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.
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.
|Decentralised feedback on weekend||Decentralised feedback on homework||Decentralised feedback on homework||Decentralised feedback on homework||Weekly Progress Test|
Decentralised correction / feedback
|Discussion of learning outcomes for the week ahead||Grammar work - future forms||Speaking - role play - finding a flat mate||Listening comprehension - use of futures||Task - a dictionary race, board games|
|Reading Skills - Reading Comprehension - City life & urban myths||Grammar Practice - controlled Gap fill exercise||Grammar - review of future forms (quiz)||Communication Activity - How to agree and disagree||Learner Welfare|
|Speaking Skills - Informal Discussion - Describing your City||Speaking practice - Describing pictures of urban scenes||Vocabulary - Collocations Make and Do||Prepositions of place||Irish life & Culture - songs about emigration|
|Vocabulary - Adjectives to describe environment||Learning Strategies - how to use the SAC effectively||Vocabulary - Binomials||Functional English to achieve a communicate purpose - Being a good Guest - asking for and giving permission||DVD (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 Sport||Role play|
Review for Progress Test
|Discussion about weekend plans|
|Setting learning outcomes||Grammar – use of forms||Speaking – negotiation Planning a Holiday||Listening to media recordings – use of futures||Weekly Progress Test|
|Reading Skills – Reading for Information||Speaking Practice – discussing plans||Grammar - review of future forms (quiz)||Communication Activity – Round the World in 100 Days||Learner Welfare- review progress and negotiation of Can Do statements|
|Vocabulary Range and Control – Accommodation||Listening to Native Speakers – making arrangements||Vocabulary - Collocations Make and Do||Prepositions of place||DVD – Travel to Bhutan|
|Learning Strategies – recording vocabulary||Writing Skills – Giving news in an email||Cultural Awareness – ‘Culture Shock’||Speaking – Sustained Monologue – Travelling Experience||IWB – www.englishpage.com|
What our students say
I stayed in Cork for 5 weeks and it was an awesome time. When I now look back on my time here I can’t find any faults. All the people are really friendly and I had a lot of funny moments. I have a really good class and the people are interested in the subject and it was a new experience every day. My teachers were amazing. Every week we learned new things and it was never boring. The city of Cork is a nice lovely place. The small towns surrounding Cork are pleasant and beautiful, and there are historical places everywhere such as Charlesfort and the Cathedral in Cobh. There are many different and wonderful areas. My host family was perfect, I was just so lucky! It was a magnificent holiday and a life experience.
My overall experience of studying in ACET is really good. In the classrooms I was quite impressed with the teachers and also the students because of their similar interest to learn. I learned many things and many new words, and I also found the additional afternoon classes to be greatly beneficial. The family that hosted me were very patient and they were a pleasure to know and talk to. I had a positive experience in Cork. I saw many new places, spectacular scenery and met people from all over the world. I think that I will be back again