When: from 10 to 23, January 2016
The School: The Devon School of English is a friendly, family-run school that has been welcoming international students for over 40 years. They are accredited by British Council, Quality English and English UK. The school has been offering courses for teachers since 1974, these have included language & methodology programmes for primary and secondary school teachers as well as ESL teachers of adult learners, teachers of English literature and business English teachers preparing students for BEC tests.
The Location: Paignton is a seaside town at the centre of a spectacular bay called Torbay in the English Riviera. Torbay is famous for its wonderful coastline with over 30 kilometres of beaches and wonderful landscape.
The Experience: Through practical and engaging activities, trainees see how ideas are translated into classroom tasks, approaches and behaviour. Areas such as planning, staging, selecting target language, presenting & practising language, checking concepts, teaching grammar & vocabulary, monitoring, setting up activities, grading language, error correction, modelling & drilling, warmers, fillers & games, skills teaching, use of music and drama, motivation, use of IT resources and promoting learner autonomy are addressed as per need and elated to a holistic, learner centred communicative approach. All trainees receive recommendations for future study and a personalised list of resources for them to use, these may include on-line corpora, ESL websites, speech analysis software, speech recognition software and teaching forums.
Grupo de Professores do Teacher Training Janeiro 2013
What is included? Course, School Certificate, accommodation in homestay, single room with breakfast and dinner plus all taxes. Our 2-week, 46-hour advanced teaching methodology course has been designed for qualified teachers who are seeking to:
- refine their practical skills;
- broaden their use of resources and classroom activities
- and deepen their understanding of language and language acquisition.
Price does not include air tickets and insurance.
Before the course: Before the course commences, trainees are asked to complete a needs analysis form and a course focus form so the school can devise the best possible training programme for each group of trainees. Trainees are asked to describe their present or future teaching context and prioritise the areas they would like to address in their course from a menu of input sessions. Some pre-tasks and reading are also forwarded to each trainee. After the course: All trainees are encouraged to maintain contact with their trainer and fellow trainees after the course.
Teachers’ review: “O Teacher Training não foi nada como eu esperava, foi muito mais. Não esperava que eu fosse aprender tantas atividades novas e formas de enxergar o aprendizado dos meus alunos. O curso poderia durar um mês, dois, e não nos cansaríamos. Fomos muito bem recebidos na escola por todos os membros, tivemos a oportunidade de conhecer lugares lindos, incluindo Paignton, que é uma cidade cheia de charme. Vale a pena”! Teacher Mariana Magalhães, Paignton – England
Teachers’ review: “I decided to attend the Teacher Training Course for many reasons, but the main one was to get new ideas. I could spend hours preparing classes and always use the same resources/activities. Prior to the course I was contacted by the Academic Director so he could know what my expectations about the course were. Everything was very well organized, my stay at a family house was excellent and the course itself was worth every penny. I got tons of ideas for different exercises/ levels/ interests. I highly recommend it and I would do it again if I had the chance! Also, we had many diferente trips to wonderful places and I got to finally go to one of the places I had always dreamt to go: Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. If you’re a fan of King Arthur’s stories, just like me, you’ll know how much this trip meant to me! Cheers”! Teacher Andressa Fidelis, Paignton – England
Teachers’ review: “Minha experiência com o Teacher Training foi a melhor possível! Primeiro, por ter a oportunidade de conhecer um lugar fantástico, que é a Inglaterra, imergindo em sua cultura e estilo de vida, o que acaba nos permitindo entender pequenas peculiaridades da língua inglesa. Segundo, pelo crescimento profissional que isso me trouxe em diversas esferas, ampliando meus horizontes de professor, meu leque de técnicas e, principalmente, meu entendimento acerca de como se dá a aquisição da língua, o que me permite adaptar melhor meu estilo, de acordo com o que cada aluno ou turma me pede. Por fim, a oportunidade de conhecer pessoas sensacionais, que levarei para o resto da vida. Tanto colegas de curso que se tornaram amigos e companheiros, até parceiros para ‘trocar figurinhas’, como os professores e o pessoal da Devon School e meus ‘host parents’, que não tenho nem palavras para descrever. Em resumo, é uma experiência que não tem preço”! Teacher Rafael Naves, Paignton – England