Language, Methodology and Culture

Course Overview

This Language, Methodology and Culture course is an intensive professional training course for primary and secondary school teachers who want to participate in a variety of innovative teaching methodology workshops to refresh their teaching practice, while also upgrading their language skills and gaining a better understanding of contemporary Irish life and culture.

  • 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

October 2022  Spring 2023 Summer 2023
3rd October 13th March – 18th March 3rd July – 15th July
10th October 3rd April – 15th April 10th July – 22nd July
17th October 17th July – 29th July
22nd October 31st July – 12th August
7th August – 19th August
14th August – 26th August

Format

This Overseas Teachers’ Course can be organised as either a one-week or two-week course consisting of 20 classroom contact hours per week, plus an extensive cultural and social programme which is directly linked to the morning classroom sessions.

Course Aims

  • To promote and facilitate a practical critical engagement with new ideas and recent pedagogical developments in teaching.
  • To provide an opportunity to develop participants’ own language skills.
  • To promote awareness of Irish literature, culture and society through topical, collaborative lessons.
  • To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European education systems and facilitate future networking.

Methodology

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 Language, Literature and Culture course has three main components:

  • Irish Literature and 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 Two
(Sample)
Session One
9am to 10.40am
Session Two
11am to 12.40pm
Afternoon Activity
Monday Expanding Vocabulary: Ideas for Teaching and Learning Collocation / Irish Expressions Dublin’s Parks, Squares and Public Spaces Lunch with Teachers and orientation tour of Dublin. (Second week students to add their favourite spots to the tour)
Tuesday Alternative Approaches to Lesson Design 2: Task-Based Language Teaching and Dogme Ireland – The Border and a Border Poll Visit to Kilmainham Gaol
Wednesday Teaching Pronunciation: Models and Goals Teaching Pronunciation: Models and Goals Poetry in the Classroom Yeats, Easter 1916 / Patrick Kavanagh, Canal Bank The Buskers and Street Art Walk and Talk Tour with teacher
Thursday Literature, Culture and Stereotypes Women in Irish Society Visit to MoLi – Museum of Literature Ireland
Friday Storytelling in the Classroom / Oscar Wilde Reflection on learning. Developing your Personal Learning Network (PLN) Looking ahead. 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 their 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

450
  • 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

890
  • 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