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TEFL Refresher Derry Erasmus Plus

2020 Dates coming soon!

TESOL for non native English speakersHow to apply for Erasmus Funding

About the TEFL Refresher Course (Erasmus+) in Derry

Each of these courses can be tailor made for any time of the year but the school will be running these courses at Easter time (Monday 6th – 10th April 2020) and possibly Monday 13th – 17th April 2020. The school will be running these 2 weeks courses throughout June 2020. This is a course for English language teachers for whom English is a second language. Morning lessons focus on the practice and honing of English language skills while afternoon sessions provide teachers with the chance to review and update their existing teaching skills.

The course blends theory and practice to provide a review of communicative aims, methods and lesson designs, as well as an overview of methodologies such as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Task-Based Learning (TBL), and Blended Learning (BL).

For those who feel stuck in a rut, interactive workshops provide plenty of practical ideas and help inject a new energy into your teaching.

The school only offer these courses to groups – a minimum of 8 to run the programme. For each course they require a minimum group of 8.

Who is the course for?

  • Non-native teachers of English who would like to update and develop both their language and teaching skills
  • Teachers who work with teenagers and young adults (12 – 17 years)
  • Teachers who have a strong intermediate level of English (B1+) or above

TEFL Refresher Course Content

  • Communicative methodologies for teaching and learning
  • TBL – Task-based Learning
  • Learner-centred approaches
  • Teaching pronunciation
  • CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Teaching with technology and blended learning
  • Reflective teaching
  • Teaching through literature and art

Sample timetable of the TEFL Refresher Course

Week 1


  • Course overview and introductions
  • Identifying our needs, expectations and contexts
  • Language teacher quiz


  • How communicative are your communicative lessons?
  • Challenges to communicative approaches


  • TBL – Task-Based Learning
  • Learner-centred approaches
  • Teaching pronunciation 1


  • Acquisition and learning
  • Action research
  • Teaching through the arts


  • CLIL –  Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Weekly review and portfolio preparation

Week 2


  • Blended Learning and VLEs: Moodle & Edmodo
  • Making the most of podcasts: audio and visual-practical lesson ideas


  • Photocopy-free ideas: towards a paperless classroom?
  • Incorporating movement and games
  • Reflective practitioner tools


  • Social media in and out of the classroom
  • Language through literature
  • Teaching pronunciation 2


  • Portfolio Workshops: Choose from a choice of two practical workshops to help you consolidate your knowledge of your chosen topic and/or prepare for your final portfolio presentation.


  • The way forward: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Communities of Practice (COP)
  • Portfolio presentations
  • Course review & feedback

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 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 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:

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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