GE + TIE Preparation

General English + TIE Preparation Programme

Unlock confident communication and conquer the Test of Irish English with our dynamic program! Gain a strong foundation in academic English for higher education or professional settings.

Course Description

Our General English + TIE preparation course is designed to meet the standards of an EAQUALS-accredited school. Our course is set against the standards and levels of the CEFR and is intended for students of all levels.
The TIE exam is a learner-centred exam which is designed to recognise and accommodate the needs and interests of each learner whatever their level of English, age, cultural or educational background.
Preparation for the TIE exam is built into the syllabus over a 6-week period.
Rightword aims to promote cultural awareness during the TIE sessions by using authentic Irish materials, such as newspapers and books and speaking about the students’ personal experiences in Ireland.

Key Points

Levels Offered

The “A” Levels – Basic User

Beginner (A0 – A1 on the CEFR) – Learners who have little or no previous experience of English

Elementary (A1 – A2 on the CEFR) – Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and essential phrases. Can make introductions and can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can interact in a simple way.

Pre-Intermediate (A2+ – B1 on the CEFR) – Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks. Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

The “B” Levels – Independent User

Intermediate (B1 – B1+ on the CEFR) – Can maintain interaction and get across what you want in familiar contexts. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Intermediate Plus (B1+ – B2 on the CEFR) – Can maintain interaction in a broader range of contexts and interact with a degree of spontaneity. Can understand some more complex language.

Upper-Intermediate (B2 – B2+ on the CEFR) – Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

The “C” Levels – Proficient User

Advanced (B2+ – C1 on the CEFR) – Can understand various demanding, longer texts and recognise implicit meaning. They can express themself fluently and spontaneously. Can use language flexibility and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

Learner Pathway

All students will take a written and oral placement test before being placed at a suitable level. The teachers and academic team work with students to help them achieve their personal study goals.

Weekly class tests allow teachers and students to monitor progress, and our learner journals empower students to take control of their own learning and self-monitor their development and achievements.

Rightword’s 12-Week Curriculum

Week 1: Begin class and meet SSO
Week 2: Classes and assessment
Week 3: Speaking assessment
Week 4: One-to-one feedback session with the class teacher
Week 5: Practice level test
Week 6: Level change test
Week 7: Classes and assessment
Week 8: Classes and assessment
Week 9: Speaking assessment
Week 10: One-to-one feedback session
Week 11: Practice level test
Week 12: Level change test

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