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See below a list of frequently asked questions. If you have any queries not listed below please get in touch with us by clicking here and we'll be happy to help you.   

When booking your course you can book an airport transfer to take you directly to your accommodation, or you can travel by public transport. If it is your first visit to Ireland we strongly recommend that you book a transfer.

To travel by public transport take any bus to the city centre (about 20 mins) then a train to Bray. The Dublin metro is called the DART, for Dublin Area Rapid Transit. It takes about 40 minutes to travel to Bray from the city centre.

If you book a transfer with ATC we will collect you from your designated airport. Host family students are taken directly to their family and groups are taken to their centre and met there by the host family.

Host Family
You can stay with a host family in Bray. The majority of our families live in the suburbs. Please expect a journey time of between 15 to 35 minutes. .
General Family Information
There is a supplement to guarantee a single room. Families may have children or pets so please tell us if you have any special requests. Please also tell us if you have any special medical or dietary requirements.
Irish host families are kind and welcoming, and committed to making your stay an enjoyable one. Dinner time is generally about 6pm in Ireland.
Residence Bray
ATC has 2 residential accommodation options within walking distance of the school.
Altona House/Neptune House - shared student apartments with single and twin rooms. Shared bathroom and kitchen. Both houses are located next door to the school.
Marine Terrace - residence, single and twin rooms with en-suite bathroom. Shared kitchen and living room. Marine Terrace is located 700m from the school.
All our residential accommodation is on a self catering basis. Both options are located on the seafront with impressive views of the Irish Sea and Bray seaside.
Availability is limited, particularly for single rooms, so we recommend booking well in advance.
Hotel
If you wish, you can stay in Bed and Breakfast accommodation, a Guesthouse, or a 2 or 3 star hotel.
There are many accommodation options available within a short walk of the school.
These include B&Bs, Guesthouses and hotels. Contact us for further information.

Courses start each Monday at 9am for morning students and 1.45pm for afternoon students. The school is open from 8.30am. We welcome you at reception where you register on arrival.
If you haven’t taken the online level test, you will take a level placement test and our Director of Studies checks your oral level and carries out a needs analysis. As your placement test is being corrected, our student liaison officer gives you our student handbook, and explains ATC programmes to you. You have an opportunity here to discuss issues and possible problems such as accommodation, transport etc. Emergency exits and safety at school is explained and you are taken on a tour of the school. The Director of Studies meets you after the tour, having identified your level and allocated a specific class for you. You can of course discuss your course options with the Director of Studies at any time during your stay. The Welfare Officer is always available to help you with any issues or problems you may have.
You then meet the other students at a coffee break, and then are taken to class for the second lesson of the day.
After lunch, you are taken on a walking tour of Dublin. Your family will welcome you home in the evening.

When you do your test, we check grammar, vocabulary and speaking, listening and writing skills.

Our check for accuracy and skills will help us place you in a class with other students of similar comprehension and production ability. At ATC we follow the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning. Each level has a syllabus with can-do statements.

Take our online placement test here to determine your English level.

International Mix
Of course, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so we expect students in an international group class to interact and support each other.
Remember that over 80% of the world’s English is spoken amongst non-native speakers. In 2016 we welcomed over 45 different nationalities.
Resources & Materials
Before you start your course you will have already received your login details to log into the Guided E- learning platform. We provide your learning materials here in school. When you enrol with ATC you pay the course book and e-learning fee. On your first day of school you will receive your course book.
We use coursebooks during the first lesson of the day, to focus on functions and skills. Various communicative techniques are used, to allow for a variety of learning styles amongst students. In the second class we use a variety of published materials to aid such activities as vocabulary building, and authentic materials such as newspapers, videos, radio, magazines etc.
Teachers balance pair group and individual work in class and encourage students to discuss any issues they may have.
When you feel ready you may like to move up a level. To move class, discuss the issues with your teacher first. Teachers will discuss your progress and suggest a next step. Teachers liaise with the Director of Studies who will arrange any moves to be made.

ATC Language & Travel employs teachers who have a university degree and a recognised qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Teachers receive regular training in-house and enjoy visits from publishers and exam bodies to update their knowledge. External training is arranged in the form of workshops, seminars and conferences which are available to all our teachers.

ATC Language & Travel is an established member of IATEFL, the largest international organisation of teachers of English, and we receive journals and publications for teachers monthly.

Preparation available for:

  • Cambridge Exams: FCE, CAE,
  • CPE IELTS, KET PET
  • ETS exams: TOEIC
  • Trinity ESOL exams Grades 1-12
  • Irish Exam of English: TIE (Test of Interactive English)
  • ATC Language Schools Bray and Dublin is an ETS testing centre for TOEIC, TIE and TRINITY examinations.

*National & School Holidays

School Commences -Tuesday 7th January 2019

Saint Patrick's Day-  Monday 18th March 2019

Easter Monday- Monday 22nd April 2019

Public Holidays- (Mondays) - 6th May, 3rd June, 5th August & 28th October 2019

Christmas Holidays- Saturday 21st December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020 Inclusive

School Commences 2018 - Monday 6th January 2020

*There is no refund for time missed on public holidays.

Facilities in ATC Bray

  • Comfortable canteen with microwave, toaster, sandwich toaster, filtered water and hot drinks available. Both soft drinks and snacks are available from vending machines outside the canteen.
  • Library & study centre
  • Multimedia rooms & student computers
  • Student canteen equipped with vending machine, fltered water, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwaves, Kitchen sink and cutlery, nespresso coffee machine
  • Private garden and patio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free afternoon classes

The minimum age for a student to stay in residential accommodation in our school in Bray is 18 years of age. If you are below the age of 18 you can stay with one of our many host families who provide full board accommodation.

        Arrival Date:        Refund:

  • Within 28 days -  75% of Total

  • Within 14 days -  50% of Total

  • Within 7 days-     25% of Total

Under no circumstances will the company refund, either partially or fully, any course fees once the student has commenced their contracted course of study.
In the event that a student is successful in their visa application all fees will be refunded within 7 days on receipt of a copy of the visa refusal document. 

General English 20 hours Course

Monday to Friday:

Lesson 1: 9am to 11am

Coffee Break:11am-11.30am

Lesson 2: 11.30am -1.30pm 

General English 16 Hour Course 

Monday to Thursday:

Lesson 1: 9am to 11am

Coffee Break:11am-11.30am

Lesson 2: 11.30am -1.30pm

*Intensive English 

Monday to Friday:

Lesson 1: 9am to 11am

Coffee Break:11am-11.30am

Lesson 2: 11.30am -1.30pm 

*+ Tuesday & Thursday 2.15pm -5.15pm

Cambridge Exam Courses (FCE & CAE)

Monday to Friday:

Lesson 1: 9am to 11am

Coffee Break:11am-11.30am

Lesson 2: 11.30am -1.30pm 

IELTS Exam Preparation Course

Monday to Friday:

General English Lesson 1: 9am to 11am

Coffee Break:11am-11.30am

General English Lesson 2: 11.30am -1.30pm 

*+ Tuesday & Thursday IELTS exam preparation 2.15pm -5.15pm

 Free Lessons

Afternoons 2.30pm-3.30pm

Monday - Listening & Speaking

Wednesday - Business English

Friday-  Pronunciation