Update your skills and inspire your students

Overview

Our Creative Methodology course aims to provide foreign language teachers with a greater range of techniques and tools that they can employ in the classroom, whether it is in the primary, secondary or adult sector. The course focuses mostly on activities that are adaptable to a variety of learners and teaching situations as well as giving teachers an overview of the technologies available for language learning. 


Who is it for?

English language teachers wishing to explore inspiring teaching ideas and techniques. To maintain high quality standards, it is ADC College Policy that all participants on our Creative Methodology courses must be teachers of English. For teachers mainly interested in improving their language skills, we recommend our Language Development for Teachers course, which includes elements of methodology in each session, useful for all teachers. 


CONTENT

Our Creative Methodology course aims to provide English language teachers with a greater range of techniques and tools that they can employ in the classroom, whether it is in the primary, secondary or adult sector. Delivered by TEFLQ-qualified tutors, the course focuses mostly on activities that are adaptable to a variety of learners and teaching situations as well as giving teachers an overview of the technologies available for language learning. As with all of our teacher development courses, participants get access to our collections of online resources as well as being invited to our exclusive forum where teachers can stay in touch, meet previous participants, and share ideas and materials.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • compared methods
  • acquired new ideas and techniques
  • developed activities (2-week course)
  • pushed your language limits
  • learnt some elements of British culture
  • made contacts
  • become part of a network

In addition to the methodology sessions, we give language development sessions, delivered by trainers qualified to at least TEFLI level, which aim to raise the level of English of the participants as well as demonstrating more ideas and techniques. Since no course can cover the needs and situations of all participants, we also provide a series of 20-minute one-to-one tutorials where teachers can discuss their specific teaching situations, special needs, challenges, language issues, areas of interest or aspects of British society and culture.

To ensure the course runs smoothly and that all participants can take part in the activities, a minimum B1 English level is highly recommended. The minimum age for participants on our courses is 23.


Course Plan

1st week

  • Introductions - Get to know your fellow teachers, the school, course and area
  • Classroom Techniques - Techniques for better classroom management to improve learning
  • Language Development - Improve your command of English
  • Encouraging Speaking - Techniques and activities to inspire teachers and students
  • Error Correction, Boardwork & Feedback - Ways of giving feedback and correction while maintaining motivation
  • Online Resources - Useful and practical tools and sites that can facilitate teachers’ work and motivate learners
  • Games & Warmers 1 - Inspirational games that will make lessons fun and engaging
  • Pronunciation - Innovative ways of looking at pronunciation that will improve learners’ ability to communicate
  • Grammar - How to teach grammar whilst keeping students engaged and motivated
  • Reading - Prompting teachers and students with new ideas for effective reading lessons
  • Songs - Using songs to explore language and inspire learning
  • Primary Activities 1 (optional) - Ideas for Primary teachers
  • Primary Activities 2 (optional) - More ideas for young students to learn through playing

2nd week

  • British Culture in the Classroom - Exploring British culture and how to integrate it into your lessons
  • Chunking - Learning how to teach vocabulary in a more effective and natural way
  • Multi–word Verbs - What these difficult parts of speech are and ways to teach them
  • Writing - Communicative and fun approaches and techniques that can be used in writing lessons
  • Inspiring Homework - Encouraging learning outside the classroom and developing autonomy
  • Games & Warmers 2 - Making lessons more appealing to students who like games
  • Listening & Video - Tasks and practical ideas to improve your students’ listening skills
  • Lesson Planning - Assisted planning of a lesson incorporating what you have learnt on the course
  • Peer Teaching - Trying out a lesson that you would teach your students, with feedback from other participants and tutors
  • Language Development - Improve your command of English 
  • Primary Activities 3 (optional) - More ideas on how to make your lesson simultaneously useful and fun

Class size and times

Class size may vary to a maximum of 15 participants per classroom. Input sessions are usually in the mornings, starting at 9 am. Language development lessons take place in the afternoons. For more information, please check the timetable here.


Course dates

One week

  • Monday, 12th June - Friday, 16th June 2017
  • Monday, 31st July - 4th August 2017
  • Monday, 4th September - Friday, 8th September 2017
  • Monday, 19th February - Friday, 13th February 2018
  • Monday, 18th June - Friday, 22nd June 2018
  • Monday, 15th October- Friday, 19th October 2018

Two week

  • Monday, 4th September - Friday, 15th September 2017
  • Monday, 19th February - Friday, 2nd March 2018
  • Monday, 18th June - Friday, 29th June 2018
  • Monday, 15th October- Friday, 26th October 2018

Fees

Your school can apply to cover your course fees as part of an Erasmus+ programme. Click here to download ADC's pricelist >