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Are you looking for an English Language School which caters exclusively for adults? At Horner School of English, we have a team of excellent teachers, a comfortable school building in Dublin City Centre and a fun social programme tailored to the needs of our adult clients. The minimum age at Horner school is 18 years, the average age in class is 25 years. Below you can see a breakdown of our student age profile for June 2017 Students Aged 18 – 20 years old:    17 % Students Aged 21 – 30 years ol [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:49+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Horner School News|

NEW SUMMER CLASSES – Start Monday 26th June 2017

Our next term (THE SUMMER TERM) will begin on Monday 26th June 2017. All students attending class from that date will be starting in the new classes. The new textbook being used in morning class will be National Geographic Series which is available at all levels. End of term grading assessments are running here at school on Thurs 15 and Friday 16 June @ 14.00hrs.  Students (already attending Horner School) who wish to move up a level from Monday 26 June should sit the end of term assessments.  C [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:47+00:00June 14th, 2017|Horner School News|

Take an Examination Preparation Course this Season!

  Are you thinking about English Language Examinations this year?   You can study for the following Internationally recognised exams here at Horner School:   Cambridge First Certificate Cambridge Advanced Certificate IELTS Test TOEFL Test   We provide courses throughout the year with specific starting dates for all of the above exams.  At this time of the year many students come to Horner School to study for an English Examination. Our team of EFL teachers are all highly qualified [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:45+00:00January 6th, 2017|Horner School News|

Course & Accommodation in Dublin City Center

Looking for an English language Course with accommodation in Dublin City this Summer ? You should seriously consider The Standard English Course or the Standard Plus Fluency Course. Both courses are available every Monday and are offered at 5 ability levels. Classes are arranged in small groups with mixed nationalities. Language assessments and progress tests are completed in class at the end of every week ! Our recommendation for Summer Accommodation in Dublin City Center is IFSC City Residence [...]

By |2019-01-01T20:59:44+00:00June 23rd, 2016|Horner School News|

School Group Packages

During the academic school year Horner School welcome school groups from all over the world. School groups travel with their teachers (group leaders) and stay with Irish host families for the duration of the stay.  Horner School arrange the full package as below. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE: English Classes 15 full hours per week.  In closed groups of max 15 students per class. 09:30 – 12:50hrs, Monday to Friday.  All textbooks and materials. On request, students over the age of 18 can atten [...]

By |2017-10-11T09:19:04+01:00April 7th, 2016|Horner School News|

Tense Combinations with the Narrative Tenses

By Rob Lane In a previous article, we looked at the narrative tenses: past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. Although these tenses are not very difficult in theory, in practice, learners have difficulty using them fluently in conversation. In this article, we will look at how these tenses are typically combined using linking words to form more complex sentences. Before reading this article, I recommend that you read the article entitled The Past – Which Tense. To review, past simple i [...]

By |2019-10-17T18:08:13+01:00December 15th, 2015|English Language Club|

Could have, Should have, and the Third Conditional

By Rob Lane In this post, we will look the structures could have done, should have done, and the third conditional. All three are past hypothetical structures. These structures are typically used to comment on the past. That can include appraisals, commenting on past situations, and expressing regret. Past modals, and more specifically, modal perfect can be difficult to use correctly and learners often avoid using it. This is a shame because similar structures are used in many other languages, [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:34+00:00November 23rd, 2015|English Language Club|

TOEIC Exam in Dublin

Test of English for International Communication  Horner School of English is an authorised test centre for the TOEIC Examination in Dublin. We offer the TOEIC® Institutional Reading & Listening Test at the Horner School of English premises, 40 Fitzwilliam St. Upper, in Dublin City Centre. TOEIC TEST DATES 2019 & 2020 Registration Here for the TOEIC Institutional Exam The TOEIC Exam costs €120.00, which includes your TOEIC® Institutional Reading & Listening Test and a Score R [...]

By |2019-07-18T16:45:44+01:00November 19th, 2015|Horner School News|

Enough and Plenty

By Rob Lane The words enough and plenty are often misused, particularly at Intermediate level. They are very common words and learners should take care to use them correctly. Both words can be used to express quantity. Enough means a sufficient amount whereas plenty means enough and potentially more. Do we have enough time? Don't worry, my friend. We have plenty of time. Enough Enough can be used as an adjective, an adverb, a pronoun, and an interjection. Use enough before a noun but after an [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:25+00:00November 9th, 2015|English Language Club|

Phrasal Verb List – Part One

By Rob Lane In a previous article, we saw an overview of phrasal verbs outlining how to study and use them. If you have not read the introduction, you should go back and do so before reading this. In this article, we will see some of the most common phrasal verbs along with a brief explanation and example for each. Remember that there are often a number of different possible meanings for each phrasal verbs. In the list below I have included only the most common for each verb. Note that with ea [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:24+00:00October 20th, 2015|English Language Club|

Improve your Fluency – Collocation

By Rob Lane Lexical Collocations The concept of collocation is, unfortunately, only introduced to learners in most textbooks at upper-intermediate and advanced level. However, everybody uses them every day and most of the time they work. But, sometimes they don't. Have you ever heard someone say they made a party? Have you ever heard a native speaker say it? Has the speaker made or done a mistake? If two words are a collocation, that means that it is common for native speakers to use them toge [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:23+00:00September 25th, 2015|English Language Club|

Position of Adverbs

By Rob Lane Learners often have difficulty with putting adverbs in the correct position in sentences. In this article, I will give an overview of the types of adverbs and where they go in sentences. Generally, there are three positions: front, middle, and end. The types of adverb we will see are manner, place, time, frequency, degree, and comment. Readers should remember that this article is designed as an overview and a lot of other things are possible.   Adverbs of Manner e.g. carefully [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:21+00:00September 28th, 2014|English Language Club|

Work Experience/ Internship Placement 2015

The Work Experience Programme / Internship Placement Service designed for students, graduates and young professionals aged 20 years or over with a good English level. An internship is an opportunity to gain real-life experience in a relevant business sector, observe and participate in the operation of an organisation and gain a realistic understanding of working life. Before you commence your Work Experience Placement, you must take a minimum of 4 weeks Standard Plus Business Course at The Horne [...]

By |2017-10-11T09:19:06+01:00September 8th, 2014|Horner School News|

Quantifiers – much, many and a lot of

By Rob Lane Much, many and a lot of are quantifiers which are used to indicate the amount or quantity of a countable or uncountable noun. Other examples of quantifiers include a little, a few, some, all and enough. In this article, I will focus on many, much and a lot of as these can be particularly confusing for learners. I will outline some of the fundamental rules first in a way that should allow learners to use them with minimal risk of error. Then, I will deal with some of the exceptions [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:15+00:00September 1st, 2014|English Language Club|

Future Perfect

  By Rob Lane Introduction In the last post, we looked at Future Continuous. Another tense that we see frequently with this is Future Perfect. In the previous article, I gave an example of this. A. Can we meet at 2 pm tomorrow? B. Unfortunately, I’ll be having lunch with a client at 2. But, we’ll have finished by 2.30 so I can come to your office then. Although both Future Continuous and Future Perfect have limited application, you should be familiar with them. Typically, you will focus o [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:14+00:00August 12th, 2014|English Language Club|

Future Continuous

  By Rob Lane In a previous article we saw that four key tenses are used for future: present simple for schedules, future simple (will) for reactions or new decisions, going to when you have intention, and present continuous when the future is arranged. There are many other ways in which we can express future ideas. One of these structures is future continuous.   A. Can we meet at 2 pm tomorrow? B. Unfortunately, I'll be having (1) lunch with a client at 2. But, we'll have finished ( [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:12+00:00July 16th, 2014|English Language Club|

Phrasal Verbs – An Introduction

By Rob Lane Phrasal verbs are often frightening for learners. While they are commonly used by native speakers, learners have difficulty understanding and using them. A phrasal verb is a verb comprised of a verb and one or two propositions. James picked Sam up from the station. Joan is looking forward to her vacation. In the classroom, dictionaries, and textbooks, a broad definition of phrasal verbs is used. A more restricted definition does not include phrasal verbs that have a literal sense. [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:11+00:00July 2nd, 2014|English Language Club|


We are organising a fantastic social programme of activities and trips this coming July and August 2014.   Students will have great opportunities to make life long friends and experience the best of Dublin and Ireland.   Weekly activities include the Guinness Store House, Greyhound racing, Pub quiz , the famous Horner School Irish music nights and much more.    Full Saturday tours include the excellent trip to Galway City and the West Coast,  Glendalough Wicklow and the historical city of Belfas [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:43:09+00:00June 27th, 2014|Horner School News|

Inversion with Negative Adverbials

Inversion with Negative Adverbials By Rob Lane   Negative adverbials are words or phrases used to be restrictive, emphatic, or dramatic. They are used at the beginning of sentences and require one to invert the following subject and verb. Only then did I realise my error. Never before have I seen such beauty. Seldom do I eat fast food. Although more commonly used in written English, they are also used in spoken English. The most common mistake people make with these structures is to fail to [...]

By |2017-12-13T20:42:01+00:00June 12th, 2014|English Language Club|