials, facilities & supports
- Access to our online guides to help you get the most from your stay
- Participate in our school social activity programme
- Explore the beautiful city of Galway
- Receive an end of course certificate
What extra support will I receive?
Here at GCI, we have 30 years’ experience helping students to achieve high levels of English. Some students will achieve this through General English pathway while others may decide to select an examination course. Want to know more about English courses and exams?
Our spacious, bright and modern building has the very best study facilities, with our extensive library and study spaces. You will be able to access extra study resources and get study advice from a teacher who works in the library every afternoon.
What exactly will I study on General English courses in Ireland?
Here at GCI, we use only the most modern and up-to-date materials and our course book choice reflects this. Your course is structured around an excellent 12-week syllabus, linked to the Common European Framework (CEFR) 'Can Do Statements'.
Of course, our experienced teachers make changes depending on what their students need, and they will introduce you to additional materials as appropriate. Scroll down here for a sample timetable.
In GCI, we have a test every Friday morning to monitor your progress to see if your level has changed or your English lessons in Ireland need more focus on certain language areas. You also have regular feedback sessions with your teacher to discuss and analyse your progress.
Homework is part of your learning and your teachers will give this every day. You can also use our library resources if you wish to do extra study or to read - there is a teacher in the library in the afternoons who can help you find what you need or explain any difficult vocabulary or grammar for you.
When you arrive, you will be given your own course book, which you will use every day in your English lessons and for some of your home study tasks.
You will have two different teachers who will help you to develop your English skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening, in addition to your language skills: grammar, vocabulary and communication. You will have lots of opportunities for practice in your groups and will meet new people from all over the world!
Why should I choose English courses in Ireland? Why should I come to Galway to learn English in Ireland?
English courses in Ireland can help you achieve real fluency while experiencing life in Galway city. You’ll love it here – Galway is the most vibrant and lively city in Ireland with endless things to do – this is why Galway is the European Capital of Culture 2020. It’s a fantastic, friendly city with so much to do – look at our Galway Guides to see for yourself!
Here at the Galway Cultural Institute (GCI) our English language courses are for international students, and we have over 30 years of experience in making sure you have a great time and learn well.
You will be in multinational classes with other motivated learners from all over the world who are at the same level as you. These diverse classes are the perfect environment to boost your English level and prepare you for real-world English communication. General English lessons cover a wide range of topics with contemporary and global content.
Imagine being able to communicate freely and confidently in English! We can help you - and we can’t wait to meet you!