Erin School of English is situated at the very heart of Dublin, Ireland. Its main purpose of existence is to develop the students’ ability to communicate in English. To speak, listen, read and write, to understand and be understood in the world outside of the classroom.
The desire to communicate and understand is the fundamental reason for all language study. Enabling students to do this requires English to be taught as a living, evolving subject whose meaning is based in context, in the situations in and purposes for which it is used.
Read our interview with Erin School of English’s Director of Operations, Svetlana Vladovitch below:
Please tell us a little bit more about Erin School of English.
Erin School of English team has a good knowledge of language industry as Erin School of English has been helping learners reach their English language potential for 17 years.
The school opened in 2003 with only five classrooms and has now grown to become one of the biggest schools in Dublin with 35-40 classes per day and up to 600 students a day attending class. Last year we taught more than 2800 students in our Dame Street centre in the heart of Dublin. We’re based half way between Trinity College and Dublin Castle in the cultural and educational centre of Dublin.
We’re open year-round and are the English language learning home to students from around the world.
What makes Erin School of English the perfect choice for international students?
We are accredited by ACELS the Irish organisation that monitors and ensures high standards and quality in all their member institutions. All our teaching staff are fully qualified with a primary degree and a full-time English language teaching qualification.
What kind of English learning programmes do you offer?
We offer general English (including exam preparation) and one-to-one classes from A1 (beginner) to C2 (proficiency).
Your goal as a school is not for students to have learned a set of grammar items but to be able to express their thoughts in English as they do in their own language. How do you achieve this?
We run professional development training sessions for all our teachers throughout the year to maintain and develop our teaching standards to the highest levels. Erin is a pre-testing centre for both Cambridge and IELTS exams so our students have the opportunity to take a free practice test under full exam conditions providing them with invaluable preparation for their end of course exam.
What channels do you use to promote your school internationally?
Partnerships with the agencies and online marketing.
Do you think having a network of education agents is important for your school?
Yes as 99% of our bookings come from our partners/agencies.
Why do you think after‐class activities are vital for your Social Programme?
We offer a full social programme with daily cultural, social and academic activities including visits to museums, student parties and extra vocabulary, exam and conversation classes. All students are welcome and encouraged to join in and make the most of their learning experience with us.
What are Erin School’s vision for the future and development plans related to uncovering new recruitment markets and on the other hand including new interesting programmes within the courses portfolio?
Targeting Asian markets and increasing portfolio of the agencies for our junior programmes.