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The move from English language teacher to teacher trainer involves a lot more than a new job title and different learners. There has been much discussion about who should provide teacher education and what it should consist of. One of the problems in defining a knowledge base and a set of skills for teacher educators is the enormous range of situations and types of teacher training course.
ELT teacher trainers may work in universities, in private language schools, in cultural institutes, in adult education or in state schools. The kind of courses they work on include school-teacher training, CELTAs and Deltas, one-off workshops, publisher-sponsored training, TEFL taster courses and courses of various lengths for those who are already teachers.
However, most new teacher trainers begin with a workshop, seminar or very short course and we will concentrate on these shorter teacher education sessions in this online course. We will introduce you to key concepts and principles in the field, provide you with practical assistance in relation to methodology and materials, provide a framework for you to reflect on your role and responsibilities as a teacher trainer within your own working context, and prepare you to make the transition from teacher to teacher trainer.
This NILE Online course will cover the following areas:
- Some fundamental differences between working as a teacher and working as a teacher trainer
- The role of teacher beliefs, attitudes and behaviour when planning and delivering teacher training
- The organisation of teacher training sessions into stages, aims, interaction patterns, and trainer and teacher roles
- Sampling and analysing classroom activities for teacher training purposes
- Locating materials to integrate into teacher training session plans
- Establishing guidelines for planning and holding a pre-lesson conference
- Comparing the uses and limitations of various means of course evaluation
- Selecting a suitable topic for a teacher training workshop in the participant’s context
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
- The professional discourse of teacher education
- The kinds of training course they may need or wish to develop and deliver
- How to adapt a partially relevant training plan to their own situation and context
- How to build in variety and interest when planning training sessions
- How to make appropriate choices of methods and materials for teacher workshops and seminars
- Ways of motivating teachers to use self-evaluation of their teaching as a tool for development
- How to choose appropriate instruments to evaluate a short course, seminar or workshop in their context
- How to take appropriate steps in planning the teacher training session
At NILE we are committed to offering the best in language teacher training. As such, we provide tutorial contact in our online courses as well as in our campus courses. Online participants will receive allocated tutor interaction and feedback in each unit they take.
Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.