Refresher Course for Language Teachers

Location: Dublin 2, Ireland

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Refresher Course for language teachers…

ATC’s Refresher Course for Language Teachers is a practical course that explores ideas, techniques and resources for language teaching and learning, where the primary focus is on the development of the students’ communciative competence.

Teachers look at ideas for designing engaging, collaborative real-world tasks to help develop the students’ communicative competence across all language skills, and deepen their knowledge of the target language system.
We explore the task-based method that underpins this approach and look at a framework for developing task-based lessons. Teachers will develop lessons and teaching materials appropriate to their teaching context.

The course also introduces teachers to a range of digital resources to support students in independent study, and becoming lifelong language learners.

The aim of this course is to help teachers –

  • Explore fresh ideas and techniques for developing engaging, communicative lessons,
  • Select and design resources to support students in their communication and in their language development,
  • Design tasks which are pedagogically underpinned by a task-based approach,
  • Plan and deliver a variety of task-based lessons with confidence.

ATC’s 1 week Refresher course can be combined with another 1 week 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 ESEP please see – ATC Refresher Course for Language Teachers 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:

Monday 1st  to Friday 5th July
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd August

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

Free Extra Classes ATC Language Schools

What you get


20 hours tuition + 10 hours project work per week


Course materials included


Intercative discussions with other teachers


Centrally located school


End-of-course certificate

Who is it for?

The course is open to teachers working in both English Language and Foreign Language Education, and is suitable for both experienced and novice teachers who want to explore new ideas, get a fresh perspective, or deepen their understanding and practice of truly communicative language teaching.

Applicants should 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.

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Course content

The Refresher Course for Language Teachers offers a real alternative for teachers who feel that their teaching relies too heavily on a grammar-focussed syllabus, and who want their students to be more motivated and engaged in their language learning, and to better use the target language in real communicative situations, both inside and outside the classroom.

This course focuses on Task-based learning, a learner-centred methodology which puts communicative language use at its core. Focusing on real-world tasks it provides a robust methodology that gives learners the freedom to use language communicatively and gives teachers principled techniques to work on the development of their students’ language.

The course begins by exploring the core concepts of a task-based approach.  Throughout the course teachers apply the principles of the methodology to the design of engaging, collaborative tasks based around topics and texts. Teachers look at how to sequence tasks into a lesson framework and also consider how the task-based approach can be used with different student groups, such as Beginners, Exams classes, or those studying English for Specific Purposes.

Importantly, teachers also consider how to focus on language within the communicative framework of a task-based lesson, and look at ways of ensuring their lessons provide a good balance of opportunities for real, communicative language use, and development of students’ knowledge of language form.

Teachers will be introduced to free online tools and resources which they can use to support their students in independent language learning and communicative target language use.

Course Modules:

  • Core Pedagogical Concepts of the Task-based Approach
  • Lesson Planning for the Communicative Classroom
  • Designing Tasks and Materials: Working with Texts
  • Designing Tasks and Materials: Working with Topics
  • Language Work in a Task-based Lesson (Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation)
  • Developing Language Skills
  • Digital Tools for Exploring Language Independently

By the end of this course teachers will have:

  • Researched a task-based approach to language teaching and learning and considered how it can be used as a framework for developing communicative skills-based lessons.
  • Worked with other teachers to develop and deliver a task-based lesson.
  • Explored activities to raise students’ awareness of language features for communicative competence (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation) and give them practice in these.
  • Developed a portfolio of tasks and resources for use in their own teaching context, and resources to train their students to become independent language learners and users of the target language.

Teaching Style
The Refresher Course for Language Teachers 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.
The course blends 20 hours of face-to-face input with 10 hours of trainer-directed project work, which teachers complete outside of class time.
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 in this methodology.

Certificated hours
At the end of the course, teachers will receive an ATC Language Schools’ Certificate of Attendance for the 30-hour Refresher Course for Language Teachers. This includes 20 hours of face to face input + 10 hours of trainer-directed project work.

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.

ATC Online Course Brochure

Refresher Course for Language Teachers - Brochure (pdf)


Classes Monday to Friday
Lesson 1 09:00 to 11:00
Break 11:00 to 11:30
Lesson 2 11:30 to 13:30
Lunch Break
Project Work Afternoon



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