This 2 week course on English Language Training is of significant benefit to teachers who need to increase their current General English language levels as well as address job specific vocabulary and language, share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to Technical Teaching in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students

Course Objectives

The aims of this course for Teachers of Technical Subjects are:

  • To develop and consolidate participants’ language skills by enhancing overall competency in General English language usage in a multi-national environment
  • To develop competency in the usage of Technical English relevant to the subjects being taught in participants’ classrooms
  • To enhance communication in English between teachers and students of technical subjects
  • To introduce some elements of methodology relevant to teaching in a technical environment
  • To enhance communication and sharing of knowledge and experiences at International conferences and training courses where the main language is English
  • To promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
  • To establish contacts and share information with teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals.

By achieving these objectives we aim to assist schools in addressing identified needs as outlined in their European Development Plan; to produce high-quality learning outcomes for participants and to re-inforce the capacities and international scope of the participating organisations.

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

The syllabus in the afternoon classes focuses on introducing the technical vocabulary and language functions relevant to the subjects being taught in participants’ schools and harnessing the general skills acquired in the morning classes to communicate effectively with students of technical subjects and to participate more confidently in conferences or training programmes related to their subject. Some elements of methodology are introduced but the main emphasis is on communicating in a technical environment.

The class sessions are complemented and reinforced by a series of 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, with a focus on exploiting school trips in their own teaching environments to develop language skills of their students.

Format

This is a 2-week course consisting of 48 contact hours plus an extensive cultural and social programme.

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 Training for Teachers of Technical Subjects 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.


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 Technical English class with other teachers of similar subjects and work on vocabulary, structures and phrases related to their professions as Teachers of Technical subjects.
  • Teachers of Electronics and IT / Computer Science will focus on areas such as explaining the function of Relay circuits, actuators, solanoids and on making oral presentations on the functioning of technical equipment.
  • Teachers of IT/Computer Science will focus on the areas of troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing network systems, design of software solutions and on making an oral presentation on the functioning of IT systems
  • Teachers of Mechanical Technical, Mechanical Drawing, Automation and Electromechanics will focus on areas such as describing contemporary manufacturing processes, electrical and hydraulic flow cycles, explaining a relay circuit/solenoid/actuator and making an oral presentation on the functioning of technical equipment

Day two

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Further enhancement of Technical English skills as outlined on Day 1

Day three

  • 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.

Day four

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Visit to National Gallery. Collecting authentic texts.

Day five

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Visit to the Trinity College and Science Gallery. Sourcing materials for developing speaking skills.

Day six

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Further enhancement of Technical English skills as outlined on Days 1 and 2.

Day seven

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Further enhancement of Technical English skills as outlined on Days 1, 2 and 6.

Day eight

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Visit to the National Museum. Relating fieldwork to class work and sourcing authentic materials

Day nine

  • Continuation of development of general English language skills in multinational class at appropriate level.
  • Cathedrals. History and influence of the main denominations in Ireland. Jonathan Swift

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

  • 2nd July 2018 (Teachers of Technical Mechanical Subjects)
  • 30th July 2018 (Teachers of Science Subjects)
  • 22nd October 2018 (Teachers of Technical Mechanical Subjects)
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • A2/B1

Course Fees

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

  • 795

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 390 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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