The English course in London responded to the need to develop the competences of the trainers in conducting in English language the trainings and other activities, such as job observations and study visits for European educators.
Course intensity: 10 days x 6 hours daily of learning x 60 minutes
Course address: Language Link, 6 Dukes Road, London
Course title: “Training the Trainer and English Language Enhancement - Two-week Intensive Professional Development Course for educational trainers”
Course duration: from 8/11/2019 to 17/11/2019 plus evaluation session on 18/11/2019
“From November 8th to November 17th, 2019, we have participated in the 'Training the Trainer' course in London, which was in Language Link in their school on Duke's Street. We had lessons for 6 hours every day.
During the class, we were usually working in pairs or small groups. Teachers used a lot of mind-maps, timelines, and diagrams to make it easier for us to understand and remember. Their way of teaching was different than it is in Poland in standard education. We were working a lot on our memory. For example, we were given a short story, and we had to read it and remember as much as we could. Then we were retelling the story together to check how much information we remembered from it.
We were also learning how to give a presentation in front of a group of people. At first, it was tough and stressful, but we practiced that many times by recording ourselves. By that, we were able to see how we look and what we are doing wrong. For example, I didn't know before that I was talking too slow, and that I was walking around. After seeing myself on a video, I was able to work on those things and make my presentation look better.
We had a lot of fascinating topics discussed in our lessons. The new thing I experienced was discussing them with our pairs. That made us notice that there are other points of view than ours. This course included subjects like motivating learners, game-based activities, reflection, feedback and sharing ideas, critical thinking, and using resources in the training environment. All of them were explained to us very clearly. The teacher was always making sure if we understood.
The course improved my English language and knowledge about how to give presentations. It helped me overcome my fear of performing in front of a group of people. It taught me a lot of things that I will use in the future.” (by one of the course participants)
The course consisted of ten modules:
- Managing Your Group
- Managing Different Learning Styles.
- Money and multiculturalism in Britain
- Motivating Learners and Game-Based Activities
- Reflection, Feedback and Sharing Ideas
- Critical Thinking and Using Resources in the Training Environment
- Managing ‘Multi-Culturalism’ in the Training Environment
- British Culture Course
- Achieving Variety in the Training Environment
- Giving Effective Presentations
As an example, we describe below two modules and we strongly recommend the Language Link London – the school of English language – as really worth cooperating partner in teaching English language skills and competencies to teachers and trainers.
Module One: “Managing Your Group”.
We learned how to develop the trainer’s role as a ‘facilitator’ of the training workshop, how to set up workshop based activities, how to lead the group. We learned the language for giving instructions, including ICQs (information check questions) and CCQs (concept check questions).
The aim of Module One was to demonstrate effective group management which would be achieved in a variety of ways. This would be workshop-based where the trainer would use communicative tasks to demonstrate the principles of group management. In this way, participants would be able to experience first-hand, as ‘learners’ thereby identifying the components and principles presented.
Module Two: “Managing Different Learning Styles”.
We learned how to maximise learning through understanding the importance of different learning styles through the principles of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); we learned how the learners think, different learning styles and how to adapt our training to this.
We discussed and worked on methods for encouraging learners to think, and motivating their learning and goal setting.
The main focus for the session was on NLP: What it is and how it compares with similar methodologies, how to develop training material, and how it can be used to help trainees overcome self-imposed limitations.
The aim of Module Two was to show us how to maximise learning through
the use of the principles and methods of NLP. Then we designed
our own micro lessons developing and designing tasks to take back to our own training environments.
It was a great teacher training and learning programme that use cutting edge training methodology and communicative activities to enhance our skills in providing communicative training workshops as well as enhancing our English language skills. The morning input themes and input content were developed by us in our afternoon sessions so that we not only reflected on the input provided but actively engage in mini project work to develop our own materials and development of communicative workshop-based classrooms. This approach helped us to build up a bank of task-based activities we then were able to use with our own groups. Throughout the course, we were also exposed to training methodology and group our organisation enhanced English language skills, cultural knowledge, and training methods.