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English Teacher Refresher Courses

Choose from an exciting range of refresher courses for teachers of English. These 1 week and 2 week courses are a great way to energise your teaching with new ideas, techniques and activities.

SGI has been running teacher training courses since 1993, and has been offering high-quality refresher courses for over 15 years. Building on our highly successful two-week summer refresher courses, we are now offering an expanded programme including one-week courses during February and Easter. We can also offer courses on other dates to groupsand can tailor these courses to the specific needs of each group.

   EU Funding and Course Packages: Erasmus Plus

Courses and Course Dates:

Two weeks: 03/07/2017; 17/07/2017; 31/07/2017; 14/08/2017 (All courses) 
One week: 13/02/2017; 20/03/2017 ( Creative Methodology & Methodology and Language only) 

  • Creative Methodology 
  • Methodology and Language
  • Methodology for Secondary Teachers
  • Teaching Advanced Students
Methodology and Language

Running from 9.15 in the morning, through to 15.00 in the afternoon, this 2 week 45 hour course is perfect for teachers who want the opportunity to improve their English, while at the same time energise their teaching with creative ideas and an introduction to stimulating alternative activities, strategies and approaches to teaching & learning.

As a result of attending this course, the participants will be more confident and fluent users of English and will be more creative professionals able to give lessons and use materials that are motivating, challenging and effective.

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Key Features

Group Size12
Lessons Per Week30 (1 lesson=45 min)
Duration2 Weeks (1 week option available)
ProgressIndividual testing & guidance
LevelsIntermediate-Advanced
Start datesOne week: 13/02/2017; 20/03/2017
Start datesTwo weeks: 03/07/2017; 17/07/2017; 31/07/2017; 14/08/2017

Fee Calculator

09:15 - 10:45
Group
11:15 - 12:45
Group
LUNCH13:30 - 15:00
Mini-group

 

Methodology and Language Timetable

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Introduction to methodologySpeaking skills (1)Presenting languageTask-based learning and teachingGuided Discovery

Welcome and orientation

Methodology review

Designing and running communicative activities

Presenting language

CCQs for grammar and lexis

Different approaches to structuring a lesson

Functional and situational language

Task-based learning and teaching

 

PPP vs. Guided Discovery of a grammatical structure

Designing a Guided Discovery lesson

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Different needs in the language classroom Speaking skills (2)Teaching vocabularyReading skillsListening skills

Learning styles and strategies

Special educational needs

Teacher's and learners' roles

Setting up activities

Monitoring and error correction strategies

Organisation, classroom equipment, etc.

Selecting and teaching new vocabulary

Vocabulary games for practice and revision

Developing reading skills

Using authentic texts

Literature and poetry

 

Developing listening skills

Authentic listening

Listening materials and resources online

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
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Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Music and videoWriting skills StorytellingClassroom management Live observation

Songs and music in the language classroom

Using video

Writing skills

Designing a Product or Process writing lesson

Giving feedback on written work

Using stories

Storytelling and creation

Creative dictation

Classroom management

Monolingual and multilingual classes

English for Specific Purposes (business, academic…)

 

Observing teachers in the school and completing a guided observation task

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Phonology (1)Phonology (2)Materials and resourcesEnglish as a Lingua FrancaProfessional development

Phonemic chart review

Using the phonemic alphabet in class

Word stress, intonation and sentence stress

Introduction to connected speech

Coursebook review

Using new technologies

Finding resources and materials online

Current issues in English language teaching and learning

English as a Lingua Franca

 

Continuing professional development

Feedback on the morning's observations

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Language improvementLanguage improvementLanguage improvementLanguage improvementLanguage improvement

 

Programme training activities typically include (please see our sample timetable)

  • Ways of presenting and practising grammar and vocabulary
  • Using music, story, pictures and drama in your teaching
  • Ideas for encouraging learner independence in the class
  • Dealing with different learning styles
  • Dealing with mixed level classes.
  • Ideas to encourage pair/group work at different levels
  • Work on pronunciation
  • Adapting/supplementing course book materials
  • Using texts for different purposes
  • Blended learning and using on-line resources
  • Teaching through fine arts
  • Ideas for assessment/testing
  • Practical classroom issues for teachers working in a monolingual context
  • Dealing with "difficult behaviour"
Creative Methodology for Teachers

Running from 9.15 in the morning, through to 15.00 in the afternoon, this 2 week 45 hour programme aims to energise your teaching with creative ideas and offer you some alternative activities, strategies and approaches to teaching & learning. This is an ideal course for experienced native and non-native teachers who teach young adults (16+) and adults.

As a result of attending this course, the participants will be more creative professionals who will be able to design lessons and materials that are motivating, challenging and effective.

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Key Features

Group Size12
Lessons Per Week30 (22.5 hours: 1 lesson = 45 min)
Duration2 Weeks (1 week option available)
ProgressIndividual testing & guidance
LevelsIntermediate-Advanced
Start datesOne week: 13/02/2017; 20/03/2017
Start datesTwo weeks: 03/07/2017; 17/07/2017; 31/07/2017; 14/08/2017

Fee Calculator

09:15 - 10:45
Group
11:15 - 12:45
Group
LUNCH13:30 - 15:00
Mini-group

 

Creative Methodology Timetable

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Introduction to methodologySpeaking skills (1)Presenting languageTask-based learning and teachingGuided Discovery

Welcome and orientation

Methodology review

Designing and running communicative activities

Problem-solving, information gaps and Find Someone Who, rank ordering

Presenting language

CCQs for grammar and lexis

Different approaches to structuring a lesson

Functional and situational language

Task-based learning and teaching

 

PPP vs. Guided Discovery of a grammatical structure

Designing a Guided Discovery lesson

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Different needs in the language classroom Speaking skills (2)Teaching vocabularyReading skillsListening skills

Learning styles and strategies

Special educational needs

Teacher's and learners' roles

Setting up activities

Monitoring and error correction strategies

Organisation, classroom equipment, etc.

Selecting and teaching new vocabulary

Vocabulary games for practice and revision

Developing reading skills

Using authentic texts

Literature and poetry

 

Developing listening skills

Authentic listening

Listening materials and resources online

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Creative methodology -
A closer look at different approaches
Creative methodology -
Role-play
Creative methodology -
Using the L1
Creative methodology -
Exploiting the coursebook
Creative methodology -
Teaching unplugged

The Silent Way and Cuisenaire rods

Total Physical Response

The Lexical Approach

Role-play and simulations

Assuming roles/identities for extended language work (e.g. A Day In The Life Of…)

Translation and contrastive analysis

'Borrowing' from the learners' first language

Extending coursebook activities

Mining reading and listening texts

Adapting exercises

 

Using students as a resource

Student-created and student-sourced materials

Working without materials

 

Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Music and videoWriting skills StorytellingClassroom management Live observation

Songs and music in the language classroom

Using video

Writing skills

Designing a Product or Process writing lesson

Giving feedback on written work

Using stories

Storytelling and creation

Creative dictation

Classroom management

Monolingual and multilingual classes

English for Specific Purposes (business, academic…)

 

Observing teachers in the school and completing a guided observation task

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Phonology (1)Phonology (2)Materials and resourcesEnglish as a Lingua FrancaProfessional development

Phonemic chart review

Using the phonemic alphabet in class

Word stress, intonation and sentence stress

Introduction to connected speech

Coursebook review

Using new technologies

Finding resources and materials online

Current issues in English language teaching and learning

English as a Lingua Franca

 

Continuing professional development

Feedback on the morning's observations

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Creative methodology -
Language play
Creative methodology -
Dictation activities
Creative methodology -
Using images
Creative methodology -
Learning outside the classroom
Creative methodology -
Games, quizzes and puzzles

Creative uses of English: graffiti, poetry, songs, limericks, logos, humour

Language games

Onomatopoeia

Student-student dictation

Dictogloss for 'grammaring'

Running, shouting and whispering dictations

Using photos (including learners' own photos)

Image-prompted stories

Picture prompts for speaking and writing (e.g. graphs and graphics)

Taking students to museums, galleries, etc.

Guided walks

Projects and homework tasks

 

Paper/book-based games

Electronic resources (e.g. puzzle-makers, WWTBAM?, PowerPoint)

Whiteboard races

 

 

Programme training activities typically include (please see our sample timetable)

  • Adapting your teaching to different learning styles & learning needs
  • Teaching grammar, vocabulary, and the four skills creatively
  • Creative approaches to teaching pronunciation
  • Putting life into course book exercises
  • Adapting activities and tasks for different purposes and levels
  • Learner autonomy and independent learning
  • Student generated teaching
  • Storytelling
  • Using music, songs, visuals and the fine arts, drama and movement
  • Introductions to one or more of the following approaches to teaching and learning: The Silent Way, Total Physical Response, Task Based Learning, Dogme Multiple Intelligence or The Lexical Approach
  • Using blended learning and on-line resources creatively
Methodology for Secondary Teachers

This is an ideal course for experienced secondary school teachers and for teachers who teach teenagers in private institutions. Running from 9.15 in the morning, through to 15.00 in the afternoon, this 2 week 45 hour programme, aims to energise your teaching with creative ideas and current theories and practices, enabling you to teach secondary school learners more effectively.

As a result of attending this course, the participants will become more confident, creative and knowledgeable teachers of secondary students.

All Refresher courses attract EU Erasmus+ funding ......please click here for full details

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Key Features

Group Size12
Lessons Per Week30 (1 lesson=45 min)
Duration2 Weeks
ProgressIndividual testing & guidance
LevelsIntermediate-Advanced
Start dates03/07/2017; 17/07/2017; 31/07/2017; 14/08/2017

Fee Calculator

09:15 - 10:45
Group
11:15 - 12:45
Group
LUNCH13:30 - 15:00
Mini-group

 

Secondary Teachers Timetable

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Introduction to methodologySpeaking skills (1)Presenting languageTask-based learning and teachingGuided Discovery

Welcome and orientation

Methodology review

Designing and running communicative activities

Presenting language

CCQs for grammar and lexis

Different approaches to structuring a lesson

Functional and situational language

Task-based learning and teaching

 

PPP vs. Guided Discovery of a grammatical structure

Designing a Guided Discovery lesson

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Different needs in the language classroom Speaking skills (2)Teaching vocabularyReading skillsListening skills

Learning styles and strategies

Special educational needs

Teacher's and learners' roles

Setting up activities

Monitoring and error correction strategies

Organisation, classroom equipment, etc.

Selecting and teaching new vocabulary

Vocabulary games for practice and revision

Developing reading skills

Using authentic texts

Literature and poetry

 

Developing listening skills

Authentic listening

Listening materials and resources online

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Secondary teachers - Teaching teensSecondary teachers - Speaking skillsSecondary teachers - Teaching grammarSecondary teachers - Preparing for examsSecondary teachers - Reading and listening skills

Who are Young Learners?

Teaching teenagers - classroom management, motivation and discipline

Communicative activities for teens

Role play

Encouraging spoken fluency

Teaching grammar to teens and young learners

A lexical approach to teaching grammar

Examinations overview (IELTS, TOEFL, KET, PET, FCE...)

Vocabulary building for exams

Encouraging reading and listening - film, TV, online resources and Young Adult literature

Reading and listening skills for exams

 

Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:4519:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Music and videoWriting skills StorytellingClassroom management Live observation

Songs and music in the language classroom

Using video

Writing skills

Designing a Product or Process writing lesson

Giving feedback on written work

Using stories

Storytelling and creation

Creative dictation

Classroom management

Monolingual and multilingual classes

English for Specific Purposes (business, academic…)

 

Observing teachers in the school and completing a guided observation task

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Phonology (1)Phonology (2)Materials and resourcesEnglish as a Lingua FrancaProfessional development

Phonemic chart review

Using the phonemic alphabet in class

Word stress, intonation and sentence stress

Introduction to connected speech

Coursebook review

Using new technologies

Finding resources and materials online

Current issues in English language teaching and learning

English as a Lingua Franca

 

Continuing professional development

Feedback on the morning's observations

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Secondary teachers - New approaches to traditional tasksSecondary teachers - Creative writing and projects Secondary teachers - Materials, resources and technologySecondary teachers - Learning outside the classroomSecondary teachers - CLIL

Creative dictation - dictagloss, running, shouting, whispering

Translation - using L1 effectively in the classroom

Creative writing - using visuals, music and media as inspiration

Class projects

Materials and resources

Using new technologies

Visual aids, flashcards, posters, images

Taking students to museums, galleries, etc.

Guided walks

Self-study and homework tasks

 

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)

 

 

Programme training activities typically include (please see our sample timetable)

  • Ways of presenting and practising grammar and vocabulary
  • Using music, story, pictures and drama in your teaching
  • Ideas for encouraging learner independence in the class
  • Dealing with different learning styles
  • Dealing with mixed level classes.
  • Ideas to encourage pair/group work at different levels
  • Work on pronunciation
  • Adapting/supplementing course book materials
  • Using texts for different purposes
  • Blended learning and using on-line resources
  • Teaching through fine arts
  • Ideas for assessment/testing
  • Practical classroom issues for teachers working in a monolingual context
  • Dealing with "difficult behaviour"
Teaching Advanced Students

Running from 9.15 in the morning, through to 15.00 in the afternoon, this 2 week 45 hour course is ideal for teachers teaching English to advanced students from upper secondary age groups and above and with levels B1+ and above. This methodology course introduces a wide range of exciting areas to explore with advanced students, providing you with fresh and motivating activities and strategies to improve your students’ English.

As a result of attending this course, the participants will be equipped with a variety of ideas and frameworks that will enable them to teach advanced students in a refreshing, more challenging way.

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Key Features

Group Size12
Lessons Per Week30 (1 lesson=45 min)
Duration2 Weeks
ProgressIndividual testing & guidance
LevelsC1 Advanced level of English
Start dates03/07/2017; 17/07/2017; 31/07/2017; 14/08/2017

Fee Calculator

09:15 - 10:45
Group
11:15 - 12:45
Group
LUNCH13:30 - 15:00
Mini-group

 

Teaching Advanced Students

Week 1

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Introduction to methodologySpeaking skills (1)Presenting languageTask-based learning and teachingGuided Discovery

Welcome and orientation

Methodology review

Designing and running communicative activities

Presenting language

CCQs for grammar and lexis

Different approaches to structuring a lesson

Functional and situational language

Task-based learning and teaching

 

PPP vs. Guided Discovery of a grammatical structure

Designing a Guided Discovery lesson

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Different needs in the language classroom Speaking skills (2)Teaching vocabularyReading skillsListening skills

Learning styles and strategies

Special educational needs

Teacher's and learners' roles

Setting up activities

Monitoring and error correction strategies

Organisation, classroom equipment, etc.

Selecting and teaching new vocabulary

Vocabulary games for practice and revision

Developing reading skills

Using authentic texts

Literature and poetry

 

Developing listening skills

Authentic listening

Listening materials and resources online

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students

What makes advanced learners different?
Needs analysis

What do advanced learners have left to learn?

Advanced learners and native speakers

Teaching lexis to advanced learners

Working with emergent language

 

Advanced speaking skills

Advanced receptive skills

 

Week 2

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
9:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:459:15-10:45
Music and videoWriting skills StorytellingClassroom management Live observation

Songs and music in the language classroom

Using video

Writing skills

Designing a Product or Process writing lesson

Giving feedback on written work

Using stories

Storytelling and creation

Creative dictation

Classroom management

Monolingual and multilingual classes

English for Specific Purposes (business, academic…)

 

Observing teachers in the school and completing a guided observation task

 

11:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:4511:15-12:45
Phonology (1)Phonology (2)Materials and resourcesEnglish as a Lingua FrancaProfessional development

Phonemic chart review

Using the phonemic alphabet in class

Word stress, intonation and sentence stress

Introduction to connected speech

Coursebook review

Using new technologies

Finding resources and materials online

Current issues in English language teaching and learning

English as a Lingua Franca

 

Continuing professional development

Feedback on the morning's observations

 

13:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:0013:30 - 15:00
Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students Teaching Advanced Students

Holistic approaches

Encouraging learner autonomy

Teaching English through literature

Preparing learners for advanced exams

Advanced writing skills: teaching academic writing and report writing

Resources for advanced learners

English for specific purposes

 

Programme training activities typically include (please see our sample timetable)

  • How to create a powerful, motivated, cohesive study group
  • Practical classroom applications of the work of Corpus Linguistics (the differences between authentic English and English that is taught at many schools and universities)
  • Teaching lexis through the Lexical Approach
  • Having fun with English through language games, humour, poetry etc.
  • Using authentic materials
  • Blended learning and using on-line resources
  • Work on your own and the learners feeling for ‘the Spirit of English’
  • Using short, challenging materials that can offer a refreshing alternative to endlessly long reading and listening texts
  • Language and its relation to culture and identity; spoken grammar

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Who is this course for?

  • Looking for new techniques and activities to reinforce your teaching
  • Eligible for EU Erasmus+ funding
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