This 1 week course on English Language Training + Specialised Training for PE Teachers is of significant benefit to PE teachers who need to enhance their own English language skills and share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to social integration through the PE Department in their schools and, as a result, the overall school experience for their students.

Participants who would like to further enhance their English language skills may book an extra week English Language Training course before or after this programme.

Course Objectives

The aims of this course are:

  • To develop the English language skills of participants in order to improve their ability to communicate on sporting  and social integration issues
  • To increase confidence in attending and contributing to international conferences and training sessions in the area of PE and its importance for education in general.
  • To explore current thinking on the physical and mental aspects of preparation for competitive sporting activities including strategies for helping to reduce pre-competition stress for young participants
  • To consider and share experiences on ways in which PE departments can help in supporting confidence-building and social interaction across different school departments
  • To promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
  • To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals


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 afternoon input sessions on aspects of a PE teacher’s work are interactive and will draw on the practical experience of trainers and participants. Our trainer, who qualified in sports education, will lead a session which involves an exchange of experience and knowledge on sports activities, followed by practical exercises which can be used as an icebreaker, to develop leadership and followership or to explore exclusion and bullying. The second workshop, which involves visiting a sports club to learn about and practise some of the skills involved in Irish sports of hurling, Gaelic football and handball. This enables participants to gain direct experience of using and hearing the functional language they studied and to exchange experience with a coach and trainer from the sports club.


This course on General English + Specialised Training for PE Teachers is a 1-week course consisting 20 morning General English Language sessions as well as 1 afternoon Functional English class, 2 afternoons in mini workshop format and 2 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+ Programme for PE Teachers

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 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: Functional language for the PE Department

Day three

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Afternoon: Coaching workshop, exchange of experience, examples of activities for ice-breaking, developing leadership and followership and exploring exclusion and bullying. The contribution of the PE teacher to the overall school environment and the fostering of high levels of social interaction and integration

Day four

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Sports workshop, visit to sports club to practise and experience use of functional language for sports, exchange of experience with sports coach. The group will be accompanied by the Alpha College trainer who led the coaching workshop and will provide any assistance required during the visit..

 Day five

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Afternoon excursion to GAA Stadium – museum focusing on Ireland’s unique sports (Gaelic football and hurling) and their 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

Course Dates

  • 1st July 2019
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • B1/B2

Course Fees

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

  • 495

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 200 per week (July and August) ( + €30 supplement for private bathroom)

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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