Professional Development for Teachers of English

Course Description

Objective: The aim of this practical 2-week programme for English language teachers is to reinvigorate your teaching, improve your language skills and enable you to bring new inspiration back to your own classroom.

The Professional Development Course for Teachers of English offers you the opportunity to refresh your approach to teaching in the unique setting of a long-established university on the west coast of Wales. The course combines classroom-based learning, observations and micro-teaching practices with a stimulating series of guided cultural explorations and a full social programme. It is designed for international teachers of English working with students at any level.

Staff at the International English Centre are experienced at designing and delivering bespoke courses for specific groups of teachers in the UK and in their home countries. Please contact us at to discuss your needs.

Maximum group size: 16

More Information

Who is the course for?

The course is open to English Language teachers from around the world, whatever their teaching context. Participants need a language level of CEFR B2/IELTS 5.5 or above in order to fully benefit from the course. You do not need an IELTS test certificate in order to apply.

What will I study?

The course focuses on both methodology and language. You will explore practical techniques to enhance your own teaching, investigate different methodologies, and have the opportunity to observe other teachers in action and to reflect on and discuss your observations with your peers.

You will also extend your own English language skill throughout the course, both in the classroom-based language development sessions and through guided independent learning tasks. Vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intonation will all be worked on, with the aim of making you a more confident and accurate communicator and teacher.

In the afternoons, the learning often moves outside the classroom. With your trainer and colleagues, you will explore aspects of Welsh and British culture with guided visits which could include local schools, the National Library of Wales, museums or other places of interest. During these activities, you will be encouraged to actively learn from the authentic language use you encounter and reflect on how you can design learning activities based on authentic language situations.

Our teacher trainers value the professional experience and knowledge that participants bring to a course, and recognise that each group has different needs and interests. Our trainers will work with you to ensure that your professional needs are met, and take a flexible and collaborative approach to course design. You will be encouraged to set clear goals for your time in Aberystwyth, and will be supported in achieving them.


The timetable below reflects a typical week, and should be taken as a guide only. Note that language development will be addressed in all sessions













Multiple intelligences in the language classroom: adapting your teaching to different learning styles


Interactive Listening: Techniques for encouraging your learners to listen actively


Lesson Observation Task 1: General English session


Lesson Observation Task 2:

Academic English session


Lesson Observation Feedback 2

Learner choice and independence

8 - 7


Social Programme:

Full day trip to Liverpool, where participants may choose to explore the great range of museums and galleries, take a Magical Mystery Tour, visit the Beatles Story, tour Liverpool  Football Club or just to enjoy the great shopping and eating options.




Creativity and Pacha Cucha – learner generated materials


Teaching Grammar: strategies and approaches

Lesson observation preparation


Lesson Observation Feedback 1

Adapting and using authentic materials


Providing student feedback and using assessment as a learning tool


Final presentations

End of course ceremony




Technology in language teaching:

Language labs and online learning resources



Social Programme: Dolphin-spotting boat trip in Cardigan Bay



Taking learning outside the classroom : Old College Tour and  language insights and idioms from the tour


Dates and Fees

Dates and Tuition Fees 2019

CourseDates Tuition Fee
Teacher Development Course  29 July 2019 - 9 August 2019  £800

Bespoke Courses

We are experienced in designing and delivering bespoke courses in Professional Development for Teachers of English for specific groups of teachers, in the UK and in their home countries. Please contact to discuss your needs.

How to apply

You can download an application How to Apply.

  1. Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post, with a copy of your passport and any other documents specified on the application form.
  2. If you would like to stay in the university accommodation, tick this box on your application form. If you have ticked the accommodation box, we will arrange your accommodation. You do not need to do anything more to reserve your place in University Halls of Residence.
  3. We will assess your application to ensure that the course you have applied for is appropriate for your needs, and that you meet our entry requirements. If you have not met the entry requirements we will recommend a course for you (subject to availability).
  4. When we accept your application, we will send you an offer letter and an invoice. You will be asked to pay a deposit for your course. You can choose to pay the full fee at this time, or just the deposit.
  5. Once you have paid your deposit, your course application is complete. If you have not paid the full fee before, you must pay it on the first day of the course.

Key Facts


Teacher Development (TD)

Course objective

The aim of this practical 2-week programme for English language teachers is to reinvigorate your teaching, improve your language skills and enable you to bring new inspiration back to your own classroom.

Maximum class size



CEFR B2 and above

Available to

Individuals and groups

Taught hours per week


Private study periods

Students should typically expect to study independently for an additional 5 – 10 hours per week.


29 July 2019 - 9 August 2019

Non-teaching days

There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays.

Tuition Fee


Course material costs


Social life

The IEC Summer Social Programme runs from 15 July 2019 - 13 September 2019 and includes a full day trip every Saturday, a half day trip every Wednesday and two evening activities per week. Most activities are free and the cost will never exceed £25 per week.


If you request accommodation when you apply for your course, this will be reserved for you in our Fferm Penglais halls of residence.

These are a 5-12 minute walk from your classrooms, and cost £120 per week in Summer 2018.

You will have a private study room with double bed, en-suite bathroom and Wi-Fi, in a 6-8 person apartment with shared kitchen facilities. Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis.

If you want to live in a single-sex apartment, please inform us when you apply and we will arrange this.

Accommodation will be reserved for you from 3pm on the Saturday before the course starts until 10am on the Saturday after your course finishes.

You will be provided with bedding and a towel, and these will be changed once a week. Laundry facilities are available on Fferm Penglais.


You are responsible for making your own insurance arrangements. We strongly advise you to take out insurance to cover your journey and your time in the UK. There are many insurance policies designed especially for international students.