Observational Teachers Course

Be inspired on this unique, engaging and developmental experience which allows fellow colleagues across the geographical and experiential sphere an opportunity to become part of, not only a cultural and environmental learning exploration, but a location-based pedagogical, methodological observation of teaching and learning with environmental principles.

During this experience, you will become more familiar with communication-based approaches in the ELT classroom, the environmental and organisational, principles which inspire students and the strategies which build their confidence and develop their vocabulary, allowing them to assimilate new language in a new environment. You will observe the how and why of the approaches in the classroom and how they are linked with thematic environmental learning on field trips and ways to consolidate the students experiences for deep learning.

When participating on this course:

  • You will spend half of your day observing our teachers in practice with live students.
  • You will be encouraged to keep observation records and focus on some observational target statements each day, although we encourage you to develop personal targets alongside this.
  • You will accompany a learning group for the other half of the day, exploring the glorious locale, gaining insight into local cultural and historical information and observing how classroom learning is extended in the external environment.
  • Between lessons and visits, you will have the opportunity to meet with our teaching team to explore your observations, expand on any ideas, or indeed to share your own opinion of what you have seen.

This course is particularly useful for new teachers who have yet to experience English culture first hand, and who are looking to give the most culturally realistic experience to their students or experienced teachers those who are looking to teach with more diverse methodology and are looking for new ways to inspire and motivate their students.

Because our policy of never making a profit out of a teacher, because of unfair low pay, we offer this course at a price at a level which is unheard of in the UK.   We will just cover our basic costs but the price you pay will include everything – family accommodation, all travel (including from and back to London), all food, tuition, materials and entry costs on visits and certification at the end of the course.

There will be a number of dates available from February through to October, usually starting on a Sunday  and these will be posted very soon. The price will remain the same as this year , namely:

7 days/6 nights: €290    8 days/7 nights: €315     9 days/8 nights: €340   10 days/9 nights: €365

If you are interested in reserving a place on one of these courses please register your interest now by writing to kirsty@sol.org.uk.

Although there are many dates available, places on each date have to be limited so as not to have too big an impact on the group and some dates may be popular, especially in the holiday period.

By registering your interest, we will get back to you as soon as the dates are announced within the next month.   Full details will then also be on the website.    Most placements will be in Barnstaple.

A “Typical” 10 day SOL Programme

(Assuming arrival day is on a Sunday)

 Air groups may have arrived a day or so earlier and be in London. Others arrive on a morning flight at one of the London airports. SOL coaches meet all groups and transfer them to North Devon as with the coach groups but arrival times may vary, but no later than 20.30
Monday0845Families bring students to SOL for their introductions and first classes
1215Lunch break
1245Afternoon activities in town including a town tour and orientation
1730Host families meet their students and return with them to their homes
Tuesday0845Morning Classes
1245Visit to Ilfracombe and woolacome Beach
1730To host families
Wednesday0845All day visit to Torbay
17.30To host families
Thursday0845Morning Class
1245Visit to Clovelly village
1730To host families
Friday0845Morning Classes
1245Visit to Appledore and Westward Ho!
1730To host families
Saturday0845All day visit to Exmoor,Lynton/Lynmouth and Dunster Castle
1730To host families
SundayAll day with host families
Monday0845Classes and town challenge
1415Preparations for presentations
1645Evaluation and Certificates
1730To host families
Tuesday 0630Departure.