Intensive General English Course

  • 26 Hours per week
  • Average 6 - 8 pupils per class (maximum 12)
  • Certificate at end of Course

Intensive General English Course

  • 26 Hours per week
  • Average 6 - 8 pupils per class (maximum 12)
  • Certificate at end of Course

The intensive English course students CEC Experience begins before they travel to Cork with our online English level test. This short test helps us to place them in the best class for their success. Students will learn all the essentials of the English language through task-based methodology. While the communicative approach is central, we also consider the individual learning style of our students to ensure they achieve the best possible learning outcomes. All four language skills, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, are given the appropriate class time through our tailored academic syllabus.

Enjoy your English language learning journey with Cork English College.

The intensive English course is for people who wish to:

  • Improve their English
  • Undertake a demanding course schedule
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification
  • Maximise their time and learning in Ireland
  • Improve their job prospects
  • Build their overall confidence in using English
  • Have an enjoyable enriching experience

Studying the intensive English course with Cork English College offers students the opportunity to gain proficiency in English while making friends and experiencing the rich cultural heritage Cork has to offer.

Our Intensive General English courses focus on helping you develop your overall English language skills through a variety of useful and engaging materials and activities. Every week will include:

  • Grammar and vocabulary – key learning points based on your specific needs and goals
  • A focus on speaking – classes are designed to maximise your speaking time
  • Extended fluency activities including discussions, role-plays, and presentations
  • Engaging listening and reading activities from a range of sources
  • A focus on social and intercultural English
  • Dedicated homework to support your grammar and vocabulary learning
  • Daily detailed error correction from your teacher for continuous improvement
  • End of week feedback to give you general guidance, direction and confidence on your English language learning journey

We offer a range of different accommodation options for your stay in Cork. Choose an authentic Irish experience with one of our host families or more independent living in one of our residential student apartments. Our team ensures all accommodation options are safe, secure and of the highest standards.


With an English Course in CEC, you get:

Experienced Teachers
Multinational Classes
Clear Course Objectives
Regular Feedback & Progress Tests
An Integrated E-Learning platform
Weekly social & cultural activities


At the end of your English course, you can expect to:

Speak more confidently
Use English more effectively for work or travel
Communicate more accurately and clearly
Have developed your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
Have learnt more about Irish life & culture
Make memories and friends to last you a lifetime


What type of activities can I look forward to?

We endeavour to cater for most tastes when it comes to activities, so we provide a wide choice, ranging from cultural visits to historic places of interest, to sports and lively night out. We want to make sure that you enjoy yourselves while you’re studying. Further to that, we can organise weekends away and arrange car hire if necessary.

How will I get to the school?

All of our accommodation is either within easy walking distance of the school or within easy reach by public transport.

Where is the school located?

The school is located right in the heart of Cork, on the banks of the river Lee, but we’ll keep you too busy to admire the view! It is also within close walking distance of Cork’s main bus terminus and railway station.

Who else will be studying there?

We have students from all over the world studying with us, which adds greatly to the friendly atmosphere.

Can I change my accommodation if I don’t like it?

Yes, our aim is to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during your stay in Cork. It’s very rare for students to dislike their accommodation.

What type of accommodation can I expect?

What type of accommodation would you like? We have a full range of options from living with a host family to self-catering apartments and hotels.

Will I be able to use the internet and email?

Yes, the internet and email are available every afternoon to all students.

Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?

Yes, we’re a fully accredited and recognised school. You’ll receive official recognition of your achievement.


MONDAY / Cork City Tour
TUESDAY / Grammar Clinic
WEDNESDAY / Traditional Irish Music Night
THURSDAY / Shandon Bells
FRIDAY / Fota Wildlife Park


Discover why you should choose the award winning fully accredited CEC.


  • Start Dates:
    Every Monday throughout the year
  • Available Levels:
  • Age Group:
  • Hours per week:
    26 Hours per week
  • Students per class:
    Average 6 - 8 pupils per class (maximum 12)


  • Registration Fee:
  • Course Material:
  • Prices:
    From €305/week



“With the assistance of the CEC community – its compassionate teachers, activity leaders, administrative personnel as well as my inspiring classmates – I managed to raise my proficiency of English from a B2 to a solid C1. Above all, I always had a good time.”

Carla Proserpio

I will always keep a nice memory of the month spent in Cork, and this thanks to CEC, which in addition to letting me deepen my English, made me discover breathtaking places and meet unforgettable people.

Tatiane Passos
Costa Rica

Well, I’ll never forget my time at CEC, after all, it was a year and a half very well spent. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to build my English here. Grrreat teachers, welcoming people and an incredible city/culture. Thank you very much CEC team for all support and keep up the brilliant work!