Welcome to Erin School of English
We are delighted that you have chosen to study with us. Our school opened in 2003 and since then we have met many interesting people from different parts of the world. Your class takes place from Monday – Friday. The schedule is 09.00 – 12.15 or 12.45 – 16.00. The following policies are important, if you have any questions please ask us
Attending school is very important. If you have a student visa you must come to school every day to achieve an attendance record of 85% or higher. Please advise the school if you are unable to come to class on time (via email at [email protected]). Attendance records will not be altered in any way and the Director of Studies will deal with all attendance appeals. Student sick leave can only be approved with a medical certificate. No attendance records can be amended once the course has finished.
Any student who is late for class or who leaves early will not receive attendance for that day. Students can be up to 15 minutes late or leave 15 minutes early only in an emergency. Attending work is not considered an emergency and students who are late on a regular basis will not receive attendance for those days.
Any student whose attendance falls below 75% or who does not attend school for more than three weeks will be removed from the class lists and reported to the GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau). Students may re-register for classes after being removed from the class lists at a cost of 20 euro. Students who have been removed from the class list for the third time will be expelled from the school and reported to immigration. Students may appeal this decision in writing within five working days.
The appeal will take the form of a meeting with the Director of Studies. Students may bring a witness and/or translator to the appeal meeting. The result of the appeal will be communicated to the student within five working days and is final. For further details see our International Student Policies (available in school and on our website).
Please be aware that Erin School of English takes attendance very seriously and that any attempt to falsify attendance, by submitting a false medical certificate for example, may result in immediate expulsion from the school.
Non-EU students on a 25-week programme are allowed to take holidays during the periods 1st June-30th September and 15th December-15th January. Students must have completed a minimum of 8 weeks of their course before taking any holidays. Holidays must be booked with reception subject to an administration fee of 20 euro. Classes will be added to a student’s course only in respect of approved holidays.
Every student will be issued with a student card. Students must bring either this card or a clear picture of it to class each day so that it can be scanned for attendance.
You can check your attendance, course dates, exam bookings and test results as well as requesting any letters you need using your personal Erin School profile. You will receive an email with the link, username and password you need to access your profile once you begin your course.
STUDYING AT ERIN SCHOOL OF ENGLISH
All students must complete the online placement test four weeks before arrival and attend a speaking test on the first day of their course. Failure to complete the placement 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, books are taken on loan from the school at the price of 45 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 level or class. All books must be returned to the school at the end of the course in the same condition as the book was provided in. Any student who does not return their book will not be provided with any exit letters.
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.
BOOK EXCHANGE POLICY
Erin School of English will provide students with a copy of the coursebook and agree to exchange it if the student changes classes for the duration of their course at the cost of 45 euro. Books must be kept in good condition (no writing, spills, etc.) and returned at the end of the course. I understand that I must keep my book in good condition or it will not be exchanged, and that I must return the book at the end of my course.
It is very important to everyone here at Erin School of English that our school is the best that it can be. We are continuously working to improve so that all of our students get the most out of their time here. Your views are important to us and during your time here at Erin School you may be asked to come to a feedback meeting to share your ideas on what and how we can do things better. By signing this policy you agree to attend any feedback meeting you are invited to. You can also share your suggestions by completing one of the feedback forms kept at the seating area outside reception and in the student room.
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.
Non-EU students on a 25-week programme must sit a recognised English exam such as TIE, IELTS or Cambridge by the completion of their course. Every student must pay the exam fee at the start of the course if it was not paid at the time of booking.
Letters to obtain a student visa will be issued to non-EU students who have paid for their exam in full only. All students are automatically booked to take TIE (Test of Interactive English). Your teacher / the Director of Studies can advise you on the best exam for you to take. Exam fees are as follows: TIE – €120, IELTS – €200, Cambridge €140 – €200 depending on the level (plus €20 Administration Fee). Your classes prepare you for the exams. The school will assist you with exam bookings as requested and it is your responsibility to attend the exam. Non-EU students on a 25-week programme will only receive an exit letter from Erin School of English when they have completed their end-of-course exam. If students do not complete a recognized end-of-course exam then they have failed to complete their English course and cannot receive an exit letter.
By signing this form you are granting us full rights to use your images resulting from Erin School of English photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the Business aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.
Reception is open from 09.00 – 17.00 to deal with questions and queries. Alternatively you can contact us by email on [email protected]
We do our best to ensure that you 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 or your studies your teacher will be happy to advise you. If you are unhappy with your course / the school, please make an appointment to speak to our Director of Studies at [email protected]
Please see our Complaints policy on the school website, school noticeboards or at reception for more details.
If you have any problems not related to your studies our pastoral care officer Diana Kasperska is here to help. You can contact her at reception. If you feel unwell while in school there is a first aid kit at reception and we have a number of staff who are trained first aiders: Svetlana Vladovitch, Stacey Pope and Noel Mahon. If you need to see a doctor we recommend the Dame Street Medical Centre 01 679 0754.
Every student who has booked an exam is provided with a set of student letters. Any extra or additional letters are subject to a charge of €2. Please request the letters via email to [email protected]
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. 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 belongings with you at all times. ErinSchool 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.
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
19.12.2020 to 03.01.2021. The school reserves the right to change, amend, modify or suspend all or any part of the services at any time without notice. All prices are subject to change without notice.