Sustainability and Environment in Education

Course Overview

This Sustainability and the Environment in Education course is an intensive professional training course for primary and secondary school teachers who want to gain a better understanding of the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals and how to integrate student thinking about these issues into classroom practice.

  • 20 lessons of group tuition / week
  • 1 lesson = 50 minutes
  • Course Duration: 1 week or 2 weeks
  • Level: Upper-intermediate (B2)
  • Course Location: Dublin

Who is it for?

Primary and secondary school teachers who are interested in innovative ideas to motivate and engage their students. You must have at least a B2 (Upper-Intermediate) level of English to join this course.

2022 Dates

Summer 2022 Autumn & Winter 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Autumn 2023
4th July -16th July 17th October – 29th October 3rd April – 8th April 3rd July – 15th July 16th October – 21st October
1st August – 14th August 5th December – 17th December 10th April – 15th April 31st July – 12th August 23rd October – 28th October


This Sustainability and the Environment in Education course can be organised as either a one-week or two-week course and consists of 20 classroom-based sessions per week, plus an extensive cultural and social programme led by your teacher trainers.

Course Aims

  • To promote awareness of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To raise awareness of positive actions that could be the driving force for environmental integrity and a sustainable global future.
  • To promote and facilitate a practical critical engagement with new ideas and recent pedagogical developments in ELT with a particular emphasis on integrating student thinking about sustainability and the environment into classroom activities.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop participants’ own language skills.
  • To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European education systems and facilitate future networking.


Theories, ideas and activities are presented and demonstrated through lessons with content that is suitable to the course participants’ level and interests.

Participants are expected to actively participate in the workshops, and applied exercises and tasks, to reflect on their own beliefs and practice, and share thoughts, ideas and expertise in pair work, small groups and with the class as a whole. Critical thinking and active peer and self-evaluation are essential for the course.

During the course participants will also take part in a range of afternoon activities where they will be encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of contemporary Ireland and the vibrant city of Dublin.

Course Themes and Sample Timetable

The Sustainability and the Environment in Education course has three main components:

  • Sustainability and the Environment based language classes
  • Teaching Methodology (innovative methods to enhance teaching and learning)
  • Irish Life and Culture (including focus on language development)

To ensure your course meets your development objectives, the schedule of sessions on every course is drawn up and agreed with each group of participants and Erasmus Plus coordinators on the basis of pre-course training needs analysis questionnaires.

Week One
Session One
9am to 10.40am
Session Two
11am to 12.40pm
Afternoon Activity
Monday Course Orientation. Introduction to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, its 17 Sustainable Development Goals Dublin’s Parks, Squares and Public Spaces Lunch with Teachers and orientation tour of Dublin.
Tuesday Alternative Approaches to Lesson Design 1: Project-Based Learning Ireland – Brexit, The Border and a Border Poll The Liberties (gentrification) Walk and Talk Tour with teacher
Wednesday Fostering Critical Thinking through Questioning Fast Clothing – Where does my stuff come from? What’s the cost to the planet? visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Thursday Smart Cities – How can technology make city-life more eco-friendly and sustainable? Housing in Dublin – Affordable & Sustainable? The Music Walk and Talk Tour with teacher
Friday Slow Tourism – What’s the impact of tourism on cities? How can we plan more sustainable holidays? Teaching Pronunciation: Models and Goals End of course Lunch and Irish Coffee Film and Fluency Club
Saturday Full day excursion to Howth

Follow Up

Participants on the course are encouraged to keep in contact, sharing materials and experiences when back in your own classrooms. Follow-up contact is made with the participants three months after completion of the course to gather feedback on the effectiveness of the classroom activities presented and on how your teaching practice has been developed. The course trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.

Price List

1 week training course

  • Programme includes materials, excursions and activities.
  • Additional Fee: Homestay Accommodation: €225 for one week of host family accommodation (single room, half-board) + €65 placement fee

2 weeks training course

  • Programme includes materials, excursions and activities.
  • Additional Fee: Homestay Accommodation: €450 for two weeks of host family accommodation (single room, half-board) + €65 placement fee