Intensive English Courses
Adult Courses

Intensive English Courses

Intensive English Courses

Why should I choose intensive English?

Our intensive English programme is our general English course plus three hours of private classes. The intensive English programme is a great way to get the individual attention you need to deal with ingrained errors. Private classes are also a great way to learn and practice the specialised vocabulary and/or skills you need for your job.

This, coupled with our General English programme, focussing on improving your reading, writing, speaking, listening and pronunciation, as well as improving on and learning new grammar provides and intensive and rewarding learning experience. A wide range of classes and levels ensures that you will be placed with students of the same ability.

What are the classes like?

Private classes are organised at your convenience – normally on Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons. Depending on your needs we will assign you the teacher who is best able to help you.

Group classes are split into two sessions every day. You’ll have a different teacher for each class. This gives students a chance to experience different accents, different skills and a different teaching style.

Classes at Active Language Learning are taught with a strong focus on real-world communication. In your class, you can expect to have lots of pair and group work, giving you as many opportunities as possible to use the English you are learning. Students at ALL come from all around the world, so you will be able to use your English with people from other cultures.

Teachers like to bring in materials which are interesting for students, such as newspapers, magazines, short videos and even TED talks. At ALL, we believe that the best way to learn is through relevant and up-to-date material. There is also a culture focus in class – you can expect to learn about Irish culture, music and food.

Course Content (Group classes)

Courses at ALL follow a set syllabus so we can ensure that there are no gaps in your learning. Classes have a core text, which you can buy in reception. All of our courses are linked to the Common European Framework, which means that your final level and certificate will be clear and understood throughout Europe. Your teacher will explain the learning outcomes of the course upon your arrival and there are regular assessments to ensure you are keeping up with the class.

Course Content (private classes)

Private classes are all about you! You can talk to your teacher about exactly what you would like to improve and your teacher will design classes to your needs.


Depending on your level and the length of your course, you may change level during your time in the school. Students can change level following advice from their teacher or following a progress test. Students are welcome to talk to the Academic Manager at any time if they feel a class is too easy, or too difficult.

Extra activities

Here at ALL we believe that the best way to improve your English is to use it all the time! With this in mind, we organise social activities every week to create lots of opportunities for students to get together socially to speak English outside the classroom. We have conversation class twice a week, so you can chat with different teachers, as well as students at different levels. We run sports events such as football and rugby afternoons. We also organise different themed school parties so you can chat socially. Cultural excursions are also offered weekly and encouraged as part of the school ethos, where using your newly developing English skills are brought into real practice.

Course statistics

Class Times 09.30 to 11.00 and 11.15 to 12.45
Monday to Friday
20 hours per week
(5 hours of private classes)
Start Date Any Monday
Minimum Stay 1 week
Class Size 12 Max (except high season)
Extras A host of fun social activities
Cultural programme
Advice on exams
Student liaison
Help with securing a student visa
CV Preparation
Banking application facility
Levels Available 6 Levels from A1 (Elementary) to C2 (Proficiency)
Minimum Age 18


We get very good education at school. The school is spacious, clean and has good teaching staff. I would definitely recommend. 🤗


Really good school, very good location, good teachers and team of staffs!


One of the best experiences of my life, without a doubt! Excellent school, great teachers, friendly atmosphere and wonderful people! In addition, Dun Laoghaire is such a unique and fascinating place! It’s been an extremely precious journey and I will always be grateful for this opportunity! Thank you ALL, for everything!