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Re: teacher training topics

Posted By: spiral78
Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2013, at 11:44 p.m.

In Response To: teacher training topics (George)

You don't give us much info about where your school is/what kind of students, and what sort of teachers you've got. It makes a difference if your students are children or adults, mostly low or high level, planning to take standardized tests or needing the language for business. It also matters if most of your teachers have relevant qualifications or not!

Also, 45 minutes is quite short to really cover any topic....unless you're envisioning a lecture style input with no time for discussion or actually trying out something.

Anyway, I've been involved in planning and delivering professional development workshops for some years now. Some topics we've worked on have included
use of technology in the classroom,
evaluation of coursebooks/materials, experimenting with task-based lessons,
strategies for teaching across levels,
supporting student-led classrooms and discussions,
ways to use plagiarism software,
exploration of ways our students L1 might impact their acquisition of English,
ways to express course aims and goals clearly and to make their relevance to our students explicit....

There are literally thousands of possible topics, but as I noted above, quite a lot depends on your individual teaching context.

One useful approach might be to solicit ideas from your teachers. What would they like to discuss/learn more about? What areas of interest or specialization do they have, which they could contribute to the group? Anyone willing to research something and present it? These are all CV-building activities, so should be interesting to the teachers. In the university where I teach, teachers are paid a bit to develop pd workshops.

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teacher training topics
George -- Wednesday, 10 April 2013, at 10:39 a.m.
Re: teacher training topics
nomad soul -- Thursday, 11 April 2013, at 1:44 a.m.
Re: teacher training topics
spiral78 -- Wednesday, 10 April 2013, at 11:44 p.m.

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