About

Our courses are noted for their practical hands-on approach, use of model lessons and reflection. Our trainers are known not only for their expertise but also for their ability to make concepts accessible, helping teachers bridge the gap between theory and practice.

We run public workshops at our British Council centres in Singapore. We also deliver courses and workshops on-site at your institution.

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and pricing

October to December 2019

Course

Day

Date

Time

Fee

Know it-Teach it: Phonics and Early Reading Skills Thu 3 Oct - 31 Oct 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. S$600
How to Teach Writing: Secondary Fri 18 Oct - 15 Nov 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. S$600
Know it-Teach it: Speech and Drama (Intensive) Mon - Fri 20 Nov, 21 Nov, 22 Nov, 25 Nov, 27 Nov 3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.  S$600

Courses

Teaching Skills

Know it-Teach it: Grammar

  • develops your own language awareness and grammar terminology 
  • explores the major areas of English grammar, helping you build your confidence in presenting language clearly and dealing with students' errors
  • demonstrates interesting student-centred activities
  • examines how to teach grammar in an engaging and authentic way 

Know it-Teach it: Pronunciation

  • raises your awareness of the sound systems of English and examines common areas of difficulty for students
  • explores how to teach pronunciation in a memorable and fun way 
  • introduces pronunciation games, activities and correction techniques for learners of all ages
  • helps you to confidently teach learners to use the sounds of English for clear communication  

Know it-Teach it: Speech and Drama

  • examines the rationale for using process drama to support learning across the curriculum 
  • introduces warm up games and activities to improve learning 
  • explores teacher friendly tools and techniques to improve student confidence with speaking 
  • helps you become more confident at leading drama activities for your own classroom 

Know it-Teach it: Vocabulary

  • explores how a lack of vocabulary impacts reading comprehension, writing skills and subject area understanding as well as overall academic success
  • examines the dimensions of knowing a word in order to support students moving words from passive to active vocabulary and use new words in spoken and written language 
  • provides guidelines and frameworks for acquiring new vocabulary 
  • how to plan robust vocabulary lessons through explicit teaching and thought provoking follow up

Intensive Grammar: A refresher 

  • revisits basic terminology and common structures, including parts of speech, modals and conditionals 
  • demonstrates different approaches to present and clarify grammar, incorporating an overview of tenses 
  • gives participants practice in dealing with errors in the classroom 
  • helps you explain and correct student errors  

Intensive Vocabulary (6-hour)

  • introduces key concepts in vocabulary learning and teaching 
  • explores how to record, review and recycle vocabulary to “make it stick” 
  • demonstrates a variety of techniques and activities and gives participants practice with these. 
  • looks at how vocabulary can be integrated into lessons and gives participants practice in designing their own tasks

Introduction to Teaching Business English (3-hour)

  • identifies key focus areas in Business English training 
  • explores the importance of needs analysis and how to tailor activities to client needs 
  • looks at designing lessons around work-related texts and situations 

Introduction to Teacher Training and Development (3-hour)

  • explores how to identify teacher development goals and appropriate professional development strategies 
  • helps participants with considerations when designing and delivering professional development sessions
  • looks at how to approach observation and give feedback effectively

Teaching Students of Different Abilities

  • looks at the nature of differentiation and differentiated instruction 
  • guides teachers in developing and adapting materials to meet the need of students with different abilities 
  • equips teachers with approaches and strategies to scaffold differentiated learning and assessment of language and skills 
  • lets teachers try out developing their own differentiated lesson materials 

Teaching Early Years

Creative Thinking Tools for the Early Childhood Classroom

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Grammar and Vocabulary in the Early Years

  • discussed how to tap into children's natural language learning ability and looked at the pitfalls of isolated language lessons
  • learned how to develop a story-based lesson plan
  • demonstrated how to exploit themes and plan for engaging opportunities for students to use new grammar and vocabulary 
  • gained the opportunity to design your own materials

How to Teach English: Pre-School (20-hour)

  • learned practical ideas for planning and delivering lessons to pre-schoolers
  • demonstrated lessons with games and songs for developing student language
  • develops your skills as a story reader and storyteller and using classroom drama 
  • allows you to practice the methodology through lesson planning 

Know it-Teach it: Phonics and Early Reading Skills

  • examines how children learn to read and the stages of reading 
  • exploited a well-known phonics and sight-reading system
  • explores letter sounds, decoding, digraphs, sight words, sounds and spelling 
  • helps you use exploit materials through hands-on activities

Teaching Primary

How to Teach English: Primary

  • explores the characteristics of primary learners and models how to plan and deliver an effective lesson 
  • examines and exploits the relationship between the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing 
  • develops techniques for presenting grammar and vocabulary
  • consolidates your learning through lesson planning 

How to Teach Reading: Primary

  • examines the developmental stages that lead to reading proficiency and the skills that demonstrate “reading readiness” and learned how to increase reading motivation
  • explores the key approaches to reading instruction: Interactive Read-Aloud, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent (Extensive) Reading
  • helps you understand the relationship between vocabulary, reading fluency and reading comprehension 
  • explains the role of formative assessment in guiding the reading process and  introduces a number of assessment and evaluation tools to inform your planning for reading success and to promote student achievement

How to Teach Writing: Primary

  • examines the stages of writing development and the profiles of primary-level writers 
  • describes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing instruction, and learned the elements of writing that require explicit instruction
  • demonstrates lessons based on five high-yielding instructional approaches to teaching writing, including working with mentor texts, text types, genres and formats
  • helps you learn to run teacher-student or peer writing conferences to support young writers with formative feedback 

Teaching Secondary

How to Teach English: Secondary 

  • explores the unique opportunities for learning and motivation presented by the teenage brain 
  • examines how to develop motivating reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing language lessons 
  • supports you in providing grammar and vocabulary instruction 
  • consolidates your learning through lesson planning 

How to Teach Reading: Secondary

  • develops an awareness of the role of the reading process in learning
  • considers the thought processes involved during reading and gained an understanding of the challenges that students face as readers in the subject areas
  • explores the sub-skills of reading, including summarising and making inferences, and examined text types and structures and appreciated how making connections supports deeper reading of texts
  • models lessons and experienced a range of techniques for explicitly teaching reading skills and building reading motivation 

How to Teach Writing: Secondary

  • examines the process, product and genre approaches to instruction, and appreciated key differences between teaching writing and editing writing
  • explores a range of ideas for building student knowledge and ideas to support their writing
  • models lessons and practised techniques for explicitly teaching writing skills
  • considers ways of providing effective formative feedback to students on their writing, including peer, self and teacher feedback and practised a range of techniques for publishing students’ writing to increase motivation

Teaching the Unseen

  • looks at the challenges faces by teachers and students in preparing for the ‘O’ level Unseen paper 
  • suggests strategies for helping students prepare for the Unseen paper in the ‘O’ level exams 
  • demonstrates model activities based on poetry, prose and dramatic literature 
  • gives teachers practice in evaluating and developing tasks for preparing students for the Unseen paper 

Teaching Adults

How to Teach English: Adults

  • understood the needs of adult learners at different levels
  • acquired the knowledge to select and exploit a course book to suit your learners
  • demonstrated how to plan language lessons and skills lessons
  • gained hands-on experience through a variety of model lessons and tasks

Advanced Skills in How to Teach Listening

  • explores the listening needs of adult learners and the different sub-skills involved
  • shows participants how to plan and scaffold listening lessons for a range of ability levels including bottom-up and top-down approaches and strategies to repair breakdowns in communication 
  • helps participants understand how to integrate listening with language work and how to exploit authentic texts 
  • discusses how listening skills can be encourages and developed beyond the classroom 

Advanced Skills in How to Teach Reading

  • explores the reading needs of adult learners and the different sub-skills involved 
  • shows participants how to plan and scaffold reading lessons for a range of ability levels including bottom-up and top-down approaches 
  • helps participants understand how to integrate reading with language work and how to exploit authentic texts 
  • discusses how reading skills can be encouraged and developed beyond the classroom 

Advanced Skills in How to Teach Speaking

  • explores the speaking needs of adult learners and the different sub-skills involved
  • shows participants how to plan and scaffold speaking lessons for a range of ability levels with a focus on accuracy, fluency, functional language and overall communicative competence 
  • demonstrates different approaches to feedback and spoken errors 
  • discusses how speaking skills can be encouraged and developed beyond the classroom 

Advanced Skills in How to Teach Writing

  • explores the writing needs of adult learners and the different sub-skills involved 
  • shows participants how to plan and scaffold writing lessons for a range of ability levels using process, product, and genre-based approaches 
  • helps participants evaluate and provide effective feedback on written work 
  • discusses how writing skills can be encouraged and developed beyond the classroom