Teacher Development

As well as being qualified language teachers many of our staff are teacher trainers, experienced in delivering specialist programmes to teachers.
All our courses also aim to establish contacts between teachers from a variety of varying backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals.

CATEGORY: Teacher Training

DURATION: 2 weeks

GROUP SIZE: Average size of 10 per class

COURSE START: Every Monday

LESSONS: 30 hours a week

MINIMUM AGE: 17 years


TIME: 09:00 – 10:45          COURSE FOCUS: English Language Review

Module 1 – Is focused on deepening your language skills and awareness.


TIME: 11:00 – 13:30          COURSE FOCUS: TEFL Teaching overview

Module 2 – Look at pedagogical and classroom developments in ELT and ensure that you return to your own classroom re-motivated and re-energised.


TIME: 14:30 – 16:30          COURSE FOCUS: Specialised sessions

A key part of DCI’s teacher development programme include specialised sessions that encourage new and interesting ways of learning. Specialised topics may include:

Theory and Practice of CLIL in the Classroom – Key concepts of teaching different subjects through English – including geography, history, science and art. Ideas for adapting authentic material for CLIL lessons and teaching techniques.

The Cultural Aspect – Using culture as a resource in the classroom. One/two sample lessons of pre-activity Cultural Lesson & preparation. Visit to a museum with task and worksheets. Follow-on work & feedback.

Using Technology in the Classroom – Utilising technology developments in ELT, to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of some computer applications. The role of technology in building project work & learning outside the classroom. The use of video.

Literature in the Classroom – Aimed at exploring ways to inspire and motivate students who are studying literature at 2nd level schools. A study of Irish literature.

Project based Learning – Games & Activities in the Classroom. Resources for assessing project work in the classroom and building a portfolio of projects. The role of ‘fun’ in the classroom.

Music & Drama in the Classroom – Develop skills in the use of improvisation, image theatre and texts. Using music and songs to create engagement.

Teaching Technical English – Communicating effectively in the Technical classroom and at courses and meetings related to the subjects they teach. Teaching PE/Sports in the English language.