As a language teacher I have always considered CPD as a crucial element of my professional life. I have constantly been on the lookout for opportunities for training where I can develop linguistically, update my methodology and shape my attitude towards teaching. Bell Teacher Training Campus seems to be the place that can satisfy all my expectations.
With the help of the Erasmus + KA1 for school staff mobility project, I participated in two extremely inspiring teacher training courses at Bell, Cambridge, UK. In 2017 I took the course called ‘From pronunciation to storytelling: a complete approach to comfortable intelligibility’ run by Adrian Underhill, and in 2018 I attended a course on "Teaching Exam Classes" with Chris Edgoose as course instructor. Both courses were perfect combinations of presenting new teaching techniques and instilling the mindset of being attentive to the students’ needs, appreciation of yourself and your students, and willingness to improve as a teacher. The philosophy of Bell Teacher Training came alive in every moment of the courses: “The best teachers never stop learning.” This is not only the philosophy you are inspired to live up to, but this is the one that their expert teacher trainers follow too. The example is set.
Besides the inspiring trainers, the physical environment is highly motivating too. Bell moves into Homerton College, Cambridge, for two months every summer in order to provide a real educational and cultural experience for all those teachers who feel the need of development at any stage of their career. Walking on the grass (it is permitted in Cambridge) where Cambridge students and scholars walk, being part of a formal college dinner and staying in a Cambridge student’s room are very important assets to the successful outcome of a Bell course.
If your school has won the Erasmus KA+ staff mobility grant, do not hesitate to apply one of the courses organised by Bell in Homerton College.