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About the Erasmus+ Overseas Teacher Courses in Edinburgh, UK

The Overseas Teacher courses are designed for teachers whose native language is not English. They help you to gain confidence in using the English language, understand current teaching methodology and evaluate resources critically, as well as allowing you to share ideas with teachers from other countries and your course tutors. There are four different courses to choose from at the Edinburgh centre. Each course is the same price and has the same starting and ending date. More information on each course is available below.

Advanced Language and Methodology

This two-week programme is aimed at non-native English speaking teachers, teacher trainers and educational inspectors.  The aim of the course is to raise and consolidate participants' awareness of the principles and practice of teaching English to secondary school students and adult learners.

By the end of the course the teacher training centre aims to build participants' confidence of their own English language skills and to increase their knowledge and awareness of English language teaching and methodology.

Above all, it is an essentially practical course designed to equip participants with the ideas and materials which they can use in the classroom once they return to their respective countries.

During the course, participants are exposed to wide range of language teaching practices and methodologies. This can include the following: working with advanced lexis; an inductive approach to grammar; developing the writing skill; developing the reading skill; exploiting the interactive whiteboard; testing and syllabus design, as well as an in-depth approach to teaching speaking and listening skills.

Participants are encouraged to share ideas with their peers and our trainers. In addition, all participants are welcome to use the centre’s comprehensive range of materials and resources including student library, computer room, wireless and interactive whiteboards.

The centre also arranges cultural activities such as a walking tour of the city, and various museum trips. Some of these activities require a small fee. Evening activities include theatre and cinema trips and visits to historic pubs in the city. Weekend trips to places such as Cambridge, Bath, Stonehenge, and Stratford-upon-Avon are available at an extra cost.

Primary Methodology & Language

The course enables participants to:

  • Gain confidence in using the English language.
  • Reflect critically on current language teaching methodology.
  • Share ideas and develop as teachers.
  • Extend their awareness of the principles and practice of teaching to young learners.
  • Evaluate and explore materials and resources for younger learners.

Course Content

The content of each course will vary according to the particular needs, teaching context and interests of the group. However, there are standard components that will be taught throughout the course.

These are: ELT methodology, language analysis, language input, a visit to a UK primary school (this only applies to courses taking place during term time and we cannot guarantee visits in the final week of a school term), projects and research followed by presentation.


Each session employs current language teaching methodology to reflect participants' classroom practice. Each session contains language instruction and pedagogic practice. Participants work with all four skills with emphasis on speaking and listening.

Technology in the Classroom

This programme is aimed at teachers, teacher trainers and educational inspectors. The aim of the course is to raise participants' awareness of the principles and practice of the use of technology in language teaching. By the end of the course we aim to build participants confidence in their own technology skills and to increase their knowledge and awareness of how technology can be applied in and out of the classroom. Above all, this is a practical course designed to equip participants with ideas, skills and materials which they can use and adapt to their own contexts.


During the course, you will be exposed to a wide range of technology and given instruction on how to make the most of these tools to support a range of teaching styles and contexts. By the end of the course, participants will be able to, for example, create and exploit audio podcasts, produce and edit digital video, use digital storytelling apps, develop a PLN (personal learning network), set up and manage blogs, integrate digital games and mobile learning strategies, use a VLE (virtual learning environment) and create augmented reality content.


Teachers who have taken this course in the past have left with a wealth of new ideas and activities to try out in their own classrooms. All teachers who take the course are encouraged to stay in touch with each other in order to share ideas and resources.

Modern British Culture


The course enables participants to:

  • increase their awareness of aspects of modern British life and culture.
  • reflect on their teaching knowledge and skills in the focus areas of this course.
  • source and analyse up-to-date authentic materials for use in their own classes.
  • build confidence in their own English language and develop their language awareness.


The course will include content drawn from a wide range of topics on contemporary British Culture. These topics, such as the arts and the media, will enable participants to gain a better understanding of aspects of modern British life and culture.

The course is practical in nature. During the course, participants will be exposed to a range of teaching practices and methodologies which we will demonstrate and reflect on; highlighting transferable teaching techniques to assist participants in delivering cultural lessons on their return to their own professional environments.

We also provide online links to a variety of authentic materials which can be adapted for use in the classroom. The course is interactive. Participants will be expected to work predominantly in pairs and small groups to maximise oral communication, and in turn, improve their own English language and develop their language awareness.


Participants are asked to complete a detailed pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. We ask you to selects topic areas of most relevance to you so that we can best match the needs of each group and maximise the benefit gained by each participant. The pre-course information forms a crucial part of the overall design of the course.

Admissions to all cultural visits are included in the course price.

Applying for Erasmus + funding to take the TEFL Refresher Course

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 response: 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 coordinated 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 on the online application form here.

We will then send you a full application form to complete. We will send the completed for to the tutors to assess. Once accepted onto a course, the teacher training centre will provide you with a PIC number to apply for funding.

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: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm

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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