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From Saturday, 18th January to Sunday, 9th February, 2020 
*This course is now FULL. Please select another course.*

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 
* TWO places are still available. *

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
*This course is now FULL. Please choose another course*

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: 24th February  Finish 29th March, 2020    
* Reserved for teachers who register with CDL*
Enrolment period will open in February 

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; 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 on Excellence in Education's Moodle platform is officially recognised by the 'Consejo General de los Ilustres Colegios Oficiales de Doctorados y Licenciados en Filosofia y Letras y en Ciencias' (CDL). Three MEC credits will be awarded to teachers who are officially recognised by CDL- go to http://consejogeneralcdl.es/teaching_pronunciation_to_young.html  and click on Créditos. Please Note: as well as requesting this course here on Excellence in Education, you must also complete the registration process with CDL by sending an email to matricula@consejogeneralcdl.es (More information is available at http://consejogeneralcdl.es/teaching_pronunciation_to_young.html  If you have any questions regarding CDL's registration procedure, you can contact violeta.stefanovska@trinitycollege.eu 

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 Sunday, 23rd March.  Numbers are limited to 40 participants.