Trinity College London in Spain & Portugal: Online CPD

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

Continue to develop your teaching skills for the challenges you will face with your learners in 2019. 

  • 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.

 * Please note: Excellence in Education does not offer language improvement courses for learners of EFL.

Excellence in Education, as an approved service provider for Trinity College London, has a range of courses either of 15 hours over 3 weeks and 4 weekends, or 30 hours over 5 weeks and 6 weekends. Here is the schedule for term 2 and term 3 of the academic year 2018 - 2019

                             

Excellence in Education has five courses that have been recognised i.e. 'homologado y acreditado' by the 'Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d'Educació' (GTAF), and two 30-hour courses that are also in the process of being fully recognised for each of the relevant academic terms by the 'Consejo General de los Ilustres Colegios Oficiales de Doctorados y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y en Ciencias' (CDL). The two 30-hour courses are:  'Quest for Best: Developing Reading and Writing Skills at B1'; and 'Quest for best: Developing Speaking and Listening Skills at B1'.

The 'Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d'Educació'(GTAF) also recognises: 'Quest for Best: Teaching Pronunciation to Young Learners of English [Primary]' (30h); 'Quest for Best: Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (15h); and 'Quest for Best: Reflecting on Functional Language' (15h). Teachers who are fully qualified in Spain and are registered with their local education authority and successfully complete one of these courses having previously registered with GTAF, will be eligible to count the hours towards their continuing professional development plan. (GTAF: "Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado").

Teachers who are fully qualified in Spain and register with CDL at https://www.consejogeneralcdl.es and successfully complete one of the two aforementioned 30h courses will be eligible for 3 MEC credits that can be used for 'oposiciones, traslados' and individual training plans, once the courses have been recognised again. 

*To be able to take full advantage of this VLE platform and see more, you need to have an account. If you are not a registered user yet, you can easily create a free account at http://excellenceineducation.eu/moodle/login/signup.php? 
                                                                   

Excellence in Education has over 3,165 registered teachers. Here's what some teachers had to say about recent courses:

                                                                                

    Available courses

    From Saturday, 2nd March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019    
    *Enrolment period from Monday, 18th February* 

    The overall aim of this 30 hour teacher support, online course offered over 5 weeks/6 weekends, is to help teachers develop, refine and enhance their understanding of current approaches to teaching and learning reading and writing skills at B1 (CEFR) and reflect on how these are connected. Work will include: examining ideas and teaching strategies to help develop learners' skills; planning and designing activities to use in the classroom; sharing activities and teaching experiences; and raising one's  awareness of how performance can be improved and assessed.

    This 30-hour course has been officially recognised by the 'Consejo General de los Ilustres Colegios Oficiales de Doctorados y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y en Ciencias' (CDL) and teachers who successfully complete this course will be eligible for three MEC credits that can be used for 'oposiciones, traslados' and individual training plans'. For more information about registering via CDL, please go to https://www.consejogeneralcdl.es/developing-reading-writing-skills-at-b1-level/ 

    Moreover, this course is also officially recognised by the 'Department d'Educació de Catalunya' (GTAF) who can certify 30 hours of training for those participants who successfully complete the course: "Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado"If you are a fully qualified teacher in Spain (i.e. 'docente') and are registered with your local education authority you can request this course on this platform by clicking on the blue hyperlinked title and completing the enrolment form. Excellence in Education can register you with GTAF. You can see this course here on p.25 Trinity College   http://xtec.gencat.cat/web/.content/formacio/formacio-altres-institucions/activitats-reconegudes/marc_2019.pdf

    NB: this course is ideally suited to those teachers who hold qualifications that entitle them to teach in Spanish state schools, 'escuelas concertadas' or are on the Spanish list of 'interinos/as'.

    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, 1st March. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time.

    From Saturday, 19th January, 2019 to Sunday, 24th February, 2019    
    *This course is full with a waiting list. Please do not request* 

    A free, 30-hour online course offering teacher support over 5 weeks/6 weekends that covers important  aspects of teaching pronunciation to young learners of English. Participants will work on: phonemic awareness and phonics; a focus on sounds, word stress and 'weak forms'; 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. 

    This 30-hour course is officially recognised by the 'Department d'Educació de Catalunya' (GTAF). Teachers who are qualified 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 then complete the form. ("Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado"- GTAF). http://xtec.gencat.cat/ca/formacio/formacio-altres-institucions/activitats-reconegudes/ NB: this course is for teachers who hold qualifications that entitle them to teach in Spanish state schools, 'escuelas concertadas' or are on the Spanish list of 'interinos/as'.
    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, 18th January. (NB. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you even think you may not have enough time).

    From Saturday, 16th February to Sunday 10th April 2019 
    *Two places remaining*

    A 15 hour, online course over three weeks and four weekends to help teachers prepare candidates for the Independent listening task of Trinity College London's Integrated Skills in English at Foundation and ISE I levels. This course has challenging and inspiring resources with tasks to encourage a reflective approach. Course participants can: progress through much of the course at their own pace; reflect on input resources; make contributions on the discussion forums; receive feedback from the tutor; and interact with peers and learn from colleagues.

    The main aims are: to familiarise participants with the format of the ISE Foundation and ISE I independent listening tasks; to encourage participants to reflect on the skills students need to develop to do well on ISE Foundation and ISE I Independent Listening Tasks; to provide teaching ideas and practical tips for preparing students for the ISE Foundation and ISE I Independent listening task; and  to help participants to develop and share their own teaching ideas for the ISE Foundation and ISE I Independent Listening tasks

    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, 15th March. 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, 16th February to Sunday, 10th March, 2019 
    *Two places remaining*

    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.

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

    NB: this course is for teachers who hold qualifications that entitle them to teach in Spanish state schools, 'escuelas concertadas' or are on the Spanish list of 'interinos/as'

    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, 15th March. Numbers are limited to 30 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: Saturday 16th February, 2019  Finish: Sunday, 10th March,  2019 
    *Full with a long waiting list. Please do not request this course*

    A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends 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. 

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

    NB: this course is for teachers who hold qualifications that entitle them to teach in Spanish state schools, 'escuelas concertadas' or are on the Spanish list of 'interinos/as'

    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, 15th March.  Numbers are limited to 30 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, 27th April to Sunday, 2nd June, 2019                                *Enrolment period from Friday, 12th April*

    The overall aims of this 30 hour online course offered over 5 weeks/5 weekends, are to help teachers develop, refine and enhance their understanding of current approaches to teaching and learning speaking and listening skills at B1 (CEFR). Work on speaking will include: understanding contemporary teaching speaking strategies at B1; and planning and designing lessons using authentic materials. Work on listening will include: reflecting on listening processes; designing activities to develop and improve learners' listening comprehension skills; and reflect on employing different strategies to achieve different learning aims.

    This 30-hour course is in the process of being officially recognised by the 'Consejo General de los Ilustres Colegios Oficiales de Doctorados y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y en Ciencias' (CDL), which has to be done every term. Teachers who are registered with their local education authority can complete a CDL registration form at http://www.cdl.cat and also request the course here on Excellence in Education. Those who successfully complete this course will be eligible for three MEC credits that can be used for 'oposiciones, traslados' and individual training plans.

    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, 26th April. (NB. Numbers are limited to 30 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you even think you may not have enough time). NB: ONE course per registered user! 

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