Minimum age: 21
Minimum level: Upper Intermediate level of English – equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or Cambridge First Certificate
Note: If the candidate doesn't have a certificate to prove his/her level of English, a level test can be arranged before enrolling for the course.
The sessions are designed for non-native speakers of English who have experience of teaching English as a foreign language or have gained a teaching qualification in their own country and are considering a career in English language teaching. Courses are for Primary and Secondary teachers.
CLIL Course Content
Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is increasingly being used in schools around the world to enhance the learning of English. This teacher training course is designed for teachers with a reasonable level of English to learn how to teach the content of their subjects in English, or to teach English at primary schools.The aim of the course is to equip teachers in a very practical way in the four areas below. The needs of teachers on a particular course will govern how much time is devoted to each area. Courses can be tailor-made to suit groups, according to subject specialisms or primary / secondary schooling.
Aims of the course:
1. Understand theories of second language acquisition relating to CLIL.
Participants will learn about language acquisition, communicative teaching methods, CLIL theories and assessment considerations.
2. Refresh teachers’ knowledge of English and confidence in using it.
Depending on participants’ knowledge of English we will review the main grammar tenses and other forms as well as pronunciation in “Refresh your English” sessions. These sessions will include demonstration of communicative teaching techniques, with practical application to different subjects.
3. Identify resources that are available (especially on the internet) and learn how to exploit them.
Using the computers available at the Teacher Training Centre, participants will be guided to practical resources used in English schools. The focus will be on learning how to adapt and exploit these visuals, videos, games and texts for classroom use. There will also be training in how to use technology to improve students’ language.
4. Teach the skills of using English (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
These skills are needed for learners to succeed in their subjects. The CLIL course “How to …” sessions will help teachers teach these skills effectively using appropriate methods. Participants will develop, and later present, ideas for activities in their subjects.
For primary school teachers, there is a special course focusing on teaching young learners.
Applying for Erasmus + funding
About the new EU funding programme: Erasmus +
The European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme changes in 2014.
Erasmus+ is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport starting in 2014 and significantly increasing the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus+ helps people regardless of age to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.
Erasmus+ will have a streamlined structure which will improve effectiveness, which means more grants for students, trainees, teachers and others. The benefits for individuals will also bring benefits for the EU economy as a whole.
Tumultuous economic times and the changing EU job market requires a joint EU repsonse: The number of high-skilled jobs is growing while the number of low-skilled jobs is decreasing. It is estimated that by 2020 nearly 35% of all jobs will require high skills, innovation capacity and the ability to adapt. One of the headline targets in the Europe 2020 strategy is to raise higher education attainment to 40% (from 32% now).
The EU has responded with a co-ordinated strategy for growth and jobs called Europe 2020 –education and training are an integral part of this.
Step by Step Guide to applying for Eramsus + funding:
Choose the course and dates and check availability with us.
Contact your national Erasmus + agency who can answer your questions and provide you with an application form for the funding. For further information: European Commission’s website: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm
Complete the Training Centre Cheltenham registration form; we will reserve a place on the course for you when we receive it.
You will receive a letter of acceptance for pre-registration, course information and an (optional) pre-course bibliography and preparatory task, from the training centre.
Apply for funding by completing the Erasmus+ application form, attach our acceptance letter and course information and send it to your national agency.
Contact us as soon as you hear whether funding has been granted and we will confirm your place on the course*. There is no cancellation fee if you do not receive funding.
*Please note: we can reserve your place until 4 weeks before the start of your course, after that you may need to re-apply.