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Refresher Course for Teachers of English

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Non-native secondary school and adult teachers and primary school teachers (please note there are different dates for secondary/adult and primary).
  • Non-native teachers of English who wish to update their English language, develop their confidence in using the language, and expand their vocabulary and range of expression
  • Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to B2 in the Common European Framework

Course aims

  • To “brush up” and improve your competence and confidence in English
  • To update your methodology, management and practical teaching techniques and skills
  • To examine and reflect on your own approaches and attitudes to teaching and learning
  • To become more aware of what you and others do in the classroom
  • To discuss and share ideas, problems, methods and techniques with peers from other parts of the world

Course programme


All participants are required to fill in a pre-course questionnaire. It is very important that this is returned at the earliest opportunity as the course is pre-planned based on this. The course content is outlined and discussed on the first afternoon, and is then adapted as appropriate.


Language enrichment

The aim of the morning sessions is to develop your language skills so that you will feel more confident teaching in English. The sessions aim to develop your language skills with a particular focus on speaking and listening, extend your vocabulary, grammatical and functional knowledge, and also to improve your knowledge of pronunciation.

Teaching techniques

In the afternoon sessions, participants will experience a variety of teaching techniques, materials, devices and procedures designed to help students acquire language. There is a focus on current methodologies and practical teaching skills that participants will evaluate for effectiveness and also discuss ways of adapting these to fit in with different teaching contexts.

Description of training content

  • 10 hours per week of language skills lessons (max 8 per class)
  • 7.5 hours per week of Spoken Performance Workshop and Team Projects (max 12 per class)
  • 10 hours of Teachers Methodology
  • Total of 27.5 hours per week (Mon-Fri from 8:45 to 16:30)

Spoken Performance Workshop

Students are set tasks that challenge them to develop their speaking skills across a range of different everyday situations and experiment with their newly acquired language.

Skills lessons

A structured curriculum which integrates grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation with the four main skills area of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

10 hours of Teachers Methodology (14:00 – 16:15)

Please note that this is an example of the methodology component. Course content may often be usefully adapted to incorporate the needs of each specific group.

Week 1


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


14:00 – 15:00

Introductions and establishing course priorities

Speaking 1: What constitutes a good speaking   class? Grammar 1: Evaluating presentation techniques Reading 1: Reading strategies

Vocabulary 1: Presentation of vocabulary, what’s   in a word?


15:15 – 16:15

Teaching and learning; learner styles

Speaking 2: Practical ideas and analysis Grammar 2:Techniques andtasks in practice Project work: rationale, planning and   development

Vocabulary 2: practical ideas and mid-session   evaluation

Week 2

14:00 – 15:00

Listening 1: Techniques and tasks

Writing: teaching structures Teaching resources: What constitutes a good   resource? CALL: Ideas for using the Internet, evaluating   websites




15:15 – 16:15

Listening 2: Designing your own resources

Error analysis: Exploring techniques, correction   symbols Reading2:Potential problems, sample tasks Pronunciation: using the phonemic chart andintegrating pronunciation

Closing session, evaluation and feedback

Please note: You can set your own dates as long as there is a group of minimum 8 participants.

The course is held at the main school which stands proudly on the historic Royal Mile. The school is housed in a magnificent 1820’s building and inside it has been transformed into a bright, well-equipped and modern English language school.