Expanding Learners’ Vocabulary – Exploring Words and Teaching Vocabulary
This course is for teachers of English as a foreign language (to adults or teenagers), or English-medium language support teachers working in secondary education.
This short course looks at the role of vocabulary in language learning.
What does it mean to know a word? There are various kinds of word knowledge necessary to master a word completely, including knowledge of how it is written and how it is pronounced (its orthographical and phonological forms), its meaning, grammatical behavior, associations, collocations, frequency and register.
How is all this knowledge acquired? How do learners process new words in order to integrate them into their existing vocabularies, remember them and retrieve them with ease? What strategies do they need to develop to ensure deeper engagement with new words, and what pedagogical techniques do teachers need to help them with this?
In this course we will explore the answers to these questions and more!
We will look at some of the research into vocabulary learning and discuss a variety of strategies that learners might use to help them learn new words.
We will look at instructional ideas and activities for vocabulary teaching and strategy development, in secondary level and adult learners.
For teachers applying through the Erasmus Plus Scheme the OID number is E10133233.
The main aim of this course is to help teachers:
- Plan and deliver principled lessons for teaching vocabulary, focusing on the dual approach of explicit vocabulary teaching and extensive reading.
- Understand the cognitive processes at work in learning new words, and develop a programme of strategy training for vocabulary learning.
- Select materials and design activities which are fun and motivating for students.
- Become familiar with online dictionaries and corpus tools for exploring words in the classroom.
Applicants to this course must have a minimum B2 level of English, as outlined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Please contact us if you would like to confirm your level.
Online programme (Live online lessons + trainer-directed tasks)
20 hours over five weeks:
- 10 hours of live lessons (one 2-hour lesson per week)
- 10 hours of trainer-directed tasks (2 hours study per week)
Each week consists of:
- A 2-hour online lesson delivered by a Teacher Trainer from ATC Language Schools.
- Plus 2 hours of trainer-directed study. Participants will be provided with access to online resources which they can use to consolidate their learning and complete trainer-directed tasks.
- Weekly 15-minute one-to-one online meeting with the trainer for feedback on course tasks.
Timetable for live online lessons:
Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00 GMT
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Fees for Online Course:
Course fee includes course materials and 1 virtual cultural excursion at an Irish attraction.
The online course requires a minimum of 4 participants to proceed with the course, and the maximum in any one group will be 15.
The face-to-face programme is held in our Dublin school, located in the heart of Dublin city centre.
Timetable for face-to-face course:
Monday to Friday 9:00 – 13:30 GMT
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Fees for face-to-face Course:
€295 Course Fee
€45 Registration and Administration Fee
Course fee includes course materials and 1 cultural excursion in Dublin.
The face-to-face course requires a minimum of 6 participants to proceed with the course, and the maximum in any one group in 2021 will be 10.
Click here to access The Eaquals Framework for Language Teacher Training and Development. Our training courses have been designed around the Framework to reflect the key professional competencies needed by language teachers.
Our 1 week Teacher Training & Development courses can be combined with another, or a General English Course, to form a 2 week programme. Please see our full calendar below.
Teacher Training and Development Programme - CALENDAR 2021
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