Psychology and Language Teaching

  • How can I motivate learners?
  • How can I manage my classes effectively?
  • How can I build rapport with my class?
  • How can I make my students independent learners?

These are just some of the questions this short course attempts to answer, based on the findings of applied psychology and exploring how they can be applied to the ELT Classroom.

Participants: This course is intended for both pre-service and in-service language teachers. While the language of instruction is English, all the ideas and activities are equally relevant to teachers of other languages.

Duration and Schedule: The course will run on weekends, with one session per week. Dates will be announced soon.

Delivery mode: The course is delivered online via Zoom.

Tuition fees: The fee for this course is € 90 (£ 78) per participant.

Course Description:

The idea behind the course is that as language teachers we are generally focused on questions like ‘What am I going to teach?’ and ‘How should I do that?’. This is ok – up to a point.  Beyond this point, we need to ask ourselves two very different questions: ‘What is it that makes my students tick?’ and ‘How can I engage them?’

To answer these questions, we have looked at the field of applied psychology and selected a number of practical ideas which can help the language teacher in their day-to-day work. 

Each session will present research findings relevant to us and our teaching context and then look at how we can apply these in practice. The course will be interactive with participants encouraged to experience the various activities so they can get a feel for what they are like from the students’ point of view.


The course will cover a number of key topics such as the following:

  • Liking: How can I get students to like me – and like each other?
  • Learning: How can we help students make the most of study time?
  • Habits: How can we get students to work on their own?
  • Ownership: How can we maximise student engagement?
  • Motivation: How can we get students interested in the lesson content?

The course aims to give participants clear tips about what they should do and what they should avoid as well as demonstrate at least 30 practical activities which can be used immediately in both a face-to-face and an online setting.

Course tutor

The course is taught by Nick Michelioudakis.
Nick (B. Econ., Dip. RSA, MSc [TEFL]) has been active in ELT for many years as a teacher, examiner, presenter and teacher trainer. He has worked for a number of publishers and examination boards and he has given seminars and workshops in many countries.  He has written extensively on Methodology, though he is better known for his ‘Psychology and ELT’ articles which have appeared in numerous newsletters and magazines. His areas of interest include Psychology, Student Motivation, Learner Independence, Teaching one-to-one and Humour. For articles or worksheets of his, you can visit his YouTube channel and chek out his blog.

Certification: All participants will receive an ACE TEFL certificate of attendance a week after the course has been completed.

Expression of interest: If you’d like us to keep you informed about future dates on which this course will be available, please fill in this form.