Short Courses

TEACHING HOUSE SHORT COURSES

An Ongoing PD (Professional Development) course with Teaching House adds credibility to any English teacher’s resume.

The central objectives of these courses are:

• to help teachers focus on professional practice and knowledge

• to enhance teachers’ professional status, both within their teaching institutions and within the profession as a whole

There are two complementary courses to enhance your teaching and expand your knowledge of current methodology:

  • Creative Methodology for Teachers of English
  • Effective Classroom Practice

CREATIVE METHODOLOGY FOR TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (1 WEEK OR 2 WEEK FULL-TIME COURSE)

Specific objectives include:

• fostering an in-depth awareness of latest theory and practice in ELT, in terms of approaches to teaching, techniques and lesson models

• promoting professional collegiality

• encouraging experimentation and creativity in teaching methodology

The Creative Methodology Course syllabus includes approaches and methods (e.g. silent way, task-based learning, visualisation, multiple intelligences, lexical approach), classroom techniques, classroom management (e.g. instructions, eye contact, interaction, use of L1, discipline) and correction techniques (e.g. error analysis, recent changes in spoken English).

Your observation of multilingual classes will give you the opportunity to explore the roles of observer and ‘observee’, to chart lesson stages and to see classroom management and techniques in practice.

EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM PRACTICE (1 WEEK OR 2 WEEK FULL-TIME COURSE)

The central objectives of the Effective Classroom Practice Course are:

• to help teachers focus on professional practice and knowledge

• to enhance trainees’ professional status, both within their teaching institutions and within the profession as a whole

Specific objectives include:

• fostering an in-depth awareness of latest theory and practice in specialist ELT areas including:

IT, literature, business and culture

• promoting professional collegiality

• fostering an awareness of learner autonomy and independence

The Effective Classroom Practice Course syllabus includes library research, project work, autonomy and independent learning, teaching with IT, observation of teaching, staffroom collaboration and continuing professional development (CPD). Examples of syllabus content include activities for teaching using English literature, conducting a cultural awareness survey, adapting to different learning preferences and individual learner needs, promoting learning outside the classroom, teaching with websites, apps and other digital tools, analysing business English materials, career development and portfolio-building.

COURSE PREPARATION:

 

All course participants receive a pre-course bibliography, which they can refer to prior to the start of their course (although the reading of these texts is not a requirement to complete the course).

 

Participants who are already practising teachers are also invited to complete a brief selection of self-observation sheets to encourage them to analyse their own classroom performance in their own teaching situation, prior to the start of their course. These self-observation sheets are submitted to the Course Director at the start of the course, helping him or her to gain more insight into the teachers’ backgrounds and to better anticipate the teachers’ needs during the course.

 

OUTCOMES:

These courses provide a forum for development of your professional skills, from insights into

recent developments in English language teaching to practical classroom ideas and activities. They are also designed to develop your knowledge of contemporary English usage and provide you with the opportunity to improve your all-round competence in English.

 

COURSE SCHEDULE: 


In the morning, you will work with an international group of fellow teaching professionals (maximum group size 16), discussing issues in language teaching and looking at materials and activities to give you practical ideas for your classroom.

 

In the afternoon, you will also have the opportunity to observe our teachers putting the techniques we discuss into practice. Teachers who choose to study for 25 hours will also have a series of closed group language sessions to help improve your own level of English.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

• Class Size: 16 or under

• Available in: London/Oxford, Boston and Toronto

• Requirements: English of at least CEFR B2 level

• Enrol: Online Application Form here

• Dates & Fees: Please find fees and dates detailed in the tables below. Note for non-US residents only the 16 hour format is available in Boston.

• Teaching House certificate on course completion, including details of course dates, hours and details of topics covered.

• Detailed and personalised report from the course director with suggestions for further professional development

• Erasmus+ funding – approved for London courses. PIC 944411983 More information about Erasmus+ here

 

COURSE DATES AND FEES

 

LONDON:

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Creative Methodology (and Language Skills)

6th – 10th January 2020

13th – 17th January 2020

Effective Classroom Practice

20th – 24th January 2020

27th January – 31st January 2020

6th  – 9th April 2020

14th – 17th April   2020

N/A

N/A

8th  – 12th June 2020 15th  – 19th June 2020 N/A N/A
29th  June – 3rd July 2020 6th  – 10th July 2020 13th  – 17th July 2020 20th  – 24th July 2020

 

NEW YORK:

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Creative Methodology (and Language Skills)

29th June – 3rd July 2020

6th – 10th July 2020

Effective Classroom Practice

13th – 17th July 2020

20th January – 24st July 2020

 

TORONTO:

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Course

Week 1 dates

Week 2 dates

Creative Methodology (and Language Skills)

29th June – 3rd July 2020

6th – 10th July 2020

Effective Classroom Practice

13th – 17th July 2020

20th January – 24st July 2020

 

 

FEES:

2020 Fees (one week only)**

2020 Fees (two weeks)**

Creative Methodology

20 hours p/w for one week

Creative Methodology + language skills

25 hours

p/w for one week

Creative Methodology

20 hours p/w for two weeks

Creative Methodology + language skills

25 hours

p/w for two weeks

£320 GBP

$410 USD

$510 CAD

£390 GBP

$510 USD

$660 CAD

£610 GBP

$805 USD

$1025 CAD

£750 GBP

$975 USD

$1,225 CAD

 

2020 Fees (one week only)

2020 Fees (two weeks)

Effective Classroom Practice

20 hours p/w for one week

Effective Classroom Practice

+ language skills

25 hours p/w

Effective Classroom Practice

20 hours p/w

Effective Classroom Practice + language skills

25 hours p/w

£320 GBP

$410 USD

$510 CAD

£390 GBP

$510 USD

$660 CAD

£610 GBP

$805 USD

$1025 CAD

£750 GBP

$975 USD

$1,225 CAD

APPLY HERE


SAMPLE PROGRAMME 1:

Morning: Creative Methodology for Teachers of English

Afternoon: Language Skills and Observations


 

Week 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

9.00-10.30

10.45 – 12.00*

Introductions and approaches to teaching and learning

Lesson shapes and frameworks for teaching and learning

Task Based Learning

Lexis, collocations and the lexical approach

Experimental practice

Lunch break

12.30-13.30*

Warmers, coolers and fillers

Class observations

Practical TBL activites – design and implementation

Games and activities for vocabulary building

Class observations

13.30-14.30*

(only for 25 hours per week students)

Language practice and development

Class observations

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

 

Week 2

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

9.00-10.30

10.45 – 12.00*

Teaching Speaking skills

Teaching pronunciation

Teaching Listening skills

Teaching Reading skills

Teaching Writing skills

Lunch break

12.30-13.30*

Games and activities for speaking development and fluency

Class observations

Pronunciation games and activities for the classroom

Class observations

Reading and writing activities for all levels

13.30-14.30*

(only for 25 hours per week students)

Language practice and development

Class observations

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

*Times are subject to change

 

SAMPLE PROGRAMME 2:

Morning: Effective Classroom Practice

 Afternoon: Language Skills and Observations

 

 

Week 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

9.00-10.30

10.45 – 12.00*

Classroom management inc dealing with difficult students

Dealing with emerging language and error correction

Differentiation, learner preferences and learning strategies

Lesson models and lesson planning for different contexts

Making the most of materials and adapting authentic texts in different contexts.

Lunch break

12.30-13.30*

Games and activities for use with young learners / teens

Class observations

Activities to cater to different learners in the same classroom

Class observation

Games and activities using songs.

13.30-14.30*

(only for 25 hours per week students)

Language practice and development

Class observations

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

 

Week 2

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

9.00-10.30

10.45 – 12.00*

Teaching English through British/American/

Canadian life and culture

Teaching English for business: skills and systems

Teaching with technology

Motivation in the language classroom

Workshop – review and personal professional development

Lunch break

12.30-13.30*

Fun grammar activities

Class observations

ICT activities for the classroom

Class observations

Adapting activities for different ages and levels

13.30-14.30*

(only for 25 hours per week students)

Language practice and development

Class observations

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

Language practice and development

*Times are subject to change