This course is of significant benefit to non-native teachers of English who:
- Need to improve their current General English language levels
- Wish to increase their awareness of current thinking on PBL developments
- Wish to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to integrating Project Based Learning into the teaching in their schools
First week of the programme focus on inproving general language skills. The aims of the general language course are:
- to consolidate participants’ English language skills
- to enhance communication in English between teachers and students
The second week focuses on Project Based Learning (PBL). It is of significant benefit to teachers and trainers who need to increase their awareness of current thinking on PBL developments and to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to teaching in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students.
The objectives of Project Based Learning course are:
- to familiarise participants with key concepts and issues in Project Based Learning and to help develop participants’ skills in implementing PBL in the classroom
- to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of tech tools used in PBL
- to cover a variety of school projects for subjects such as English, geography and history with a focus on the tools and resources needed to make PBL accessible to learners through English
- to provide opportunities for improved methodology and creativity to help participants increase their student engagement and retention on their return to their own schools
- to establish contacts and share information with teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
- to promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
The General English classes cover all the language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar activities. Class work includes individual, pair and group work, discussions, debates, project work, presentations, written tasks and listening exercises.
The PBL input sessions are delivered in a blend of lecture format and practical activities and focus on the planning, development and implementation of PBL in participants’ schools and includes use of web tools and use of PBL for assessment.
A 2-week course consisting of 44 classroom contact hours plus afternoon cultural visits.
On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. Twin English Centre Dublin trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.
COURSE SAMPLE PROGRAMME (Project Based Learning)
1) Day One
- Induction and introduction to the course. Creation of digital portfolio.
- What is PBL? Key concepts and definitions of PBL
- An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom.
2) Day Two
- The stages involved in planning and executing a project
- Developing projects in our own classrooms. Examining cross-curricula projects. Real world examples
- Workshop: Developing PBL projects. Participants work on developing their own PBL project with groups and with a tutor
3) Day Three
- Technology and PBL – how to integrate technology into projects.
- Workshop – using web tools to design projects
- Visit to National Gallery. Sourcing authentic materials for workshop.
4) Day Four
- Utilising the four skills and PBL in the language classroom
- Assessment through projects
- Supervised workshop – participants have the opportunity to work on their project / get further practice on any of the resources viewed during the week under the supervision of one of the course tutors.
5) Day Five
- Presentation of participants’ projects. Peer assessment of colleagues’ projects and self -assessment of participants’ own contribution to the project. Finalising digital portfolio.
- Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establish of base and guidelines for future contact and networking.
- Self-guided cultural visit
Przykładowe zajęcia dodatkowe:
city tour/walk, conversation practice, cultural activities, film evenings, guided walks, international evenings, museum visits, orientation tour, pub and restaurant evenings, theme workshops
Guinness Storehouse *, Jameson Distillery *, National Archaeology museum, National History museum, National Gallery, Glendalough *, Trim and Tara *, Boyne Valley *, Trinity College *, Croke Park, Kilkenny *, Bray Head
* zajęcia dodatkowo płatne