The following courses are funded by the EU. Funding is subject to EU application. Your school or University can apply for EU funding. It is common practice, that participating teachers manage the EU funding application.

We are happy to answer questions regarding the EU application process, we do not offer submitting the application on your behalf.

Advanced Language & Methodology (ALM)

Teacher refresher course – for English language teachers and educators
1 and 2 week intensive course
Target: English teachers, secondary, vocational (teachers further education), university lecturers

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ALM: In this course teachers will:

• Practise and refresh their own general language skills
• Discuss learning styles & relevant teaching methodology and lesson planning
• Learn creative and new methods
• Integrate with students of other cultures and different learning abilities
• Practise new skills in workshops
• Observe and analyse classrooms
• Explore ways of approaching mixed-ability classes
• Reflect on ways to motivate students
• Address job-specific vocabulary and language
• Share experiences and views with colleagues and students from other EU regions
• Find out about Irish culture

Past participants have taught in the following areas: secondary school English teachers, vocational teachers teaching English or subjects in the English
language for business administration & HR; finance & accounting; nursing & healthcare; social work; early education & child care; pharmacy; hospitality & tourism; retail & wholesale; construction; project management; carpentry & joinery; mechanical & electrical engineering; automotive; IT & technical. Primary school teachers and teacher trainers may join the course.

Prerequisite: B2 minimum

This course is perfect for teachers who want the opportunity to improve their own English skills while at the same time energising their teaching with creative ideas and an introduction to stimulating alternative activities, strategies, and approaches to teaching and learning.

As a result of attending this course, the participants will be more confident and fluent users of English and will be more creative professionals able to give lessons and use materials that are motivating, challenging, and effective.

2-week ALM courses, 2 weeks intensiv course. The number of lessons depend on the location:
Galway: 20 lessons per week
Dublin, Cork: 25 lessons per week
Prerequisite: Upper-intermediate, minimum B2

Teaching Environmental Issues – Future on Earth
Environmental EU Projects in Schools and Universities

2 week course

This course is for teachers, educators, and professionals at universities and schools who do not currently teach environmental studies, but who would like to start an EU project regarding saving the environment in their school or university. It is also suitable for educators who would like to include more
environmental topics into their own subjects.

Regardless if you teach English or other languages, business, mathematics, physics, biology, or other science, politics, ethics, technology, IT, geography, social sciences, engineering, art, or any other subject, for the world’s environment and saving the planet, each faculty is important.

In this course you get more in-depth information on current environmental problems but we won’t concentrate on problems alone – that is only a very small part of this course. The course is more about teaching your own students about possible ways to find better solutions later in their own profession and become more responsible individuals.

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The main focus on his course is finding solutions:

Part A. Information: You will learn many facts and see examples of environmental issues but also learn information about solutions which are already there but not put into place large-scale because of political, economic, social, business, or other decisions. It includes scientists innovations and views.

Part B. Research: This section gives the participant the opportunity to research and present certain topics in the English language and helping teachers improve their own public speaking skills. In this section, course participants will also be asked to bring in their own knowledge about enviornmental topics.

Part C. Thinktank: You will learn to think issues through to the end, taking all areas into consideration.

The view adopted in this course is, a single-minded environmental “fix” or pointing fingers at others is not enough to save the world. But that every profession, every individual has and can act more responsibly and find better solutions to complex problems. As a teacher, you have the power to teach your students in early life to be aware of enviornmental issues and to be able to make long lasting decisions later on in their own jobs. And, most importantly, teach them that solutions to potential enviornmental problems have to be thought through until the very end.

For example: Producing a new, more efficient solar panel sounds like a wonderful idea – but all aspects have to be taken into account – from the energysource of production, mining and resources it takes to build it, about how long it is going to last and how it is disposed of in the end, about economy, laws and politics, the biological enviornment, the correct usage ect. and which other experts are needed in order to get the correct information.

This course will not in itself solve any envioronmental problems, but it will help – especially if your students – who will be the workforce in the near future – have skills and knowledge how to find better and more enviornmentally friendly solutions in their later area of expertise.

(This course, in fact – will the contribution teachers and educators can make in their jobs to save the envionment, by providing more education in this area.)

Part D. Discussion groups

As a benefit, this course will help you to improve your own English – and public speaking skills and learn new vocabulary.

The course will give you plenty of new topics, teaching you how to teach a subject thoroughly. You will get the facts on current ideas and technology and about the importance of your own faculty to nature and the environment.

You will be able to give your own students at home a few new areas to study and work in the future and to help equip them with information and thinking skills to include in any
profession later in their lives, taking care of and save a vulnerable environment: our Earth.

This course may give you a new view on many things depending on how informed you already are.

In addition, you will get a lot of tools to build up a nice and unique EU project in your school or university.

Pre-requisite: B2

Courses will start for the first time in Summer of 2020 in Kerry and run for two weeks.

We also plan courses in other locations; however, there will be a limited number and we expect a high demand. If you would like to apply for this course already, you are most welcome to do so!

Modern Irish Culture for Erasmus+ Projects
Educators, teachers, university professionals, event organisers within the vocational training sector.

2 week course
20-30 hours per week open-end due to excursions and external events

This is not just a general English course with “a little bit of cultural input” but rather a real immersion into Irish culture in theory and practice.

This course will help you to understand not only the Irish culture but other cultures in general; the differences, the similarities. It will give you a high focus on understanding another country.

It can, however, also give you materials an in-depth knowledge of running an whole EU project about Irish culture or a project geard towards teaching the differences between cultures in your School, College, or University.

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While you will be improving your English during this course, it is not aimed to focus on English language but on understanding another culture in-depth.

Subject Overview:
• Irish history and heritage
• Education system in Ireland and its focusing
• Religion and the Church
• Social structure, society, and Ireland as a caring society for people in need
• Infrastructure and Infrastructure problems such as the health system, roads, and problems of
financing a state with a small population.
• The “Celtic Tiger” generation and politics
• Industry and Economy: tourism, agriculture, business, banks, and taxation
• How Ireland motivates businesses and companies
• Environment, flora and fauna, energy sources, laws, and how Ireland supports a “clean planet”
• Who are our friends: relations to other countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, and England as well as historic foundations
• Art and music
• Irish literature

Subjects are taught in 2 phases:
Phase 1. In a classroom environment in combination with phonology, a little grammar, discussion group work, language function and fluency, using new vocabulary.
Phase 2. In cultural activities, excursions and events such as visiting national heritage and cultural events such as arts and music events, pub nights, community and agricultural shows, walking tours. This includes meeting community groups, local teachers, the priest, farmers, and taking part in events such as
Irish dancing, and, for those who play an instrument, in a music session, and playing Irish sports or watching a game.

This will be less of a tourist event but more of a real cultural immersion. You will be able to see inside the Irish culture, get to know the facts and figures and information nobody would normally tell you about if you were a tourist.

It will be a great and fun experience all along and it will give you a real EU project right in your hands to do upon your return home.

After the course, I am sure you will want to come back to Ireland for more!

Where? The courses are held in Kerry and Galway

GEN: General English for Educators, Teachers, and Professionals

In this course educators will:
• Focus on improving their own reading, writing, speaking, listening, and pronunciation skills
• Improve on and learn new grammar
• Receive feedback and learn new teaching methods

Start date: Any Monday
Class size: 10-15, levels from A1(Elementary) to C2(Proficient)

Minimum stay: 1 week. Recommended: 2 weeks or longer in order to immerse into an intensive program.

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A wide range of classes and levels ensures that you will be placed with students of the same ability. After an assessment test, each student will be allocated to the right class. Classes are taught with a strong focus on real-world communication. In your class, you can expect to have lots of pair and group work, giving you as many opportunities as possible to use the English you are learning.

Students come from all around the world and from different backgrounds so you will be able to use your English with people form other cultures. Teachers like to bring in materials which are interesting for students such as newspapers, magazines, short videos, and even TED talks. We believe that the best way to learn is through relevant and up-to-date materiel.

There is also a cultural focus in class. You can expect to learn about Irish culture, music, and food. Course content follows a set syllabus so we can ensure that there are no gaps in your learning.

All of our courses are lined to the Common European Framework, which means that your final level and certificate will be clear and understood throughout Europe.

Extra Activities: We believe that the best way to improve your English is to use it all the time! With this in mind, we organise social activities every week to create logs of opportunities for students to get together socially to speak English outside the classroom.

What’s Included
• Welcome pack (maps, local information)
• Level test & teaching materials
• 20 hours‘ tuition per week
• +2 hours conversation classroom
• Free internet access, WIFI throughout the building
• Resource room, study & library facilities
• Certificate & skills report on course completion
• Social programme (some of the social activities available for extra fees)

General English courses are held at all our centres:
Dublin Lun Laoghaire,
Cork City,

Professional Focus English for Educators:
English for the workplace

Professional Focus English is available for levels intermediate to advanced, consists of 20 hours per week. Real World English +5hours per week focusing specifically on professional English. This combination course with General English (please see course description for General English above) at your level will prepare you to use English in ‚real world‘ situations and will take into account your
interests and strengths and weaknesses, as well as your short and long term goals.

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Students will follow a structured programme to enable them to practise their English in real world situations such as job interviews, meetings, presentations, speeches, negotiations, communicating by email, conducting Skype calls, and writing reports in English.

Minimum requirements: B2
Where? Courses are held at the Dublin City campus and Galway

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)

Teaching a subject in the English language – bilingual teaching
• 1 or 2 week courses
• 20 lessons per week
• Group size: 12-16

Who is this course for?
Teachers: secondary, vocational (further education), university lecturers.
CLIL is aimed at those who teach a subject such as science, history, geography, or vocational subjects such as business, science, management, IT, or trades using English as a foreign language.

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In this course teachers will:
• Practise and refresh their own general language skills
• Discuss learning styles & relevant teaching methodology and lesson planning
• Learn creative and new methods
• Integrate with students of other cultures and different learning ability
• Practise new skills in workshops
• Reflect on ways to motivate students
• Address job-specific vocabulary and language
• Share experiences and views with colleagues and students from other EU regions
• Find out about Irish culture

The CLIL programmes are workshops based on meeting the needs of the group and individual teachers. In addition, there is a general programme involving teaching methodology, lesson planning, vocabulary, grammar, speech, and discussions in the English language.

This course is designed for teachers and educators to enhance and refresh their own skills in delivering subject content in English. The programme also includes a spoken performance component to allow teachers to improve their fluency in English as well as an introuction to Irish culture.

Cultural activities are organized in the afternoons and evenings which are designed to allow you to enjoy your experience in Ireland while making friends and improving your English at the same time.

Who is this course for?
CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) means that subjects are taught in another language than to their own and are teaching that subject in the English language.

This course therefore is for teachers of all disciplines using the English language in their class Teachers are welcome from all subject areas such as, but not restricted to Mathematics, Physics, Geography, Sports, Music, Art, Science, Biology, Chemistry, or vocational training: Business, Trade, Tourism, Management, Medicine, Law, or any other subject. The course is about learning how to teach your
course in the “foreign” language in your country, in English.

Minimum Requirements: B1/B2
Where? Courses are held in Cork City, Galway and Dublin

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