Wednesday Workshops

The Teacher Development Centre has scheduled a series of workshops to run weekly throughout the year. There will be a range of workshops for teaching Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Junior College and Adult Education. Scheduled to run every Wednesday afternoon, these workshops are open to anyone in the education field, so there is no need to limit yourself to your own teaching context!

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.

Fee

S$90.00

In person

At any of our centres (except Katong Centre). Payment by cash, NETs, cheque or credit card.

Through the IFAAS system (MOE Schools) & Educational institutions

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

Our Wednesday Workshops run every Wednesday from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 

January

18 Jan - fun activities for teaching and learning grammar (secondary)

  • 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

25 Jan - Fun with pronunciation (secondary/adult) 

  • 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

February

8 Feb - 21st century learning: citizenship and critical literacy (all) New! 

  • Discusses problematising subject content for critical and creative thinking
  • Explores the building of global and cultural awarenss across the subject disciplines
  • Allows participants to engage with strategies for developing and recognising multiple perspectives

15 Feb - effective questioning techniques (All)

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

22 Feb - encouraging personal response (secondary/adult) 

  • Looks at the important role played by Personal Response in developing students' creative and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrates techniques for learner-centred activities and learning-focused interaction
  • Lets participants try out a series of short activities for different stages of a lesson

 

  

March

1 Mar - Understanding subject literacy (Primary) new! 

  • Defines the terms subject literacy and academic language and identifies the features of academic language
  • Discusses why a lack of language awareness can negatively impact a learner's achievement in the content areas
  • Identifies the types of language support participants would need to consider when planning for lessons in the content areas

8 Mar - Understanding learner participation in subject literacy (Primary) 

  • Helps participants identify opportunities for students to use academic language in a content lesson
  • Explores the features of active listening and accountable talk in the subject classroom
  • Lets participants try out techniques to integrate appropriate talk strategies into their lessons

15 Mar - 21st century learning: literacy for a connected world (All) 

  • Creates an understanding of the impact of technology on traditional literacy, including curating, creating and sharing content
  • Enables participants to support their students in organising, analysing and synthesising multiple streams of information
  • Discusses how to guide students in finding and critically evaluating information for accuracy and bias

22 Mar - students thinking together: enabling deeper conversations in the classroom (All)

  • 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

29 Mar - effective prompts: enabling deeper conversations in the classroom (All) new!

  • 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

 

 

 

 

April

5 Apr - Emotional intelligence: beginning with you (all) new!

  • Discusses how enhanced social and emotional competencies allow for more connected and purposeful personal and professional lives
  • Engages participants in activities to help recognise emotions and enhance their emotional literacy
  • Enables participants to recognise patterns in their emotions and actions, and how these impact their day-to-day relationships

19 Apr - emotional intelligence in the classroom: increasing empathy (All) new!

  • 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 APR (MONDAY) - EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: CHOOSE YOURSELF (ALL) NEW! 

  • Explores activities that would help participants learn how to navigate their emotions and make responsible choices
  • Discusses the use of emotional intelligence in the context of decision-making processes
  • Demonstrates strategies to apply consequential thinking techniques to help establish positive relationships in the classroom as well as in personal relationships

26 Apr - augmented reality: teaching with QR Codes (all) new!

  • Examines the technological underpinnings, affordances and limitations of using QR codes in the classroom
  • Explores a variety of activities using QR codes and discusses their pedagogical justifications
  • Gives participants practice in designing their own QR code-enabled activities

 

May

3 May - inquiry-based learning in the early years (pre-school)

  • 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

17 May - texting, blogging and skyping in the language classroom (all) new!

  • Looks at the affordances and limitations of these new, technology-based text types
  • Examines how they can aid in the development of students' linguistic and critical thinking skills
  • Allow participants to engage in a variety of technology-based activities and to develop some of their own

24 May - teaching summary strategies (secondary)

  • 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

31 May - Exams Skills - Oral (Primary)

  • 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

 

June

7 June - Exam Skills - Comprehension (Secondary)

  • 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 

14 June - Exam Skills - Comprehension (Primary)

  • 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 

21 June - Exam Skills - Writing (Secondary)

  • 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

28 June - Continuous Writing and the New PSLE Challenge (Primary)

  • 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

  

July

5 Jul - A Pedagogic Approach to Cloze Tests (Primary)

  • 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

12 Jul - fun activities for teaching and learning vocabulary (secondary/adult)

  • 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

19 Jul - text attack (Upper primary/secondary)

  • Looks at the challenges students face when presented with a reading text
  • Covers the key 'Text Attack' strategies students need to develop to be able to tackle reading texts independently
  • Facilitates the discussion to implement these strategies into the participants' own teaching contexts

26 JUL - using drama in the classroom (SECONDARY/adult)

  •  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 

 

August

2 Aug - storytelling with children (pre-school/primary/parents)

  • 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

16 Aug - understanding and navigating non-fiction (primary)

  • 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

23 AUG - DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS THROUGH CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (PRE-SCHOOL/PRIMARY)

  • 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

30 AUG - USING AUTHENTIC MATERIALS IN CLASSROOMS (PRIMARY/SECONDARY/ADULT)

  • Helps participants evaluate and adapt materials effectively to fulfil specific lesson objectives
  • Gives practice in analysing texts and passages, and using these for productive and receptive skill tasks that students are required to do
  • Considers ways of giving students support to ensure success with materials chosen for them  

   

 

September

6 SEP - CREATIVE LESSON PLANNING (ALL)

  • Helps participants better engage students by taking a fresh look at their own lesson planning skills
  • Demonstrates that participants can be creative and engaging without sacrificing content
  • Presents tips and strategies for creative lesson planning

13 SEP - FUN ACTIVITIES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING GRAMMAR (PRIMARY)

  • 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

20 SEP - MAKING THINKING VISIBLE (ALL) NEW!

  • 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

27 SEP - WEB-QUESTS FOR CRITICAL THINKING (ADULT/JUNIOR COLLEGE/PRE-U) NEW!

  • Discusses the components of web-quests and how they can be designed to encourage critical thinking in the classroom      
  • Explores several types of web-quests and helps participants to critically evaluate and adapt them for their students
  • Offers participants the opportunity to deisgn web-quests that would be suitable to their own classroom contexts

 

October

4 Oct - poetry for critical thinking (primary) new!

  • 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

11 Oct - teaching vocabulary through poetry (primary) new!

  • 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

25 Oct - parents: tips for reading and storytelling (Parents) new!

  • 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

 

November

1 Nov - helping students read aloud (primary)

  • Looks at the importance of dealing with meaning first
  • Lets participants try out preparation techniques including sub-vocalisation and annotating texts
  • Gives participants practice in reading aloud well themselves

8 Nov - technology-enabled project-based learning (adult/junior college/pre-u) NEW!

  • Explores the components of Project-Based Learning (PBL), from the driving question to the opening and closing events, and examines their pedagogical rationale
  • Takes a close look at the intersection of technology and PBL, and critically examines a variety of technology-enabled projects
  • Helps participants begin to elaborate their own projects, in the context of the needs and abilities of their own students

15 Nov - parents: how to help your children with pronunciation (parents) NEW!

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

22 Nov - Parents: How to help your children with grammar (Parents) NEW!

  • 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 - building students' presentation skills (secondary/junior college)

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

 

December

6 Dec - tips for presentations and public speaking (all)

  • Analyses examples of good and poor models of public speaking
  • Gives participants tips and techniques that they could apply themselves in a variety of public-speaking situations
  • Shares practical tools for planning, structuring and delivering short speeches and presentations

13 Dec - Use of film and video in english language teaching (secondary/adult)

  • Explores the communicative value of video and film and the relevance of their use in 21st century teaching
  • Suggests ways of exploiting video and film for language and listening/viewing skills
  • Demonstrates techniques for sourcing and sharing video segments