Irish Culture &
English Language

Location: Dublin 2, Ireland

Develop Language Skills
30 Certified Hours Per Week
Explore Irish Culture

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why ATc’s Irish culture course…?

This course aims to help teachers develop their communicative competence in English, while learning about Irish culture and heritage. The course content introduces teachers to a variety of themes in Irish culture (both historical and contemporary culture).
Teachers will explore who the Irish are; looking at their literature, folklore, music and dance. Teachers will learn about important social and political landmarks in Irish history and the road to Irish independence. Teachers will also look at emigration and the Irish diaspora, meeting some of Ireland’s most famous (and infamous) emigrants, and will examine the huge cultural and social changes Ireland has experienced in the 21st century.

The aim of this course is to help teachers:

  • Develop their communicative competence in English with a particular focus on the interactive skills of speaking and listening.
  • Provide teachers with a broad overview of traditional Irish cultural heritage.
  • Provide teachers with an insight into contemporary Irish culture and society.
  • Provide teachers with a broad overview of Irish social and political shifts, from British rule, through independence, to the modern Irish Republic.

ATC’s 1 week Irish Culture and English Language Development course can be combined with another Teacher Training and Development course or a General English course, to form a 2-week programme, contact us for details.
For teachers applying through the Erasmus Plus scheme the OID for ATC Language Schools is E10133233.
For details of this course on the European School Education Platform (ESEP) please see – ATC Irish Culture and Language Development ESEP.

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

ATC Dublin
Maximum group size: 15
Minimum Level of English: B2
Applicable for Erasmus+ KA1
Dublin Course Dates 2024:

Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th April (4 days)
Monday 8th to Friday 12th July

2025 – Monday 27th to Friday 31st January

*Courses can also be organised year-round for closed groups in our Dublin City Centre or Bray school.

STEAM Methodology - ATC Language Schools

What you get


20 hours tuition + 10 hours of project work per week


Course materials included


Interactive discussions with other teachers


Join an optional cultural excursion


End-of-course certificate

Who is it for?

The course is open to teachers working in any field, and is suitable for both experienced and novice teachers who want to develop their English language communicative competence and deepen their understanding of Ireland -its past and present.

Applicants must have a minimum 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.

STEAM Methodology Ireland, Dublin, Bray

Student Reviews

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, but the added value to all the practice was the conclusion, with a real STEAM lesson engaging students from our school.

Carmine, Italy

I’m a novice teacher of English, so this experience was even more valuable for me and I recommend this school for those who want to improve their knowledge of the English language and spend their time in a most productive way.

Anna, Russia

irish culture and language development

This course is an English language development course, which focuses on the topic areas of Irish culture and heritage. Participants on the course will be provided with reading/listening/viewing material on relevant topics, and will be supported to engage in discussion, and work on a group presentation of their choice. Throughout there will be a strong focus on vocabulary development and speaking practice. Please note that participants may be asked to  read a text or watch a video outside of the classroom, in their own time.

Course Modules:

  • From rebellion to civil war and beyond – the road to Irish independence.
  • Ireland in the 21st century – big changes in a small country. Explore the social and economic policies that have shaped contemporary Ireland.
  • Music and dance of Ireland – explore traditional Irish music and dance, and learn about the influence of the Irish in rock, pop, hip hop and punk.
  • The Irish abroad – from politicians to pirates, scientists to sports stars – meet some of Ireland’s most influential émigrés.
  • Stories of Ireland – folklore, origin stories and world-renowned writers. Delve into the rich tradition of oral and written storytelling in Ireland

By the end of this course teachers will have:

  •  Explored Irish culture – historical and contemporary – by listening to presentations, reading texts, and watching videos through English.
  • Engaged in spoken interaction tasks and activities, developing their speaking and listening skills through English.
  • Gathered a portfolio of resources and activities on topics of Irish culture and heritage, which they can use in their own teaching context.

Teaching Style:

The Irish Culture & English Language Development programme combines 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 deepen their knowledge and develop their communicative competency through English. Teachers should finish the course with a portfolio of materials and resources that can be used in their teaching context.

Certificated hours

At the end of the course, teachers will receive an ATC Language Schools’ Certificate of Attendance for the 20-hour Irish Culture & English Language Development 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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