Why Is Teacher Development Important?
Teachers are key actors in maintaining and improving the quality of education.
Teacher quality is the most important within-school factor affecting student performance.
Students deserve the best!
BABIES AND TODDLERS
In this workshops, we shall explore some of the key characteristics, needs and strengths of the very young English learner. We shall then go on to examine the practical implications as these relate to our planning and teaching methodologies.
INFANTS AND EARLY PRIMARY
Best Practices for Teaching English to Very Young Learners
In this Workshops we will be looking at the most effective teaching approaches for very young learners.
How to make English fun, encourage creativity, establish classroom routines and use thematic units are some of our key ideas. We will also practice lots of games, songs and drama.
The Magic Spells Sessions will take teachers through the principles of Synthetic Phonics from the beginning to the end. You will be taken through sample lessons and demonstrations of real classroom scenarios. Ideal for the Infant/Primary teacher who wants to make sure they are getting the most out of the programme or those new to Synthetic Phonics.
Get yourself tuned up!
Enjoy a most cooperative and easy atmosphere among other teachers who will also be taking part in this Synthetic Phonics training programme.
Infants and Early Primary
The aim of this session will be to show how we can use a story to develop all the areas of the curriculum involved in a topic: Social skills, Numeracy, Literacy and Science.
Infants and Early Primary
Getting Creative with Grammar
A meaning-focused input where grammar is noticed. An approach to grammar where language is used in action, in interaction and with intention. Looking at grammar from the inside.
Focus on Literacy: Content through context
This course focuses on practical ideas for the bilingual classroom based on up-to-date educational theory: what we should be doing and why. In this course we focus on literacy as the main skill for acquiring academic English and see how to exploit texts for communicative activities, language and content. We also practice lots of games, songs and drama.
Authentic Language and Phonology in the Classroom.
This workshop is intended to provoke thinking about and assessment of each individual’s approach to English language teaching within the framework of their teaching curriculum, i.e., ‘foreign’ language or bilingual. At the elementary and lower secondary levels, it is crucial to develop competency in teachers and their students in the sound system of English and how to develop and stabilize strategies for fluent, comprehensible speech and reading in students.
Primary 2nd and 3rd Cycles
Writing across the Curriculum
Primary teachers and students are often resistant to writing, as they often don’t know where to start. In this workshop we will look at a variety of text types found in the Primary curriculum, and will explore ways of scaffolding writing tasks to allow students to develop confidence and independence in this area, and to actually enjoy sharing their ideas through writing.
- Writing for authentic communication
- Making books with children
- Writing frames for cross-curricular writing
Primary, 2nd and 3rd Cycles
In this series of workshops, we will look at planning, teaching and assessment activities for each of the three cycles of Primary, in the following format:
- Unit planning: content and language objectives and assessment
- Classroom activities based on projects and experiments for use throughout the Unit, with a focus on using the steps of the Scientific Method
- Assessment tools
- Resources for extension and further reading
Authentic Language and Phonology in the Classroom: Redefining English Language Instruction.
Meeting the needs of challenged and non-challenged learners
Teachers will directly participate in activities to promote the following skills development:
- Development of active strategies for speaking, reading, thinking and writing in English.
- Development of lesson plans that demonstrate goals and assessment techniques in lesson plan designs that improve student performance and confidence as English language users.
Teachers of English – Secondary
Tackling the issues: how current films and novels improve speaking, listening and thinking skills in older adolescence.
The range of films utilized in the classroom typically corresponds to a listening exercise for a literary period under study. A more valuable approach is to utilize throughout the school year, current films and novels that develop and extend oral and written language abilities that can be applied retrospectively to the study of the literary forms necessary to complete the state curriculum. By increasing students’ motivation with timely literature, English becomes more recognizable and useful. The novels and films presented in this workshop provoke thinking while developing meaningful language use, vocabulary and understanding of contemporary themes that can be traced back in historical literature.
Teachers of English – Upper Secondary