This 2 week course on English Language Training and Theory and Practice of CLIL is of significant benefit to teachers who need to improve their current General English language levels as well as enhance their skills in delivering CLIL classes, share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall use of technology in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this English Language Training + Theory and Practice of CLIL course are:

  • To develop and consolidate participants’ language skills by enhancing overall competency in General English language usage in a multi-national environment
  • To enhance communication in English between teachers and students
  • to familiarise participants with key concepts and issues in CLIL and to share international best practice techniques as applied in today’s school environment
  • to help develop their teaching techniques and confidence in teaching subjects through English
  • to examine the impact on teaching of recent pedagogical developments including developments in classroom technology
  • to cover a variety of school subjects including geography, history, science and art with a focus on methods of making the subjects accessible to learners through English.
  • To examine the theoretical principles underpinning CLIL in such a way that they will be applicable to practice at primary and secondary level
  • To promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
  • To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals.
  • to produce high-quality learning outcomes for participants thereby re-enforcing the capacity and international scope of their schools

Methodology

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 will also have opportunities to observe English language teachers using technology and applications in their classes.

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 afternoon input sessions focus on the application of CLIL within the context of the European Profile for Language Teacher Education and the CEFR and are a blend of lecture format and practical activities based on CLIL methodology..

There are also afternoon activities where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside of the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland.

Format

This is a 2-week course consisting of 56 contact hours plus an afternoon cultural programme. The contact hours are made up of 40 hours of English language training plus 16 hours of training in the theory and practice of CLIL. 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 + Theory and Practice of CLIL 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.
  • Participants join an afternoon Theory and Practice of CLIL class. What is CLIL? Key concepts, definitions and types of CLIL. Sample CLIL geography lesson
  • Creation of a digital portfolio to record work done during the programme

Day two

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Sample CLIL Irish history lesson.

Day three

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Lesson Planning 1. Key features of a CLIL Lesson. Developing the digital portfolio.

Day four

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Workshop. Lesson planning 2. Creating, analysing and evaluating participants’ CLIL lesson plans.

Day five

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • An orientation tour of Dublin to provide 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 and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom as well as content for their blog

Day six

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Workshop : Designing a CLIL science lesson using web tools and collected materials.

Day seven

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • ICT and CLIL – Implementing Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy in CLIL lesson design.

Day eight

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Scaffolding receptive language skills in the CLIL classroom

Day nine

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Scaffolding Productive language skills in the CLIL classroom

Day ten

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establishment of base and guidelines for future contact and networking.

Course Dates

  • 17th July 2017
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • Upper Intermediate

Course Fees

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

  • 1,045
  • (Price includes tuition, learning materials, excursions and activities as outlined in the programme, completion of Erasmus+ documentation)

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 380 for 2 weeks (July and August) (+€60 supplement for private bathroom)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August and limited availability in June).
Single room with private bathroom; shared kitchen/living room.
Dorset Point.
5 minutes on foot from Alpha College and from city centre.

  • 295 per week

Airport Transfers (optional)

  • 70 – Arrival
  • 70 – Departure

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