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At the North West Academy, you will receive guidance on every aspect of your stay, from accommodation to English class, from work placement to induction.

Receive a personalised service from our staff members to ensure you make the most of your experience!

The NW Academy is accredited by the British Council, Accreditation UK, and ISO 9001 quality assurance scheme, and is an exam centre for Cambridge, IELTS, and Trinity exams. We also offer Secure English Language Test (SELT) preparation courses for students who require these qualifications for VISA purposes.

We are based in a large, modern building, close to the city centre. The building was designed by RIBA Awards 2015 Royal Gold Medal winners O’Donnell + Tuomey and was awarded 2nd place in the 2011 Stirling Prize for Architecture. We are excited to offer a variety of campus-style amenities, such as an onsite café, student lounge, IT area, book-lending facility, and 9 fully equipped, modern classrooms. We also have access to a large hall which can be used for a range of events including theatre and dance performances, concerts and conferences. It can also be used as an assembly point for students, a facility for social activities, and a venue for student inductions and meetings. The building as a whole provides students with a comfortable, welcoming environment in which to study English, relax with friends or simply have a cup of coffee while listening to live Irish music.

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Calendario Anno Scolastico 2023/24

A partire da quest'anno, per la sessione dedicata alla lingua inglese, non organizzeremo più corsi specifici per le classi dell'Academy of Distinction, come fatto negli anni precedenti. Abbiamo deciso che un seminario in lingua inglese rivolto a tutte le classi fornirà preziosi spunti, favorirà connessioni globali e arricchirà l'esperienza accademica complessiva. Ciò faciliterà l'organizzazione degli eventi. La rivista Distinction Insight, dedicata all'Academy of Distinction, rappresenterà un'ottima opportunità per gli studenti di tutte le classi, e consentirà loro di scoprire in anticipo il contenuto del webinar e di conoscere meglio lo speaker.



Gennaio 2024, h.15.00 -1st Webinar from Tokyo, Giappone

Charlie Browne; 

Zoom Link con registrazione e data: martedì 23 ore 15.00-16.00

Title: Words for Success, Words for Life: The New General Service List Project



The NGSL Project (New General Service List Project) is an open-source collection of 7 corpus-based lists of essential words for second-language learners of English. Each word list was developed to offer the highest coverage in the world of any word list in that genre, and we also offer a large and growing collection of free online tools for learning, teaching, and using these lists. 

This presentation will briefly introduce the NGSL wordlists and the science behind them, and then discuss and demonstrate some of our online learning tools. Three of the learning principles that have guided the development of learning tools include (1) learning words from authentic contexts, (2) learning through spaced repetition, and (3) gamification. All resources are available from the NGSL Project Website ( including a link to my TEDx talk that introduces the NGSL wordlist.

At the end of the session, there will be time for questions, answers, and discussion as well as for an explanation of the follow-up assignment.


NOTE: After the presentation, each classroom will be invited to try out the NGSL wordlists and online learning tools and to submit a group reaction back to me within a month of my presentation (a short 3-5 minute video will be fine). I will then view your video reactions and respond to each group, also by video. It is hoped that this added level of interaction after my presentation will help you to better understand and utilize these great learning tools and lists!



Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Meiji Gakuin University as well as Director of the English Department's MA and PhD Program and creator of their EFL teacher-training program. He is an internationally-renowned public speaker having given more than 50 plenary or keynote addresses at academic conferences around the world as well as a TEDx Talk on his main area of research, second language vocabulary acquisition. Dr. Browne is also a US State Department English Language Specialist, helping governments around the world with tailor-made teacher training programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and excellence in teaching. 


In addition to his work in creating many important new corpus-based word lists and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn, and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed countless free online ER/EL and vocabulary learning sites, tools and apps, working hard to share this knowledge through presentations, seminars and hands-on workshops around the world. 


He is also CEO of Charlie Browne Company (, consulting for online language learning companies, and helping them to develop science-based learning platforms, gamified teaching approaches, and content.

Febbraio 2024, h.15.00 -2nd Webinar from Athens, Greece

George Kokolas; 

Zoom Link con registrazione e data: mercoledì 28 ore 15.00-16.00


Title: Breaking Good! Tips for Blocking  Negative Thoughts to Learning


Negative thoughts, bad moods, and boredom are frequent and, above all, perfectly normal feelings among students. The good news is that overcoming negative thoughts and developing a positive mindset for effective learning is something that you can achieve through training. This interactive session will explore practical strategies to block self-doubt, improve focus, and enhance confidence. You'll unleash your full learning potential by "breaking good" from possible negative thoughts and thriving in your educational journey.


At the end of the session, there will be time for questions, answers, and discussion as well as for an explanation of the follow-up assignment.


George Kokolas has been working, until now, as the Academic Director and Teacher Trainer for

Express Publishing for the last 23 years. He is a licensed  Positive Education Practitioner and holds a Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology. He is a certified LEVEL 5 TEFL teacher and a certified ADVANCED Neurolanguage CoachⓇ, practicing Neurolanguage CoachingⓇ professionally. He holds a BA in English Literature. Since 2017, he has co-hosted and produced the successful Teachers’ Coffee educational podcast. In 2022, he was voted among Greece's most popular ELT influencers. He has delivered over 1,000 presentations at international conferences and counting.













Marzo 2024, h.15.00 -3rd Webinar from Derry, Irlanda del Nord

Joseph Hanly; 

Zoom Link con registrazione e data: mercoledì 27 ore 15.30-16.30:


The Political and Social History of Derry and Ireland.

This talk comprises a lot of detail and reflections on the very rich nature of Ireland's history. 

It begins with the foundation of the country's pre-history and continues through many pivotal events that amount to how the Irish are what they are to this day.

From this, you will see how much of a contribution Ireland and the Irish people and culture have made to the world.  




30 Aprile 2024, h.15.00 -4th Webinar from Bucarest, Romania

Georgiana Cosnanu; 

Zoom Link con registrazione e data: martedì 30 ore 15.00-16.00

Title: Culture, Stereotypes and Prejudices


Explore the impact of stereotypes on academic life, discuss traditions' role, and address globalisation's influence. Learn practical techniques for fostering intercultural competencies, combating biases, and implementing positive change. The session includes real discrimination cases and ends with sharing digital materials and Q&A for a successful follow-up.


At the end of the session, there will be time for questions, answers, and discussion as well as for an explanation of the follow-up assignment.
















Maggio 2024, h.15.00 -5th Webinar from New York, USA

Gentili Partecipanti,

Vi informiamo che, a causa di un imprevisto dello speaker, l'evento è stato cancellato. Vi comunicheremo tramite email se il webinar sarà recuperato.

Ci scusiamo per l'inconveniente, indipendente dalla volontà del nostro ufficio di Genova.

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