The Further Development Teacher Courses are intended for English Language teachers or teachers of other subjects who wish to refresh and develop their language skills and teaching approaches. The courses provide opportunities for sharing ideas and networking with colleagues from a variety of European countries. Our sessions are practical rather than theoretical and include a variety of approaches. Our aim is that participants can take everything they do in the sessions and apply it to their own learners and classrooms. We provide the entire course materials through our Moodle page. The participants leave with a portfolio of new material developed during the course.
The courses take place for two weeks during the months of July or August. Language awareness and methodology sessions take place Monday to Friday mornings. The schools run an extensive cultural and social programme in the afternoons which includes visits to the various cultural attractions in the location.
PRE COURSE PREPARATION:
All potential participants will be sent a needs analysis questionnaire before the course begins. This helps us determine the individual needs of each participant. Participants of similar backgrounds, needs and levels will be grouped together as much as possible. We endeavour to ensure that these groupings benefit all our participants.
20 lessons + afternoon programme per week: Intermediate to Advanced level
This course is intended for English teachers who wish to refresh their own language skills and at the same time, examine the concept of Blended Learning. The sessions involve a variety of workshop, communicative and lecture formats.
A) Week ONE:
1) Introduction and Ice Breakers; Learner Styles; Introduction to E-Learning and Moodle; Free Afternoon/Social Programme
2) An Overview of Blended Learning; Using Websites for Language Development; British /Irish History and Politics
3) Using Webquests in the classroom; Using Websites for the Receptive Skills; Free Afternoon/Social Programme
4) Using websites for the Productive Skills; E-learning in the classroom; British / Irish Culture and Idiomatic Language
5) Teachers’ Choice; Using YouTube and Mobile podcasts; Free Afternoon /Social Programme
B) Week TWO:
1) Internet Based Project Work Part 1; Using Search Engines; Free Afternoon/Social Programme
2) Internet Based Project Work Part 2; Using Blogs; British /Irish Literature
3) Teachers’ Choice; Language Development; Free Afternoon/Social Programme
4) Workshop - A Blended Learning Lesson; Workshop - A Blended Learning Lesson; e-Learning
5) Presentation of Material and Rationales; Self Evaluation; Course Evaluation and Further Professional Develpment Action Plan; Free Afternoon/Social Programme
COURSE FOLLOW UP:
Upon completion of the course, participants will be supplied with a list of further suggested reading and useful websites. They will be encouraged to stay in contact with their peers and the trainers. Peer networking is strongly encouraged and our Moodle page makes it easier to reconnect with peers after the course is completed. Participants will be asked to self-evaluate their input into the sessions during the course and we hope that this will promote self-evaluation of lessons once participant will return home.