We have scheduled a series of workshops to run throughout the year. These workshops are stand-alone bite-sized sessions during which a range of topics that are relevant for teaching in the Pre-school, Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Junior College and Adult Education segments would be covered.

Themes range from language-focused workshops such as Fun with Pronunciation to 21st century themes such as Critical Literacy, Visual Literacy and Inquiry-based Learning. These workshops are open to anyone in the education field, so there is no need to limit yourself to your own teaching context! These workshops are open to anyone in the education field, so there is no need to limit yourself to your own teaching context!

We have also included a new series of workshops to help Parents support their children's learning outside the classroom.

Workshops are conducted at our Napier Road Centre unless stated otherwise.

How to register

The 3-hour sessions are open for registration by individuals or groups of teachers from schools. Registrations can be invoiced to institutions, or to  MOE schools by e-invoicing through the IFAAS system.

Email Susan, our TDC Administrator, on susan.teo@britishcouncil.org.sg stating which workshop you would like to register for, and she will send you the IFAAS form or the company-sponsored form.

Fee

S$100.00 per head

In person

You could also register for these workshops at any of our centres. Payment could be cash, cheque, NETS or credit card.

Our Workshops run every week from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. or 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

January 2018

24 Jan - Inquiry-based learning in the Early Years (Pre-Sch/Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Provides opportunities for participants to understand the philosophy and principles of inquiry-based learning, and how this differs from traditional teaching
  • Explores strategies to support participants in co-constructing inquiries with students, and in making students' thinking and learning visible
  • Demonstrates how to use pedagogical documentation as an evaluation tool

31 Jan - Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Children's Literature (Pre-School/Primary) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Links our key concerns for the 21st century with the importance of developing children's critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrates how illustrated books can provide a trigger for discussion of values with young children
  • Facilitates the sharing of ideas on exploiting works of children's literature for classroom use

February 2018

7 Feb - Making Thinking Visible (Pri/Sec) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants understand the necessary conditions for a thinking culture
  • Discusses and illustrates example Thinking Routines
  • Investigates documentation strategies for student learning as evidenced by Visible Thinking

14 Feb - Students Thinking Together: Enabling Deeper Conversations in the Classroom (All) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30p.m.

  • Examines how conversation and accountable talk in the classroom contributes to the development of content, academic language and key interpersonal skills
  • Lets participants reflect on how to cultivate a culture of conversation and accountable talk in the classroom across subject areas
  • Examines four core conversational skills and discusses how to explicitly develop these skills in various disciplines

21 Feb - Effective Prompts: Enabling Deeper Conversations in the Classroom (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Identifies the features of an effective and productive prompt
  • Explores scaffolding techniques to support students with extending and sustaining academically rigorous conversations
  • Examines the use of conversations for formative assessment of learning

28 Feb - Effective Questioning Techniques (All) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Discusses the reasons why participants ask questions and what makes a question effective
  • Explores how to use different questioning techniques in the classroom
  • Gives participants practice in creating effective questions and dealing with student responses

March 2018

7 Mar - Teaching Summary Strategies (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Examines why summarising is an essential tool for learning
  • Explores how to explicitly teach this highly sophisticated skill
  • Helps participants come up with easy and fun strategies to include summarising as a routine part of their teaching practice

12 Mar - Understanding and Navigating Non-fiction (Pri) - Mon, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Discusses the text features and structures that are specific to non-fiction/academic texts
  • Helps participants appreciate the reading comprehension challenges presented by non-fiction
  • Looks at ways in which participants could support students in representing their new knowledge acquired through non-fiction texts

13 Mar - Parents: Tips for Reading and Storytelling (Parents)  NEW! - Tue, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Discusses ways for parents to source for appropriate books for their children
  • Provides strategies beyond reading texts aloud that parents could use to exploit texts in story books
  • Demonstrates how to employ these strategies for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation development

13 Mar - Exam Skills - Oral (Pri) - Tue, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants reflect on the difference between preparation and practice for oral exams
  • Analyses the skills and language that students need for oral exams
  • Looks at some innovative ideas for preparing learners for the components of current oral exams

14 Mar - Parents: How to Help your Children with Pronunciation (Parents) NEW! - Wed, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to describe pronunciation
  • Raises parents' awareness about standard pronunciation
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve their children's pronunciation

14 Mar - A Pedagogic Approach to Cloze Tests (Pri) - Wed, 2.30p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Raises awareness of limitations and key issues to do with cloze 
  • Suggests strategies and broader approaches learners can use to improve performance in cloze tests
  • Gives participants a platform for suggesting and sharing their own strategies 

15 Mar - Parents: How to Help your Children with Grammar (Parents) NEW! - Thu, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to describe grammar
  • Raises parents' awareness about correct forms of English
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve the accuracy of their children's written and spoken English

15 Mar - Exams Skills - Comprehension (Pri) - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants reflect on the difference between exam preparation and exam practice
  • Looks at the challenge for students of tackling comprehension sections of school exams
  • Demonstrates techniques to help students analyse comprehension tasks and use efficient reading strategies in exams

16 Mar - Continuous Writing and the New PSLE Challenge (Pri) - Fri, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Gives participants a platform to share their concerns about the demands of the new PSLE exam
  • Looks at choosing visual prompts for personal response and appropriate text-type production
  • Lets participants devise their own writing tasks from given visual prompts

21 Mar - Exam Skills - Writing (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants reflect on the difference between exam preparation and exam practice
  • Discusses the demands made on students in exams that test writing
  • Equips participants with strategies for improving student performance

April 2018

4 Apr - Mindfulness for Schools (All) NEW! Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. 

  • Discusses how a focus on mindfulness and enhanced social and emotional competencies allows for more connected, successful, and purposeful personal, academic and professional lives
  • Engages participants in activities to help recognise emotions and enhance emotional literacy to support routine mindfulness practice
  • Explores a range of mindfulness practices to support the development of 21st century social-emotional competencies such as self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision-making

11 Apr - Resilience and Grit in the Classroom (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. 

  • Explores activities that help participants support young people in building resilience by learning how to navigate emotions and making responsible choices
  • Examines how to support students in uncovering difficult emotions that may hinder the process of recovering from failure and adversity
  • Discusses the importance of recognising fixed mindset behaviours and of developing a growth mindset in a classroom through appropriate use of praise

18 Apr - Empathy for the 21st Century Learner (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. 

  • Explores the value of an explicit focus on emotional intelligence in the classroom as a 21st century skill
  • Explores the concept of empathy through the lens of fiction, with the focus on improving communication skills
  • Demonstrates strategies that participants could use to help their students appreciate differences of perspective and opinion

25 Apr - Storytelling with Children (Pre-Sch/Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Demonstrates how to fully exploit stories for learning and how to integrate stories into a lesson
  • Lets participants try out effective story-reading techniques for children
  • Raises awareness of how a story can be used as a springboard for language lessons

 

May 2018

2 May - Building Students' Presentation Skills (All) - Wed, 2.30p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the differences and similarities between debate, discussion, oral presentation and impromptu speeches
  • Constructs and understanding of engaging an audience through body language, voice control and choice of words
  • Analyses different strategies for giving feedback to speakers

9 May - Improving Students' Debating Skills (Pri) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Looks at a step-by-step structure from pre-debate preparation to the real thing
  • Helps students support their opinions, and predict and refute the other team's arguments
  • Equips participants and students with the skills needed to judge a debate theme

16 May - Improving Students' Oracy Skills (Pri) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the four components of oracy that require explicit instruction: linguistic, cognitive, physical, social-emotional
  • Equips participants with robust strategies to support effective oral communication
  • Provides lesson planning support to teach oracy across the curriculum

23 May - Supporting Academic Discourse across the Curriculum (Pri/Sec) NEW! - Wed, 2.30p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the dimensions of Academic Discourse, enabling student participation in cross-curricular academic conversations, and integrating the necessary vocabulary, grammar and functional language appropriate to the context
  • Supports teachers in crafting instruction that invites students into open-ended, authentic inquiry, while developing language and building knowledge
  • Provides strategies to help students think critically about a text and offer informed, intelligent responses, both orally and through clear, persuasive and interesting writing

30 May - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (Sec) - Wed, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Uses games and activities as an effective means of presenting and practising new vocabulary
  • Looks at learning efficient ways of recording vocabulary
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

31 May - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Grammar (Sec) - Thu, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Suggests interesting tasks for presenting and practising grammar in ways that appeal to learners
  • Covers specific grammar points and whole-text work
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

June 2018

1 Jun - Fun with Pronunciation (Sec) - Fri, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

  • Explores the different aspects of phonology involved in pronunciation
  • Helps participants identify the main areas of difficulty for their students
  • Allows participants to try out and evaluate a selection of fun activities for integrating pronunciation into regular English teaching

5 Jun - Making Thinking Visible (Pri/Sec) NEW! - Tue, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants understand the necessary conditions for a thinking culture
  • Discusses and illustrates example Thinking Routines
  • Investigates documentation strategies for student learning as evidenced by Visible Thinking

6 Jun - Students Thinking Together: Enabling Deeper Conversations in the Classroom (All) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Examines how conversation and accountable talk in the classroom contributes the development of content, academic language and key interpersonal skills
  • Lets participants reflect on how to cultivate a culture of conversation and accountable talk in the classroom across subject areas
  • Examines four core conversation skills and discusses how to explicitly develop these skills in various disciplines

7 Jun - Effective Prompts: Enabling Deeper Conversations in the Classroom (All) NEW! - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Identifies the features of an effective and productive prompt
  • Explores scaffolding techniques to support students with extending and sustaining academically rigorous conversations
  • Examines the use of conversations for formative assessment of learning

11 Jun - Parents: Tips for Reading and Storytelling (Parents) NEW! - Mon, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Discusses ways for parents to source for appropriate books for their children
  • Provides strategies beyond reading texts aloud that parents could use to exploit texts in story books
  • Demonstrates how to employ these strategies for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation development

12 Jun - Parents: How to Help your Children with Pronunciation (Parents) NEW! - Tue, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to decribe pronunciation 
  • Raises parents' awareness about standard pronunciation
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve their children's pronunciation

13 Jun - Parents: How to Help your Children with Grammar (Parents) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to describe grammar 
  • Raises parents' awareness about correct forms of English
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve the accuracy of their children's written and spoken English

July 2018

4 Jul - Continuous Writing and the New PSLE Challenge (Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Gives participants a platform to share their concerns about the demands of the new PSLE exam
  • Looks at choosing visual prompts for personal response and appropriate text-type production
  • Lets participants devise their own writing tasks from given visual prompts

11 Jul - Exams Skills - Writing (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants reflect on the difference between exam preparation and exam practice
  • Discusses the demands made on students in exams that test writing
  • Equips participants with strategies for improving student performance

18 Jul - Teaching Summary Strategies (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Examines why summarising is an essential tool for learning
  • Explores how to explicitly teach this highly sophisticated skill
  • Helps participants come up with easy and fun strategies to include summarising as a routine part of their teaching practice

25 Jul - A Pedagogic Approach to Cloze Tests (Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Raises awareness of limitations and key issues to do with cloze
  • Suggests strategies and broader approaches learners can use to improve performance in cloze tests
  • Gives participants a platform for suggesting and sharing their own strategies

August 2018

1 Aug - Exams Skills - Comprehension (Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Helps participants reflect on the difference between exam preparation and exam practice
  • Looks at the challenge for students of tackling comprehension sections of school exams
  • Demonstrates techniques to help students analyse comprehension tasks and use efficient reading strategies in exams

8 Aug - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Uses games and activities as an effective means of presenting and practising new vocabulary
  • Looks at learning efficient ways of recording vocabulary
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

15 Aug - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Grammar (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Suggests interesting tasks for presenting and practising grammar in ways that appeal to learners
  • Covers specific grammar points and whole-text work
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

29 Aug - Fun with Pronunciation (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the different aspects of phonology involved in pronunciation
  • Helps participants identify the main areas of difficulty for their students
  • Allows participants to try out and evaluate a selection of fun activities for integrating pronunciation into regular English teaching

September 2018

3 Sep - Using Drama in the Classroom (Pri) - Mon, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Presents an overview of drama techniques and the rationale for using them in the classroom
  • Demonstrates how drama techniques could be used for presenting and practising language in stimulating and creative ways
  • Lets participants try out a variety of drama games and activities

4 Sep - Inquiry-based Learning in the Early Years (Pre-Sch/Pri) - Tue, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Provides opportunities for participants to understand the philosophy and principles of inquiry-based learning, and how this differs from traditional teaching
  • Explores strategies to support participants in co-constructing inquiries with students, and in making students' thinking and learning visible
  • Demonstrates how to use pedagogical documentation as an evaluation tool

5 Sep - Developing Critical Thinking Skills through Children's Literature (Pre-Sch/Pri) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Links our key concerns for the 21st century with the importance of developing children's critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrates how illustrated books can provide a trigger for discussion of values with young children
  • Facilitates the sharing of ideas on exploiting works of children's literature for classroom use

6 Sep - Storytelling with Children (Pre-Sch/Pri) - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Demonstrates how to fully exploit stories for learning and how to integrate stories into a lesson
  • Lets participants try out effective story-reading techniques for children
  • Raises awareness of how a story can be used as a springboard for language lessons

12 Sep - Critical Literacy (Pri/Sec) NEW!- Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores how critical literacy can be integrated into the school curriculum
  • Provides instructional approaches for eliciting critical and creative responses from students using information from the text and the students' background knowledge
  • Supports teachers in crafting instruction that allows students to develop cross-curricular learning dispositions: citizenship awareness, multiple perspective and critical analysis of real-life issues

19 Sep - Reading Strategies that Work!(Pri/Sec) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the reasons why many students struggle with reading for meaning
  • Provides prractical, hands-on instructional strategies for reading comprehension that participants could use to help their students achieve independent reading success and improved responses to comprehension prompts
  • Demonstrates the effectiveness of these strategies to support reading for meaning, as well as writing with clarity and purpose, and more productive participation in classroom discussions

26 Sep - Visual Literacy (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30p.m.

  • Discusses the importance of visual impact in 21st century teaching
  • Helps participants explore ways to improve the visual impact of their lessons
  • Lets participants evaluate presentations and online resources, and assess their effectiveness

October 2018

3 Oct - Mindfulness for Schools (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Discusses how a focus on mindfulness and enhanced social and emotional competencies allows for more connected, successful, and purposeful personal, academic and professional lives
  • Engages participants in activities to help recognise emotions and enhance emotional literacy to support routine mindfulness practice
  • Explores a range of mindfulness practices to support the development of 21st century social-emotional competencies such as self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decison-making

10 Oct - Resilience and Grit in the Classroom (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores activities that help participants support young people in building resilience by learning how to navigate emotions and making responsible choices
  • Examines how to support students in uncovering difficult emotions that may hinder the process of recovering from failure and adversity
  • Discusses the importance of recognising fixed mindset behaviours and of developing a growth mindset in a classroom through appropriate use of praise

17 Oct -  Empathy for the 21st Century Learner (All) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the value of an explicit focus on emotional intelligence in the classroom as a 21st century skill
  • Explores the concept of empathy through the lens of fiction, with the focus on improving communication skills
  • Demonstrates strategies that participants could use to help their students appreciate differences of perspective and opinion

24 Oct - Happiness for Schools (All) NEW!- Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the link between happiness, school culture and academic success and examines how schools can promote the well-being of both staff and students
  • Enables participants to explore simple but effective happiness practices
  • Discusses the mental facets of happines: the power of belonging and social connection, compassion, kindness and gratitude

31 Oct - Reading Strategies that Work (Pri/Sec) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the reasons why many students struggle with reading for meaning 
  • Provides practical, hands-on instructional strategies for reading comprehension that participants could use to help their students achieve independent reading success and improved responses to comprehension prompts
  • Demonstrates the effectiveness of these strategies to support reading for meaning, as well as writing with clarity and purpose, and more productive participation in classroom discussions

 

November 2018

7 Nov - Building Students' Presentation Skills (All) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the differences and similarities between debate, discussion, oral presentation and impromptu speeches
  • Constructs and understanding of engaging an audience through body language, voice control and choice of words
  • Analyses different strategies for giving feedback to speakers

8 Nov - Improving Students' Debating Skills (Pri) NEW! - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Looks at a step-by-step structure from pre-debate preparation to the real thing
  • Helps students support their opinions, and predict and refute the other team's arguments
  • Equips participants and students with the skills needed to judge a debate theme

9 Nov - Improving Students' Oracy Skills (Pri) NEW! - Fri, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the four components of oracy that require explicit instruction: linguistic, cognitive, physical, social-emotional
  • Equips participants with robust strategies to support effective oral communication
  • Provides lesson planning support to teach oracy across the curriculum

14 Nov - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (Sec) - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Uses games and activities as an effective means of presenting and practising new vocabulary
  • Looks at learning efficient ways of recording vocabulary
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

15 Nov - Fun Activities for Teaching and Learning Grammar (Sec) - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Suggests interesting tasks for presenting and practising grammar in ways that appeal to learners
  • Covers specific grammar points and whole-text work
  • Offers a selection of activities for participants to try out and evaluate

16 Nov - Fun with Pronunciation (Sec) - Fri, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Explores the different aspects of phonology involved in pronunciation
  • Helps participants identify the main areas of difficulty for their students
  • Allows participants to try out and evaluate a selection of fun activities for integrating pronunciation into regular English teaching

26 Nov - Parents: Tips for Reading and Storytelling (Parents) NEW! - Mon, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Discusses ways for parents to source for appropriate books for their children
  • Provides strategies beyond reading texts aloud that parents could use to exploit texts in story books
  • Demonstrates how to employ these strategies for grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation development

27 Nov - Parents: How to Help your Children with Pronunciation  (Parents) NEW! - Tue, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to describe pronunciation
  • Raises parents' awareness about standard pronunciation
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve their children's pronunciation

28 Nov - Parents: How to Help your Children with Grammar (Parents) NEW! - Wed, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Introduces some common terminology used to describe grammar
  • Raises parents' awareness about correct forms of English
  • Provides strategies for parents to improve the accuracy of their children's written and spoken English

29 Nov - Poetry for Critical Thinking (Pri/Sec) NEW! - Thu, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Examines the poem's specificities in contrast to other text types
  • Maps the attributes of the poem, such as imagery, metaphor and ambiguity, to the development of key critical thinking skills in students
  • Lets participants engage in a variety of activities that leverage poetry  to encourage critical thinking in their students

30 Nov - Teaching Vocabulary through Poetry (Pri) NEW! - Fri, 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

  • Raises awareness of how poetry can support and sustain language development in students
  • Examines the role of deducing meaning, imagery and poetic license in the learning of new vocabulary
  • Demonstrates various activities, including Oulipo-type games, that participants can use to help their students learn new vocabulary