Teacher Development Course

Language and Methodology Teacher Development Courses 2022

Erasmus+ funding may be possible. Contact the Erasmus Co-ordinator in your institution now to enquire about access to a mobility grant.
 Course Dates:  

Provisional Dates

Closing Dates Price * Availability 
  • July

25 July - 05 August 2022

(2 weeks)

10 June



  • Autumn Course



 * Discounts will be applied to applications received from past participants, Erasmus and other university/school partners, and to group bookings received from sending institutions for 3 or more participants for a course

Information brochure and downloadable application forms

Do you need a bespoke teacher development course? This is the application form to use:


Who are these courses for?

English Language Teachers (TEFL/TESOL) and for those for whom English is a Medium of Instruction (E.M.I) such as teachers and lecturers in third-level institutions and teachers in both primary and secondary schools.


What does the course cover?

  • Methodology and latest ELT developments in light of Covid-19 impacts
  • Developing material evaluation and creation skills
  • How technology has become central in the new classroom
  • Developing effective language skills and language system lessons
  • Developing skills to integrate pronunciation improvement effectively into your teaching contexts
  • Developing skills for different teaching contexts and environments
  • Empowering learner autonomy and personalised learning

This course provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with some of the latest innovations in English language teaching and how these can inform how we design and deliver our lessons and lectures.  They present an opportunity to share your own teaching experience with fellow practitioners from around the world in a series of interactive input sessions.  You will gain creative, practical and easy-to-implement ideas for your teaching from tutors with long and varied experience in English language teaching. Observations of real-time lessons in our Centre are offered and participants will be assigned observation and reflection tasks.  Our courses will re-energise you in your teaching and you will return equipped with fresh ideas and materials to enhance your teaching and engage more effectively with your learners. 

The courses culminate with a mini-conference scenario where participants and tutors will engage in panel discussions and presentations based on their learning experience on the course and how it has informed and impacted their ongoing professional development. 


What accommodation options are there?

  • UCC Campus Accommodation or other apartment complexes - self-catering, available from June to late August.  
    Ensuite accommodation (Victoria Lodge/Victoria Mills) - €200 per week (€33 per extra night)
    Not ensuite (Castlewhite) - €185 per week (€30 per extra night)
  • Host Family accommodation:

    Bed/Breakfast and Evening Meal Monday to Friday, full board at weekends - €220 per week (€35 per extra night). 

    All accommodation options assume Sunday arrival and Saturday departure.

What is the minimum language level required?

Is there a Social Programme?

  • On our campus-based courses:
    • Each Wednesday afternoon there is an excursion to a local place of interest
    • Each Thursday evening there is a fun social activity


For course-specific enquiries, please contact b.ose@ucc.ie or TandD@ucc.ie 

For general enquiries or when submitting your application form, please contact TandD@ucc.ie 

















09:00– 10:45

Introduction to course


Course Admin

Discussion and overview of learning and teaching contexts


Learning Preferences

How developing Learner Autonomy can extend learning beyond the classroom


Classroom Management

Dealing with mixed abilities & learning styles,

Teacher & Learner roles.

Teaching in different contexts


Language Analysis 2 - Vocabulary 1:

What it means to know a word: How to make vocabulary learning engaging, personalised and effective


Materials Development 2: Gamification to enhance and consolidate learning



10:45– 11:15

                              B    R    E    A    K

11:15– 13:00

Language Analysis 1 - Grammar: Grammar Workshop



Materials Development 1:

Integrating Technology into the classroom: Teaching and learning in a hybrid world



Overview of English Sound System: Phonological features to improve teachers’ delivery and students’ reception


Language Skills 1: Listening:

Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ listening skills 

Language Analysis 3:

Student-centred approaches to engaging grammar lessons





                             L    U    N    C    H


Free Afternoon


Social activity


UCC Campus Tour

Free Afternoon


Assignment 1:

Reflection on own strengths and weaknesses and creating an Action Plan.

Preparation time for Action Plan



Evening Social Activity




WEEK 2  












09:00– 10:45

Language Skills 2:

Reading: Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ reading skills


Lesson observation of experienced teachers in our Centre


Language Skills 4 - Writing:

Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ writing skills


Language Analysis 4 - Vocabulary 2

Presentation, production, activation and teacher-feedback techniques

Panel discussions & Presentations




10:45– 11:15


                               B    R    E    A    K

11:15– 13:00

Language Skills 3: Speaking

Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ speaking skills

Reflection of observation with

assigned tasks



Materials Development 3:

Using authentic materials and evaluating commercial materials


Approaches to teaching:

Task-based learning;


Present-practice- produce;

Lexical approach;

Latest innovations in language teaching


Panel discussions & Presentations


Course evaluation and discussion



                               L    U    N    C    H

14:00– 16:00

Free Afternoon

Free Afternoon

Social activity



Free Afternoon


Assignment 2:

Preparation for final day panel discussions, presentations & essays

Preparation time for panel discussions, presentations & essays


Evening Social Activity

Submission of essays


Prior to the course, you are invited to complete a Needs Analysis which will help the Centre to meet the particular needs of the participants.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

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

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