In order to communicate and collaborate effectively with other nationalities in life, Future Learning recognise that a full range of skills are required, both during employment and studies.
The Future Learning English teaching approach is different, innovative and exciting. Future Learning’s (FL) approach to education develops much more than language for their students. The Ireland-based language school has successfully taught English to multitudes of people- perhaps it would be worthwhile joining them?
FL focuses on developing communication, collaboration and computer technology skills along with creativity, cultural understanding and subject knowledge. In order to communicate and collaborate effectively with other nationalities in life, Future Learning recognise that a full range of skills are required for both employment and studies.
If you would like to learn English, then please fill in the form below.
New Style of Education
Future Learning have developed a programme built around projects drawn from history, geography, science, arts, business, sociology and computer science; the idea being that learners benefit from being exposed to the language they are learning in the context of different subject areas across their school curriculum, not just in dedicated English classes.
FL’s approach to English language teaching is to focus on real-world oral and written communication tasks. The teacher’s role is to support the students as they work to complete these tasks by helping them to bridge the gaps in their language knowledge and provide group and individual feedback on their work in progress and the motivation to improve it as it will be published or presented to others.
This style is in contrast to traditional language education in which the entire class is assumed to have the same language level and learning needs, which is rarely the case. Moreover, language, in order to be learned effectively, has to become reflexive and instinctual - the traditional method of language learning usually focuses more on rote method and remembering vocabulary. While this can be useful in learning word definitions, it does not necessarily translate well into learning how to effectively communicate in a different language.
In addition to developing students’ communication skills, the project-based aspect of Future Learning’s courses helps students to learn to collaborate effectively. Students work together to discover things about a topic, solve problems and complete tasks involved in the creation of a final digital product. By making the subject new and different and placing an emphasis on teamwork, the students’ are forced to make use of their language skills- a better way making new forms of language more memorable.
If you are unsure of your current English language level, try taking the FL quiz!
It is also essential that students discover a different culture and so FL’s projects engage students with life in Ireland while learning new skills. They offer a real-life alternative to the typical language learning exercises that students could do just as well at home.
There are three broad course styles that Future Learning offer, dependent on previous experience and course lengths. They are:
● Summer Courses (2-4 weeks long)
● Language & Culture Experience (1 week long)
● Adult Courses (2-50 weeks long)
Your choice of course will obviously dependent on a variety of factors. Summer courses in Dublin city centre are ideal for young adults looking to put the language they have learned in school into practice in an international context. The Language & Culture Experience is best for those who want exposure to Ireland and its culture while refreshing their language skills.
Future Learning place a great emphasis on the autonomy of the learner and so there are loads of options for how the course is structured, its location, and your intended level by the end of the course. For more information on the specific course types, please visit Future Learning’s website.
Let's conclude with a focus on their adult courses, which are designed for those who intend to spend some time in Ireland for personal professional or academic purposes. These Adult Programmes, held at the Dublin city campus. The course is offered in three stages according to the language level you enter at which are designed to suit different levels and types of objectives. In each case, the exit criteria are those specified in the relevant Integrated Skills Exam (ISE) set by Trinity College London.
Life Skills through English (A2 to B1 - Trinity ISE I)
This is the first stage of the Future Learning adult programme. It is designed for people who are making a life in Dublin through English to deal successfully with all the situations that will arise at work, at home and socially. It aims to help develop communication skills that consider the cultural as well as the linguistic challenges to successful communication.
English for Professional Communication (B1 to B2 - Trinity ISE II)
This is the second stage of the Future Learning adult programme. It is designed for professionals who are interested in developing their spoken and written communication skills in an international and technology enhanced environment. The aim is to equip participants to communicate effectively in English in order to be able to progress professionally. Dublin is a hub for international technology companies who employ multinational teams to service European markets in the first language. The language of coordination and management in these companies is always English however and in order to progress in your career you need to be able to present yourself well and communicate effectively in that language. Effective communication needs more than just the language, it is about engagement with the culture of the company in an appropriate way.
Foundation for Study through English (B2 to C1 - Trinity ISE III)
This is the third stage of the Future Learning adult programme. It is designed to equip people to make a success of studying in an English speaking country. The aim is to teach participants to communicate effectively in English in order to be able to progress academically. Effective communication is about engaging with the educational culture in an appropriate way. It aims to help develop communication skills that consider the cultural as well as the linguistic challenges to successful studying in English-speaking institution.
There is a commonly held truism that the best way to learn a new language is to just spend time in a country where that language is commonly spoken. While that is true, Future Learning do not take that for granted and their unique and focused language programmes will leave you a far greater understanding of both the English language and the culture it is used in.
If you would like to greatly improve your language skills during a course that best suits you, please complete the form below and get in touch with Future Learning today.