Teacher Refresher Course

Language and Methodology Two-week Teacher Refresher Course Summer 2019

Dates: 19-30 August 2019 (2 weeks)

Deadline for application: Friday 26 July 2019

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.


What is the course cost?


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  (up to Friday, 30th of August)
    • €150 per week (€25 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 infolang@ucc.ie

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



Downloadable sample timetable available: Sample timetable for Language and Methodology Teacher Refresher Course 2019





August 19


August 20


August 21


August 22


August 23

9.00-11 00

Introduction to course


Language Analysis 1: Grammar Workshop

Lesson Observation and Reflection with

Assigned tasks


Overview of English Sound System: Working towards better reception and production.

Materials Development 1: Integrating Technology into the classroom: Teaching and learning in a hybrid world.

Language Skills 2: Reading: Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ reading skills.


B    R    E    A    K

11.30 – 13:00

Learning Styles, Preferences and Developing Learner Autonomy: How to extend learning beyond the classroom


Language Analysis 2 - Vocabulary 1:

What it means to know a word.

Language Skills 1: Listening:

Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ listening skills.


Approaches to Teaching:


Task-based learning


Lexical approach


Latest innovations in language teaching

Materials Development 2: Gamification to enhance and consolidate learning

13.00- 14.00

L    U    N    C    H


Free Afternoon

Free Afternoon

Social activity

Free Afternoon

Free Afternoon


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



Evening Social Activity

On Thursday of Week 2, there is a slot for teachers to decide what they would like to cover. Please decide by today, Friday.










August 26


August 27


August 28


August 29


August 30


Language Development 1:

Student-centred approaches to engaging grammar lessons


Lesson Observation and Reflection with

Assigned tasks

Language Skills 4 - Writing: Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ writing skills.



Language Development 2:

 - Vocabulary 2

How to make vocabulary learning engaging, personalised and effective


Presentations of Ongoing Development and Action Plan



B    R    E    A    K


Language Skills 3: Speaking

Strategies and techniques to improve your learners’ speaking skills.

Classroom Management:

Dealing with mixed abilities & learning styles,

Teacher & Learner roles.

Teaching in different contexts


Materials Development 3: Using authentic materials and evaluating commercial materials.

Free Slot

Topic to be decided by teachers

Presentations of Ongoing Development and Action Plan


Course evaluation



L    U    N    C    H


Free Afternoon

Free Afternoon

Social activity

Free Afternoon

Free Afternoon


Assignment: Preparation for final day presentation: Ongoing Development and Action Plan



Evening Social Activity



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

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

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