Methodology revisited, revitalised and re-energised Course Detail

Fast Facts

Course dates:17 - 28 July 2017
21 August - 01 September 2017
Max. group size:12
Entry level:B1
Min. age:23
Course materials:Included
Hours/week:21
Price:From £590
Terms and conditions

Target Audience

Teachers of English and other languages who teach in secondary schools or adult education, who would like to refresh their teaching methods and techniques. Participants need to be at a B1 level of English.

Course Summary

The aim of this two-week course is for teachers and teacher trainers to experience a range of interesting activities linking methodology and learning theories to today’s classroom. It covers a broad span of teaching ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating. Sessions are practical, include a focus on technology, and help teachers reflect on their approach to teaching today’s students. The course addresses the needs of language teachers and educators in secondary and adult education.

Preparation

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  • A pre-course questionnaire which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ teaching backgrounds
  • Information about the Europass Mobility Certificate
  • A recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  • Information about York to prepare teachers for their cultural experience

Objectives

We aim to

  • develop a better understanding of language teaching and expand and build on previous knowledge using a range of practical methodologies
  • introduce new areas of teaching methodologies and accompanying techniques, using hands-on experiential methods
  • enable teachers to reflect on their own teaching methods and contexts, and develop teaching skills
  • introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today
  • encourage an exchange of pedagogical information and knowledge in a multi-cultural context
  • further develop participants’ own language skills

The course draws on the EU-funded METHODS project, which resulted from the original project: BP-BLTM Best Practice –Best Language Teaching Methods Project (BP–BLTM).

Methodology

Sessions demonstrate current EFL approaches, methodologies and techniques. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities and methodologies. Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work and group work. Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge and skills, teaching methods and contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their teaching and learning situations. Both teaching and learning are explored, analysed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ own use of their communication skills in English. Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view. Participants are also introduced to key websites related to the further development of their teaching skills and personal professional development.

Follow Up

The course ends with an evaluation session, where teachers are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course. They are also encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities which they would like to try out in their own classes.

Additionally, they are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.

Sample Course Programme

Week 1
Session OneSession Two

Session Three

MONDAYEngaging the
learner: What
motivates today’s
students?

Task-based learning
Get them talking!
Encouraging your
students to speak
Learner styles &
multiple
intelligences
TUESDAYThe chemistry of
words - collocation
The dictation
revival (incl. dictogloss)
Songs & music
& their learning
potential
WEDNESDAYCuisenaire rods &
language learning
Teaching language
through project work
Language
development: speaking
activity & error
correction
THURSDAYTell me a story!
Using stories in the
classroom
Using videos and
DVDs
Social programme
FRIDAYGrammar
practice activities
Exploiting the internet and mobile devicesColloquial English and idiomatic
language