At ELTA, English Language and Training for Adults, in Dublin, Ireland, trading as ELTA, The School of Spoken English, we are expert providers of spoken English training.
ELTA was founded in 2004 and was accredited by the Department of Education in 2007. Our spoken English programme is delivered via the Callan Method, and we are the first and only Callan Method school in Ireland to have been accredited by the Department of Education of the Government of Ireland, which was the accrediting body in 2007 and remained so until 2012.
Since 2012 , the inspection and accreditation of English language schools in Ireland has been carried out by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland), ‘an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland’ (from www.qqi.ie) who have continued to accredit ELTA.
Robin Callan founded the Callan Method in the late 1950s. By the time the Callan Method Organisation (CMO) introduced its own accreditation scheme in 2013 there were many unregulated schools using the system. The CMO required all schools worldwide using the Callan Method to undergo a rigorous inspection procedure. The first school they accredited was their own, at that time in Oxford Street, the second was Jet Australia, and the third, of over 300 using the Callan method worldwide, was ELTA.
Participating in two high-level and exacting schemes of accreditation means that we are quality-controlled and subject to scrutiny at every level.
The aim of a full-time course at ELTA is two-fold:
- To enable learners to become proficient in spoken English in as short a time as possible, which we achieve via the Callan Method.
- To ensure that learners have independent certification of their level of proficiency. All learners at ELTA are automatically registered for the Test of Interactive English (TIE) exam and required to sit this exam on completing their course. Advanced level students who wish to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be assigned to a dedicated IELTS preparation class and will sit the IELTS exam in addition to the TIE.
A regular working day at ELTA is four hours long and comprises two distinct learning periods: General English and Spoken English. The dual approach we adopt continually proves itself to be truly effective.