Long Term 25 week+ programmes

The following are programmes available, terms and conditions relating  to and policies in place for Non EEA students enrolled in long term programmes of 25 weeks + at Atlantic S.E.A.L.

Courses on The Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) will be, from October 2015,  the only listing the Department of Justice and Immigration will consider in visa applications by students from Non-EEA countries.  From this date permission to attend a 25-week English-language course will be reduced from 12 months to 8 months.

INIS

Non EEA Students should directly contact   the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) for registration requirements and the registration process. Further information can be found here: www.inis.gov.ie.

Title of English Language Services Recognition Authority : ACELS  www.acels.ie The following programmes of study are on offer to non EEA students:

Programme Title Title of Award/ End of Programme exam Examining / Awarding Body Number of tuition hours per week Duration (number of weeks per year) Entry Level Exit Level
Cambridge First Certificate Exam Course (FCE) First Certificate in English Cambridge English Language Assessment  15 (mornings only) or 25 (including afternoons) 25 A2+ B2
Cambridge Advanced English Exam Course (CAE) Advanced Certificate in English Cambridge English Language Assessment 15 or 25 25 B1 C1
IELTS preparation Exam Course IELTS with score (4-9) IELTS managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment 15 or 25 25 Min.3 IELTS 4-9

End of course exam

All students will be registered for the  recognised and approved  exam that will take place at the end of their programme by the School Administration Manager  Rosie Gingel (office@atlantic-english.com 00353 28 27714) . A reocgnised and approved  exam must be taken by all non- EEA students on a long term study programme. The dates will be clarified at the beginning of your programme and arrangements will be made to help you go to the Cork city exam centre. You will be registered for the appropriate exam within the registration deadline and your fees will include the exam registration fee. The school will file away and scan/save copies of the results of your exam and you will receive the original certificate gained. Your level will be assessed before the course and regularly assessed throughout. Entry levels for the various exams courses are clearly indicated and explained  to the student. Students sign a letter to show agreement that they must take an exam at the end and Atlantic SEAL will register them for this exam and organise transport to the exam centre in Cork city. This letter will be available for inspection at any time when requested by the student or authorities.

Grades achieved wil be recorded and this is sent to both the school and the students. This  record is available on request to students, INIS and relevant internal personnel, Data protection permissions are agreed with students.

Absenteeism

For adults who are  here on a visa and attending one of the above courses:

non-EEA students are required to attend the programme on a full-time, daytime basis, in accordance with  Immigration regulations  and reflected in your  timetable which will offer your progrmamme  between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday and Friday each week. Formal timetabled hours for student contact must amount to at least 15 hours (15 x 60 minutes) per week, excluding breaks. The programme  operates for a minimum of 25 weeks over a 8 month period; and the tuition element must and will  constitute at least 375 hours during that period

Students must respect  their legal responsibilities and obligations  in terms of attendance  & the current minimum percentage of  attendance days legally acceptable is 85%.- any breaches of this  for no legitimate reason will  result in  at first the local Bantry Immigration Officer being informed  by the school Director  and the appropriate legal steps/investigation will ensue. Atlantic SEAL will give the local gardai/immigration officer full support in their dealing with any  matter of this nature.

Punctuality

If a student is 15 or more minutes late for class  they will be recorded as absent. Attendance is recorded by the teacher and checked by the Schull Owner Barbara Connelly  and Director of Studies at the end of each week.

Expulsion/absenteeism

After 2 days of absence the school owner Barbara Connelly (info@atalntic-english.com 00353 28 28943)  will make contact directly with the student to find out what the problem or reason is. If no contact can be made or if the absence continues the school Owner or D.O.S. will send a more formal letter/email and reiterate the obligations of the student to attend school. IF there is no response within 28  days or if the school detects that the reasons for absence are not legitimate or cause for concern, the student will be expelled and  reported to the local Immigration Officer. All documents and general correspondence and reports relating to the absenteeism/expulsion will be kept and can be checked at any time by the relevant  personnel & authorities.

In the case of sickness, the student must contact the Office Manager Rosie Gingel by email  (office@atlantic-english.com) or telephone 028 27714. See under holidays & Sickness below.

Holidays & Sickness

All breaks or holidays must conform with the Dept of Justice and Equility regulations.  Students may take up to 4 weeks holidays on a 25 week programme but these dates must be approved and discussed in advance with the school principal Barbara Connelly ((info@atlatnic-english.com) At Atlantic SEAL no holidays may be taken without prior arrangment an permission granted. Atlatnic SEAL is open year round  apart from the two weeks at Christmas which are the only holidays time the school is closed.  If there is reason for a break such as family bereavement this must be legitimate and verifiable. In most cases  lost days must be made up later.

Absence due to Sickness An email or text or phone call must be received  by the school. Contact the Office Manager Rosie Gingel on office@atlantic-english.com and 028 27714 . This must occur every day of the absence due to sickness. A Doctor’s certificate proving sickness was the cause of absence must be furnished on the day the student returns. IF not then the disciplinary  steps  described above leading to expulsion due to unaccounted-for absenteeism will be taken. This refers to uncertified sick leave beyond the statutory entitlement

INSURANCE

Students who must have a student visa also must have the required level of medical insurance as is the condition of visa issuing and Atlantic SEAL uses the services of the reputable company ‘Guard Me’ and can organize this on their behalf if required. http://www.guard.me

Learner Protection

Should a programme end before the  length of time of study the student is entitled to. Arrangements  are in place for the protection of through membership of Marketing English in Ireland (www.mei.ie) and thus the student will be entitled to continue his/her programme at another member school .  This includes all weeks due to the student, same hours and end of programme exams.

REFUNDS AND CANCELATION OF LONG TERM PROGRAMMES (25 WEEKS PLUS) 

A Cancelation fee will apply. This is 150Euro. 

For cancellations received between 14-21 days before commencement of course 60% of full amount will be refunded; for cancellations received 13 - 7 days before commencement of course 30% of full amount will be refunded. No refund for any cancellation less than 7 days before arrival or after the course has commenced. Refunds will be made by the School Owner Barbara Connelly within 4 weeks of cancelation.

In the event of a visa being refused, the school fees will be refunded no later than 20 days after we have been informed and proof shown of refusal. The cancelation charge of 150Euro will apply.

Disciplinary Procedures for student due to misbehavior

If a teacher is having trouble with a student in class, s/he will try to deal with it on a 'one -to-one' basis with the student, if this fails to have a positive effect the student is sent to the D.O.S. And/or the School Director  in peak season or to the School Director at other times. They will be warned that their parent/employer/agent will be informed if it continues. Failure to behave after this will lead to contact being made with the above mentioned third party(ies) and a disciplinary procedure decided upon.  In the case of serious discipline problems Atlantic S.E.A.L. Will insist that the student is removed from the school and returns home with no refund of fees or payment of expenses accrued by early departure. Any illegal activities (violence, drug abuse, theft or other) will be immediately reported to the local Gardai  who will deal with the matter and their parents/employers/agents etc informed and instant expulsion will ensue.

Grievances procedures – students:

Our students are informed on their first day as to whom they should report any problems or grievances they may have for example  - if it is an academic problem, we advise them to speak first to their teacher and if not satisfied to then speak to the D.O.S. And following this if the matter is not resolved, to then speak to the School Principal-Proprietor (academicadult@atlantic-english.com or info@atlantic-english.com  00353 28 28943/00353 28 27714))

Problems with our leisure programme can be addressed to our leisure Manager (leisure@atlantic-english.com)

For any problems with their host family or accommodation, they must contact our Host Family Co-ordinator and again, if not satisfied, they may speak to the School Principal-Proprietor who will do her utmost to resolve these issues.(accommodation@atlantic-english.com)

For any problems outside of the academic or accommodation areas, the School Owner is at all times available for the student and each student has the relevant direct phone numbers of each member of staff as well as two 24 hour emergency numbers of the School Director and her partner. These are provided in the Student Manual.  

The 24 hour emergency numbers are 00353 87 2283672  and 00353 86 8372065

Timetables

Title of English Language Services Recognition Authority : ACELS  www.acels.ie

The following is  a sample week’s timetable for each course and the full 25 week programme of each programme which is immediately available can be requested by contacting office@atlantic-english.com

Cambridge First Certificate  Exam Preparation Programme

Day Period 1
9.30-11:00
Period 2
11:20-12:50
Lunch Period 3
2:10-3:10
Period 4
3:30-4:30
Monday January 4th Introduction to course.
Icebreaker activities with teacher monitoring for speaking skills.
Sharing pre-course tasks and tests.
Introduction to course-book
Getting to know you activities
Introduction to skills requirements for FCE and an integrated skills programme
Role-play
  Supervised task 1 (Reading task / preparation task for next day) Supervised task 2 (Work on a follow up written task as preparation for the next day)
Tuesday January 5th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on yesterday’s task 2
Listening Task – an interview
Phonology workshop
  Supervised task 1 interview in pairs or threes / preparation task for next task Supervised task 2 – record interviews for the next day
Wednesday January 6th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Sharing recordings
Reading / Speaking task
Preparation for visit with worksheet
  Cultural Visit
Thursday January 7th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on cultural visit
Listening into writing task
Discussion of listening
Sharing of writing task
Speaking activity
  Supervised task 1
Reading task preparation for task two
Supervised task 2
Feedback on task 1
Work on preparation of reading task 2 for next day
Friday January 8th Revision of course-book so far
Group Feedback with tutor on week/ Setting up of weekend task 1
Follow up on reading task 2 / Setting up of weekend task 2   Weekend task 1
Preparation for this task
Weekend task 2
Preparation for this task

Cambridge Advanced English Exam Preparation Programme 2016

Day Period 1
9.30-11:00
Period 2
11:20-12:50
Lunch Period 3
2:10-3:10
Period 4
3:30-4:30
Monday January 4th Introduction to course.
Icebreaker activities with teacher monitoring for speaking skills.
Sharing pre-course tasks and tests.
Introduction to course-book
Getting to know you activities
Introduction to skills requirements for FCE and an integrated skills programme
Role-play
  Supervised task 1 (Reading task / preparation task for next day) Supervised task 2 (Work on a follow up written task as preparation for the next day)
Tuesday January 5th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on yesterday’s task 2
Listening Task – an interview
Phonology workshop
  Supervised task 1 interview in pairs or threes / preparation task for next task Supervised task 2 – record interviews for the next day
Wednesday January 6th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Sharing recordings
Reading / Speaking task
Preparation for visit with worksheet
  Cultural Visit
Thursday January 7th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on cultural visit
Listening into writing task
Discussion of listening
Sharing of writing task
Speaking activity
  Supervised task 1
Reading task preparation for task two
Supervised task 2
Feedback on task 1
Work on preparation of reading task 2 for next day
Friday January 8th Revision of course-book so far
Group Feedback with tutor on week/ Setting up of weekend task 1
Follow up on reading task 2 / Setting up of weekend task 2   Weekend task 1
Preparation for this task
Weekend task 2
Preparation for this task

IELTS EXAM PREPARATION PROGRAMME

Day Period 1
9.30-11:00
Period 2
11:20-12:50
Lunch Period 3
2:10-3:10
Period 4
3:30-4:30
Monday September 21st Introduction to course
Icebreaker activities with teacher monitoring for speaking skills.
Sharing pre-course tasks and tests
Introduction to course-book
Getting to know you activities
Introduction to skills requirements for IELTS and an integrated skills programme
Role-play
  Supervised task 1 (Reading task / preparation task for next day) Supervised task 2 (Work on a follow up written task as preparation for the next day)
Tuesday September 22nd Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on yesterday’s task 2
Listening Task – an interview
Phonology workshop
  Supervised task 1 A speaking task in pairs Record in pairs Supervised task 2 Work on follow up writing task
Wednesday September 23rd Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Sharing recordings
Reading / Speaking task
Preparation for visit with worksheet
  Cultural Visit  
Thursday September 24th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) English in Use practice
Common errors workshop
  Supervised task 1 (Reading task / preparation task for next day) Supervised task 2 (Work on a follow up written task as preparation for the next day)
Friday September 25th Grammatical Structures/Functions/Integrated skills (According to course book) Feedback on yesterday’s task 2
Listening Task
Phonology workshop
  Supervised task 1 A speaking task in pairs Record in pairs Supervised task 2 Work on follow up writing task
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