Further develop your English language skills
Brush up on your knowledge of British culture
Explore new lesson ideas and approaches
The course will cover some or all of the following areas:
• Focused language development for non-native English teachers NB. A language needs questionnaire will be sent to every participant before the course.
• Developed knowledge of British life and culture
• Strategies to increase learner motivation and involvement
• New methods of teaching grammar
• Materials development for language teaching
• Classroom management techniques that affect behaviour and learning progress.
The Language, Methodology & Culture course is designed to cater to multiple aims:
• To provide an opportunity for English teachers to practise and develop their English language skills
• To develop your skills as a professional (CPD), working from your current skillset and adding to it
• To explore modern British life and culture in order to satisfy the history-buff/anglophile in you!
You will experience the interlocution of language in situ, thereby untangling the cobwebs apparent when not getting the immersive experience to maintain or even advance your own language level within an artificial situation. You will have the opportunity to focus on your own language, as opposed to only your students’. Of course, in turn this will benefit your students while you return to the classroom with updated language, improved pronunciation, and new-fangled expressions to teach. Participants require a minimum language level of B1/B2 (CEFR) to attend the course so by no means do we expect the proficient speaker in the classroom.
Through demonstrations on approaches such as Dogme ELT; methods like Silent Way and TBL; techniques such as eliciting and ‘POP’; and the design/ use of materials such as by humanising coursebooks, you will be experiencing them from the perspective of the student, thereby providing a meaningful and experiential insight into the effects. In between, we will analyse and discuss the strategies used in some depth. By the end of the session, you will have adapted those ideas so they are recyclable within your own teaching contexts.
Together we shall explore aspects of modern British life and culture, which will include an exploration into some British history, mythology and relating areas. Many of the language lesson demonstrations will be themed around culture, essentially killing two birds with one stone. During the course you will be networking with native speakers, collecting relevant authentic materials, and taking part in the school’s social and cultural programme.
During the course, participants will be asked to complete a Reflective Journal as an actionable record of their learning. Follow up support is available via email and participants will be encouraged to report on their progress. A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be set up for participants to collaborate online.
Sample 1-Week Timetable
Please note that this timetable is a framework for the course, and that on receiving the participants’ pre-course questionnaires we may make slight adjustments to the focus of the sessions. This will be done for the sole purpose of ensuring the relevance of its contents to the objectives of the participants and their applying organisations. A final draft will be emailed prior to the course start date, with justifications for any proposed changes.