ACET offers learner-centred courses to develop communication skills and learning strategies. Client progress is regularly monitored by our Academic Manager, who also provides advice and guidance whenever necessary.

ACET levels

At ACET you can study from level A1 to C2 and it generally takes 200 hours of study to advance to the next level, as indicated in the chart below. This is a guideline only and depends on many factors such as your background, intensity of your study, your age and the amount of study and exposure outside of lesson times.  If your time is limited, join the intensive course to progress 25% faster. Our objective is to ensure you improve and achieve your learning goals and while studying at ACET your progress is monitored in a number of coherent ways:


  • Weekly progress test.
  • Overall communicative competence grade.
  • End of level test.
  • Weekly can do statements.
  • One-to-one tutor feedback.
Acet Levels Diagram
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Decentralised feedback on weekendDecentralised feedback on homeworkDecentralised feedback on homeworkDecentralised feedback on homeworkWeekly Progress Test
Decentralised correction / feedback
Discussion of learning outcomes for the week aheadGrammar work - future formsSpeaking - role play - finding a flat mateListening comprehension - use of futuresTask - a dictionary race, board games
Reading Skills - Reading Comprehension - City life & urban mythsGrammar Practice - controlled Gap fill exerciseGrammar - review of future forms (quiz)Communication Activity - How to agree and disagreeLearner Welfare
Speaking Skills - Informal Discussion - Describing your CitySpeaking practice - Describing pictures of urban scenesVocabulary - Collocations Make and DoPrepositions of placeIrish life & Culture - songs about emigration
Vocabulary - Adjectives to describe environmentLearning Strategies - how to use the SAC effectivelyVocabulary - BinomialsFunctional English to achieve a communicate purpose - Being a good Guest - asking for and giving permissionDVD (Total English) Dream Holidays - audio visual reception and discussion
Listening to media and recordings - urban legends
Writing Production - a postcard (describing weather and city)
Pronunciation work - word linking and intonation of lists
Reading comprehension - An alternative lifestyle - multiple matching
Cultural Awareness - Irish SportRole play
Review for Progress Test
Discussion about weekend plans
Setting learning outcomesGrammar – use of formsSpeaking – negotiation Planning a HolidayListening to media recordings – use of futuresWeekly Progress Test
Reading Skills – Reading for InformationSpeaking Practice – discussing plansGrammar - review of future forms (quiz)Communication Activity – Round the World in 100 DaysLearner Welfare- review progress and negotiation of Can Do statements
Vocabulary Range and Control – AccommodationListening to Native Speakers – making arrangementsVocabulary - Collocations Make and DoPrepositions of placeDVD – Travel to Bhutan
Learning Strategies – recording vocabularyWriting Skills – Giving news in an emailCultural Awareness – ‘Culture Shock’Speaking – Sustained Monologue – Travelling ExperienceIWB –

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