Summer Teacher Festival 2022

UCC Language Centre Summer Teacher Festival 

A workshop series for English language practitioners.  Delivery will be fully online via Zoom.

STF Topic Description


 Irish Time

13:30 – 15:30 




Mon 11 July

Sally Orren

Bringing grammar to life - Student-centred approaches to engaging grammar lessons that build student confidence

Thu 14 July

Brendan McEnery

Maximising integration in Academic English


Mon 18 July

Brendan ÓSé

Gamification empowering learning independence and maximising learning potential

Thu 21 July

Brendan ÓSé

Integrating technology into the classroom  - How the classroom performs on different online teaching platforms 



Mon 25 July

Rob McCaul

Content and language integrated learning (CLIL).  Materials Development: Using authentic Irish culture materials in English language classes

Thu 28 July

Siobhan Mortell

Increasing engagement in the modern foreign language classroom and getting our students to talk


*Tues 02 August

Aoife Ni Mhurchu

Tools and techniques for effective and engaging pronunciation lessons

Thu 04 August

Catherine O’ Mahony

Research - Demystifying the research process and how to present with confidence at conferences


Mon 08 August

Nadine Carroll

Vocabulary - What it means to know a word: How to make vocabulary learning engaging, personalised and effective. Presentation, production, activation and teacher-feedback techniques

Thu 11 August

Julie Butters

Reflective practice - To allow for an empowering and enriching experience for teachers and learners


Mon 15 August

Kerry Just

How international student profiles and needs are changing in this evolving modern world of learning.

Thu 18 August

Brendan ÓSé

Presentations and panel discussion – Title to be decided

*Please note that in Week 4 due to a national holiday in Ireland, the workshop will be on Tuesday 02 August and not on Monday 01 August.

Summer Teacher Festival  (Each workshop is 2 hours)


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How to Apply.

IT requirements: a computer, tablet or smartphone with audio and video.  A reliable internet connection.  You will need to be able to access MS Teams, Zoom or Canvas for your classes, depending on the course applied for.  

Register by filling out this Application form

Back by popular demand

Building on the success of our inaugural Summer Teacher Festival last year which drew participants from all over the world, this year we will be joined by teaching colleagues from UCC's School of Languages and Centre for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning who will contribute to our series of workshops for not only English language practitioners but all those who teach languages, thus providing the festival with a broader scope for all participants. 

The fully online workshops will cover such topics as Bringing Grammar to Life, Maximising Integration in Academic English, Gamification and Demystifying the research process - finding your voice for presenting.  

The sessions will reawaken your passion for language teaching or using English as a medium of instruction in your particular context. 

The sessions will be delivered via Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays between 12 July and 19 August unless otherwise stated*. 

What participants from last year’s festival said:

"The teachers were knowledgeable, open-minded, and on top of that, always open to discuss things that were key".  

Juana Vega, Spain


"The tutors were very knowledgeable and had an obvious interest in the subjects"

Takaaki Hiratsuka, Japan


"I think it was great having it online. We had more freedom and access to materials and resources"

Claire McCarthy, Ireland


"It was fantastic to share ideas with a teacher from different backgrounds"

Frédéric Perrier, France


"To sum it up: It was fun, insightful, and motivating". 

Takaaki Hiratsuka, Japan

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