Helping teachers to learn

Find out about our free online course 'Helping teachers to learn' for teacher educators and teachers considering becoming a teacher educator. Access this free course from 4 March 2024 - enrol now.

Welcome to 'Helping teachers to learn'

How can I enrol?

Log in to your TeachingEnglish account and click the button below to enrol on this free course.

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How will the course help me?

Discover how to support teachers in their professional development by planning and delivering effective training. Find out how to set up and support communities of practice to facilitate collaboration and learn how to encourage all types of self-directed learning.

What does the course include?

Helping teachers to learn is a self-study training course, which is divided into three hour modules. It also includes:

  • A dedicated Facebook community of course participants with up-to-date insight, resources and innovative ideas for you to try out.
  • Engaging discussions taking place in the Facebook community
  • Live events with your course tutor and teacher educator experts
  • A free workbook with extra learning content and resources.

What will I learn?

Module 1: Understanding teacher learning and training

The aim of this module is to help you better understand teacher learning and how you can support teachers in their professional development by planning and delivering effective training.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

- analyse how teacher beliefs and motivation impact teacher learning
- identify tools and techniques to analyse teacher needs
- identify effective learning objectives to meet teacher needs
- select delivery modes and inclusive, engaging content appropriate for teacher needs and their context
- assess techniques to manage training pace, time and interaction effectively during training
- identify strategies to monitor teacher understanding and use formative assessment techniques during training.

Module 2: Facilitating collaborative learning

This module will help you better understand the benefits of communities of practice for teachers and how you can set these up to facilitate collaborative learning.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

- describe the benefits of teacher communities of practice
- identify opportunities to develop communities of practice in your context
- contrast facilitation and training techniques
- choose strategies for facilitating collaborative learning for small groups of teachers
- describe the process required to set up a community of practice (CoP)
- identify how to maintain a successful CoP.

Module 3: Supporting teacher autonomy and self-directed learning

In this module you’ll learn about the concept of self-directed learning and the skills needed to achieve this.

By the end of this module, you'll be able to:

- identify the importance of self-directed learning
- understand more about what self-directed and autonomous learning involves
- evaluate your own professional development needs using the British Council Teacher Educator Self-Assessment Tool
- identify self-directed learning activities
- create SMART learning goals
- identify ways to engage with learning resources
- identify how to support teachers with reflection
- recommend ways for teachers to self-assess and select appropriate learning resources
- describe ways to make the most out of peer observations.

When is the course?

The free online modules are available from 4 March 2024. Enrolment ends on 25 March 2024 and the course closes on 1 April 2024.

How much does the course cost?

The course is free.

How can I get a certificate?

You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete all self-study modules.

What level of English do I need?

Minimum CEFR B1

How do I sign up for the course?

Please follow the steps below carefully to access this free training course.

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Step 2: Enrol on your course

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How do I access the course after I have enrolled?

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Having problems accessing the course?

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Support and troubleshooting

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