English Teacher Training Galway
About the Training Centre in Galway
The Director of the teacher training centre in Galway, Mary Grennan, BA, Delta, MSc TESOL, is a very experienced CELTA and Delta tutor and assessor. Mary has been involved with teacher training since 1998 and she is an inspector of language schools and teacher training centres for the following awarding bodies: Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services (EAQUALS) and Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the National national body which awards recognition to language schools and teacher training centres in Ireland. Mary also sits on the advisory board of QQI. For the teacher training centre in Galway, quality in language and teacher training is a key element.
The campus building, with the sail-shaped copper panels, has become one of Galway's iconic landmarks. This college offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of business, science, engineering and tourism, as well as the Distance Delta Orientation Course.
Facilities of the Teacher Training Centre in Galway:
The Galway teacher training centre overlooks Galway Bay. The campus has a large, well lit library, where you will have access to resources such as grammar books, course books and journals. There is also an IT library, where you have access to a large number of computers. However, you are advised to bring a laptop with you as you will need one to work at home and also during the day if you prefer not to use the IT library.
There is a sports and fitness centre at the college.
Parking is available on campus. Full banking facilities are also available. At the Students' Union shop, you can buy newspapers, stationery and refreshments.
There is a wide variety of options available for meals:
- The Food Zone serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and refreshments up to 19:30
- The Espresso Bar offers different beverages, pastries and scones and sandwiches
- The Café Foyer, which overlooks Galway Bay, offers coffee, tea, juice and soup, as well as pastries and scones, as well as sandwiches and fruit
During your course with us we aim to provide you with a high quality course which equips you with the skills needed to become a successful English language teacher.
Employment and Job Counselling
During the course, especially during the CELTA course, there is time devoted to provide you with useful information about how, where and when to look for teaching work after the course in Ireland and all around the world. The CELTA qualification is the most prestigious and the most well-known of all the TEFL courses, and is recognised all over the world, not only in Ireland. This mean that with the CELTA qualification, numerous TEFL job opportunities are available all over the world.
CELTA qualified teachers are in demand in Galway and the rest of Ireland and the teacher training centre has established an excellent reputation as leaders in teacher training in Ireland. There is a lot of teaching work in July and August and there is also the possibility of some positions during the rest of the year for CELTA qualified teachers.
The Teacher Training Centre has a recruitment service and CELTA qualified teachers from this campus are very well placed to apply for available positions. There is a lot of scope for career advancement within this Teacher Training Centre and following the CELTA, teachers can continue and study for the Delta in order to advance into school management positions.
We encourage trainees to keep in touch with us after they have finished their course, either so we can advise them on how to go on to do the Delta course, or give advice on finding work. Please make an appointment with the Director of Studies if you would like to discuss job-hunting strategies and any other aspects of your new career.
Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA
As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website www.teflwork.com. TEFLwork is a platform only for qualified English teachers and will allow you to find work both at home and abroad with your newly gained CELTA certificate.
The Galway training centre will be able to fully assist you with accommodation, once you have applied for the CELTA.
Accommodation in a shared apartment is :
- Self catering.
- Single bedroom with shared bathroom (en suite is also available).
- Common living room and kitchen.
Homestay accommodation comes in all forms: a couple with young children, teenagers or older children who have left home, single parent families, single people … there is no standard homestay.
Accommodation in a homestay is:
- Single bedroom with shared bathroom (en suite is also available).
- Breakfast and dinner during the week and lunch is included at the weekend.
We visit each new homestay to ensure that they meet Quality Standards and we follow up with regular inspection visits to ensure that these Quality Standards are met.
Hotels and Bed & Breakfast
We offer stay in hotels as well as bed & breakfast in Galway and in other parts of Ireland. If your programmes is a short stay this is the best option. Quotes are given upon request, rates can vary, the highest being in July and August.
An airport welcome and transfer service is also available. Prices from €30
Galway and Surroundings
The beautiful university city of Galway is situated on the spectacular Atlantic coast of Ireland. Galway city, built on the banks of the river Corrib, has 75,000 inhabitants, 20% of whom are students, and this small size means that the city has a friendly atmosphere and is also very safe. Galway is known as Ireland’s cultural heart and is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numbers festivals, including the Arts Festival, the Film Festival, Galway Races and the International Oyster Festival! The landscape on the Atlantic coast is breathtaking and visitors to this region describe it as The Real Ireland. Popular day trips include visits to the world renowned Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, Connemara and The Burren.
Galway has been named as one of the eight "sexiest cities" in the world. A recent poll ranked Galway as the 2nd best tourist destination in Ireland. It was also ranked ahead of all European capitals except Edinburgh, and many traditional tourist destinations (such as Venice). The New Zealand Herald listed Galway as one of 'five great cities to visit in 2014'. The others were Istanbul, New Orleans, Dubai and Cabo, Mexico.
Capital of Culture
Galway has a vibrant and varied musical scene and it is a major centre for traditional Irish music. As in most Irish cities traditional music is popular and is kept alive in pubs and by street performers. The Galway Arts Festival, one of the biggest in Ireland, takes place in July. It attracts international artists as well as providing a platform for local and national performers. The festival features parades, street performances and plays, musical concerts and comedy acts.
Live Music venues
Traditional and contemporary music can be heard at numerous locations around the city. Among the more notable are The Crane Bar on Sea Road, The King's Head on High Street, Tigh Neachtáin and The Quays on Quay Street, Róisín Dubh and Monroe's Tavern on Lower Dominic Street.
Galway City has a reputation among Irish cities for being associated with the Irish language, music, song and dancing traditions. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Bilingual Capital of Ireland', although like elsewhere in the Republic of Ireland, inhabitants converse mostly in English. The city is well known for its "Irishness", mainly because it has on its doorstep the Galway Gaeltacht. Irish theatre, television and radio production and Irish music form a component of Galway city life.