Interview with Michael McGarry, Director of SWAN Training Institute: “Society is changing and the so the profile of our customers.”

SWAN Training Institute 

Michael McGarry, Director, SWAN Training Institute


Why would a student choose your school?

We have more than 35 years of experience in teaching English to students from all around the world and we always focus on the quality of our teaching. We have a deep passion for what we do and we care to support our students in every way we can soothed can have an unforgettable experience.

In your opinion, what are the main benefits for a student to study abroad?

Spending a time abroad studying is an one-in-a-lifetime experience that students never regret. We believe that language is learnt inside and outside the classroom. The best way to do it is by combining both. At the same time of the total immersion the students learn a bit more about our wonderful culture and history.

How do you see the future of language tourism?

I believe language tourism will be adapted to the new circumstances as it has been doing since a long time now. Society is changing and the so the profile of our customers. We need to see that and change with them in order to offer them what they need in the way they need it. We should inspire them and motive them to learn.

What types of courses do you think will be most in demand in the future?

We have noticed that one of the most in demand courses already is ILETS which is useful for both studying and working. Nevertheless, we believe that a combination of courses is essential such as general English and Business or General English and Culture where students keep learning English but through different discipline. I reckon that it has never been more important to know a language as it is now and specially English. As well as the Erasmus+ programmes are growing more and more as the profile of the companies has changed as well and in concrete the international companies. they really appreciate the candidates who have a working experience abroad.



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Name of School

SWAN Training Institute




What are the most significant things the school can offer?

We use the latest teaching methodologies in our classrooms and we approach our teaching in a more dynamic and interactive way so students are the centre of it. Being a small school it gives us the possibility for a more personalised attention to our students. All our teachers are highly qualified with many years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language. We work equally all the skill (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) insisting more to the communicative part of the language.

Which are the types of courses taught at school?

General English Course (morning or afternoon) and IELTS exam preparation (morning)
Junior summer course, Mini-stays and teacher Training Courses (CELT and CLIL)
STEM and English for Aviation


What are the most attractions around the school and in the city in general?

We are in the centre of Dublin on the most famous street (Grafton street). Our prime location is easily accessible from everywhere. Also, our school is surrounded by all the necessary utilities such as restaurants, fast food chains, pubs, pharmacies, coffee shops, trinity College and in a very short walking distance we have the famous Spire. Just 5 mins walking for the schools we can find the well known Stephen’s Green park and the Stephen’s Green shopping centre. Just around the corner you find the Nation Gallery and the Archaeological Museum with free entrance.