Did you know that as well as helping students to master a new language here at inlingua Edinburgh, we also teach teachers?
As part of our Erasmus + EU-funded training programmes, we offer teacher training courses for new and experienced teachers of English at primary, secondary and adult level, as well as educators of other subjects who teach in English (CLIL).
The courses usually last two weeks and teachers often use their school holiday time to travel to Edinburgh to take part.
Over the past two years we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming teachers of English, maths, science, IT, geography, history, philosophy, literature and more. They’ve travelled from all over Europe and beyond, from Poland to Portugal, Spain to Slovakia.
So what happens on an inlingua teacher training course?
Being a teacher can be a busy and stressful profession, so one of the aims of the Erasmus+ courses is to allow participants to step back from their busy lives and take time to consider the way they teach, the methods and techniques they use, and how to get the very best from their students. Throughout the course, we look at different teaching methodologies and invite teachers to reflect on and share with each other what works for them and their particular situation.
We offer sessions on presenting with impact; the sounds of English (phonology); teaching different subjects in English (CLIL); techniques for young learners; teaching grammar, reading and writing; using games, drama and stories in the classroom; and making the most of technology and the web.
Our teachers get an opportunity to take part in new activities and – perhaps most importantly – put themselves in the shoes of the learner, to appreciate what it’s like to be a student again.
But it’s not all hard work.
An important element of Erasmus+ is to offer cultural and social experiences. So teachers can experience the historical beauty of Edinburgh on a walking tour, visit Parliament to see Scottish democracy in action, sample a selection of malt whiskies, or check out galleries and museums, along with the inlingua Edinburgh teaching team. And during August there are thousands of musical, theatre, art and comedy performances to choose from as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festivals.
Our aim is to provide breathing space and new ideas, allowing us to send our trainees away with a fresh perspective, different teaching techniques to try, and a new enthusiasm and passion for teaching English.