This 1-week course on Bringing Literature to Life in the Classroom is of significant benefit to teachers of Literature in 2nd level schools who need to explore methods to inspire and motivate their students; to make the subject interesting to students who have so many other competing demands in the classroom and to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the standard of Literature teaching in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students

Course Objectives

The objectives of this 1-week course for Teachers of Literature are

  • to explore ways to inspire and motivate students who are studying literature at 2nd level schools
  • to familiarise course participants with Irish, British and American literature in the English language and to explore methods of teaching this in the classroom
  • to consider the impact of recent pedagogical and classroom technology developments in ELT including developments in classroom technology on the teaching of literature
  • to provide opportunities for improved methodology and creativity to help participants increase their student engagement and retention on their return to their own schools
  • to establish contacts and share information with teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
  • to promote awareness of contemporary Irish history and culture, Irish literature and Irish writers in Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature as well as to promote awareness of contemporary Ireland

By achieving the above learning outcomes we aim to assist schools in addressing needs as identified in their European Development Plan and to re-inforce the capacities and international scope of the participating organisations.

Methodology

The input sessions are a blend of lecture format and practical activities based on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) methodology.

The activities include

  • using a variety of literary texts
  • examining ways of exploiting these in the classroom with a view to simultaneously developing language skills.

The morning sessions are complemented and reinforced by a series of directly related afternoon activities where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside the classroom, further enhance their knowledge of Irish and international literature, focus on exploiting school trips in their own teaching environments to develop language skills of their students and provide opportunities to collect literary-related authentic materials for use in the classroom.

Format

This Course for Teachers of Literature is a one-week course consisting of 20 contact hours plus an extensive cultural and social programme which is directly linked to the morning sessions.

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. The Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.

To apply for the Bringing Literature to Life in the Classroom 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 has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers. 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 18 years.


Course Programme

Day one

  • On arrival participants meet their tutors and are given an induction covering information about the school and Dublin. They also receive out-of-hours emergency contact telephone numbers for key Alpha personnel. On completion of their induction they complete a needs analysis questionnaire. In some cases the schedule may be refined to adapt to specific requirements of a group.
  • Details of the course are outlined including the content and methodology of individual sessions. Participants get to know each other through a communicative activity which reflects the general methodology of the course. The group discuss their professional backgrounds and some general principles of education and teaching literature.
  • Creation of a digital portfolio of material to be covered during the course.
  •  An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise them with the geography and literary history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom.

Day two

  • Irish literature 1. History of Irish literature. Famous Irish writers. Introduction to exploiting literary texts in the classroom.
  • Developing the reading skill. Alternative approaches to using written texts in the classroom and using text as a springboard for language production.
  • Trinity College. Contribution of alumni to Irish and international literature. Book of Kells and influence of early Irish missionaries in Europe. Collecting authentic materials.

Day three

  • Irish literature 2. Contemporary Irish writers. Modern Irish themes in an expanding Ireland and an expanding Europe. Further ideas on exploiting contemporary literary texts and their performance in the classroom.
  • Using the arts and narrative. Storytelling in Irish Cinema and using film in the classroom. Developing communication skills through the use of storytelling and film while expanding literary vocabulary.
  • National Library. W.B. Yeats exhibition. Collecting authentic materials.

Day four

  • Developing the writing skill. Using literature to improve creative and analytic writing skills.
  • Writing summaries, reviews and criticism of literary texts.
  • Chester Beatty Library. Materials for developing writing skills in the classroom.

Day five

  • Drama in the classroom. Using contemporary and classic drama activities to develop communication skills.
  • Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establishment of base and guidelines for future contact and networking.
  • The Irish Experience. Exploring language, dance and culture.

Course Dates

  • Closed groups only. Dates by arrangement

Language Level

  • Upper Intermediate/B2-C1

Course Fees

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

  • To be agreed. Depends on group size

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 190 for 1 week September – June inclusive) (+ €30 supplement for private bathroom)
  • 200 for 1 week (July & August) (+ €30 supplement for private bathroom) (1)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August and limited availability in June).
Single room with private bathroom; shared kitchen/living room.
Beckett House.
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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