Quality is the core of what we do at Active Language Learning. Our focus is on practical classes where students learn to use real-world English. Our teachers are highly qualified, with a wide range of native speaker accents from Ireland and the UK. All of our teachers have many years’ experience teaching English.
We have a very simple philosophy at ALL. We want our students to learn real-life English and to be able to communicate naturally and fluently. Group classes in the school have a strong speaking focus, and even when studying grammar, students will have lots of opportunities to use their English to talk to each other. In the afternoons, we offer a number of extra activities to help students to continue using what they have learned in class. We have conversation class, movie afternoons, trips to local sights, fish and chips nights, and more. These activities help students to practice their English, and they also help to make new friends.
Our courses are recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching (ELT). We are also accredited members of Eaquals, a European organisation which advocates and provides training for quality language schools. ALL is also a founder member of MEI (Marketing English in Ireland).
Located in the lovely coastal town of Dun Laoghaire Ireland, just 15 minutes from the Dublin city centre, we provide a wide range of programmes with our excellent facilities and experienced qualified trainers.
Dun Laoghaire is an ideal town to study in – it is close to the city centre but it has a relaxed atmosphere. Unlike the city centre, Dun Laoghaire is a residential area, which means we have lots of host family accommodation near to the school. On the second floor of the school is a lovely student lounge and sun terrace where students can relax while enjoying the view of Dublin bay.
OUR MISSION IS:
- To create a friendly and stimulating atmosphere.
- To enable our students to develop and improve their English language skills.
- To increase personal confidence in their use of English.
- To offer courses of a high academic quality.
- To offer an extensive educational and cultural programme.
- To enable, encourage and respect our teaching staff’s continuous enhancement of their teaching and methodology skills.
- To provide a professional, reliable and honest working and learning environment for all.
- To provide a safe, relaxed working and learning environment to all.
The school is situated in Dun Laoghaire (pronounced ‘Don Liri’) a charming seaside suburban town only 15 minutes by local train from Dublin city centre. There are plenty of small local shops, cafes and pubs where you can sit and enjoy the sea views at all times. Also, Dun Laoghaire is one of the only Dublin suburbs to include both a cinema and a theatre as part of its many attractions. The town also boasts Ireland’s largest, state of the art – and brand new – public library, situated in an adventurous new building with an innovative design. Here, students can use the facilities to study, use free Wi-Fi and read daily papers and magazines just two minutes from the school.
Staying in Dun Laoghaire, you have all the benefits of a small town with Dublin very close by. Trains go to the city every 10-15 minutes. In Dublin city, students can enjoy the wealth of museums and shops of a capital city as well as the, now proven, world famous Irish hospitality.
Our host families are all experienced and very welcoming and all live within the local area and in many cases students can walk to school.
OWNERSHIP AND EXPERIENCE
Active Language Learning is a family run business with 30 years’ experience in the EFL market. Kay Mahon started the business in 1989 and is joined by her son Kieron and both strongly believe that their wealth of experience as a language school and their attention to detail allows them to help every student achieve their potential.
ALL is a founding member of Marketing English in Ireland, MEI, and is recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language teaching.
The school is purpose built and is situated in the centre of Dun Laoghaire in two large, period houses which have been extended. Inside, the school is modern and well equipped. We have 15 classrooms, a computer room, a library, a study area and free wifi available throughout the building.
The school has a large student lounge where students are offered tea, coffee and snacks. It opens onto a rooftop terrace where students can relax while looking out onto Dublin bay. Most importantly there is a welcoming reception where students can liaise with all school departments at all times.
FREE ACADEMIC HELP AND SUPPORT
Your progress during your course is our top priority, and we offer a number of extras to help you achieve the level of English you need. Our free conversation classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays help students to improve their speaking fluency and to meet and spend time with students in different classes. The more other students you meet, the more chances you will have to improve your English.
School's academic manager is available twice a week to talk about your progress in class and to advise you on extra activities you can do to improve your English. For students about to undertake Cambridge and IELTS exams, we offer a practice exam correction service where you can get advice on your strong and weak points.
Our experienced, qualified teachers come from the four corners of Ireland and have years of experience as language teachers.
We here at ALL are proud of our long-standing reputation in Dublin for providing high-quality classes in a supportive, helpful environment. With almost 30 years’ experience as an English language school, we feel we have the skills and resources to provide students with a top quality experience.
78 / 79 Upper George’s Street are two period buildings which have been beautifully restored and opened into one interconnecting English Language Centre. With over 6000 square feet of space the now purpose built school offers a unique blend of size and use.
The two houses hosted several different capacities in their 120 years or so. From upmarket separate private houses for wealthy owners to high end 5 star restaurants. More recently it was also used for IT companies and also a Medical research center. In the early part of the 20 century the two house were actually a school for 3rd level students who studied Technical Drawing and Draftsmanship.
In 2004 Active Language Learning took over the two buildings and again upgraded to the superb purpose built modern academic facility it is today.
The facilities included in the centre are as follows: Warm and welcoming reception, Administration office, Staff room, Ladies & Gents facilities on each of the three floors, Lift, Car park, Bright and airy fully equipped classrooms, Canteen, Terrace with panoramic views of Dublin Bay, Computer room, Free Internet access, WiFi throughout the building, Study Centre and Library.
- Everything Within Walking Distance
Also surrounding the building and all within walking distance are the following facilities: shops, shopping centres X 2, cafes, restaurants, parks, cinema, theater, metro stations X 2, tourist office, ferry port, 13 local and city bus services, sailing, golf, walks.