About Our Teachers Courses
Between 5th – 16th August we’ll run a great 12-day in-service course in Devon for TEACHERS led by our own Mark Andrews.
For more than 26 years teacher training courses have been held in Devon at SOL. It is a very important part of our work and something we always look forward to. As with our student courses, if you come you will have a fully integrated experience of life in host families, work inside and outside the classroom, as well as time spent exploring Devon and the Atlantic coast.
Our English Language Teacher courses work on many different levels for you as teachers: language development, reflection on your own teaching, observing your own tutors’ teaching, deepening your knowledge of life in an English speaking country, experiencing the classroom from a student’s point of view (again), realising that the classroom need not be limited to its usual four walls and discovering many more practical activities you can use in your teaching.
We think that spending a part of the summer in a stress-free environment in Devon with the backdrop of the Atlantic ocean for relaxation and reflection is an excellent way of re-charging batteries and gathering strength, motivation and inspiration for the new school year. Days will be full and it will be an immersion in language and culture, but you will leave refreshed all the same.
To share life in an English family home and see first-hand it’s cultural differences and variety. It is an excellent way of experiencing for yourselves and adapting to another culture. Our English Language Teacher courses include reflection on these experiences, which may well then feed into and influence the kind of activities you do in the classroom to prepare your learners for life, wherever they may go.
Our English Language Teacher courses have social evenings which can include skittles, pub quizzes and folk singing. We like you to get a flavour of what is currently happening in Devon and the UK at the time you are with us. Exploring the local and national media and working on it from a classroom methodology perspective as well as for yourselves.
Although you make your own way to England, we can always advise you on travel. We’ll meet you in London at around midday and take you to Devon with a stop at Salisbury en route.
Our trainers, including Mark Andrews and Fiona Mauchline, are experienced in working with teachers from Central and Eastern Europe. They are sensitive to your teaching circumstances, both in terms of economic remuneration and resource provision and are ready to respond to your needs and questions as courses evolve.
Details of the course to be run from August 5th to 16th will be posted here by mid-September and in addition we have the two outstanding courses being run on the Danube during July. These truly inspirational courses are UNIQUE and as well as being closer to you at home are priced far below anything else of such quality. You will leave feeling you have had a holiday as well as a highly motivating professional experience.
More details to follow:
Because our mission is to support teachers of English in their work and never make a profit out of them, we run these on a non-profit basis – just €760 for those without a grant. It is definitely the lowest UK price by far!! The course is eligible for Erasmus+ funding but the price is then unsubsidised at €1260.
Full details are on our website from mid-September
Click on the PDF below to read about one teacher’s positive experience