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Start date: Saturday, 25th May, 2019          Finish: Sunday, 16th June, 2019
*Enrolment period now open*

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. 


Start: Saturday, 25th May, 2019    Finish: Sunday, 16th June, 2019
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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.


From Saturday, 27th April to Sunday, 2nd June, 2019  
*Enrolment period closed*

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 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 at https://www.consejogeneralcdl.es/developing-speaking-listening-skills-at-b1-level/ (NB - CDL will charge a 5€ administration fee for their paperwork). 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 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, 26th April. Numbers are limited to 40 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time. 

Please note: teachers wishing to participate in this course should not request one of the other 15hr courses!

 


From Saturday 27th April to Sunday, 19th May, 2019
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A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends to help teachers prepare candidates for the Reading and Writing 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 reading and writing components; to encourage participants to reflect on the skills students need to develop to do well in this module; to provide teaching ideas and practical tips for preparing students; and to help participants to develop and share their own teaching ideas.

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 Friday, 26th April. 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.

 


From Saturday, 2nd March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019    
*This course will be offered again* 

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 course has been 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 if you do not have access to their network. You can see this course on the following link on p.25 entitled 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 30 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough free time.