Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary

Locations: Bray and Dublin

Theory and Practical Ideas
30 Certified Hours Per Week
Experienced Teacher Trainers

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teaching vocabulary 

The Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary course explores the role of vocabulary in language learning and looks at approaches to teaching vocabulary effectively. It looks into the theory of vocabulary learning and acquisition and considers some of the research into this area. The course also provides teachers with lots of practical ideas for helping learning learners to expand their vocabulary repertoire.

The aim of this course is to help teachers:

  • plan and deliver principled lessons for teaching vocabulary,
  • understand the cognitive processes at work in learning new words, and develop a programme of strategy training for vocabulary learning,
  • select materials and design activities which are fun and motivating for students,
  • become familiar with a variety of online tools for exploring words inside and outside the classroom.

For more course choices please see the link – ATC Teacher Training & Development.

ATC Bray and ATC Dublin
Maximum group size: 15
Minimum English Level: B2
Applicable for Erasmus+ KA1
Bray Course Dates 2022:

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Dublin Course Dates 2022:

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*Courses can be organised year-round for closed groups in our Dublin City Centre or Bray school.
*Please note Monday 1st August is a holiday and no classes will take place.

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What you get


20 hours tuition + 10 hours project work per week


Course materials included


Interactive collaboration with other teachers


Choice of school location


End-of-course certificate

Who is it for?

This course is for teachers of English teaching English as an additional or foreign language and is suitable for teachers of English to adults or teenagers.

The course is suitable for those new to teaching, and for more experienced teachers, who want to delve a little deeper into this area of language teaching and learning.

Applicants must have minimum level of B2 level of English, as outlined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you would like to confirm your level, please contact us.

For teachers applying through the Erasmus Plus scheme the OID for ATC Language Schools is E10133233.

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Student Reviews

The instructors were experts who explained the concept with easy to understand videos, presentations and clear instructions. The course was very interesting and comprehensive. I have already implemented some of the things learnt in this course. I highly recommend it. Thank you!

Oana, Romania

These courses, held by wonderful training experts, have been the perfect balance between theory and practice with the trainees performing in the workshop as both teachers and students… Our teachers’ and students’ feedback about the course was enthusiastic and we owe this great result to the high professionalism of the teacher trainers from ATC.

Carmine, Italy

Course content

The Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary course explores what is means to really know a word. There are various kinds of word knowledge necessary to master a word completely, including knowledge of how it is written and pronounced, its meaning, grammatical behaviour, associations, collocations, frequency and register. On this course teachers will consider how all this knowledge is acquired. We look at how teachers can help learners process new words in order to integrate them into their existing vocabularies, remember them and retrieve them with ease.

Teachers will look at some of the research into vocabulary learning and discuss a variety of strategies that learners might use to help them learn new words. Teachers will also look at instructional ideas, techniques and activities for vocabulary teaching and strategy development, in secondary level and adult learners.

Course Modules:

  • What’s in a word? Examining word features and exploring what makes a word difficult or easy
  • Trends and techniques in vocabulary teaching
  • Teaching and learning collocation
  • Developing vocabulary learning strategies
  • Assessing vocabulary
  • Online resources for vocabulary exploration and vocabulary practice


Teaching Style

The Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary course combines course input from ATC’s trainers with group discussion and collaborative work. Teachers are encouraged to share ideas and experiences, and are given the opportunity to collaborate on different types of tasks in order to create their own resources and put the theory into practice. Teachers should finish the course with a portfolio of materials and lesson ideas that can be used in their teaching context, or for the purposes of training other teachers.

Certificated hours

At the end of the course, teachers will receive an ATC Language Schools’ Certificate of Attendance for the 30 or 60 hour Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary course.

The 1 week course can be combined with a General English course, to form a 2-week programme. Please contact us for details.

For teachers applying through the Erasmus Plus scheme the OID for ATC Language Schools is E10133233.



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