Erasmus Teacher Development
"My future aim is to adjust and improve my teaching by applying what I’ve learned here to my students."
Feedback from a Teacher Development group from China.
For non-native teachers of English and those who teach in English, developing their teaching methods could be the key to more lesson success and engagement. At Twin, we are able to offer Erasmus+ funded groups the opportunity to gain our Certificate in Methodology and Language Development, by taking our modular course which allows teachers to learn more about communicative teaching methods. This is a chance for teachers to learn more about the British culture and society and to gain an understanding of how we teach English in the UK.
Developing teaching in theory and practice
We know that both theory and practice are important for a good lesson balance, so the programme will cover both of these vital teaching aspects. The theoretical element of the course will see teachers learn about various methodologies alongside discussions about the best possible practices, to achieve the best results. In addition to this, the practical element includes a variety of activities such as lesson planning, observations and teaching mock lessons so that teachers can put what they have learnt into practice. Combined, these modules aim to broaden teachers’ approaches so that they can create varied lessons for their students to enjoy.
Developing confidence and expanding knowledge
The course focuses on bettering the classroom techniques and practical activities that teachers can use, whilst expanding their ideas so that they can teach engaging and informative lessons. Teachers will be able to increase their confidence in their own English ability, with a particular focus on speaking, pronunciation and lexis, whilst sharing their ideas with other likeminded teaching professionals.
A bespoke course, created with teaching in mind
As the course is available to closed groups throughout the year, it can be tailored to the specific needs of the group, and any particular areas of interest can be focused on and developed. We understand that every teaching context is different, so we will complete a needs-analysis questionnnaire with teachers before the course begins so that they will benefit from a bespoke programme, created with a number of factors in mind. We take into consideration:
Please see a sample timetable of the programme below:
09:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 16:00
Induction & course overview
Teaching practice (teachers’ experience: debate)
|Teachers and students: a reflection on the importance of the relationship between learners and facilitators|
|Tuesday||Classroom management & types of interactions||Getting ready for observation 1 (discussion and preparation)||Aspects of British culture & debate|
|Wednesday||Observation 1 (Goal: The language of questions?)||Post-observation feedback/discussion|
|Thursday||Being creative and the use of games in the classroom||Teaching monolingual classes||British cuisine|
Real English vs International English
English as a Lingua Franca
|Ideas for using music and songs in the classroom|
09:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 16:00
Being critical and ELT textbooks
Should we teach culture in our classrooms?
|Analysis of some textbooks currently in use in the UK and at Twin|
|Tuesday||The role of accuracy and fluency. How, when and why we correct students’ errors.||
How to give feedback
Getting ready for observation 2 (discussion and preparation)
|Aspects of British culture & debate|
|Wednesday||Observation 2 (Goal: The language of feedback to error)||Post-observation feedback/discussion|
|Thursday||Task-based approach||Encouraging shy students to speak through low-risk communication activities.||Aspects of British culture & debate.|
|Friday||Turning Listening and Reading tasks into Communicative activities||Project works in the classroom|
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
At Twin, we are able to incorporate Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) as part of our Teacher Development Programme. If you are a teacher and you deliver your subject (e.g. Science, Geography) in English as opposed to your native language, then this programme can help to develop your teaching methods, by adopting a more communicative teaching approach. The course is also ideal if you are planning to deliver lesson content in English in the future, as you can begin to adopt CLIL methods in your lesson planning. Following the CLIL methodology is highly beneficial for students as it allows them to further their knowledge of a subject while also improving their language ability and expanding their vocabulary.
You will learn more about a variety of teaching styles and methodologies and will put some of these methods into practice, to start planning and teaching CLIL lessons. The lessons explore the various ways of delivering your chosen subject and you will discover how to build up your students’ vocabulary, with the aim of enhancing the way that you teach the terminology that is specific to your subject, in English. This means that your students benefit form subject-based learning whilst also bettering their core English skills.
As well as deepening your understanding of the theory and concept of CLIL, the course includes practical workshops so that you can deliver the sessions that you have planned with the rest of your group to demonstrate the transferable teaching techniques that you focus on as part of the course.
The CLIL Methodology
We use a range of methods to demonstrate how to put the CLIL methodology into practice. You will:
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