Creative Methodology

Quick Facts

Prices

Dates

  • Course Code: PD02
  • Lessons per Week: 25
  • All lessons are 50 minutes
  • Course Length: 5 Days
  • Recommended Language Level: B1-C2
  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Course Centre: Earl’s Court
Price: £450

20th – 24th February 2017
13th – 17th March 2017
3rd – 7th April 2017
15th – 19th May 2017
5th – 9th June 2017
10th-14th July 2017
7th – 11th August 2017
18th – 22nd September 2017
16th – 20th October 2017
13th – 17th November 2017

About

The course aims to provide new ideas and inspiration for English language teachers for activities and lesson planning. We offer a chance to learn from our experienced trainers and guidance for participants to exchange their own ideas.

The course is aimed at teachers of English who want to energise their teaching and have an opportunity to learn from teachers in other countries with different experiences.

The approaches to teaching and learning will also be of interest to teachers of other languages as well as to native speaker teachers of English.

Objectives

The Creative Methodologies programme focuses on practical teaching ideas and activities. Because of the constraints of time, not all methodologies will be covered in detail. References however will be made to most of the latest methodologies. The focus of this course will be Task Based Learning and Learner Generated Teaching. Learner autonomy and independence will be promoted throughout the course.
The course will help participants to develop professionally by exploring their own experience and sharing ideas with like-minded teachers from other European countries.

After the course, participants will be able to design lessons and activities that are motivating, challenging and effective.

Methodology

The course is hands-on and interactive, enabling participants to be fully immersed in the subject matter.

Trainer-led sessions use the techniques and approaches being discussed so that the practical application of methods can be experienced within the programme. This is supported by in-depth discussion group work. Participants will build up a bank of ideas to take back to their countries. Throughout the course, participants will be encouraged to experiment and think “outside the box”. The programme includes the opportunity to observe experimental practice lessons, taught by experienced teachers, followed by discussions

Follow Up

Participants will return to their home countries with a deeper insight and renewed enthusiasm for their profession. They will also receive:

  • Contact details of tutors and colleagues to facilitate ongoing development and exchange of ideas
  • A Feedback Questionnaire evaluating the course and ideas collected during the programme
  • A Bibliography of suggested further reading matter
If you would like to discuss this course, please call us now on: 
+44 (0) 20 3214 8250
Alternatively you can email us for more information. 

PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)

Please note, the exact course content can vary depending on the needs and levels of the groups. We try our best to tailor our courses to offer the best benefit for other students.

Day 1: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Creativity and Motivational Issues

The course begins with a session discussing how learners think, different learning styles and how to adapt your teaching to this. Participants will discuss and work on methods for encouraging learners to think, and motivating their learning and goal setting.
The main focus for the session will be on NLP: What it is and how it compares with similar methodologies, how to develop teaching material, and how it can be used to help students overcome self-imposed limitations.

Day 2: Task Based Learning (TBL)

The TBL session begins with an introduction to the methodology in a TBL demo lesson, with aims and planning explained as the lesson progresses. Participants then review the lesson discussing the effectiveness of the methodology followed by a workshop on using it to plan lessons and develop materials for TBL style teaching.

Day 3: Creative Teaching Strategies and Techniques

This session is aimed at providing teachers a variety of different activities for common skills such as error correction, pronunciation practice, etc. It also looks at different ways to approach various lesson stages including controlled practice, warmers, etc.
This session is trainer guided but we also expect participants to be able to communicate their own ideas and gain from the input of other course participants.

Day 4: Learner Generated Teaching

In the morning, participants are introduced to Dogme methodology through a demo lesson. The lesson, taught by an experienced Language Link teacher, will demonstrate the main principles of ‘Teaching Unplugged’. Participants then review the lesson discussing the effectiveness of the methodology.
Focusing on teaching with little or no material ideas from this session can also also help in engaging students in more formal lessons or expanding on materials.

Day 5: Language play and Language Learning

The final day participants will look at how to incorporate game play, and music and humour into language learning.
The afternoon session looks at use of drama and storytelling in the classroom and ways to incorporate the internet as a resource for lesson planning and a tool in the classroom.
Finally there is a review of the week’s topics and discussion of what participants found most helpful. There is an opportunity for general feedback and specific points on the course content and a final farewell where participants are encouraged to swap contacts and develop their own European networks.