Why is abbreviation such a long word?

Stephen ShorttBlog

An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev. – from Wikipedia  

Speak several languages…

Stephen ShorttBlog

The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless!

5 words to distinguish dresses.

Stephen ShorttBlog, College News, English Tutorials, Idioms & Phrasal Verbs, Student Resources, Teacher Resources, The English Of

Learning English in Dublin is great and all…but what if you can’t talk about what’s going on in the world of celebrity and fashion?? You might need a few words to help you… So, the Emmy’s were on last night, and the dresses on the red carpet were beautiful. Here in Alpha, we’ve been discussing the different necklines that were … Read More


Stephen ShorttAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture, Exploring Dublin, Exploring Ireland

It’s Bloomsday here on North Great George’s Street, and seeing as we’re just about to kick off our summer programme in Belvedere College (where James Joyce attended), check out a short clip of a lecture on Joyce that Keith Payne gave to Alpha students last summer..

Formal Friday

Stephen ShorttBlog

Casual Fridays are a bit cliché at this stage so we wanted to do something a little different… The whole team got involved in #FormalFriday to raise money for charity.  We all wore in slightly more formal clothes than we usually do and the reaction from students was great! What do you think, should we dress like this for class … Read More

Update on Almudena’s Work Experience

Stephen ShorttBlog, College News, Student Blog

Don’t let the opportunities pass you by. Good morning! Today Dublin woke up to the sun, probably the weather is the worst part of this experience of my life, but it’s not so bad, because in days such as today I really love the sun and enjoy it. I would like to tell you about another great experience about my … Read More

Rie Returns!

Stephen ShorttStudent News

Rie studied here 12 years ago.  She returned home to Japan after a year here and worked as a translator.  She is back in Ireland studying celtic calligraphy, and called in to Alpha to say hello. Check out how much (or how little) people have changed since 2002!  Thanks so much for visiting us Rie!

Almudena’s Work Experience

Stephen ShorttStudent Blog

After one month and half…. After one month and a half working in an Irish company I know that this is one of the best decisions of all my life. At the beginning I wasn´t sure if it would be a good opportunity to improve my English, but I need more professional experience on my Curriculum Vitae. My main concern … Read More

International Happiness Day 2014

Stephen ShorttBlog

Today is the International Day of Happiness.  This is a very new tradition started by the UN just two years ago, but is already gaining a lot of support from all over the globe. For more information about the International Day of Happiness (and to practise your English reading a little…) read the short article on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Happiness.

10,000 likes on Facebook!

Stephen ShorttCollege News

We are delighted to announce that we just reached a huge milestone on our Facebook page with 10,000 likes! We plan to bring you more interesting, engaging and educational/entertaining content in the days, weeks, months and years to come! If you haven’t already, why not “like” us on Facebook now: http://fb.com/alphacollegeofenglish.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Dublin!

Stephen ShorttCollege News

Meet Sergio and Anna. They are two students who met in Alpha College – Sergio is from Spain and Anna is Italian.  They met in Dublin and improved their English by talking to each other and the rest is history… Since recording this video with us before they went to live in Spain, we are delighted to announce that Sergio … Read More

Santa came to visit the Alpha kids!

Stephen ShorttBlog

Over the weekend, we invited the kids of the Alpha team into the school to have a Christmas party and watch “The Snowman” on the big screen. There was a special surprise guest who came to say hello to the Alpha Kids and give them a little something each!