Preparatory Certificate 
in ELT

Location: Dublin

Short Course
Career Development
20 Hrs in 1 Week

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Course Overview

ATC’s Preparatory Certificate in English Language Teaching (ELT) is a short course preparing state-qualified teachers and trainee teachers to teach international students on short English language programmes in Ireland, over the summer months.

This course will help teachers develop their own knowledge of the English language system and gain an insight into the theories of language learning and language teaching. The course will look at a framework for understanding the different levels of language skills and competencies of learners. It will explore methodologies and techniques for teaching English as a foreign language to secondary level students at different levels, and will help teachers create and source fun and engaging materials for use in the classroom. The programme also prepares teachers who may have to teach part or all of their course online.

Maximum group size: 15
Who is it for?

Irish State Qualified Teachers

Start Dates :

21st – 25th February 2022
11th – 15th April 2022
13th – 17th June 2022

Preparatory Certificate in ELT - ATC

What you get


20 hours of face to face training


Course materials included


Live lesson observation of an ATC teacher


End of course certificate


Potential for additional teaching opportunities

Who is it for?

This course is specifically for state-qualified teachers (Irish State) and for those in their final year of teacher training college. The course is open to Primary and Post Primary teachers and successful participants will be qualified to teach English to teenagers in Ireland.

Teacher Training Course - Preparatory Certificate in ELT

Student Reviews

The ATC Preparatory Certificate in ELT was the best possible start to my new career as an English teacher. I knew that ATC is one of the best language schools in Ireland and having the opportunity to learn from their best teachers was very important when I registered. I would recommend the course to every English teacher.

Michael, Brazil

Course details

The Preparatory Certificate in ELT (English Language Teaching) course was designed to meet the specific needs of teachers dealing with multinational groups of students who have been streamed at different levels of English. The students are in Ireland for a short period of time so the communicative element is paramount. There is a great focus on task-based teaching and learning, a student-centred methodology that puts communicative language use at its core. Focussing on real-world tasks, students are encouraged to use language to engage with the world around them. Teachers will learn how to plan and deliver engaging task-based lessons to motivate their students, and help them reach their communicative goals through English.



The course also aims to help teachers who do not have a background in language teaching to further develop their own understanding of the English language system (grammar, vocabulary and phonology). Teachers will be introduced to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a framework which describes what language learners have to learn, and what knowledge and skills they have to develop, in order to communicate effectively.

Teachers will receive input on the types of grammatical structures and vocabulary that students will need to understand at each level, and will be given lots of techniques and activities for helping their students focus on and practise this language.

Teachers will also learn about the most common difficulties which speakers of other languages have with English pronunciation, and will be given ideas for engaging students in fun activities to improve their spoken English.

For those teachers who have to take their lesson online, the course includes a module on teaching teens online. Teachers will look at some useful digital tools for language teaching and will consider different aspects of online class management, including ideas for keeping students engaged in a virtual classroom.

Towards the end of the course, teachers will be given the opportunity to sit in and observe a lesson delivered by an ATC teacher to international students.


Course Modules:

  • An Introduction to Communicative Language Teaching
  • Describing Language Levels
  • Developing Language Awareness: English Grammar
  • Developing Language Awareness: English Vocabulary
  • Developing Students’ Speaking Skills
  • Developing Students’ Reading and Listening Skills
  • Lesson Planning for the Communicative Classroom
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Teaching Teens Online
  • Observation of Practising ATC Teachers



Classes Monday to Friday
Lesson 1 09:00 to 11:00
Break 11:00 to 11:30
Lesson 2 11:30 to 13:30



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