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 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 three 30-hour courses that have been 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). Excellence in Education expects to have them recognised again for the coming academic year 2019-2020.

The 'Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d'Educació'(GTAF) has recognised: 'Quest for Best: Developing Reading and Writing Skills at B1'; 'Quest for Best: Developing Speaking and Listening Skills at B1; '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 and were registered with GTAF will be eligible to count the number of course hours towards their continuing professional development plan. (GTAF will state on their certificate that: "Esta actividad está reconocida por el 'Departament d'Educació' como formación permanente del profesorado".

The 'Consejo General de los Ilustres Colegios Oficiales de Doctorados y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y en Ciencias' (CDL) has recognised three 30-hour courses:  'Quest for Best: Developing Reading and Writing Skills at B1'; 'Quest for best: Developing Speaking and Listening Skills at B1'; and 'Teaching pronunciation to Young Learners of English (Primary). Teachers who are fully qualified in Spain and register with CDL at https://www.consejogeneralcdl.es and successfully complete one of the three 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. 

All teachers who successfully complete a free online course with Excellence In Education will be issued with a Certificate of Attendance.

*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 3,600 registered teachers. Here's what some teachers had to say about recent courses:

                                                                                

    Available courses

    This course will be offered in October, 2019    
    *The exact dates will be announced shortly* 

    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 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). In order to participate in this free teacher support online course you MUST complete a CDL registration form and a link will be announced here shortly. You also need to request the course here on Excellence in Education. Just click on the blue, hyperlinked course title and follow the instructions. Remember to register with CDL as well! Teachers who are registered with their local education authority and 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 the day before the course starts (NB. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you even think you may not have enough time).

    Start date: Saturday, 25th May, 2019          Finish: Sunday, 16th June, 2019
    *The enrolment period is closed*

    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. 

    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 Friday, 24th May. 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.

    Start: Saturday, 25th May, 2019    Finish: Sunday, 16th June, 2019
    *The enrolment period is closed*

    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 21stcentury 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.

    The course will look at: the skill of critical thinking and concentrate on activities to help learners develop and refine these types of skills: critical thinking and why it is an important skill for students to have; Infographics and how they are being increasingly used to convey complex information; and how learners can decode and use this. Participants will participate in designing their own tasks complete with rationales.

    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 Friday, 24th May. 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.

    Start: Saturday 30th of September   Finish: Saturday, 21st of October 2017 *This course will be offered again in 2018*

    A 15 hour, online course over three weeks and four weekends which encourages the teaching and learning of English language through drama, music and performance.  It is a group award, designed for children aged anywhere between 3 and 12 years old who are starting to learn English.

    Preparing children for the award shows how performance-related activity supports learning, motivates children and builds their confidence and communication skills. Trinity Stars has been designed to support both learning in the classroom and teachers’ professional development. The main aims are:

    • For teachers to reflect on and acquire new teaching strategies when teaching young learners
    • to become familiar with the Trinity Stars Young Performers in English Performance award and to start preparing a Trinity Stars performance 
    • to become familiar with theories and teaching strategies to improve their learners´ skills and to plan and design activities they can use in the classroom 
    • to share teaching experiences and to raise their awareness of how integrating language and performance goals can improve language learning.


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