Teacher Refresher Course

Language and Methodology Two-week Teacher Refresher Courses 2021

Provisional Course Dates:  


 Provisional Dates

Closing Dates
  • April course

5 - 16 April 2021


  • June course

28 June - 9 July 2021


  • August course

16 - 27 August 2021


Deadline for application: TBC

Downloadable Application Form & information leaflet: 


Who is this course 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;
  • Developing material evaluation and creation skills;
  • Integrating technology into the 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.


This course provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with latest innovations in English language teaching and 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. The course 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 course will 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 on their ongoing professional development. 

What is the course cost?

Course fee: €790

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


What accommodation options are there?

  • UCC Campus Accommodation or other apartment complex - self-catering  (available from June up to Saturday, 22nd August 2020)
    • €185 per week (€30 per extra night)
  • Host Family – Includes bed, breakfast and evening meal. Also includes free airport transfers from Cork Airport or from bus or train station in Cork.
    • €220 per week (€35 per extra night)


What is minimum language level required?

Participants should normally have an upper-intermediate standard of English (B2 on the Common European Framework).


Is there a Social Programme?

  • Each Wednesday there is an excursion to a local place of interest
  • Each Thursday there is a fun evening 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 



Downloadable sample timetable available:Teacher Refresher Course Timetable 2020














9.00 – 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  












9.00 – 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 &





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




Course evaluation and discussion


13.00 -14.00

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

G 36, O'Rahilly Building,University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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