Trinity College London in Spain & Portugal: Online CPD

'Excellence in Education': Trinity College Spain & Portugal's Virtual Learning Environment platform using MOODLE

Continue to develop your teaching skills for the challenges you will face with your learners in 2020-2021. 

  • Develop and improve your understanding of Trinity College London's prestigious GESE & ISE Certificates with the help of experienced language skills trainers & E-Moderators of English, using lesson plans, classroom activities and language teaching resources. 
  • Discover the 'Trinity Stars Young Performers in English Award'
  • Improve and develop 'best practice' teaching skills.

Excellence in Education, as an approved service provider for Trinity College London, has a range of courses either of 15 hours over 3 weeks, or 30 hours over 5 weeks. These include 'best practice' teaching courses, or courses designed to help teachers better understand the formats of examinations that are offered by Trinity College London. Owing to the coronavirus pandemia, we are unable to announce the exact dates of teacher support courses that Excellence in Education hope to offer during term 1 of the Academic Year 2020-2020. 

Once the dates and courses to be offered are published, you can request one of them by logging in to your account and simply click on the name of the course you would like to enrol on and follow the instructions on the form. (Please note that the name of the courses are in blue and are hyperlinked). If you do not have a free  account on Excellence in Education you can create one at https://excellenceineducation.eu/moodle/login/signup.php

    

                                                             

   

To apply for a place on one of these courses you must be highly motivated and have at least B2 CEFR level. Just click on the course title below in 'Available courses', follow the instructions and confirmation will be sent on Sunday, 5th of July  Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time.

Please note: you may only participate in ONE course per ‘stage’! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the application form in the first box that says 'Comment' to avoid being placed on a course of your second choice.


Excellence in Education currently has over 4,200 registered teachers. Here's what some teachers had to say about recent courses:

                                                                                     

    Available courses

    Start date: Monday, 6th July to Sunday, 26th July
    FULL: please do NOT request. It will be offered again

    A 3-week, 15-hour, online course, to help teachers develop and improve their students' English language oral skills. Special attention is given to being able to discuss a topic of the learner’s choice and to hold a conversation on common subject areas. Much of the course can be done at your own pace, although there are some group activities that are best done within the same time frame. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

    • A ‘basic user’at A2 (CEFR) can: understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment); communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters; describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. 
    • An ‘independent user’ at B1 (CEFR) can: understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc.; deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; talk about topics which are familiar or of personal interest; and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

    To apply for a place on one of these courses you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least B2 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and confirmation will be sent on Sunday, 5th July, 2020. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the application form in the first box that says 'Comment' to avoid being placed on a course of your second choice.



    Start date: Monday, 6th July to Sunday, 26th July
    FULL: please do NOT request. It will be offered again

    A 3-week, 15-hour, online course, to help teachers develop and improve their learners' English language oral skills at B2 level. Special attention is given to being able to demonstrate the learner's ability to talk about a topic that they feel passionate about, initiate a discussion and be able to take control over and maintain the interaction of a conversation. Much of the course can be done at your own pace, although there are some group activities that are best done within the same time frame. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

    An ‘independent user’ at B2.3 can:

    • understand the main ideas of complex language on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation 
    • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party 
    • can produce clear, detailed discourse on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

    To apply for a place on one of these courses you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least C1 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and confirmation will be sent on Sunday, 5th July, 2020. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the application form in the first box that says 'Comment' to avoid being placed on a course of your second choice.


    Start date: Monday, 6th July to Sunday, 26th July
    FULL: please do NOT request. It will be offered again
    A 3-week, 15-hour, online course, to familiarise participants with: 

    • what Project-based Learning (PBL) is, and what elements make up a real project 
    • to understand how the input materials can be adapted to the students’ needs when elaborating projects. 
    • to understand student-centred teaching skills and how to scaffold students’ activities.
    • to apply classroom management skills in the elaboration of projects.
    • to leave the sessions with practical ideas they can implement in their everyday teaching: materials, online resources, and ideas/techniques for student-student interaction.

    This course is very practical. By putting into practice project-based learning methodology, teachers will see how PBL is contextualised, focussing the learning process on the student and making it more student-centred as opposed to the traditional teacher-centred way.  Teachers will look at the first steps, essential elements, and other instructional procedures that are involved in the creation of projects, as well as look at real examples from students at different stages in the learning of a foreign language.  

    To apply for a place on one of these courses you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least B2 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and confirmation will be sent on Sunday, 5th July, 2020. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the application form in the first box that says 'Comment' to avoid being placed on a course of your second choice.


    Coming Soon

    A 3 week, 15 hour, online course over 4 weekends to help teachers prepare candidates for the Speaking and Listeninging module of Trinity College London's Integrated Skills in English at Foundation and ISE I levels. The main aims are to familiarise participants with: the format of the Topic Task; the format of the Conversation Task; and ways to improve communication skills when speaking. (NB: This course does not include the Independent Listening Task. This is offered as a separate 15-hour course).

    The course includes challenging and inspiring resources; tasks to encourage a reflective approach; activity-based learning where participants also create classroom resources; and discussion forums for participants to share their views and learn from colleagues.Participants can progress through much of the course at their own pace, but are expected to participate actively. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

    To apply for a place on one of these courses you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least C1 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and confirmation will be sent on xxxxxxxxxxx Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course per ‘stage’! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the application form in the first box that says 'Comment' to avoid being placed on a course of your second choice.

     


    Coming soon

    A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course to help teachers prepare candidates for Trinity College London's GESE Initial level. This course contains new resources and new tasks with one module for each grade of GESE Initial with: challenging and inspiring resources; tasks to encourage a reflective approach; activity-based learning where participants also create classroom activities; and discussion forums for participants to share their views and learn from colleagues. There is also a section on using rhymes, songs and chants to motivate young learners. Course participants can progress through much of the course at their own pace, but will be expected to participate actively. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

    Here's what one teacher had to say about Quest for Best: GESE Initial - "This course not only provides good ideas for activities to do in class to prepare you students for the official examination but adds value to your classroom by giving you tools to use in your day to day classes. I have learnt a lot from this course, and it has also served as a source of inspiration for activities with my students" (Daniel de Freitas, Alicante).

    Coming soon

    A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course, to help teachers  prepare candidates for Trinity College London's GESE Elementary level, grades 4, 5 and 6. Special attention is given to the 'Topic Phase ' and the Conversation Phase'. The course contains new tasks with challenging and inspiring new resources to encourage a 'reflective approach'. Course participants can progress through much of the course at their own pace, but are expected to participate actively. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

    Here's what one teacher had to say about Quest for Best: GESE Elementary - "Great teachers, great colleages and great materials to use in my classes. It has been a very enriching course and I'm looking forward to a new one" - Beatriz Bermúdez (Granada). 

    Coming Soon

    3 week, 15 hour, free online course to encourage participants to reflect on their attitude and beliefs about how vocabulary is learnt and how it can be taught. Participants will look at different ways that vocabulary may be presented, practised and put to use, and will be provided with tools to prepare their own vocabulary learning activities and share teaching materials. The course includes challenging and inspiring resources; tasks to encourage a reflective approach; activity-based learning where participants also create classroom resources; and discussion forums for participants to share their views and learn from colleagues. Much of the course can be done at one's own pace, although there are some group activities that are best done within the same time frame. NB - this course is more appropriate for secondary school  teachers and above).

    Here's what one teacher had to say about QfB: Teaching Vocabulary and Learning Vocabulary: 

    Another informative course. I am grateful for the way that these courses empower teachers as we learn from each other with experienced guidance and input from a positive and encouraging moderator” - Sarah Ledos (Huercal, Overa)


    Start: 24th February  Finish 29th March, 2020   
    *will be offered again*    

    A free, 30-hour online course offering teacher support over 5 weeks that covers important  aspects of teaching pronunciation to young learners of English. Participants will work on: 

    • phonemic awareness and phonics; 
    • word stress and 'weak forms';
    • Sentence stress, connected speech and linking; 
    • a focus on sounds and matters concerning accent and intelligibility; 
    • and rhymes, chants, songs and pronunciation games. 
    The course has: challenging and inspiring presentations by experts; tasks that encourage a reflective approach; discussion forums for participants to air their views and learn from colleagues; and activity-based learning involving the creation of tasks. Much of the course can be done at your own pace, although there are some group activities that are best done within the same time frame. 

    To apply for a place on this course you must be highly motivated and ideally have C1 CEFR level. Confirmation will be sent on Sunday, 23rd February.  Numbers are limited to 40 participants so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the course enrolment form in the first box entitled 'Comment' This can avoid assigning you on a course of your second choice. Places are offered on a first come- first served basis.


    From Saturday, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020 
    *will be offered again* 

    A 3 week, 15 hour, online course over four weekends to help teachers develop how they teach listening skills and also to prepare candidates for the Independent Listening task of the Speaking and Listening Module of Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English at Foundation and ISE I levels. The main aims of this course are: 

    • to reflect on strategies involving 'Top-down and Bottom up' knowledge
    • to highlight the importance of developing 'note-taking skills'
    • to stimulate, refine and provide a variety of teaching ideas and practical tips for teachers wanting to develop how they teach listening skills and sub-skills at A2 and B1 (CEFR)
    • to familiarise participants with the format of the ISE Foundation/ISE I independent listening tasks and to encourage teachers to reflect on the skills students need to develop in order to perform well in the Independent Listening Tasks of the Speaking and Listening Module. 

    To apply for a place on this course you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least C1 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and  confirmation will be sent on Friday, 17th January. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. NB: ONE course per registered user!


    From Saturday, 22nd February to Sunday, 15th March, 2020
    *will be offered again* 

    A 3 week, 15 hour, online course over four weekends. The overall aims of this course are to look at some of the issues that students and teachers often face when moving from a B2 level to C1. The course will:

    • examine the differences between these levels 
    • focus on language that is relevant and appropriate at C1 level
    • reflect on listening and the difficulties that students may encounter and how to overcome them
    • discuss ways to break through the ‘intermediate plateau’.

    This 15-hour course is officially recognised by the 'Department d'Educació de Catalunya' (GTAF). ("Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado"- GTAF). 

    Teachers who are qualified English language teachers in Spain (i.e. 'docentes'), and are registered with their local education authority can request this course here on Excellence in Education by clicking on the blue hyperlinked title and completing the course enrolment form. Teachers should be highly motivated and ideally have C1 CEFR level. Confirmation will be sent on Friday, 21st February. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the course enrolment form in the first box entitled 'Comment' This can avoid assigning you on a course of your second choice. Places are offered on a first come- first served basis.


    From Saturday, 22nd February to Sunday, 15th March 2020  
    *will be offered again* 
    The overall aim of this course is to familiarise participants with the different ways teachers can plan lessons using the lesson frameworks that are available. The course is interactive and provides participants with the tools to reflect on:

    • how and why teachers use lesson plans, 
    • how to write lesson aims and match these to materials, 
    • how to lesson plan effectively.

    This 15-hour course is officially recognised by the 'Department d'Educació de Catalunya' (GTAF). ("Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado"- GTAF). 

    Teachers who are qualified English language teachers in Spain (i.e. 'docentes'), and are registered with their local education authority can request this course here on Excellence in Education by clicking on the blue hyperlinked title and completing the course enrolment form. Teachers should be highly motivated and ideally have C1 CEFR level. Confirmation will be sent on Friday, 21st February. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the course enrolment form in the first box entitled 'Comment' This can avoid assigning you on a course of your second choice. Places are offered on a first come- first served basis.

    From Saturday, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020 
    *will be offered again* 

    3 week15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends to encourage participants to help the reflective practitioner understand the importance of using functional language appropriately. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on: 

    • what a language function is; 
    • how language functions compare to grammar; 
    • how learners can express different language functions in English; 
    • and reflect on ways that functional language can be integrated into one's daily teaching practice.

    To apply for a place on this course you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least C1 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and  confirmation will be sent on Friday, 17th January. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. NB: ONE course per registered user!


    Start date: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020  Finish: Sunday, 15th March, 2020 
    *will be offered again* 

    A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends to help teachers to understand the importance of a language rich classroom for language acquisition. The course content covers what it means to have a language rich classroom and ways that teachers can increase their own learners’ exposure to both written and oral language inside and outside the classroom. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practices and use what they learn to enrich their own classrooms. 

    This 15-hour course is officially recognised by the 'Department d'Educació de Catalunya' (GTAF). ("Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado"- GTAF). 

    Teachers who are qualified English language teachers in Spain (i.e. 'docentes'), and are registered with their local education authority can request this course here on Excellence in Education by clicking on the blue hyperlinked title and completing the course enrolment form. Teachers should be highly motivated and ideally have C1 CEFR level. Confirmation will be sent on Friday, 21st February. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. 

    Please note: you may only participate in ONE course! If you do request more than one course, you MUST state your first choice on the course enrolment form in the first box entitled 'Comment' This can avoid assigning you on a course of your second choice. Places are offered on a first come- first served basis.

    From Saturday, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020
    *will be offered again* 

    A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends to encourage participants to look at ways of preparing their students to develop the type of 21st century skills that are becoming more and more important. The course will look at ways to help students to be more discerning creative and critical thinkers.

    This course will look at the skill of critical thinking and concentrate on activities to help teachers and learners understand, develop and refine the following skills: what is 'critical thinking' and why it is an important skill for students to have; understand the use of Infographics and how they are being increasingly used to convey complex information; how learners can effectively decode infographics; and how to design these types of tasks with rationales

    To apply for a place on this course you must be highly motivated and ideally have at least C1 CEFR level. Just click on the course title, follow the instructions and  confirmation will be sent on Friday, 17th January. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time. NB: ONE course per registered user!

    Coming soon

    A 10 hour,  online course to enable students to participate in language practice activities at A2 and B1 levels with a language trainer from Trinity College London in Spain. This course will use classroom activities and resources and will include various live sessions that will be scheduled using ZOOM.


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