General (Cambridge) English

General (Cambridge) English

No matter what your current level of English, we have a course for you.

Before you start a course at the English Academy you will be required to do a level assessment test. Based on your score in this test you will be placed in one of the levels set out below.


Elementary (Alte Level Break Through. CEFR A1)

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Pre-intermediate (Alte Level 1. CEFR A2) Cambridge KET

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Intermediate (Alte Level 2. CEFR B1) Cambridge PET

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.

Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Upper-intermediate (Alte Level 3. CEFR B2) Cambridge FCE

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


Advanced (Alte Level 4. CEFR C1) Cambridge CAE

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices


Proficiency (Alte Level 5. CEFR C2) Cambridge CPE

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.

Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Then, on the first few days of your course, all your language skills will be reassessed by your experienced teacher, who will look carefully at how you communicate and interact in English with your classmates.

Throughout your course, your progress will be constantly monitored and fed back to you. As soon as you have made the necessary improvement you will be invited to join studies at the next level.

Cambridge English is everyday English. It improves your overall English for everyday living and working in any English-speaking country. All our courses have an equal mix of all skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), as well as grammar and vocabulary.

Prices & Times

Adult Full-time Courses Monday to Friday (15 hours per week)
Weeks* Morning (09:30 - 12:45) Afternoon (13:45 to 17:00)
1 Week €125 €125
4 Weeks €350 €300
8 Weeks €675 €575
12 Weeks €995 €850
26 Weeks* €2,000 €1,800
36 Weeks €2,200 €2,000
50 Weeks €2,500 €2,300
* Since April 2011 non-EEA (outside Europe) students are only permitted to study morning or afternoon time until 5pm under Irish Immigration rules. Morning and afternoon classes are for 5 days/15 hours per week. Night classes are for EU/EEA students only and are held over 2 nights/6 hours per week. The prices above do not allow for extra holidays or extended visas at the end of the course listed. Academic year courses are available on request. From the 1st October 2015, Academic year courses consist of 26 weeks of class followed by 12 weeks of holidays (8 month visa). Prices include insurance for non-EEA students. Please contact us for full details.