EUROLTA Course Description and Dates

The course starting 24 August 2018 will be taught entirely in German. The deadline for registration is 14 August: email to register. This will be a part-time course, to take place on the following dates:

  • 24 August 16:00-19:15
  • 25 August 9:00-16:00
  • 26 August 9:00-16:00
  • 29 September 9:00-16:00
  • 30 September 9:00-16:00
  • 27 October 9:00-16:00
  • 28 October 9:00-16:00
  • 24 November 9:00-16:00
  • 25 November 9:00-16:00
  • 15 December 9:00-16:00 (if trainees agree to schedule this weekend)
  • 16 December 9:00-16:00 (if trainees agree to schedule this weekend)
  • 26 January 2019 9:00-16:00
  • 27 January 2019 9:00-16:00
  • 23 February 9:00-16:00 (if the course did not meet in December)
  • 24 February 9:00-16:00 (if the course did not meet in December)

Course Description

The aim of the course is to help trainees to become more of aware of the issues and processes involved in learning a foreign language in adult education. Trainees will learn through a combination of hands-on seminars, observed teaching practice with real learners, and written assignments.

Trainees will gain the following from the course:

  • A heightened language awareness
  • A higher awareness of current theories of language acquisition, socio-cultural and intercultural issues in teaching
  • Tools and know-how to analyse and communicate language use
  • Skills for and experience in lesson and course planning
  • Classroom management skills
  • Selection of appropriate techniques and materials for language learning aims and objectives
  • Teaching the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Teaching grammar and vocabulary
  • Giving corrective feedback
  • Using and adapting course books
  • Using and adapting authentic materials
  • Reflection on the trainee’s own teaching and others’ teaching
  • Basic knowledge of further-development tools and career paths open to language teachers
  • A cooperative and friendly attitude to learners and colleagues

No single EUROLTA course will be the same. Each course is personalised to the ability and context of the trainees taking the course. The course will be mainly hands-on, with a focus on observed teaching practice and the application and reflection of the content of input sessions, as well as feedback from peers and trainers.

Observed Teaching practice

A cornerstone of the EUROLTA course is observed teaching practice. Trainees will prepare and carry out lessons with real language learners. Feedback and reflection are an essential part of the observation process.

EUROLTA Sample Weekend

Weekend 1 Saturday Sunday
9.00 - 10.30 Course introduction + language learners Lesson planning 1: Aims and objectives
10:30 - 12:00 Language analysis 1 Lesson planning for receptive skills
12:00 - 12:45 Break Break
12:45 - 14:15 Input Session/Self directed study Published Materials 1: task types and activity types
14.15 - 16:00 Methods and approaches 1: TTT Supervised lesson planning