Teacher Training | Academic Writing & Presentation Skills

The programme

If you’re looking to grow as an English teacher and develop specific skills so you can prepare your students for language exams and higher education, this course could be perfect for you.

Studying here in Galway, one of the friendliest and most beautiful cities in the whole of Ireland, you’ll focus on learning and practising the best methods and approaches for improving students’ academic writing and speaking abilities.

Our Teacher Training + Academic Writing and Presentation Skills programme is specially designed to be practical, engaging and based on excellent teaching practices. You’ll leave more confident and prepared to take on the toughest teaching challenges.

Not only that, but you’ll also be able to explore the stunning countryside of nearby Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way – not to mention meet locals and enjoy the lively Irish nightlife in Galway’s many pubs.

  • Minimum Course Length

    1 week

  • Lessons a Week

    20 lessons or 30 lessons per week
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level

    Upper-Intermediate B2

  • Cost

    €400 for 20 lessons
    €495 for 30 lessons

  • Start Dates

    EAP 19.08.2024
    EMI 02.09.2024

  • Maximum Class Size


  • Minimum Age


  • Lesson times

    20 lessons: Mon - Fri 9.00 - 12.30
    30 lessons: Mon - Fri 9.00 - 15.00

Who is this course for? 

Our Erasmus+ General English + Academic Writing & Presentation Skills programme is designed to give non-native English language teachers an upgrade on vital skills that are in ever-increasing demand in the English language classroom.

It’s suitable for you if you’d like to become an English teacher or if you’d like to develop more specialised skills to improve your teaching. 

On the course, you’ll improve your confidence in teaching English for academic purposes, and learn approaches to help your own students improve their presentation skills.

The programme also integrates General English lessons, which allow teachers the unique opportunity to observe and experience a variety of teaching styles and interact with language learners from all over the world, while also brushing up on their own speaking, listening and reading skills. 

It’s a very flexible programme and perfect for you if:

  • You’re currently helping students who plan to attend university or to take a higher-level diploma in English
  • You’re teaching exam classes or would like to teach exam classes
  • You’re teaching advanced students and want to learn new ways to challenge and engage them
  • You want to grow as a teacher and move into the field of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) or teaching exam classes
  • You want to improve your own writing and presenting skills with a focus on academic contexts, perhaps because you’d like to gain the confidence to write a paper or present at a conference
  • You want an engaging, fun opportunity to brush up on your advanced skills in English along with other educators and an experienced, thoughtful teacher to lead you!

What will you get out of the course?

Excellent teachers are always trying to find the most effective ways of helping their students achieve their goals.

Many language learners today are hoping to move on from their language classes into courses at universities or other institutions of higher learning.

But what is the best way of helping them to do that?

Here are some of the ways our Teacher Training + Academic Writing & Presentation Skills course will help you help your students:

  • You’ll learn practical teaching methods and activities you can apply in your classroom straight away, from how to upgrade and stretch your students’ vocabulary to fun ways of building their confidence when speaking in public.
  • Everything you learn is based on the best emerging approaches and pedagogy and also the experience of our trainers. For example, you’ll see how to adapt what the industry has learned from studying the language into effective language teaching. You’ll also have the opportunity to pick your trainer’s brain and collaborate with other teachers.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to observe several teachers during the course of your stay, and your experience of being in the classroom will help remind you what it’s like to be a student so that you can better relate to your class when you return to work.
  • Your own language use will benefit from being immersed in your English courses in Ireland, speaking English every day inside and outside of the school, and you’ll pass on that fluency and confidence to your students!

As a teacher you’ll benefit as well. In language teaching it’s important to keep training and learning about new methods. You’ll be able to show your present or future employers that you’re committed to ESL teacher training and improving how you work.

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What are the learning objectives for this course?

The course has been carefully designed to help you achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve your English language skills and work on your personal language goals.
  • Build the confidence and skills you need to help your students become more able public speakers, including: confidence-building exercises, assessment tools, and methods for correcting in the classroom.
  • Focus on developing skills for teaching writing, especially the skills students most need for academic writing, including: avoiding plagiarism, planning and outlining, and using appropriate connectors and cohesive devices.
  • Gain an understanding of how to best adapt and exploit materials intended to teach English for academic purposes.

Observe, share, and learn from the methods of other teachers facing similar challenges.

You may also be interested in the following courses:

General English + Technology

General English + Using Drama, Music and Culture in the Classroom

General English + CLIL

Sample Timetable

The course is tailored for two strands of university teachers:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) largely targeted at learners teaching English themselves or researchers of English Language and Linguistics
  • English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) largely targeted at learners using English as the Medium of Instruction (EMI) but teach other subjects

However, our teachers will assess the needs of groups and cover the most relevant topics, the timetables below are just an example.

Class times with Suggested Topics: EAP Focus






09.00 -10.30

School Orientation

Goal-setting, needs analysis, and getting to know you

Language development

Methodology focus: discussions about proficiency and assessment

Using corpus tools to check intuitions and improve writing

Methodology focus: data-driven learning

Exploiting the coursebook

Methodology focus: tools and strategies for varying classroom interaction

Writing approaches: product, process and genre

Discussion and idea-sharing session

11.00 – 12.30

Increasing learner output and engagement

Methodology focus: classroom interaction and error correction methods

World Englishes and effective intercultural communication

Methodology focus: classroom management

Teaching confidence

Methodology focus: planning suitable assignments for assessing oral production

Adapting to challenges presented by generative AI

Methodology focus: teaching academic integrity

Writing and Assessment Skills: Discussions on reflective practice, instructor, peer and self-assessment

Class times with Suggested Topics: EMI Focus






09.00 -10.30

School Orientation

Goal-setting, needs analysis, and getting to know you

Writing and language development: Effective literature revies and reporting on other research

Presentation and Lecturing Skills: Extralinguistic skills and strategies

Writing and language development: critiques, hedging, and opinion cues

Lecturing Skills: Tools and strategies for increasing learner engagement in the classroom

11.00 – 12.30

Presentation and Interpersonal Skills: networking, conferences, and social English

Classroom and Lecturing Skills: World Englishes and effective intercultural communication

Writing skills: Towards better sentences – revising for coherence, cohesion, and flow

Presentation and Interviews Skills: Dealing with challenging questions

Writing and Assessment Skills: Discussions on reflective practice, instructor, peer and self-assessment

Why should I choose to do my teacher training at Galway Cultural Institute in Ireland?

Our teachers

GCI offers a range of courses intended to move students towards higher-level education and is closely associated with the Galway Business School with which we share facilities.

The teachers here have ranging experience and a deep understanding of what your students need and how best to help them. They’re enthusiastic and motivated and will create an atmosphere in the classroom that you’ll carry with you into your teaching. 

Our students

You’ll have the opportunity to interact with students at varying levels from all over the world. The other students on your course will also be an endless source of debate and learning.

Every good teacher knows we learn almost as much from our peers as from our instructors! If you find time in your busy intensive course, you may even join them on some of our much-loved social activities.

The city

If you choose to do your teacher training in Ireland, Galway is one of the top destinations in Ireland and for good reason.

It’s the home to fantastic culture in the form of art, music, and theatre, and it’s the threshold to the stunning nature of Ireland’s west coast. 

Erasmus+ funding

GCI’s PIC Number: 929605806

The PIC (Participant Identification Code) is a unique identifier and is necessary for the submission of applications, enables the organisation/group to fill-in the application forms in a simpler manner (i.e. by inserting the PIC number in the form, all the information provided by the organisation/group at registration stage will be automatically displayed in the form). Read more on Erasmus application process here