Cheltenham Erasmus Plus English

Cheltenham Teacher Refresher

TESOL for non native English speakersHow to apply for Erasmus Funding

Cheltenham Teacher Refresher Dates & Fees

Entry Requirements

Minimum age: 21

Minimum level: Upper Intermediate level of English – equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or Cambridge First Certificate

Note: If the candidate doesn't have a certificate to prove his/her level of English, a level test can be arranged before enrolling for the course.

The sessions are designed for non-native speakers of English who have experience of teaching English as a foreign language or have gained a teaching qualification in their own country and are considering a career in English language teaching. Courses are for Primary and Secondary teachers.

TEFL Refresher Course Content

 The objective of the course is to inspire you to enjoy your teaching by:

  1. Giving you new ideas and techniques to use in the classroom
  2. Helping you exploit technology
  3. Helping you understand EFL methodologies and learning theories.
  4. Discussing and sharing ideas, problems, methods and techniques with peers from other parts of the world.
  5. Updating your knowledge of Britain and how the English language is changing.

The course can be taken in 2 ways:

TEFL Refresher 1

Option 1) General English with TEFL Techniques:

This course is specifically designed for non-native English teachers, It can be taken as a 1 or 2 week programme. Participants will study General English in the morning to improve their language ability, followed by TEFL techniques in the afternoon to improve their teaching skills.

Option 2) Two Week TEFL Refresher and Specialised Teaching Techniques:

Participants can study the TEFL refresher course for 2 weeks, full time from Monday to Friday 9-3pm. This course combines essential English language teaching techniques with specialist teaching areas such as teaching Business English, teaching young learners, using songs and storytelling, ideas for using video, teaching one-to one, CLIL, adapting course texts, teaching for exams or English for Special purposes.


Applying for Erasmus + funding

About the new EU funding programme: Erasmus +

The European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme changes in 2014.

Erasmus+ is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport starting in 2014 and significantly increasing the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus+ helps people regardless of age to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.

Erasmus+ will have a streamlined structure which will improve effectiveness, which means more grants for students, trainees, teachers and others. The benefits for individuals will also bring benefits for the EU economy as a whole.

Tumultuous economic times and the changing EU job market requires a joint EU repsonse: The number of high-skilled jobs is growing while the number of low-skilled jobs is decreasing. It is estimated that by 2020 nearly 35% of all jobs will require high skills, innovation capacity and the ability to adapt. One of the headline targets in the Europe 2020 strategy is to raise higher education attainment to 40% (from 32% now).

The EU has responded with a co-ordinated strategy for growth and jobs called Europe 2020 –education and training are an integral part of this.

Step by Step Guide to applying for Eramsus + funding:

Choose the course and dates and check availability with us.

Contact your national Erasmus + agency who can answer your questions and provide you with an application form for the funding. For further information: European Commission’s website:

Complete the Training Centre Cheltenham registration form; we will reserve a place on the course for you when we receive it.

You will receive a letter of acceptance for pre-registration, course information and an (optional) pre-course bibliography and preparatory task, from the training centre.

Apply for funding by completing the Erasmus+ application form, attach our acceptance letter and course information and send it to your national agency.

Contact us as soon as you hear whether funding has been granted and we will confirm your place on the course*. There is no cancellation fee if you do not receive funding.

*Please note: we can reserve your place until 4 weeks before the start of your course, after that you may need to re-apply.

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