Last Tuesday, I was privileged to spend an hour chatting to the latest ‘students’ at Hamilton School (part of Global School of English in Edinburgh). They are in fact English teachers from Morocco who came to develop their already exceptional English: four lovely ladies, full of fun, enthusiasm and motivation. Our discussion was wide-ranging, stimulating and fascinating.
Chrissi Florides gives a glimpse into her annual activities as director of studies with Globe English Centre.
Teacher training is an integral part of what we do at the Globe English Centre. With courses in CLIL, Primary, Secondary and adult education, we cater for all teachers and trainee teachers, offering creative and imaginative courses to inspire and promote personal reflection. We also offer bespoke courses for specific groups such as early years and vocational teachers, but in order to be inspiring, we have to be inspired ourselves, so this is just a little taster of what I (and my colleagues) have done in the last 6 months and what we plan to do in the next 6. Read more
Good Hope Studies Centre Manager Desirée McCall on why CPD is replacing INSETT in the ELT staffroom.
CPD is the latest staffroom acronym being rigorously exchanged between those in teaching and teaching management. The reason CPD has become so popular today is that it is a more holistic approach to teacher development than the INSETT (In-Service Training) programmes of yesterday.
As with any profession, language teachers, as well as CLIL teachers, should take up as many opportunities for high quality continuous professional development as they can. One of the most popular choices is a teacher development or refresher course at a language school. Sometimes these may be funded, or part funded, by the teacher’s school, local education authority, region or state, or by international programmes such as Erasmus+ for EU citizens.
Megan Domenichelli, Director of Studies at Global Village Victoria, shares her research and practical experience in CPD for teachers in the ESL/EFL field.
Professional development includes both formal and informal education and training which increase capabilities of staff. In the field of language teaching, ongoing instructor professional development plays an integral role in improving student learning and enhancing the overall student experience. In my role as Director of Studies at Global Village Victoria, I have found that not all PD activities result in improved teaching practices and the transfer of knowledge into the classroom. I have admittedly received lukewarm responses to some approaches I have tried over the years, but I have also seen a great deal of success with others. Read more
I have been interested in the amount of discussion that is going on in Australia at the moment around the area of Direct Instruction (DI). There have been some amazing success stories in the far north of Australia where schools have been successfully improving the literacy skills of indigenous children. Comparisons are being made with the success of DI in Chicago with Hispanic children.
As I have been reading this media coverage it became apparent to me that much of the methodology that provides the foundation of DI are also the rudiments behind good ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching methodology. Read more