Sample timetable for 3hr workshop

09:00 Welcome session 10:30 2nd session 12:50 Conclusion
09:15 Workshop introduction 11:30 Break 13:00 Certificate ceremony
09:30 1st session 11:50 3rd session

Topics

Here are some of our flexible training workshops to stimulate and inspire teachers.

‘Undermeanings’ – Getting Beneath the Grammar

This workshop will examine the relationship between the commonly accepted explanations of what various structures ‘mean’ and what they actually do. For example, is ‘will’ really the future?
Aims: to reveal what language really means.

60 Years in 60 Minutes – Making the Most of Methodology

Teachers are constantly searching for new ideas but we have left behind lots of excellent approaches and techniques. This workshop will examine some of them to see what can help us in the 21st century.
Aims: to revitalise ‘old’ techniques, show that they are valid today and inspire teachers to examine them more closely.

Teaching Pronunciation

One of the most underrepresented areas of language teaching – course books generally do not offer any innovative ideas for helping students with their pronunciation but simply recycle old exercises. This workshop will turn traditional ideas on their head and present a whole new approach to the teaching of pronunciation.
Aims: to offer teachers some practical ways to help their students’ pronunciation.

Skimming and Scanning

Often misunderstood, these two receptive skills activities are explained, rationalised and experimented with during this workshop. Teachers will be able to approach these valid ways of working with new energy and interest and students will find new benefits in ways to read and listen.
Aims: to offer some hands-on practice at creating and using skimming scanning activities.

Teaching Beyond the Book & Making the Most of Materials

Teachers and students may be bound to use a course book but sometimes, it’s good to use other, easily available resources. This workshop will use anything and everything to show what can be done for teachers and learners.
Aims: to demonstrate that teachers can use almost anything as a support for or a basis for a language lesson.

Drama Games for the Language Classroom

This workshop will help teachers to help students release their inner actors!
Aims: to give teachers some practical ideas on how to motivate students to use drama as part of their language learning activities.

Bringing CLIL into the Classroom

This workshop will give an overview of how Content and Language Integrated Learning operates, its benefits and challenges.
Aims: to give teachers, school managers and parents some useful information on CLIL with a view to setting up a project.

Common Language Learning Myths

We will examine some of the more commonly held views about learning a 2nd language and show whether or not they are supported by evidence. This workshop is suitable for teachers and parents. A slightly modified version can be provided for students.
Aims: to offer participants some research-based information on how humans learn language all of which will have a practical application.

Making Classes More Communicative

There are so many ideas about what the Communicative Approach really is! This workshop will present hands-on examples of what makes activities truly communicative.
Aims: to clarify what ‘communicative’ means and provide clear, simple ways to create activities.

Body Language for Teachers

We tell an unconscious story with our posture and gesture and so do our students! This workshop will offer advice on how to read the messages we receive as well as how to ensure we are sending the right messages to enable, support and activate our students.
Aims: to reveal the importance of body language awareness for teachers.

Teacher Observation and Feedback

Observing classes and then giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of what a professional teacher or teacher manager does. This workshop is designed to ensure that what you do, whether observing, offering or receiving feedback achieves its aims of fostering growth in yourself and others.
Aims: to provide participants with a clear and effective structure for these essential activities.

How the Brain deals with Language Learning

An amusing and effective way to focus on what the brain does during language learning and how to maximise its efficiency. This is suitable for teachers, parents and with some slight modification, for students.
Aims: to offer a technical guide to brain function in a non-technical way.

Using Correction Effectively

There is an assumption amongst many that if you correct an error, it should be resolved but clearly that is not the case since students continue to make (often the same) mistakes! This workshop will examine error correction and offer efficient alternatives to the most common techniques.
Aims: to offer teachers techniques and strategies for effective error handling.