Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre

 
Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre
Est.                       1999

Located in the heart
of Wexford town
Accommodation within walking distance
Shops, restaurants, cafes, library, opera house
& cinema just around the corner

Student Handbook

Channing House, Upper Rowe Street, Wexford Town
Tel/Fax: +353 (0)53 91 22908
info@wexford-language.com info@slaneylanguage.com
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Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre
Contents
Page

    3   Welcome                                                                                                      Learn English in Ireland
    3   Important Phone Numbers                                                                                      Where learning is a pleasure
    4   Introduction
    6   Who is who at the Slaney Language Centre
    6   Student Feedback                                                                                             Student Handbook
    7   Class times
    7   The Student of the Week                                                                                      Dear Student,
    7   Office and Self-study Room Opening Hours                                                                     Welcome to Ireland and to The Slaney Language Centre.
    8   Travelling to The Slaney Language Centre
                                                                                                                     Thank you for choosing us. We are delighted to have
10      English language levels
                                                                                                                     you here and we hope you will enjoy your stay with us.
10      Attendance and Punctuality                                                                                   This handbook is to help you with any questions you
10      Course books                                                                                                 may have. Please take some time to read it carefully.
11      Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)                                                                         We want you to have a happy experience with us and will
                                                                                                                     do everything to help you. Let us know if there is anything
11      Cambridge English: First (FCE)
                                                                                                                     you would like to talk about.
11      TIE Exam
11      Other English Language Exams                                                                                 We hope you enjoy your time with us.
11      Online Lessons                                                                                               Lisa, Esteban, Emma, Anna, Susan, Kristina and
12      Common European Framework of References (CEFR)                                                               all the teachers of the Slaney Language Centre
13      Useful Classroom Language
                                                                                                                     www.slaneylanguage.com
13      How to make the best possible progress                                                                       www.facebook.com/SlaneyLanguageCentre
14      List of Irregular verbs                                                                                      www.instagram.com/SlaneyLanguageCentre
15      Useful Websites for Learners of English
15      Insurance and Learner Protection                                                                             ... and if you have enjoyed your stay with us please do not
                                                                                                                     hesitate to spread the word about your experience.
16      Safety and Security
17      Public Holidays
17      Extra-curricular Activities
17      Being away from home                                                                                         Important phone numbers
17      Photography
18      Slaney Language Centre First Day Registration Form                                                           Slaney Language Centre office (Anna, Lisa): 00353 53 91 22908
19      Welcome to Ireland                                                                                           Slaney Language Centre emergency number:
20      Some facts about Ireland                                                                                     00353 87 231 7270
20      Academic Year Students & Study Visa Requirements                                                             Jim Shannon (taxi and minibus services): 00353 87 637 4683
21      Showing proof of funds & Opening a Bank Account                    Channing House                            Maura Shannon (taxi and minibus services): 00353 87 207 1523
                                                                           Upper Rowe Street
22      Important Places in Wexford                                        Wexford                                   Police / Fire brigade: 999
23      Looking for a part time job                                        Ireland
                                                                                                                     Garda (Police) Station Wexford: 00353 53 916 5200
                                                                           Tel/Fax: +353 (0)53 91 22908
23      Staying with a host family                                                                                   Wexford General Hospital: 00353 53 914 2233
                                                                           info@slaneylanguage.com
24      Finding the information you need                                   www.slaneylanguage.com
                                                                                                                     Care doctor (24 hours on call): 1850 334 999
25      Slaney Language Centre Child Protection Policy
                                                                                                                     Irish Tourist Assistance Service
27      Slaney Language Centre Anti Bullying policy
                                                                                                                     (helping tourist victims of crime): 1890 365 700
29      Slaney Language Centre Code of Behaviour
                                                                            www.facebook.com/slaneylanguagecentre    Please note that since it is likely that you are ringing from an international phone
30      Slaney Language Centre Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy    www.twitter.com/SlaneyLanguage
                                                                            www.youtube.com/Slaneylanguage           we have used the Irish prefix code - 00353- before the number and removed the
30      Slaney Language Centre Terms and Conditions                         www.instagram.com/SlaneyLanguageCentre   first zero.
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Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre
Introduction

The Slaney Language Centre was established in 1999 and                                                    Professional Learning                                 There is free High Speed WIFI throughout
                                                                                                                                                                the school building. Please ask for the
has been growing ever since as people keep coming back                                                    Experience                                            password on your first day.
and recommend us to their friends.
                                                                                                          At the Slaney Language Centre we have                 The Slaney Language Centre
We are recognised by ACELS, a service of Quality and Qualifications Ireland, for English language         built a great team of teachers who provide a          is an English-speaking ONLY zone
teaching (ELT). We are also a member school of the language school association MEI.                       professional language learning experience in a        ...and a smoke-free zone.
                                                                                                          warm, personal and motivating environment.
                                           Our Academic Year Programme is a visa eligible course                                                                If you wish to smoke or to
                                           and is listed in the new ILEP list (Interim List of Eligible   Teaching methodology at the Slaney Language           speak any other language, you
                                           Programmes). Booking of this course entitles Non-EU            Centre is based on the communicative                  will have to do this outside.
                                           students to an eight months visa.                              approach and a focus on language use, rather
                                                                                                          than memorizing (grammar). We believe that            Please keep the surroundings of
                                                                                                          learning a language means developing active,          The Slaney Language Centre
Why the Slaney Language Centre?                                                                           engaged learners who are able to take control
                                                                                                                                                                free from litter and cigarette butts!
                                                                                                          of their learning and link their classroom
                                                                                                                                                                Please use the bins provided.
                                                                                                          learning experience to life outside the class.
l  Established in 1999 – 19 years of experience in teaching English as
		 a foreign language                                                                                     Each day you have two course parts taught by
                                                                                                          two different teachers to give you exposure to a
l  As a recognised ELT provider we operate within the agreed standards                                    variety of accents and teaching styles:
		 and conditions to ensure a high level of provision and care for                                        1.   The focus of the first part is on grammar,
		 international learners.                                                                                		   structure and vocabulary development.
l     Located in the very heart of Wexford town                                                           		   These are taught with an emphasis on
                                                                                                          		   developing your reading and writing skills.
l     We welcome students from all parts of the world                                                     2.   The second part of the day will focus on
l     We are a place where young and old meet                                                             		   interactive communication with an emphasis
                                                                                                          		   on effective real-life communication and
l     And where you will enjoy speaking and learning English                                              		   ways of practicing and achieving it
                                                                                                          		   (listening and speaking skills).
l		We are proud to offer quality tuition in small classes:
   Adult Classes: Maximum 12, Average 6                                                                   While the courses are based on a textbook our
		 Keen Teens and Cool Kids Classes: Maximum 15, Average 10                                               teachers try to connect to your life and interests.
                                                                                                          We also use a variety of supplementary
                                                                                                          materials such as newspapers, magazines,
                                                                                                          audio and video files, songs, etc. In linking your
      Slaney Language Centre Facilities include:                                                          classroom learning experience to life outside the
                                                                                                          class, a lot of the material will
      •    7 bright and spacious classrooms                                                               be based around themes of Irish life and culture.
      		   (extra rooms in summer)
       •   Common room (for students to relax)
       •   Self-study area (including library
      		   and audio visual materials)
       •   FREE high speed WIFI
       •   Full disability access

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Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre
Who’s who at the Slaney Language Centre?                                                             Class times

                                                                                                     Daily Timetable (Mondays to Fridays)
            Lisa Bartsch                           Esteban                        Susan Doyle
            Managing Director                      Martinez                       ELT teacher         9.30 to 10.15,       All Full Time Courses
            Child Protection Officer (DLP)         Development Director                               10.15 to 11.00
            Qualified First Aider                  Group Management
            info@slaneylanguage.com                esteban@                                           11.00 to 11.30       Coffee Break – time to chat
                                                   slaneylanguage.com
                                                                                                      11.30 to 12.15,      All Full Time Courses
            Emma Misiti                            Kristina Arthurs               Richard Carroll
                                                                                                      12.15 to 13.00
            Academic Director                      ELT teacher                    ELT teacher
            Qualified First Aider                  Deputy Child
                                                   Protection Officer
            emma@slaneylanguage.com                (Deputy DLP)                                       13.00 to 14.00       Lunch Break – time to chat

                                                                                                      14.00 to 14.45,      Only for:                               Most of the optional
            Anna Murphy                            Sarah Robinson                 Lorraine Lozano     14.45 to 15.30       One-to-one lessons                      afternoon activities start at 14.00
            Student Welfare and                    ELT teacher                    ELT teacher
            Accommodation Officer
                                                                                                                           Intensive Plus 4                        from the from Wexford Train
            Administrator
                                                                                                                           (2 afternoons/wk)                       Station (please read the weekly
            anna@slaneylanguage.com                                                                                        Intensive Plus 10                       activity schedule for more details.)
                                                                                                                           (5 afternoons/wk)
                                                   Roberto Lozano                                                          Executive Course
            Jim Shannon
                                                   ELT teacher
            Bus Driver and Tour Guide
                                                                                                      15.30 to 16.00       Coffee Break – time to chat

                                                                                                      16.00 to 16.45,      Only for:
                                                                                                      16.45 to 17.30       Executive Course
During busier weeks you will meet other           level based on your weekly test results and oral    18.30 to 20.30       Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)    (when Monday is a national
English language teachers. Many of these          expression in the classroom.                        Monday and           Exam Preparation Classes                holiday, classes take place on
teachers teach with us every year.                                                                    Wednesday            Cambridge English: First (FCE) Exam     Friday)
                                                                                                                           preparation Classes
Other Languages
                                                                                                     * Please note that timetables for closed groups may differ
If you have a serious or delicate problem, you
may need to speak in your own language.
The following staff members speak second
                                                    Student feedback
languages and will assist you.
                                                    Your feedback is important                       The Student of                                      Office opening
_____________________________________________
Lisa Bartsch :       German                         to us.                                           the Week                                            hours
_____________________________________________
Esteban Martinez : Spanish                          We constantly endeavour to improve our           Every Friday we present one                         The Slaney Language Centre office is open
_____________________________________________
Emma   Misiti :    French, Spanish, Italian         services. Each Friday we will ask you to         language student with a student                     Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 to 15.30.
_____________________________________________                                                        of the week certificate and a
                                                    complete two short feedback forms, one
Kristina Arthurs : Hindi                                                                             small prize.
_____________________________________________       for each class you have attended during                                                              Self-study room
                                                    the week. Please place the completed
                                                    form into the ‘Student feedback’
                                                                                                     Speaking English at all times and                   opening hours
Slaney Language Centre                                                                               impressing us by studying hard
                                                    letterbox beside the front door.
Course Certificate                                                                                   might help you to become the                        The Self Study Room is open Monday to
                                                    At the end of your stay we will ask you to       student of the week.                                Friday from 13.30 to 15.30 (other times on
A Certificate of Attendance is issued to all
students who successfully complete their            complete a more comprehensive feedback                                                               request).
                                                                                                     Contratulations to
course. The Certificate states the dates the        form including all aspects of your stay.
                                                                                                     Juan Guerra Suarez from
student attended a course with us and the level     Meanwhile, always talk to us if you are
                                                                                                     Spain on becoming
the student attained, based on the Common           unhappy about anything and we will do
                                                                                                     our Student of the Year 2017.
European Framework of References (CEFR).            our best to solve your problems.
                                                                                                     Well deserved!
The teachers will decide on your language

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Located in the heart of Wexford town - Est - Slaney Language Centre
Travelling to The Slaney Language Centre

Before you arrive                                  Your arrival in Wexford
Once you have booked your                          A member of your host family will meet you at
                                                   Wexford bus / train station (O’Hanrahan Station,
course with us you will receive                    Redmond Square) on your arrival day. The host
a confirmation email. This                         family will explain to you how to get to the Slaney
confirmation email includes login                  Language Centre from your host family’s house.
                                                   We recommend that you familiarise yourself
details for our computer system.                   with the location of The Slaney Language
                                                   Centre over the weekend.
Once you log in you will see contact details
of your host family. Please contact your host
family directly in order to introduce yourself     Your first day with us
and to arrange your arrival in Wexford town.       Try to be at The Slaney Language Centre on
A member of your host family will meet you at      Monday at 9.00 and please call to reception
Wexford bus / train station (O’Hanrahan Station,   to complete a first day registration form.
Redmond Square) on your arrival day.               The reception is located on the first floor. When
                                                   all new students have arrived, a staff member of
The confirmation email also includes a link to     The Slaney Language Centre will show you an
our online level test and our student handbook.    introduction video and provide you with a Slaney
Please complete the online booking form and        Language Centre starter pack.
read the student handbook once you have
received the confirmation email.
                                                   Slaney Tours
How to get to Wexford                              Jim Shannon from Slaney Tours, our tour guide
                                                   and activity facilitator will offer discounted rates
The majority of our language students arrive at    for The Slaney Language Centre students for taxi
Dublin Airport and travel down to Wexford by       and minibus services. Slaney Tours offer town
public bus (Wexford Bus or Bus Eireann). Buses     services. For more information please phone
are easy to locate. They leave from the coach      Jim on 00353 (0)87 637 4683 or email Maura at
park at zone 16 which is well signposted.          maurash@eircom.net
You can download bus timetables at
www.slaneylanguage.com/why-wexford/
                                                   Wexford Bus
If you are coming with friends or family you
might prefer to book a taxi from Dublin Airport    Wexford bus operate town services. You can
direct to your accommodation in Wexford            buy a Leap Card for €5 and with a leap card you
for €170. Some language students arrive            will be entitled to a weekly ticket for the town
at Waterford Airport or Rosslare Europort.         services for €15. With a leap card there will also
You may take a public bus to Wexford or            be reductions for the Wexford to Dublin bus and
alternatively book a taxi for €80 (Waterford) or   the Wexford to Waterford bus.
€45 (Rosslare).                                    For more information please check
                                                   www.wexfordbus.com

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English Language Levels                                                                               Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
                                                                                                      A Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) qualification shows that you have mastered the basic of
According to the results of your                  students, B2 and C1 students or C1 and C2           English and now have practical language skills for everyday use (B1) This exam is the logical step
                                                  students) and you may be the strongest or the       in your language learning journey between Cambridge English: Key (KET) and Cambridge English:
online test, we will place you into an            weakest student in your group.                      First (FCE). For detailed information please read: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-
appropriate class for your first day.                                                                 tests/preliminary/
                                                  Our language teachers meet every Monday
Your teacher will need one or two days to         and Thursday to discuss student levels.
confirm you are in the right level class. As we   If they feel that a student is not in the           Cambridge English: First (FCE)
are a small language school, we have mixed        correct class, or has progressed enough to          The Cambridge English: First (FCE) is the most popular of the Cambridge qualifications, accepted
level classes (e.g. A1 and A2 students could      be moved into the next level, they will be          by thousands of businesses and educational institutions worldwide. The Cambridge English:
be mixed, or A2 and B1 students, B1 and B2        moved.                                              First (FCE) qualification proves that you have the language skills to live and work independently
                                                                                                      in an English-speaking country or do courses taught in English. The exam is the logical step in
                                                                                                      your language journey between Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) and Cambridge English:
Attendance and Punctuality                                                                            Advanced (CAE). For detailed information on all Cambridge English exams please check
                                                                                                      www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams
At the Slaney Language Centre we are            The Slaney Language Centre records attendance
committed to maximizing learning opportunities and punctuality and reports this information
and following principles of good practice.      to the relevant official bodies when required.        TIE (Test of Interactive English) Exam
                                                Any student arriving after 10 minutes may not
We expect students to take a responsible        be admitted to class and will be marked late/         The student starter-pack includes information on the TIE exam.
attitude to learning and to commit to a very absent.                                                  The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is a task-based oral and written test graded
high level of attendance and punctuality.                                                             according to the Council of Europe Framework. The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is an
Poor attendance often impedes learning. Poor    Non-EU students on the Academic Year                  international EFL exam developed by a group of Irish English language professionals under the
attendance and lateness are also considered     Programme (25 weeks duration 8 weeks                  umbrella of ACELS, a government agency responsible at that time for quality assurance in English
disrespectful to classmates and teaching staff. holidays) must request holidays on the initial        Language Teaching. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of students coming to Ireland to
We follow up on any incidence of repeated       booking. If the holiday is not requested in           learn and improve their English.
absence or lateness.                            advance the student will be marked as absent.
                                                If a student is unavoidably absent / late for valid   The TIE has been designed for students of any ability, over the age of 18 as a follow-on to
Many official bodies require us to report       reasons the student should contact the school as      both long and short courses in language schools.It is a flexible, learner-centred exam that can
accurate details of student attendance and      soon as possible to discuss further. If a student     accommodate the needs and interests of learners whatever their level of English, age, cultural
punctuality on a regular basis. All Non-EU      is absent for medical reason, they should contact     or educational background. The test is task-based with the content chosen by each individual
students are required to keep a minimum of      the school as soon as possible. A medical             learner. There is no specific preparation course required - the exam can tie in with the students’
85% attendance rate by immigration.             certificate must be submitted on their return.        existing curriculum. Elements of TIE exam preparation are included in the General English Group
                                                                                                      Course Intensive.

Course books                                                                                          Other English Language Exams
                                                                                                      Our English Language Teachers are experienced in preparing students for other international
We use the course book ‘English                   For our Keen Teens Courses we                       exams such as the IELTS, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency
File Third Edition’ for the General               use the text book ‘Cambridge                        (CPE). If you wish to prepare for any of these exams we would advise you to book the General
English Group Course Intensive and                Interactive’ in combination with                    English Group Course Intensive Plus 4, the General English Group Course Intensive Plus 10 or a
                                                  elements of Cambridge English                       One-to-One Course.
the Academic Year Programme.
                                                  Examinations.
The books are class sets and must be left in
the classrooms. They cannot be brought home.      Students are responsible for all text books         Online lessons
For homework exercises we will photocopy the      issued to them by the school. While all             We offer online one-to-one lessons over Skype.
appropriate pages for you.                        textbooks remain the property of the school,
                                                  student are required to handle them with care.      Each lesson is tailor-made to your English language learning needs and
If you wish to have your own copy you may buy                                                         requirements. You can choose to work with your favourite teacher from the
the book in the office.                           We include elements of the Cambridge Starters       comfort of your home. For more information please contact Lisa in the office.
                                                  Exam in the Cool Kids syllabus.
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Common European Framework of References                                                                           Useful Classroom Language
 The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages abbreviated as CEFR, is a                                A        What does “ecstatic” mean?                    The following books are for sale
 guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and                        B        It means “very, very happy”.                  in the office (please ask Lisa for prices):
 other countries. The six reference levels (see below) are becoming widely accepted as the
 European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.                                               A        How do you spell “ecstatic”                   Essential Grammar in Use Self-study book
                                                                                                                   B        “E, C, S, T, A, T, I, C”                      English Grammar in Use (Intermediate)
 Global Scale                                                                                                                                                                    Self-study book
                                                                                                                   A        Can you repeat that, please?
                                                                                                                   		       Could you say that again, please?             Advanced Grammar in Use Self-study book
                      Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information       B        Sure, “E, C, S, T, A, T, I, C”                Vocabulary in Use Self-study book (elementary)
                      from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts                                                                    Vocabulary in Use Self-study book
                   C2 in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and         A        Thanks, (I’ve got it.)
                                                                                                                                                                                 (pre-intermediate to intermediate)
Proficient User

                      precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.          A        Can you give me an example?                   Vocabulary in Use Self-study book
                      Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit               B        Mary won €1,000,000; she is ecstatic.                (upper-intermediate)
                      meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious             A        What is the opposite of “long”?               Vocabulary for First Certificate Self-study book
                   C1 searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic    B        Short. (long - short)                         Oxford Picture Dictionary
                      and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on                                                                     English File Course books
                      complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and          A        What is another word for “sad”?
                      cohesive devices.                                                                            B        Unhappy. (sad = unhappy)                      Also Available:
                      Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics,          A        What is the past tense of “see”?              Oxford Online Progress test: €3
                      including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a      B        Saw. (see, saw, seen)
                      degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers                                                               Print outs and photocopies black and white:
                   B2 quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide
Independent User

                                                                                                                   A        What is the past participle of “see”?         10 cents per page
                      range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and       B        Seen.
                                                                                                                                                                          Print outs and photocopies colour:
                      disadvantages of various options.                                                            A        Can you write/put it on the board, please?    50 cents per page
                      Can understand the main points of clear, standard input on familiar matters regularly                                                               Drinks: €1.50
                                                                                                                   A Can you say it again more slowly, please.
                      encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to                                                                  Snacks: €1
                                                                                                                   		 I didn’t catch that.
                      arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple,
                   B1 connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe            A        How do you say “Hola” in English?
                      experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and             B        “Hello”.
                      explanations for opinions and plans.
                      Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to area of most
                      immediate relevance (eg. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local              How to make the Best possible progress
                      geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a
                   A2 simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe
                                                                                                                        l    Do speak English at all times even with friends from your own country.
Basic User

                      in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in               l    You can learn a lot from your classmates as well as your teacher, so do your best
                      areas of immediate use.
                                                                                                                             to take part in class activities.
                      Can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at             l    Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Be an active student and remember that every
                      the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and                 student in class is important.
                   A1 ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people
                      he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other               l    When your teacher gives you homework, it is important that you allocate time to do
                      person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.                                               it. Homework helps you to revise class work and it helps the teacher to see the difficulties
                                                                                                                             you might have. Remember homework is not always written work. It might be studying
                                                                                                                             vocabulary, reading an article, preparing to make a presentation.
                                                                                                                        l    Use self-study websites listed on page 14.
                                                                                                                        l    Be patient. Learning a language takes time. Don’t put yourself under pressure.
                                                                                                                             The more relaxed you are learning a language, the more you will progress.
                                                                                                                        If you are not satisfied with the progress you are making, speak first to your class teacher and
                                                                                                                        ask for advice. If you need additional advice, make an appointment to speak to Emma, our
                                                                                                                        Academic Director.
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List of Irregular Verbs                                                                        Useful Websites for Learners of English
infinitive   past simple   past participle   infinitive        past simple   past participle   www.onestopenglish.com                           Exam Preparation (C.A.E.)
be           was/were      been              light             lit           lit               www.eslcafe.com - grammar lessons, idioms, 		    www.splendidspeaking.com
beat         beat          beaten            lose              lost          lost                   phrasal verbs, pronunciation and quizzes    www.oxfordenglishtest.com
become       became        become            make              made          made
begin        began         begun             mean              meant         meant
                                                                                               www.spotlight-online.de – grammar, vocabulary,
                                                                                                    reading, review of tenses – useful for      Grammar Lesson Videos
bend         bent          bent              meet              met           met
                                                                                                    German Ss                                   www.anglolink.com – found on youtube
bet          bet           bet               pay               paid          paid
bite         bit           bitten            put               put           put               www.manythings.org - fun, self-study website          (left hand column)
blow         blew          blown             read              read *red     read *red         www.globalenglish.com – Business English
break        broke         broken            ride              rode          ridden
                                                                                                                                                Teaching Websites for Children’s Course
                                                                                               www.autoenglish.org                              Macmillan English
bring        brought       brought           ring              rang          rung
broadcast    broadcast     broadcast         rise              rose          risen             Music                                            http://www.macmillanenglish.com/younglearners
build        built         built             run               ran           run
                                                                                               www.lyreach.com – song lyrics                    OneStopEnglish
burst        burst         burst             say               said          said
buy          bought        bought            see               saw           seen              www.tubeoke.com – watch and sing                 http://www.onestopenglish.com/children
catch        caught        caught            seek              sought        sought            www.thebluesmaker.com – the students write       http://www.onestopenglish.com/games
choose       chose         chosen            sell              sold          sold                    their own blues songs                              Do also check out the support section
come         came          come              send              sent          sent              www.lyricstraining.com – vocabulary exercises            for useful tips
cost         cost          cost              set               set           set
                                                                                                                                                Oxford University Press
creep        crept         crept             sew               sewed         sewn / sewed      Working with Pictures
cut          cut           cut               shake             shook         shaken                                                             http://elt.oup.com/learning_resources/courses/
                                                                                               www.picture2life.com – upload pictures
deal         dealt         dealt             shine             shone         shone                                                              younglearners
                                                                                                    and create collages
dig          dug           dug               shoot             shot          shot                                                                       including latest videos
do           did           done              show              showed        shown / showed
                                                                                               www.photobabble.com
draw         drew          drawn             shrink            shrank        shrunk
drink        drank         drunk             shut              shut          shut
drive        drove         driven            sing              sang          sung
eat          ate           eaten             sink              sank          sunk              Insurance                                        as Fee Protection insurance can be arranged
fall         fell          fallen            sit               sat           sat                                                                with The Slaney Language Centre. Further
feed         fed           fed               sleep             slept         slept                                                              information:
                                                                                               The Slaney Language Centre insurance provides
feel         felt          felt              slide             slid          slit                                                               www.slaneylanguage.com/insurance
fight        fought        fought            speak             spoke         spoken            cover for accident/injury on the school’s
find         found         found             spend             spent         spent             premises only. Students are not insured by The
flee
fly
             fled
             flew
                           fled
                           flown
                                             spit
                                             split
                                                               spat
                                                               split
                                                                             spat
                                                                             split
                                                                                               Slaney Language Centre against illness, theft,
                                                                                               damages or loss and The Slaney Language
                                                                                                                                                Learner Protection
forbid       forbade       forbidden         spread            spread        spread            Centre accepts no responsibility in the event of
forget       forgot        forgotten         spring            sprang        sprung                                                             As an MEI member The Slaney Language
forgive      forgave       forgiven          stand             stood         stood
                                                                                               such occurrence.
                                                                                                                                                Centre guarantees Learner Protection to all
freeze       froze         frozen            steal             stole         stolen                                                             students enrolled in our school. This means
get          got           gotten            stick             stuck         stuck             EU Nationals should obtain form EHIC from
                                                                                                                                                that students can complete their language
give         gave          given             sting             stung         stung             their local social welfare or insurance office
go           went          gone              stink             stank         stunk                                                              programme with another school in the unlikely
                                                                                               before departing. This entitles you to free
grow         grew          grown             strike            struck        struck                                                             event of the programme ceasing prematurely
                                                                                               emergency hospital car and attendance at
hang         hung          hung              swear             swore         sworn                                                              thus guaranteeing all language courses for
have         had           had               sweep             swept         swept             certain doctors. It does not cover elective,
                                                                                                                                                which they are enrolled. This protection covers
hear         heard         heard             swim              swam          swum              medical or dental medicine. Any person
                                                                                                                                                the period from when a student enrolls on
hide         hid           hidden            swing             swung         swung             undergoing medical treatment should bring
hit          hit           hit               take              took          taken                                                              a programme until the time the student has
                                                                                               a medical certificate and sufficient medicine
hold         held          held              teach             taught        taught                                                             successfully completed the programme and
                                                                                               to cover their stay. We strongly advise you to
hurt         hurt          hurt              tear              tore          torn                                                               end of course exams.
keep         kept          kept              tell              told          told
                                                                                               insure against loss of fees, personal effects
                                                                                                                                                www.slaneylanguage.com/learner-protection
kneel        knelt         knelt             think             thought       thought           etc. that you may incur due to cancellation,
know         knew          known             throw             threw         thrown            late arrival or early departure. All Non-EU
lay          laid          laid              understand        understood    understood
                                                                                               students must have private medical insurance
lead         led           led               wake              woke          woken
leave        left          left              wear              wore          worn              in order to obtain permission to stay in Ireland
lend         lent          lent              weep              wept          wept              on a visa. The insurance policy must provide
let          let           let               win               won           won               private medical insurance suitable for Irish
lie          lay           lain              write             wrote         written           hospitals with a minimum of €2,500,000 cover.
                                             * pronunciation
                                                                                               TMedicover Private Medical Insurance as well
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Safety and Security                                                                                    Public Holidays                                Being away from home

Fire exists are clearly                Welfare of Underage Students                                    The Slaney Language Centre is closed on        When you arrive in Ireland, you might feel
                                                                                                       public holidays and for eight weeks from       homesick, tired and confused and you will find it
marked and will be                     If you have any concerns about the welfare of
                                                                                                       Christmas to February.                         difficult at first to understand people speaking
pointed out to you                     underage students please contact our Child
                                                                                                                                                      English.
                                       Protection officers:
on your first day. On                                                                                  Public Holidays                                Don’t worry. This is a normal reaction. You are
discovering a fire, break an alarm     Lisa Bartsch (Child Protection Officer - DLP):
                                                                                                       l   17 March (Saint Patrick’s Day)             away from home and everything seems different.
                                       00353 (0)87 231 7270
‘Break Class’ unit, leave the building                                                                 l   Easter Monday                              Be patient and give yourself a chance to get used
and proceed to the assembly point. Kristina Arthurs (Deputy Child Protection                           l   The first Monday in May                    to your new lifestyle.
                                                     Officer - Deputy DLP): 00353 (0)87 4407 083       l   The first Monday in June                   l   Things are different in Ireland. Don’t look for
We have regular fire practices called fire drills.                                                     l   the first Monday in August                     things that are the same as in your home
When the alarm rings:                                Emergency Contact                                 l   the last Monday in October                     country. Enjoy everything that’s different.
                                                                                                                                                          You will be back home soon.
l Follow your teacher’s instructions.                If you experience a serious problem                                                              l   Join in the social programme organised by
l Leave the school in a calm and orderly 		          outside of school hours phone our 24                                                                 the Slaney Language Centre
  manner.                                            hour emergency number at
l Do not run.                                        00353 87 231 7270.                                Extracurricular                                l   Join Wexford clubs and events of interest to you.
                                                                                                                                                          Chat to your host family, teacher and fellow
                                                                                                       Activities
                                                                                                                                                      l
l Do not go back to collect your property.           We would ask you to use this number                                                                  students. This is a good way to practise your
l Stand outside at the fire                          for emergencies only.                                                                                English and make new friends.
  assembly point sign together with                                                                    We offer optional afternoon activities,        l   Get enough rest. A good night’s sleep helps
  your classmates and teacher.                       Emergency number: 112 or 999. This will get
                                                     you the assistance of the Gardai (Police), Fire   excursions and weekend daytrips.                   you to concentrate and get used to a new
Do not return to your classroom                      Brigade or Ambulance. You should say which        July and August:                                   culture.
until you are given permission.                      service you require when you phone.               3 afternoon activities per week                l   If you have any health problem(s), please talk
                                                                                                       Daytrip on Saturdays                               to Lisa or Anna in the office. We will treat your
                                                     Care doc (This is a doctor on call 24 hours a                                                        problem with sympathy and in confidence,
                                                     day): 1850 334 999                                March, April, May, June,                           and we will try to help wherever we can.
 A First Aid Kit is located at reception                                                               September and October:
 The following Slaney Language Centre                Wexford Garda Station: 00353 53 916 5200          2 afternoon activities per week
 staff members are qualified First Aiders:           Wexford General Hospital: 00353 53 914 2233       Daytrip on Saturdays
 Lisa Bartsch: 00353 (0)87 231 7270
 Emma Misiti: 00353 (0)87 770 9387
                                                                                                       February, November and December:                   Photography
                                                                                                       Coffee club
                                                                                                       (free conversation class with your teacher)
                                                                                                                                                          From time to time we take photographs
  General Health & Safety Advice                     Irish Tourist Assistance Service                  A minimum of 10 students is required
                                                                                                                                                          and record videos of the school and of
                                                                                                                                                          students. We may use the images and
  l   Always carry emergency contact details         The Irish Tourist Assistance offers free          for any activity to go ahead.
                                                                                                                                                          audio/video for publicity purposes in print,
      with you (they are included in this booklet)   nationwide service offering support and
                                                                                                                                                          online or through other digital forms of
                                                     assistance to visitors to Ireland who became      Activities for the week can be booked
  l   Always tell someone where you are going                                                                                                             distribution. If this is OK for you please
                                                     victims of crime while visiting Ireland.          and paid for from the designated part of
      (etc. your host family, your friends, your                                                                                                          tick the appropriate box on our First
                                                     Phone numbers:                                    the student common room (second floor)
      teachers)                                                                                                                                           Day Registration Form.
                                                     00353 1890 365 700 (general)                      on Mondays from 13.00 to 13.45 and on
  l   Mind your money and personal                   00353 1850 211 407 (crime victims help line)      Tuesdays from 11.00 to 11.30. Activities for       You will receive the First Day Registration
      belongings                                     For more information please read                  the week must be booked and paid for               Form on your first course day. If you prefer
                                                     www.itas.ie                                       by Tuesday 11.30am.                                you can copy and complete the Form on
  l   Don’t leave expensive items or money
      on view                                                                                                                                             the following page and bring it to The
                                                     ENAR Ireland Network                                                                                 Slaney Language Centre reception on your
  l   Be careful when withdrawing money              If you witness any racists incident                                                                  first day.
      from cash machines                             please report to 00353 01 889 7110
  l   Come and talk to us if you have a              www.enarireland.org
      problem. We are here to help.

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Welcome to Ireland
                                The Slaney Language Centre
                                First Day Registration Form
                                                                                                                                Irish culture is rich in its                           Understanding local people
                                                                                                                                diversity and reflects the
                                                                                                                                                                                       As in most countries there
                                                                                                                                influence of the Celts,                                are a huge variety of accents
                                                                                                                                Vikings, Normans and                                   depending on which part
Student Full Name:          ________________________________________________________________________________________            others, who have come                                  of Ireland the person
                                                                                                                                                                                       comes from. If you don’t
Gender:                        Male       Female                                                                                to Ireland over the centuries.                         understand an accent, ask
Date of Birth:                _______ / _______ / ____________    Country of Birth: ____________________________________                                                               the person politely to speak
                                                                                                                                The old Irish language is still spoken in parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                       more slowly.
Main Mother tongue language(s): _______________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                Ireland known as the ‘Gaeltacht’ and is visible
                                                                                                                                on road signs and heard on some television and
                                                                                                                                                                                       Some commonly used words and phrases are:
Home Address:__________________________________________________________________________________________________                 radio channels.
City: ____________________________________________________ Postal / Zip Code: ____________________________________                                                                     ‘Cop on’ : Means common sense, can be
                                                                                                                                Traditional Gaelic sports in Ireland (GAA)
                                                                                                                                                                                       used as a noun or verb, ‘Cop on to yourself’
Country:_________________________________________________ Email Address: _______________________________________                include hurling, football, camogie and handball.
                                                                                                                                                                                       meaning have some common sense.
Phone number: _________________________________________ Mobile Number: _____________________________________                    Irish traditional and folk music are part of
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Craic’ (pronounced ‘crack’) : This means fun,
                                                                                                                                a tradition that stretches back over many
Passport Number: _______________________________________ Passport Expiry day: _________________________________                                                                        enjoyment and laughter and often refers to a
                                                                                                                                centuries. The traditional instruments are the
                                                                                                                                                                                       good night out.
Passport Country: _______________________________________ Visa Number: ________________________________________                 Harp, Uileann Pipes, Bodhran, Flute and Fiddle.
    			                                                   (Non-EU nationals only)                                               The Harp became the symbol of Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Grand’ : In Ireland it means fine, good or OK.
                                                                                                                                Traditional Irish music is closely associated with
Visa Expiry Date: _______ / _______ / ____________                Visa Type: ___________________________________________                                                               For example if you ask how someone is, they
                                                                                                                                pubs where it is often performed. Traditional
				                                                              (Non-EU nationals only)                                                                                              might reply ‘Grand’. It can also be used to say
                                                                                                                                Irish dance is also still popular, particularly
Emergency Contact                                                                                                                                                                      thousands, as in ’50 grand’ meaning 50,000.
                                                                                                                                amongst children, and has become famous
Name: ___________________________________________________ Relationship to you: _________________________________                worldwide through the show ‘Riverdance’.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘It’s all sorted’ : Literally means some thing has
                                                                                                                                                                                       been done, but it can also mean something is
Contact phone / mobile phone number: ________________________________________________________________________                   Irish people are generally very polite and often
                                                                                                                                                                                       in progress or will be done.
Do you suffer from any medical conditions, illness, special needs, disability or                                                use phrases such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, ‘if
allergies you would like us to be aware of ?					                                                   Yes      No                 you wouldn’t mind’ or ‘sorry’. They don’t like to
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Sorry’ : Literally an apology but in most cases
                                                                                                                                say ‘No’ directly. In generally they will be polite
If yes, please give details: _______________________________________________________________________________________                                                                   means ‘Excuse me’ and also takes the place of
                                                                                                                                and friendly and soften negativity by saying
                                                                                                                                                                                       an outright ‘No’ in order to be more polite.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________               things like ‘I am afraid not’, ‘Unfortunately’, ‘I’m
                                                                                                                                sorry’ or just ‘sorry’.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Your man’ : Literally means the man belonging
Have you already emailed a photograph of yourself for your student profile?		                       Yes      No
                                                                                                                                                                                       to you, but is used to refer to a specific man.
If not please email it within the next two days.                                                                                Irish people usually shake hands when greeting
Have you already emailed a scanned copy of your passport (for Non-EU students only)                 Yes      No                 one another. When speaking with somebody,
                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Well’ : This is a form of greeting.
If not please email it within the next two days.                                                                                it is usual and polite to look him/her in the
                                                                                                                                eye. Averting the eyes when talking may be
     I would like to receive the annual Slaney Language Centre Newsletter                                                                                                              ‘Hun’ or ‘Honey’ : This is a form of informal
                                                                                                                                interpreted as being uninterested.
  I have read the Student handbook. I am familiar with its contents, including
                                                                                                                                                                                       greeting used mostly in County Wexford.
  The Slaney Language Centre Policies and Terms and Conditions.
                                                                                                                                Generally you will be made to feel very
  I understand that The Slaney Language Centre occasionally uses video to observe lessons and for student project work.         welcome when holidaying in Ireland. If you are
  In the first instance, this allows teachers the opportunity to review lessons and therefore improve the teaching strategies
  and techniques that we use to promote student learning and I give my consent.                                                 staying for a bit longer, you will be expected to
  I understand that The Slaney Language Centre takes photographs during lessons, activities and excursions to
                                                                                                                                have an understanding of Irish culture, general
  be used in future promotional material and I give my consent.                                                                 history and way of life and to show sensitivity to
                                                                                                                                these aspects of your ‘new home’.​

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    Signature			​Date

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Some facts about Ireland                                                                                 Showing proof of funds
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Population: 			            Approx. 4.5 million                                                           As of 1 September 2016, students have the          by a Company Director / Head of Education
_________________________________________________________________________________________________        following options to show proof of funds:          confirming the student’s:
Capital: 			               Dublin
_________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           - Course Description and Details (the course
                                                                                                         (a) A statement in respect of an Irish bank
First language spoken:     English                                                                                                                        		 duration must be at least 25 weeks in
_________________________________________________________________________________________________        		 account showing sufficient funds, where
                                                                                                                                                          		 duration and be a minimum of 15 hours
Gaeltacht areas: 		        These are some parts of Ireland where the Irish Language (Gaelic) is          		 the student can open an Irish bank account
                                                                                                                                                          		 per week), and
				                       still spoken on a daily basis
_________________________________________________________________________________________________        (b) A current foreign bank statement not           - Current Irish residential address
Climate: 			               Around 15 to 20 degrees in summer, around 10 degrees in spring and            		 less than one month old, together with a        - Student’s date of Birth
				                       around 4 to 7 degrees in winter.                                              		 past statement, for an account in the           - Student’s Residential Address
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                         		 student’s name (as in his or her passport)      - Student’s Country of Birth
The weather: 			           Irish weather is unpredictable - you can have all four seasons in one day!
_________________________________________________________________________________________________        		 accompanied by a debit card in the same         - Details of Enrolment Fee Paid
Electrical supply: 		      222 volts AC (50 cycles).                                                     		 name and the same bank account                  Letter must confirm that all information
				                       Plugs are flat with three pins. You can buy adapters in most hardware                                                            provided has been verified and
				                       shops and even in some pharmacies.                                            (c) Documentary evidence that money is held
_________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                           authenticated by the Company Director /
                                                                                                         		 in trust for a student by a financial service
Shop opening hours:        Generally from 9.00 to 17.30 with most supermarkets open from 9.00                                                               Head of Education signing the letter.
                                                                                                         		 body regulated in Ireland by the Central
				                       to 20.00/21.00 except Tesco which is usually open until 23.00.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________        		 Bank of Ireland
                                                                                                                                                          Language Schools are currently recognised
Irish culture: 			         Music, art and sports are an important part of Irish life. Try to listen to   (d) A pre-paid credit or debit card(s) with a    by one or both of the following:
				                       traditional music or storytelling in a local pub or attend a hurling or       		 verification of the amount(s) in credit         - ACELS (The Accreditation and
				                       Gaelic football match.                                                                                                         		 Coordination of English Language
				                       Ireland is a relaxed and informal country.                                                                                     		 Services)
				                       Most people address each other by their first names.                                                                           		 or
				                       Traditional pubs are important for Irish people of all ages to meet                                                              - ILEP (Interim List of eligible Programmes)
				                       there to chat, sing and have fun.                                             Opening a bank
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Irish sayings: 			         There are many Irish proverbs and sayings.                                    account                                            Students must provide a copy of their Course
				                       Two of the most famous ones are:                                                                                                 Application Form which must be verified
				                       ‘Céad Mile Fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) or                            Accounts for language students can be opened       against letter received from College as proof
				                       ‘A stranger is a friend you haven’t yet met’.                                 only for those who are:                            of address
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                         l Met on a face to face basis, and

                                                                                                         l Over 18 years, and                               Required for Non-EEA nationals
Academic Year Students                                                                                   l Enrolled in a study course that is at least 25   Evidence of Medical insurance*, which is a
                                                                                                           weeks duration and is full time (minimum 15      mandatory requirement of Irish Naturalisation
                                                                                                           hours per week), and                             and Immigration Service. The student must be
As part of their induction, Non EEA, ILEP           l   You will have to pay your full tuition fees in   l Attend a school which is an AIB Customer         either insured:
Students studying the English Language                  advance and through an escrow account              and is recognised by the Accreditation and       l under a Group Insurance Scheme which
Academic Year 25 Week Course are required to            (Pay to study).                                    Co-ordination of English Language Services          must be operated by the college they are
sign an agreement stating that they will take the   l   We will then send you a letter of registration     (ACELS) or ILEP (Interim List of Eligible           attending in Ireland,
TIE as an end-of-course exam. The agreement             stating that you are registered with our           Programmes). This applies to The Slaney             or
states that the student understands that the            language centre and that we have received          Language Centre.                                 l on an individual basis, i.e. the student
exam is mandatory and that they agree to take           fees in full.                                                                                          is required to have individual private
it. Once this agreement is signed, our Academic     l   You will have to attend at least 85% of          Students must provide the following                   medical insurance.
Director registers the student with the IELT            the course enrolled to ensure satisfactory       information:
Centre in Dublin.                                       progression through the course.                                                                     * Medical insurance can only be accepted from an Insurance
                                                                                                         l   Passport as Photo ID
                                                                                                                                                            company that is regulated and established in a country that is
                                                    l   You are required to have a valid health              Additionally Non EEA Nationals must have       on the EU & Prescribed Countries List. Travel insurance which
Study Visa Requirements                                 insurance.                                           a valid immigration stamp showing the date     provides additional cover, e.g. accident and/or disease cover,
                                                                                                             of entry into Ireland. This must be in date    is considered acceptable provided the Insurance Company
In order to apply for a study visa:                 l   You will have to open a bank account                                                                is regulated and established in a country that is on the EU &
l You will have to be enrolled as a full time           showing that you have approximately                  and valid at time of account opening.          Prescribed Countries List.
   student (min 15 hours per week = 20 lessons          €3,000 to support yourself.                      l   Proof of Address Item                          The insurance document must detail: student’s full name,
                                                                                                                                                            student’s Irish residential address and period of cover.
   at the Slaney Language Centre).                                                                       l   Letter from language school which must be
                                                    For more detailed information please read:               an AIB customer. The letter must be signed
                                                    www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Study
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Important places in Wexford
                                                                  Looking for a part time job
Immigration Office                                                Many long term students seek part time           food restaurants, hotels etc. Please note that
located at Wexford Garda Station                                  employment while studying in Ireland.            you may be required to attend an interview
Mulgannon, Wexford                                                Positions are advertised in the following        for a position. If so, dress well and arrive early.
Phone: 00353 0)53 916 5200                                        weekly newspapers:                               To work in Ireland you will need a PPS
                                                                  Wexford People Paper or Wexford Echo             number.

    G
                                                                  You may also like to browse through the
           If you are a Non-Eu student, you                       following websites:                              What is a PPS number?
           will have to register with the local                      www.wexfordjobs.ie                            A PPS number is a unique number that
           immigration office which is located                       www.jobs.ie/wexford_jobs.aspx                 government bodies will use to identify
at the Garda Station (Police). You will have to                      www.jobrapido.com                             you. To start employment, you will need a
provide proof that you have sufficient funds                         www.fas.ie                                    PPS number to register with the Revenue
          (please see page 21). As the Slaney                        www.recruitireland.com                        commissioners.
          Language Centre is a customer of the                       www.nixers.com                                You cannot apply for a PPS number before
          AIB Bank, it will be possible for you to                   www.irishjobs.ie                              you arrive in Ireland. You must be living in
          open an account with the AIB Bank,                         www.idaireland.com                            Ireland to apply for a PPS number.
          Wexford (more details on page 21).                         www.skillsbase.ie
                                                                     www.jobshipireland.com                        Where can I apply for a PPS number?
You will then have to make an appointment with                       www.monster.ie                                Revenue Regional Office
the immigration office and bring the following:                      www.loadsajob.ie                              Government Office
l    A bank statement from your Irish Account                     Many students prepare a number of CVs            Anne Street
     showing that you have €3,000 of savings.                     (Curriculum Vitaes, Resumes) and leave them      Wexford

                                                      G
l    Proof of health insurance                                    in person to shops, garages, restaurants, fast   00353 53 914 9300
l    Letter of registration from the Slaney
     Language Centre                                      G

l    €300 Registration Fee
                                                              Staying with a host family
Please don’t forget to close the bank
account before you return home. If you have                   Staying with a local family offers you a great       l   Don’t use the family phone unless it is
any questions please contact Lisa in the office.              opportunity for practising English in everyday           absolutely necessary. If so, always ask a family
                                                              situations.                                              member first and ask your friend/relative to
                                                                                                                       phone you on the family’s phone if
Wexford Tourist Office                                        To be included in a family’s day-to-day life is          necessary.
        We would advise you contact Wexford                   different from staying in a hotel or guesthouse.
                                                              You are a guest but at the same time treated         l   You are expected to keep your room tidy and
        Tourist Office on your first free afternoon
                                                              as a member of the family. You are encouraged            make your bed every day. You could also
        to find out if there are any events, clubs,
                                                              to spend time with the family but must also              help the family with small jobs such as
        etc. that you are interested in. The
                                                              appreciate that there are occasions when the             clearing the table after meals etc.
staff at Wexford Tourist Office will help you to
book B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels if you are                  family need time on their own.                       l   Please check with the family about the best
planning to go away for a weekend.                                                                                     time to use the bathroom, particularly in the
                                                              Staying with a family means respecting cultural          mornings.
Wexford Tourist office is the modern box                      differences e.g. food, meal times, decor and
building located on the quays (where the                      showing consideration for the family’s own           l   You might find the house is not as warm
fishing boats are). See right.                                attitudes and values, please try to observe the          as you would expect it to be. This is because
                                                              following:                                               your Irish host is accustomed to the low
                                                                                                                       temperatures and their home doesn’t need
                                                              l   ALWAYS speak English when family members
                                                                                                                       much heating. It may take a while to get used
                                                                  are around, even with your own friends.
                                                                                                                       to this. However, you should have adequate
                                                              l   Don’t smoke in the house if the family               heating in your bedroom when you get up in
                                                                  members are non-smokers.                             the morning and at night if you are studying
                                                                                                                       in your room. Please ask your family for an
                                                                                                                       extra blanket or heater if you feel cold.
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Finding the Information you need                                                   Slaney Language Centre Child Protection
                                                                                   Policy and Guidelines
Renting a car                                 A B&B, guesthouse or hotel
Herz Rent a Car                               anywhere in Ireland                  The management of the Slaney Language Centre (SLC) recognises that             All host families in contact with junior students are to have accredited
Ferrybank                                     Wexford Tourist Office               child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of a          compliance in relation to Garda Vetting of host families (through MEI).
Wexford                                       Wexford Quays                        school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practises   Using thorough recruitment procedures (such as seeking and following
                                                                                   and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the        up of references and ensuring that any unexplained gaps in employment
00353 53 915 2500                             Wexford                              Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for            records/CVs are satisfactorily accounted for) are an essential element of
www.hertz.ie                                  00353 53 912 3111                    Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Management of the SLC has                good child protection practice.
                                                                                   agreed the following child protection policy:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car                         www.visitwexford.com
Doyles Kia                                                                         1) The Management has adopted and will implement fully and without             Definition of a Child or Vulnerable Adult
                                                                                      modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for
Ardcavan                                      Bus and train timetables                Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child              Children : People under 18 years of age.
Wexford                                       www.wexfordbus.com
                                                                                      protection policy.                                                          Vulnerable adults : A person aged 18 years or over, who is in receipt of
                                                                                                                                                                  or may be in need of services by reason of mental or other disability, age
053 917 4678
                                              www.buseireann.ie                    2) The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Lisa Bartsch.                        or illness and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or
www.enterprise.ie                                                                                                                                                 unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.
                                              www.irishrail.ie                     3) The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is
Budget Car Rental                                                                     Kristina Arthurs.
Rosslare Europort                                                                                                                                                 Definition of Abuse
00353 53 913 3318                             Flights and Ferries                  4) In its policies, practices and activities will SLC adhere to the
                                                                                      following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.      Reporting Procedure
www.budget.ie/rosslare-ferryport/             www.aerlingus.com                       The SLC will:                                                               a) Contact the Designated Liaison Person (Lisa Bartsch) in confidence.
                                              www.ryanair.com                         - Recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of                  If the accusation involves the DLP, then it should be made to the
                                                                                   		 paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations.                  Deputy DLP (Kristina Arthurs)
Renting a bicycle                             www.aerarann.com                        - Fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation      b) The DLP will liaise with relevant parties (HSE) to determine what
                                                                                   		 to child protection and welfare matters.                                       further action is necessary in line with protocols contained in the
Hayes Cycles                                  www.irishferries.com                    - Adopt safe practice to minimise the possibility of harm or                   Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools
108 South Main Street                         www.stenaline.ie                     		 accidents happening to children and protect workers from the                   document – Department of Eduacation.
                                                                                   		 necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves               c) If the accusation involves an employee, the Management will
Wexford                                       www.aferry.ie                        		 open to accusations of abuse or neglect.                                       undertake to assess the situation using protocols from the same.
00353 53 912 2462                             www.directferries.ie                    - Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage                 d) All information regarding concerns of possible child abuse and
                                                                                   		 parental involvement in the education of their children.                       neglect should be shared only on a ‘need to know’ basis in the
www.hayescycles.com                                                                   - Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child             interest of the child. If sharing the information is central to protecting
                                              Study visa information               		 protection matters.
                                                                                      The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any
                                                                                                                                                                     the child from harm then this must be prioritised over all other
                                                                                                                                                                     concerns, including confidentiality. It is important that if a child
A room in a house shared with others          www.inis.gov.ie                         adult pupil with a special vulnerability.                                      shares information about abuse that they are not given the
                                                                                                                                                                     impression that it will not be passed on.
www.wexfordhouseshare.ie/looking-to-rent-a-                                        5) SLC policies include a Code of Behaviour, Anti bullying Policy, Pupil       e) It is not our responsibility to investigate, assess or determine if
room                                          Irish weather                           Attendance Strategy, Supervision of Pupils, Sporting Activities/               abuse has occurred. It is our responsibility to record the information
                                                                                      School Outings/Pupil Work Placements as post primary etc. The                  of concern and communicate this to the Statutory Authority (HSE).
www.daft.ie
                                              www.met.ie                              Management has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or            f) All disclosures and suspicions must be reported to the Statutory
www.rent.ie/rooms-to-rent/wexford/                                                    practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above          Authorities i.e. HSE staff and An Garda Siochana.
                                                                                      listed items.                                                               In making a report on suspected or actual abuse, the individual should
wexford-town/                                 Internet cafes/access                                                                                               ensure that the first priority is always the safety and welfare of the child
                                                                                   6) This policy has been made available to school personnel and is              and/or vulnerable adult. In emergency situations, the information should
Wexford People Paper
                                              Wexford Town Internet Café              readily accessible to parents on request.                                   be communicated directly.
Wexford Echo Newspaper                        26 Henrietta Street                  7) This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in             Protection for Persons reporting Chld Abuse
                                              Wexford                                 every year.                                                                 The main provisions in the Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse
A self-catering apartment                     00353 53 915 2901                                                                                                   Act, 1998 are:
                                                                                   This policy was adopted by the Management on 16 August 2016.                   - The provision of immunity from civil liability to any person who
anywhere in Ireland                           www.wexfordtown.ie                                                                                                     reports child abuse ‘reasonably and in good faith’ to designated
                                                                                                                                                                     officers of the HSE or any member of An Garda Siochana.
www.relaxireland.com                                                               Child Protection Procedure                                                     - The provision of significant protection for employees who report
www.selfcatering-ireland.com                  Wexford Town Library                                                                                                   child abuse. These protections cover all employees and all forms of
                                                                                   The safety and well-being of children/students is a priority in our school.       discrimination up to, and including, dismissal.
www.irishcottageholidays.com             Mallin Street                             If school personnel have concerns that children with whom they have            - The creation of an offence of false reporting of child abuse where
www.dreamireland.com                     Wexford                                   contact, may have been abused or neglected or are being abused or                 a person makes a report of child abuse to the appropriate authorities
                                                                                   neglected, or are at risk of abuse or neglect, they shall report it without        ‘knowing that the statement to be false’. This is a criminal offence
                                         Free internet use, booking essential      delay to the Designated Liaison Person (Lisa Bartsch).                            designed to protect innocent persons from malicious report.
Information on activities, accommodation 00353 53 919 6760                                                                                                        Allegations concerning employees
                                         www.wexford.ie/wex/Departments/Library/   All school personnel will be directed and given the opportunity
and more around Wexford                                                            to familiarise themselves with the Duty of Care Fact sheet by the              School employees may be subject to erroneous or malicious allegations.
                                                                                   Department of Health and Children:                                             Therefore any allegation of abuse or neglect shall be dealt with
Wexford Tourist Office                                                             www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/publications/ODTC_FactSheets_Eng.pdf                 sensitively and support, including counselling, will be provided for staff
Wexford Quays                                                                      All school staff in contact with junior students are to                        where necessary. The Employee Assistance Service for teachers may be in
                                                                                   a) have accredited compliance in relation to Garda vetting of school           a position to offer assistance to teachers. The employee shall be treated
Wexford                                                                                personnel (through MEI) or                                                 fairly which includes the right not to be judged in advance of a full and
00353 53 912 3111                                                                  b) undertake application for such compliance within their first week of        fair enquiry. Where necessary, legal advice will be taken by the school.
                                                                                       employment.
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