English Courses

General English Course

The General English course is the most popular and in demand course at Castleforbes College. Structured to provide the fundamental basis for the learning of written and spoken language, it offers the knowledge to improve the fluency of English in any situation you are involved in.

The General English course will also teach you the idioms and colloquial terms used in everyday Irish culture, improving your communication skills to make you more fluent. This process will be realised through fun and exciting lessons combined with the use of varied textbooks, audio and video recordings and group activities amongst students.

The General English Course is focused on the learning of the following skills:

  • Reading: work with texts, news, articles, songs, etc

  • Writing: write multiple essays or pieces of text to practice your written language

  • Speaking: speak with people from all over the world about popular topics

  • Listening: train your ears with native teachers, videos, audios and of course, your classmates

General English Courses - Student 2

Course Details

Level of English: from Elementary to Advanced

Start dates: every Monday

Timetable(Monday to Friday): Morning classes 9:00 - 12:15, Afternoon classes 13:45- 17:00

Classrooms: maximum 15 students


Cambridge First Certificate in English – FCE

First Certificate in English
What is FCE?

The Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) represents the third level examination of the “Cambridge in English for Speakers of Other Languages” classification, better known as ESOL. It has been associated to the level B2 from the Common Framework for European languages, and it is evaluated as Upper-Intermediate exam.

What is the aim of FCE?

FCE is aimed at all students who have an appropriate knowledge of the English language and who are capable of adapting it to the different situations of normal life, from work to study. The positive result of the FCE, will demonstrate how the candidates are able to handle a large vocabulary, supporting relevant arguments and choose the appropriate tone of the conversation depending on the context .

Why take the FCE?

It is recognized as an official certification of English language proficiency at an Upper Intermediate level. Moreover it is considered as an essential requirement for the most of the Universities and Educational Institutions in Europe.

Cambridge FCE Structure and Exam Breakdown

Cambridge English First (FCE) is a test of all areas of language ability. The updated exam is made up of four papers developed to test your English language skills. The Speaking test is taken face to face, with two candidates and two examiners, to create a more realistic and reliable measure of your ability to use English to communicate.

Reading and Use of English - 1 hour 15 minutes

Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction, newspapers and magazines. Tests your use of English with tasks that show how well you can control your grammar and vocabulary.

Writing - 1 hour 20 minutes

Requires you to be able to produce two different pieces of writing, such as letters, reports, reviews and essays.

Listening - 40 minutes

Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as news programmes, presentations and everyday conversations.

Speaking - 14 minutes per pair of candidates

Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations. You will take the Speaking test with one or two other candidates.

To know more, access the FCE website.

FCE Exam Registration

The FCE exams are held on a monthly basis, and if interested, Castleforbes College will provide you with all the useful information for the exam registration. All FCE exams are arranged in external certified centres located in Dublin.

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year. 


  • Understand the test format!

    Familiarize yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section.

  • Practice with sample test questions

  • Official IELTS practice materials

  • Consider a preparation course

  • Register as soon as possible

    Registration Fee: € 200

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One-to-One Learning

Castleforbes College offers private one-to-one tuition for all students interested in improving their English more rapidly or looking for particular needs such as interviewing or Business English. Each lesson is specifically tailored to the student's request and to the subjects they are interested in improving or developing. If your goal is to improve your grammar, enrich the vocabulary or further develop your communication skills, this is the perfect course for your needs.

  • The price for the private one to one tuition is € 50/h.

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