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Erin School of English Policies and English Exams

Erin School of English Policies

Erin School of English is a progressive, English foreign language learning institution. We are dedicated to providing a first class education in English, using materials, methods and skills relevant to today’s globalised society.

We are committed to raising the teaching standard, evolving our programmes to cater for student’s needs and requirements, whether in General English, FCE/CAE ESOL and IELTS exams.

We work with other institutions and regulatory organisations to ensure that our school is on the front line of second language acquisition innovations. We are fully compliant with ACELS, the regulatory body for English schools in Ireland.

As teachers and staff, we constantly strive for the best possible learning outcomes for each and every student. Through workshops, meetings, evaluation and feedback, we try to always move forward and this process leaves our school in a unique position.

Our syllabus is based on the European Framework ‘can do’ tasks,  and the approaches we use means that students are constantly engaged and challenged in a relaxed, fun environment.

The philosophy of Erin School is that we are a learning organisation, evolving to meet the challenges of an ever changing language learning world.   

Attendance

  • Students are not allowed join the class 15 minutes after class starts or leave more than 15 minutes before the end.
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum attendance record of 85%
  • Students who miss 5 days of school are issued with a warning and must explain their absence.
  • Non-EU students are required to attend classes every day. If your attendance is below 75% you will be reported to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and you will not be allowed enter the class.
  • If your name has been removed from the current list of students at Erin School of English you must contact reception and pay a registration fee of €20 to re-register to the classes.
  • Attendance records will not be altered in any way.
  • Student sick leave can only be approved with a medical certificate.

If you are 15 minutes late you will not get into class and you will be marked absent for the day. Any student who does not come to school for more than 3 weeks will be reported to the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau). Non-EU students on a 25-week programme are allowed take holidays during 1st June – 30th September and 15th December – 15th January if you have completed 8 weeks of classes before beginning your holiday. Holidays must be agreed and approved in advance by administration only, subject to an administration fee of €20. Class time is added at the end of the course for approved holidays only.

Please note that any students with a low record of attendance (less than 75%) will not be issued with supporting student letters and will be reported to GNIB.

Studying At Erin School of English

All students must complete the online placement test 2 weeks before arrival, failure to complete the online test may result in the start of your classes being delayed. Your class takes place from Monday to Friday.  All students must have a copy of the class textbook that is being used in class so you can study at home. Books are taken on loan from the school at the price of 35 euro (non-refundable). If the textbook is kept in good condition (no writing, water spills, etc) the school will exchange it for you when you change the level or class. All books must be returned to the school at the end of the course in the same condition the book was provided in.

 

Classes include studying grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation as well as skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening. They are mapped against ‘can-do’ statements from the Common European Framework of Languages (CEFR). Our goal is to improve your communicative competence in English i.e. to improve both your language skills and social knowledge of how to use English appropriately.

Your teacher has a university Degree and a QQI recognized EFL qualification.

Exams

Non-EU students on a 25-week programme are obliged to take an external English exam such as Cambridge / IELTS/ TIE before completion of the course. Your teacher / the Director of Studies can advise you on the best exam for you to take.

The exam fees must be paid by the student at the start of the course if they were not paid at the time of booking.

Exam fees are as follows: TIE – €100, IELTS – €195, Cambridge €140 – €200 depending on level.

Your classes prepare you for exams. Also, we run mock exams every 4 weeks. The school will assist you with exam bookings as requested and it is your responsibility to attend the exam.

Immigration will be advised about any students who do not sit a recognised English exam.

 

Customer Service

Reception is open from 09.00 – 17.00 to deal with questions and queries. Alternatively you can contact us by email on info@erin-school.com, via skype ID studyaterin or by making an appointment with our Director of Studies at http://erinschoolofenglish.com/appointments/.

Complaints Procedures

We do our best to ensure that you are happy with get the level of service that you deserve; however, there may be times when you are not completely happy with the service you are getting. If you have concerns about your class, please talk to your teacher.  If you are unhappy with your course / the school, please make an appointment to speak to our Director of Studies at http://erinschoolofenglish.com/appointments/.

Administration

Every student is provided with a set of student letters upon arrival (student letter, bank letter, PPS letter, Garda letter, letter for the student card). Any extra or additional letters are subject to a charge of €2. Please request the letters via email on info@erin-school.com.

Classroom Behaviour

There are many different cultures and people in the world and in the classroom.  One student’s views might not match another student’s views and we must all accept this.

Food/drinks/mobile phones are not permitted in class. If you are expecting an urgent call ask the teachers permission first.

Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the building.  Anyone caught smoking will be asked to leave the building and his or her attendance for that day erased.

Do not leave valuables in the classroom.  Keep your wallet and with you at all times. Erin School of English accepts no responsibility for items lost or damaged.

Students with abusive behaviour will be reported to the Garda.

If the teacher asks you to be quiet or leave the room because of your behaviour, you will leave immediately and speak to the Director of Studies / Assistant Director of Studies.

Loud, threatening students will not be tolerated in this school. Consistent bad behaviour will lead to a warning which will be followed with a letter of warning if behaviour does not improve. If the student still does not behave he or she will be expelled from the school.

Public Holidays

The school is closed for all Irish Bank Holidays.  If your course corresponds with a national holiday you will not be entitled to any refunds or extra lessons. The school is closed for a Christmas break and New Year holidays from 18.12.2015 to 18.01.2016.

The school reserves the right to change the above policies as necessary, or on the advice of local authorities / accrediting bodies.

Learner Protection Policy

Learner Protection Insurance is compulsory for all students studying in Ireland, it is part of the legislation covering English language schools who take non-EU students in Ireland.  Every student must purchase learner protection insurance, Erin School offers this insurance through O’Driscoll O’Neill at a cost of 100 euro.

Your course fees are not used by Erin School of English until you begin your course.  If, for any reason, Erin School of English is not able to offer you your complete course of classes you will receive a refund for the classes you have not received.  This policy applies only in the case of Erin School being unable to provide you with classes.

 

Erin School of English is an approved Cambridge and IELTS Practice Test Centre.

 The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. IELTS test takers can choose between two versions of the test – IELTS Academic measures the English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. Exams are held three times per month.  Please check the exam dates following the link.

Cambridge English exams are designed to assess how learners use English to communicate in real-life situations. All Cambridge Exams are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages helping learners find the most suitable exam for you, depending on your level.  Exams are held once a month. Please check the exam dates following the link.

The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an international EFL exam developed in Ireland by a group of Irish English language professionals under the aegis of the Advisory Council for English Language Schools (ACELS) www.acels.ie, a government agency responsible for quality assurance in English language teaching. TIE assesses your levels of written and spoken English and separate grades are awarded for each part of the test.Tie exam can be booked with a 2 week notice.

Recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT).

               
           

Erin School of English has approval to offer students learner protection insurance, Learner Protection insurance is only in place when each student receives their certificate.
 

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Tel: 00 353 1 878 3684 | E-mail: info@erin-school.com