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 2019-2020. 

  • 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 (4 weekends), or 30 hours over 5 weeks (6 weekends). These can include 'best practice' teaching courses, or courses designed to help teachers better understand the formats of examinations that are offered by Trinity College London. Below are the courses that Excellence in Education will offer during term 1 of the Academic Year 2019-2020. 

To be able to participate in a free online teacher support course you need to login to your account, and then click on the name of the course you would like to enrol on and follow all the instructions on the enrol request form. (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

                                   

      

                                                             

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

                                                                                     

    Available courses

    Start: 24th February  Finish 29th March, 2020    
    *Enrolment Period CLOSED* 

    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 26th April to 31st may 2020

    A free, 30-hour online course providing teacher support over 5 weeks that covers important aspects of how teachers can help young learners of English to develop the type of 21st Century skills that are needed to be more discerning creative and critical thinkers. Teachers will discuss howperformance-related activity can support learning, motivate children and help build their confidence and communication skills. Understanding the importance of a language rich classroom for language acquisition and increasing their own learners’ exposure to both written and oral language inside and outside the classroom will also be discussed.

    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 have at least B2 CEFR level. Confirmation will be sent on Wednesday, 25th March.  Numbers are limited to 40 participants.

    From Saturday, 22nd February to Sunday, 15th March, 2020
    *Enrolment Period CLOSED*

    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  
    * Completed *

    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.

    Start date: Saturday, 22nd February, 2020  Finish: Sunday, 15th March, 2020
    *Completed*

    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 
    * Completed *

    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!


    From Saturday, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020 
    * Completed *

    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, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020
    * Completed *

    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!

    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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