International Teacher Training — Experience Ireland

Experience Ireland

The Experience Ireland programme is an innovative cultural programme for teachers which includes instruction in the latest theories and methodologies in English language teaching, alongside an introduction to the key cultural aspects of Irish society and an opportunity to improve core EFL skills. It is designed to help teachers both of children and adults, to bring new techniques to the classroom and learning experience. It will develop a deeper understanding for the teacher of Ireland’s literature, art, history and music.

This practical course is aimed at teachers of all levels who are seeking to enrich their English skills and to explore creative teaching methodologies in an Irish cultural context. All teachers are given a needs analysis questionnaire to help us to provide a stimulating and relevant programme which matches their personal needs and cultural interests.

The Experience Ireland programme combines an introduction to the key cultural aspects of Irish society with the opportunity to improve teachers core English Language Teaching skills through the application of the latest research, theories and methodologies to their classroom situation. The topics include developing learner autonomy and creativity in the classroom; using the internet and IT as learning tools in the language classroom; teaching grammar in context using authentic materials; and using drama and song in the language classroom.

The maximum number of participants in this course is 8.

Ireland is internationally renowned as a land of saints and scholars and no other country of its size has had such a profound cultural influence on the world.  Here is an opportunity to gain an appreciation of this remarkable country whilst updating your teaching skills and improving your English through interaction with native speakers.

Course Content

Experience Ireland is offered as a one, two or four week course.  It includes:

  • An introduction to the great writers of Ireland (such as James Joyce, WB Yeats, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett) and the tradition of literature in Ireland.
  • An overview of the role that music plays within Irish society and the influence of traditional and current Irish music throughout the world.
  • An introduction to the history of Ireland and the unique archaeology of the West of Ireland.
  • Sessions on the latest theories and methodologies in the field of English language teaching.
  • Optional classes in the core English language skills tailored to the learner’s specific language level.
  • Cultural excursions and tours to one of the most unique environments in the world – The Burren – and weekend excursions to other areas of significant beauty throughout Ireland.
  • The opportunity to mix with local people through the College’s homestay programme.

Cost: This course costs €450 for one week or €750 for two weeks. Please see the section on the course listings at the end of the page to book a place or see prices and dates.

There will be a mixture of formal classroom teaching, group and pair work, seminars and review sessions throughout the course.

Example Timetable — Experience Ireland 2 Week Course

This outline timetable is subject to change to suit the requirements of participants. The two week course will consist of the following courses and activities:
Week One:

  • Monday: Introduction to course; Current methodologies in language teaching; Introduction to Irish literature; Cultural excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Region.
  • Tuesday: Music & Song; Techniques for Teaching - reading and improving course books; Guided walking tour of historic town of Ennis; Museum visit; Traditional music night.
  • Wednesday: Developing learner autonomy - creativity in the classroom; Cultural session - reading programme; Excursion to Coole Park (where WB Yeats wrote much of his poetry) and Kilmacduagh; Irish dancing evening.
  • Thursday: 20th century Irish art - art and landscape; Drama and song in the classroom; Irish theatre.
  • Friday: Techniques for teaching - writing and error correction; Cultural session - Irish myths and legends, traditional story telling; Evaluation session for Week One.

Week Two:

  • Monday: Introduction to Irish History; Techniques for improving speaking in mixed ability classes; Cultural Excursion - Guided Walk through The Burren
  • Tuesday: How We Learn A Language - Learning Strategies, Styles and Multiple Intelligences; Reading Programme - Organised discussion on Irish writers (Yeats, Joyce, Etc)
  • Wednesday: Cultural Session - The Archaeology of The Burren; Using the Internet and IT as language learning tools in the language classroom; Cultural Excursion - Bunratty Park
  • Thursday: Teaching grammar in context - using authentic materials; Cultural Session - Portrayal of Ireland in Cinema; Irish film afternoon
  • Friday: Cultural Session - Irish Art; Reading Programme - future reading for participants; Full Course Evaluation and Review

Example Timetable — Experience Ireland 1 Week Course

This outline timetable is subject to change to suit the requirements of participants. The one week course will consist of the following courses and activities:

  • Monday: Introduction to course; Current methodologies in language teaching; Introduction to Irish literature; Cultural excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Region.
  • Tuesday: Music & Song; Techniques for Teaching - reading and improving course books; Guided walking tour of historic town of Ennis; Museum visit; traditional music night.
  • Wednesday: Developing learner autonomy - creativity in the classroom; Cultural session - reading programme; Excursion to Coole Park (where WB Yeats wrote much of his poetry) and Kilmacduagh; Irish dancing evening.
  • Thursday: 20th century Irish art - art and landscape; Drama and song in the classroom; Irish theatre.
  • Friday: Techniques for teaching - writing and error correction; Cultural session - Irish myths and legends, traditional story telling; Using the internet and IT as learning tools in the language classroom; Evaluation session.