This 1-week course will be of significant benefit to school staff who need to enhance their English language skills and explore theories and methods for building and strengthening teams across different areas in their schools. It provides a stimulating opportunity for academic and non-academic staff to share ideas on best practice with colleagues from across Europe and, as a result, share and implement some of these ideas to improve the overall team and community ethos in their schools.

Course Objectives

The aims of this course are:

  • To develop and consolidate participants’ language skills by enhancing overall competency in General English language usage in a multinational environment
  • To provide the opportunity to work in a team for group work and project preparation for English language activities in a multinational group
  • To increase confidence in communication and sharing of knowledge and experiences at international conferences and training courses where the main language is English
  • To introduce participants to the concept of teambuilding in both a theoretical and practical way
  • To highlight the importance of teamwork and what makes a team effective
  • To allow participants the opportunity to analyse and recognise their personal traits and how they can influence their role in the team
  • To raise awareness of the elements that contribute to creating a culture
  • To develop a sense of what is particular to one’s own culture and how it differs from other cultures
  • To discuss strategies for dealing with cultural differences and clashes


The overall approach in the language development classes is communicative with students encouraged and facilitated to use the language learned in the classroom.  The syllabus for the morning classes covers all the language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar activities.  Class work includes individual, pair and group work, discussions, debates, project work, presentations, written tasks and listening exercises.  Each week a project topic is introduced to the class and students present their project work to the class at the end of the week.

Participants’ needs are evaluated; learning objectives are set and participants receive focused feedback.  Areas for improvement are addressed through revision sessions and progress tests.

The input sessions on Team Building and Intercultural Awareness are interactive and collaborative and will draw on the practical experience of trainers and participants. The activities carried out are suitable for use in participants’ schools in their own country


This is a 1-week course consisting of 20 morning sessions plus 2 afternoons in mini workshop format along with afternoon teacher-led cultural activities. Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday

Follow Up

On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. The Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.

To apply for the English Language + Team Building for Academic and Non-Academic Staff Course

To make application for Erasmus+ funding for this course or any of our other in-service training courses for teachers please visit your National Agency website for full information on the application process.

About Alpha College

Alpha College is an approved training centre for the ACELS/QQI Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELT) and has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers who train prospective ELT teachers year-round. They are also practising teachers of English, experienced in using up-to-date methods with learners at all levels of language learning. In addition Alpha College has been providing in-service training courses for teachers from overseas for the last 16 years.

The most recent EAQUALS inspection took place in October 2015 and as a result of this 2-day inspection the Inspectors identified points of excellence in the following categories:

  • Management and Administration
  • Client Services
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Staff Profile and Development
  • Course Design and Supporting Systems
  • Internal Communications
  • Assessment and Certification
  • External Communications
  • Academic Resources

Course Programme

Day one

  • On arrival participants take a written and oral English language placement test. They also attend an induction session where they are given information about the school and Dublin. They also receive out-of-hours emergency contact telephone numbers for key Alpha personnel.
  • Participants are placed in multinational English classes at their level and will follow the syllabus at that level for the remainder of the programme.
  • An afternoon orientation tour of Dublin provides participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city.

Day two

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Afternoon: What is culture and what are the elements that make up culture? Exchanging information on aspects of participants’ culture and learning about other cultures. Using a case study to examine the causes and manifestations of cultural differences and clashes and examining possible action points.

Day three

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level
  • Afternoon: Partake in a team challenge and subsequently analyse that experience; examine the theory of effective teams; practise troubleshooting potential and actual difficulties using different techniques and activities to address key issues
  • Day four
  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Afternoon excursion to GAA Stadium and museum focusing on Ireland’s unique sports (Gaelic football and hurling) and their very significant contribution to the social fabric of urban and rural communities in Ireland; the museum also includes an area for experiencing practice activities for these 2 sports.

Day five

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Afternoon: Visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral

Course Dates

  • 19th June 2017
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • Upper Intermediate

Course Fees

Programme including materials; excursions and activities as outlined in the programme

  • 400

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 180 for 1 week (September – December) (+€30 supplement for private bathroom)
  • 190 for 1 week (July and August) (+ €30 supplement for private bathroom)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August with some availability in June)

Broadstone Hall. 10/12 minutes on foot from Alpha College and from ctiy centre.

  • Weeks of 18 and 25 June Cost €250 per week – single bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen/living room. Limited number of twin rooms available at €200 per person per week.
  • July and August Cost €270 per week – single bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen/living room. Limited number of twin rooms available at €210 per person per week.

Airport Transfers (optional)

  • 70 – Arrival
  • 70 – Departure

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