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Start: Saturday, 16th March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019 
*Enrolment period now CLOSED* 

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

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 time. Please note: you may participate in only 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 being placed on a course of your second choice.

Start: Saturday 16th March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019 
*Enrolment period now CLOSED*

A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends to help teachers prepare candidates for Trinity College London's GESE Initial level. This course has one module for each grade of GESE Initial with: challenging and inspiring resources; tasks to encourage a reflective approach; activity-based learning where participants also create classroom activities; and discussion forums for participants to share their views and learn from colleagues. There is also a section on using rhymes, songs and chants to motivate young learners. Course participants can progress through much of the course at their own pace, but will be expected to participate actively. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who successfully complete the course.

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 time. Please note: you may participate in only 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 being placed on a course of your second choice.

Start: Saturday 16th March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019 
*Enrolment period now CLOSED*

A 3 week, 15 hour, free online course over 4 weekends, to help teachers  prepare candidates for Trinity College London's GESE Elementary level, grades 4, 5 and 6, with special attention given to the 'Topic Phase ' and the Conversation Phase'. The 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, 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 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 even think you may not have enough time. Please note: you may participate in only 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 being placed on a course of your second choice.

From Saturday, 2nd March to Sunday, 7th April, 2019    
*THIS COURSE IS FULL* 

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.

From Saturday, 2nd March, to Sunday, 7th April, 2019                                                  
*This course is FULL*

The overall aim of this 30 hour 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: becoming familiar with new theories and teaching strategies to improve your learners ́ skills; planning and designing activities you can use in the classroom; sharing activities and teaching experiences; and raising your awareness of how performance can be improved and assessed.


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). Teachers who are registered with their local education authority can complete a CDL registration form at https://www.consejogeneralcdl.es/developing-reading-writing-skills-at-b1-level/ You also need to request the course here on Excellence in Education. Teachers who successfully complete this course will be eligible for three MEC credits that can be used for 'oposiciones, traslados' and individual training plans.

NB - 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 evening, 1st March 2019. (Numbers are limited to 30 participants, so please do NOT request a place if you think you may not have enough time). 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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