This 2-week English Language Training is of significant benefit to non-native speakers of English who

  • Are required to teach English or a subject through English, e.g. CLIL teachers
  • Need to work on projects, exchange programmes or committees with an international dimension
  • Need to liaise with English-speaking colleagues or parents of their students
  • Need to undertake research or take part in conferences or seminars which will contribute to their professional development and the overall good of their school

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 multi-national environment
  • To enhance communication in English between teachers and students in their schools
  • To enhance participants competence in communicating and sharing of knowledge and experiences at International conferences and training courses where English is used for at least some of the sessions
  • To enhance teachers competence in reading and understanding professional articles and journals which are published in English
  • To promote awareness of Irish history and culture

Methodology

Alpha College classes cover all the language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar activities.  Syllabi are composed of three main areas- course book material, a weekly project and supplementary material based on students’ needs. The rationale behind the syllabus is for students to get practice in producing real life English in their specific context of learning English in Ireland.

There is a strong focus on developing effective communication skills in class and students work on strategies and language for initiating and maintaining discussion, making suggestions, agreeing and disagreeing, and expressing and justifying opinions on a wide range of topics, depending on their level. Students can expect to receive focused feedback, and teachers will supplement lessons according to the specific needs of the students in class. Evaluation of students’ needs, the setting of learning objectives, and giving constructive feedback on learner outcomes are core features of the pedagogical approach at Alpha College.

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.

The overriding goal of the afternoon modules is enhanced fluency development so syllabi have been developed which include communicative activities taken from a range of sources as well as activities based on authentic materials, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. The teacher focuses on students’ output rather than on presenting new language in general and each module is designed to give students regular opportunities to give presentations on the module topic or on a corresponding aspect of their own lives, interests, or job/career specifications

Format

This is a 2-week course which may be taken in one of 3 formats:

ETC01 Standard: 20 morning lessons per week  (All levels.  Beginner level on 02/07/2018 only)

ETC02 Intensive: mornings + 5 x 50 minute p.m. lessons over 2 afternoons per week (Minimum level A2+/preBI) or

ETC04 Super-intensive:  mornings + 10 x 50 minute p.m. lessons over 4 afternoons per week (Minimum level A2+/preBI).

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 English Language Course Training 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

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
09:00 - 10:50Placement Test and Evaluation of Speaking Skills
Induction/Orientation
Building linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competences.Building linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competences.Building linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competences.Review & progress test. Consolidation of language and further skills practice.
10:50 - 11:10Coffee Break
11:10 - 13:00Introduction to class project.
Building linguistic competences
Building linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competencesBuilding linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competencesBuilding linguistic, strategic and pragmatic competencesPublic presentation of project, critique and reflection
Focused feedback on learner outcomes.
13:00 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 16:05ETC01
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC02
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC04
Fluency Develop-ment: English for the Workplace
ETC01
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC02
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC04
Fluency Develop-ment: English for the Workplace
ETC01
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC02
General English Fluency Development

ETC04
General English Fluency Development
ETC01
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC02
General English Fluency Development

ETC04
General English Fluency Development
ETC01
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC02
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

ETC04
Guided self-study or optional cultural activities

Course Dates

  • Every Monday (except for beginner level which has 2 specific start dates: 02/07/2018, 23/07/2018

Language Level

  • Students need to have completed A2+ level to join our Intensive (ETC02) or Super-Intensive (ETC04) classes

Course Fees

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

  • 320 – 1 week : €565 – 2 weeks ETC01 (Standard)
  • 375 – 1 week: € 675 – 2 weeks ETC02 (Intensive)
  • 430 – 1 week: €785 – 2 weeks ETC03 (Super-Intensive)
  • (includes Placement Test, tuition, learning materials, on-going monitoring and support, Erasmus+ documentation, End of Course Certificate and report, guide for excursions when applicable)

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 185 per week, September – June. (+ €30 per week supplement for private bathroom option)
  • €195 per week, July and August. (+ €30 per week supplement for private bathroom option)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August and limited availability in June).
Price to be confirmed (November 2017) – 10/12 minutes on foot from Alpha College and from city centre)

  • Weeks starting 18 and 25 June Price to be confirmed (November 2017)- single bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen/living room.
  • July and August Price to be confirmed (November 2017) – single bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen/living room.

Airport Transfers (optional)

  • 70 – Arrival
  • 70 – Departure

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