Happy Bloomsday!

Stephen ShorttBlog

Today (June 16th) is Bloomsday. Bloomsday is a celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. Bloomsday was actually invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan and the novelist Flann O’Brien organised what … Read More

The Olympic Flame passes by Alpha College!

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All the staff and students in Alpha were very excited this morning when we lined the streets beside Alpha to watch as the Olympic Torch made its way through Dublin as part of the London 2012 celebration.

Some & Any

Stephen ShorttEnglish Tutorials

Some students get confused with when we use “some” and when we use “any”.  Today, Rachel clears up any confusion!

Lend & Borrow

Stephen ShorttEnglish Tutorials

In today’s video tutorial, Liliane explains the difference between two related verbs – Lend & Borrow

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Stephen ShorttBlog

As usual, we met at Alpha College on St Patrick’s Day before the parade and made our way to O’Connell Street to get a great view of the festivities.  If you have any photos or videos of St Patrick’s Day, please send them into us!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Today is International Women’s Day so we decided to get a photo of as many of our female staff and students who would pose for a photo. In this photo we have French, Swiss, Italian, Polish, South Korean, Czech, Venezuelan, German, Brazilian, Spanish, Saudi, Japanese, Colombian, Russian, Dutch and of course Irish women. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are … Read More

Happy Leap Day!

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Today is the 29th of February. This date only happens once every four years and has some interesting stories and side effects.  The current Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague is celebrating his 11th birthday today! Many people whose birthdays fall on Feb 29th celebrate every year either on February 28th or March 1st but every four years throw a … Read More

Happy Pancake Tuesday!

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Today is Pancake Tuesday in Dublin so Marianne made some pancakes for staff and students to enjoy!  The Nutella option was very popular and the jar almost ran out before the pancakes…  

The world is tiny!

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One of our senior teachers, Liam Bradshaw, headed off on a new adventure recently to set up a new Language Department in a school in  Mexico.  After a very long flight he was walking through Benito Juarez Airport and randomly bumped into a former student of Alpha College from Korea! It just goes to show you that it’s a small world … Read More

Mizuki’s time at Alpha

Marianne CurciBlog, Student Testimonials

“The staff at Alpha College of English is kind and when I asked them something, they were always smiling. Every Friday, after we finish the morning class, a staff member gives students some sweets. I thought it is fantastic! I like the teachers in Alpha. Of course teachers are really kind, friendly and lovely, and their lessons are really interesting … Read More

Sung-Bae Lee comes back to Alpha College

Marianne CurciBlog, Student Testimonials

We had a great surprise this afternoon when our former student Sung-Bae Lee dropped in to say Hi. Sung-Bae was a student in Alpha 5 years ago and has since gone on to work in the television industry in his native Korea.  While he was studying with us he always said his dream was to work as a television presenter … Read More

Braulio “flying home” to Mexico

Marianne CurciBlog, Student Testimonials

Today is my last day in the school and I feel so happy to have taken the decision to come to Ireland for 6 months to improve my English. When I arrived here, for the first month, I didn’t understand when other people spoke.  Now my English is very good. The people, in general, in the school are so friendly. … Read More

Olga’s Story

Stephen ShorttMy Story in English

Last week Olga had a great story in class so we asked her to tell it again, but this time caught on camera so we could share it with you!

Welcome to our new site!

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We have been working hard to make sure that this site is as easy as possible for you to navigate around and get the information you need. If there is something that you think would be useful or if there is something you are having difficulty finding, please let us know and we will do our best to get it … Read More