Eunji’s Thoughts on Halloween

Simon TurnerStudent Blog

Eunji and Simon

Many people (before they meet an informed proud Irish person) don’t realise that Halloween is originally a 2000 year old Celtic festival called Samhain originated in Ireland. Therefore, the only way to truly experience Halloween is in Ireland! 🙂 🙂  Here is Eunji’s experience: The Real Halloween Halloween night has just finished, I couldn’t have guessed the atmosphere of Halloween since … Read More

7 keys to the secret doors to Irish literature tradition you must visit in Dublin

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, Exploring Dublin

Sweney's pharmacy

Dublin, one of the cultural capitals of Europe, is home of some of the most enduring writers of the English language. It can boast 4 nobel literature prizes (William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney), who only represent a tiny fraction of the great writers Ireland has produced. It is then worth to explore the literary … Read More

General English, the most popular course. Here’s why.

Sara FrauClasses, College News

General English – The most popular course and what most courses are based on. During your first day at Alpha College, you will take an assessment test so that you are put in the appropriate class for your level. However, some people learn faster than others: for this reason, at Alpha we make sure, through regular interviews and assessment tests, … Read More

6 ways to boost your language learning outside the classroom

Sara FrauBlog, English Tutorials

boost your language learning

Even in today’s technologically advanced (and dependant) society, it is fundamental to participate in some language classes with real teachers that will help you improve all four of your language skills (writing, listening, speaking and reading) and help you reach your personal learning goals more quickly. In particular, in class you get the chance to practice your conversation skills in … Read More

6 reasons you should study English in alpha college besides learning English

Sara FrauCollege News, Student Resources

There might be many reasons why you decide to go abroad to learn English. First of all, it is surely more effective than taking an English course in a non-English speaking country, since you will be forced to use English for everyday tasks like buying some groceries. But, probably more importantly, studying English abroad concerns much more than “just” learning … Read More

Gallery of Photography and Hot Press Cover exhibition

Sara FrauCollege News, Culture

Gallery of Photography

One of the features that make Dublin one of the most interesting cities in Europe is its cultural vitality. If you are a culture buff, or even if you’re just a curious person, this city has an incredible lot to offer. You can enjoy some of the beautiful works of art humanity has realised or you can learn the science … Read More

Bloomsday festival in Dublin!

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Exploring Dublin

James Joyce Statue

James Joyce is one of the most famous sons of Dublin, and Dubliners sure are extremely proud of having such an eminent figure among their compatriots. They are so proud of it that each year on june 16th, officially since 1954, the city celebrates Bloomsday, the day depicted in Joyce’s Ulysses. Wait a second, maybe I am going to fast here. … Read More

Student Project: Countdown travelling films

Sara FrauStudent Blog

English Language Student Film Project

We already mentioned how Alpha College’s General English courses are task-based. Each Friday our students present a class project they prepared with their classmates. This project allows them to put into practice everything they learnt during the week, and to focus especially on their production skills (that is, writing and speaking). One of our students from a B1 class, Luiz Antonio, … Read More

Hugh Lane Gallery

Sara FrauCulture, Exploring Dublin

Hugh Lane Entry

Other than music and sports, Ireland has also a strong visual art tradition. For this reason, one of the guided tours we offer to our students is to one of the most important art galleries in Dublin, as well as the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. Coincidentally, this gallery is located at a few minute … Read More

Visit at the whiskey museum

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture, Exploring Dublin

There aren’t many things that scream “Ireland” more than whiskey. Whiskey is, in fact, not only a delicious liquor, but is also strictly connected with Irish history. Just think that the word whiskey is so old that it comes from the old Irish language, gaelic, Uisce beatha, “the water of life”, which was then mispronounced into whiskey by the Vikings … Read More

Hill of Tara and Trim Castle

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Exploring Ireland

Trim Castle

One of the ways to fully get a grasp of a foreign culture is to learn about its past. If you’re staying in Dublin, you are lucky: at less than one hour drive from the capital, there are two of the most representative places in Irish history, both for their symbolic and cultural value: the Hill of Tara and Trim … Read More

Traditional Irish Music

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

It is incredible how, despite its dimension, Ireland managed to preserve such a strong tradition and impose its culture on the rest of the world, considering it has a small population of 4 million people. One of the most recognisable features of Irish culture is surely its traditional music. Even to those who don’t know anything about Ireland, a beat … Read More

Strollin’ in Dublin – episode 2

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, College News

The wait is over! The new episode of Strollin’ in Dublin is finally out! This time we walked to the area known as Silicon docks, the most modern area in Dublin, which houses many of the European Headquarters of some important high-tech companies such as Google and Facebook. However, as you can see, many things caught our attention as we … Read More

Six whys of the Irish culture

Sara FrauAbout Dublin & Ireland, Culture, The Irish And...

Irish symbols

I find Irish culture to be extremely fascinating. Probably it’s because, being Ireland an insular Country, it managed to preserve many of its peculiarities, probably it’s just because I’m foreign and everything seems weird to me. Whatever the case, I often find myself, with a mixed feeling of curiosity and confusion, wondering “But why?”. I thought it would be interesting … Read More