Teaching Methodologies

Course details

This 2 week course is specifically developed with the needs of secondary, vocational and adult English language teachers and other language teachers in mind.

Provided by Direct English
Entry levelIntermediate (B1)
Course duration2 weeks
Total input40 hours + extra activities
Maximum Class Size:12
Course Start Dates:(Flexible) –  ( Full time or Part time Options)


During this course you will be introduced and given the opportunity to practise and review a number of techniques and methods that will help enliven your language classes, allowing you to create a dynamic and stimulating learning environment. You will tackle areas such as learning styles, pronunciation, creating your own materials using online software and more. It is a review of modern teaching methodologies; communicative approach; the lexical approach; blended learning; audio-lingual and task based learning.

Some sessions include a focus on integrating technology into your teaching and lessons. During the activities and group discussions, you will have the opportunity to further explore, review and develop your teaching skills. You will also be encouraged to reflect on the activities and develop your own Personal Development Action Plan, identifying which tools, methods and activities you want to include in your own language lessons. This course is ideal for teachers who wish to refresh their skills and get a fresh look at various teaching approaches. After exploring communicative teaching methods, you will be able to prepare new engaging lesson plans – using all available resources – and equipped with new ideas you will motivate your students all the time in the classroom.


  • To enable a better understanding of language teaching and expand & build on previous knowledge, using a range of practical methodologies
  • To introduce new areas of teaching methodologies and accompanying techniques, using hands-on experimental methods
  • To help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods & contexts & develop teaching skills
  • To introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today
  • To exchange pedagogical information & knowledge in a multi-cultural context
  • To further develop participants’ own language skills
9:00-10:30Engaging the Learner: What motivates today’s students?

Task-based learning

The Chemistry of words – CollocationTell me a Story! Using stories in the classroomUsing videos and DVDs; you tube, video clips & learningGrammar practice activities
10:30-11.30Get them talking! Encouraging your students to speakThe Dictation RevivalUsing computers – exploiting the InternetCo-operative learningSetting up online activities
11.30 -12:00Coffee breakCoffee breakCoffee breakCoffee breakCoffee break
12.00- 13.30Learner styles & multiple intelligencesSongs & music & their learning potentialUsing concordances & dictionaries for vocabularyTesting & assessmentSelf- reflection & evaluation
13.30-14.30Lunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch break
14.30-15.30Tour of Cork CityFree afternoonFree afternoonShandon BellsFree afternoon
9:00 – 10.00Warmers, fillers and coolersLearning vocabularyMaking pronunciation funDealing with learner errorsTeaching language through project work
10:00-11.00Drama, role play & simulationsUsing humour for language learningHow we really speakClassroom managementCourse feedback & evaluation
11:00-11.30Coffee breakCoffee breakCoffee breakCoffee breakCoffee break
11:30 -13.30Colloquial English and Idiomatic LanguageWriting strategiesLanguage development: Speaking activityDesigning crosswords & quizzesGraduation ceremony
13.30-14.30Lunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch breakLunch break
14.30-15.30Personal  Development Action PlanFree afternoonFree afternoonTestFree afternoon

Saturday – It’s possible to organize a full day trip e.g. to Killarney, Blarney or Cobh  –  only €35 per person.

For further information contact +353 21 2411 131 or email info@directenglishireland.ie