Skip to main content

Pedagogy Workshops

Becoming a better teacher

Becoming a better teacher

Pedagogy Workshops 2023/2024

We are delighted to announce that we are running our series of pedagogy workshops again this year. Building on the success of previous years' series, we are offering ten online workshops over this academic year on Saturday mornings for CELTA graduates and practising teachers, those considering taking a Celta course and for all those interested in the English language. 

The 2-hour online sessions, delivered by our experienced English teachers and trainers, are interactive and hands-on. You will acquire skills and understanding enabling you to develop and to deliver dynamic English language lessons for your students to allow for engaging and effective learning to take place. 

The workshops cover many areas of English language and its pedagogical application in the modern classroom, with particular focus in many sessions on how AI and technology can enhance learning. The sessions also provide a great opportunity to connect with fellow English language practitioners.






Grammar Pedagogy

Michelle Finn

Grammar teaching can be fun for both the teacher and the students. We will provide you with a variety of ways to create dynamic, engaging and effective grammar lessons for your learners. You will leave with a better understanding of all aspects of English grammar and be looking forward to getting back into the classroom to meet Grammar teaching head-on.

23 September 2023

11 to 1 pm

Vocabulary analysis and teaching

David Moran

How to make vocabulary learning engaging, personalised and effective for your students

The workshop will provide you with a variety of ways to create enjoyable and learning-centred vocabulary lessons for your students resulting in successful vocabulary acquisition and more effective strategies for acquiring vocabulary.

21 October 2023

11 to 1 pm

Listening - the Cinderella skill 

Kerry Platts

Join this interactive workshop to discover what skills are needed for effective listening development and how we can provide engaging content and tasks for our learners to enable them to establish effective listening skills strategies and progress to becoming proficient language users.  

18 November 2023

11 to 1 pm

Mediation - creating space for co-construction of meaning and facilitating skills transfer. 

Nadine Carroll

In the 21st century our learners are social agents and as such we need to facilitate language learning by focusing on making meaning and/or enabling communication beyond linguistic or cultural barriers. This is achieved by mediationcreating space for co-construction of meaning and facilitating skills transfer. 

This workshop will… provide an opportunity for familiarisation with the different mediation types from companion volume to the  CEFR and offer the chance to practise some mediation tasks by fostering cooperative skills and shared problem-solving. 

09 December 2023 11 to 1 pm 

Tools and techniques for effective and engaging pronunciation lessons

 Sally Orren

Let’s take a deep dive into the English language sound system and explore aspects of stress, rhythm, intonation and pronunciation of individual sounds and words, and discover how to help your learners improve their overall pronunciation skills in a series of fun and engaging classroom activities you can apply with ease in your own teaching.

20 January 2024

12 to 2 pm

Please note the time difference 

Supercharging teaching and accelerating personalised learning with AI 

Brendan Ó Sé

AI is allowing us to achieve incredible things and its impact on how we teach and learn languages has been dramatic. This workshop looks at ways we can harness it to allow for effective, engaging and personalised learning at all levels.  

17 february 2024

11 to 1 pm

Using technology to determine entry points for deeper learning matched with meaningful assessment & feedback 

Alison Boardman

We look at how we determine our learners' needs using traditional and online methods.  

We will examine how those needs are then matched with assessment and meaningful feedback (when, where and how).

We look at and put into practice tools such as Snagit and Video Editing Tool Movavi.


02 March 2024


11 to 1 pm

via Zoom  

The Storied Classroom 

Anna Machura &

David Moran 

Storytelling is a fundamental and universal human activity. We create and exchange narratives to build social and professional bonds, to tell jokes, to ask for help, to make sense of the world, to explain who we are and how we feel. From the job interview to the watercooler, from the kitchen to the classroom, from the phone call to a parent to the chance meeting on the street, research suggests that we tell dozens of stories each day. As such, the ability to narrate is one of the most important and beneficial skills that our learners can develop. 

This session will focus on how storytelling can be utilised as a means of teaching and learning language, and on how narratives can be used to create what Ruth Wajnryb terms “a storied classroom”. 

23 March 2024 11 to 1 pm  

Dealing with mixed abilities 



No two learners are the same and no two classes are the same. All classes will have students with mixed abilities. This workshop will equip you with better understanding as to how to establish where your individual learners’ strengths are and how to manage the classroom to allow them to reach their learning potential. 

13 April 2024 11 to 1 pm

Materials evaluation and development 


Is your coursebook boring? Do your students relate to it? 

There is so much authentic material we can adapt for the classroom. But how to do it? This session is hands on and you will leave with so many ideas on how to bring your coursebook to life and to adapt and create materials which meet the real life needs and interests of your students. 


27 April 2024

11 to 1 pm

Lesson Management 



We have all experienced that time when you realise what you have planned to do in your lesson finishes too early and you still have time to fill. This workshop is all about building up a repertoire of activities to fill time and bring some fun into the learning process. 

18 May 2024

11 to 1 pm

The Language Centre can deliver bespoke teacher development workshops to meet the specfic needs of your institution. Please email Brendan Ó Sé, our Head of Development on for information.

To apply please fill out this Registration form

You can choose to take the entire series of workshops or just select those which interest you most.

A certificate of attendance is provided for all workshops.


Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

Main Office, G36, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

External Accreditation