The course will enable you to develop your English proficiency and improve your awareness of current methodology and materials. This will involve reviewing the principles and practices of English language teaching, looking at recent developments in teaching methodology. As a course participant you will have the opportunity to share your experience of teaching, examining the relationship between language, materials and methodology and reflecting on your practice.

Is this course for you?

Location: Galway
Teachers who wish to raise their awareness of how language, materials and methodology interact in the teaching of English to secondary school students and/or adults
Language Level:
B2/C1 on the Common European Framework
Course dates: 5 – 16 July
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £150
Course fee:£994
Accommodation: £ 448 (2 weeks)
Accommodation: Homestay
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Free social and cultural programme
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT Library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Language change
Language and contemporary Irish culture
Motivating learners
Creativity in the classroom
The role of affect in the classroom
21st Century Skills
Multimedia materials
Using and designing authentic tasks
Activities to develop language knowledge and use
Recent developments in methodology
Issues in language learning
Helping learners become more autonomous

This course will extend your understanding and critical awareness of: how English is used both inside and outside the classroom and the principles and practice of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

You will explore recent developments in methodology and the analysis of language for teaching and how to examine the relationship between language, materials and methodology

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This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:00 and 16:00, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

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Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

We build time into the course for reflection, to consider how to adapt the content to your own professional context.

We then support you in creating a strategy for putting your ideas into practice on returning to your institution.

All NILE courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or the development of language awareness.

Course Leaders

NILE's highly experienced trainers are experts, not only in their fields, but also in working with teachers for continuing professional development. Read more about NILE’s trainers, their experience and interests at the NILE Team.


Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
5 - 16 July Galway, Ireland 2 weeks