About Our Teachers Courses
Between 28 th July and 8th August 2019 we’ll be running another great 12-day in-service course in Devon for TEACHERS led by Fiona Mauchline our own Mark Andrews.
For more than 27 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 the beautiful Devon countryside 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, working within a group and deepening your knowledge of life in an English speaking country- You will 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. So, exploring the local and national media and working on it from a classroom methodology perspective is part of the experience.
Although you make your own way to England, we can always advise you on any travel or accommodation needs once in London. . We’ll meet you at Heathrow Airport at around midday on the Sunday and take you to Devon with a stop at Salisbury en route, so that you will have the evening with your host family.
Our trainers, are very 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.
Currently Fiona and Mark are reflecting on the course this summer and reviewing the (excellent!) evaluations, so the title and detail of the course is yet to follow but you can be certain that it will be one that involves a lot of work outside the classroom and will also certainly include some group project work. What is also certain is that it will be truly INTERNATIONAL. This year 15 countries were represented by the 38 participants and this contributes enormously to the atmosphere andf spirit of the group.
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 €790 for those without a grant. It is definitely the lowest UK price by far!! For those teachers who have allready been to SOL either with students or on a teacher course, we offer a special loyalty discount of €200 or for for those who have only attended a SO(u)L camp they can use their virtual voucher of €150 to reduce the price they pay. The price includes everything from the time we meet you in London to the time we return you there on August 8th
The course is eligible for Erasmus+ funding but the price is then unsubsidised at €1290.
By completing the form below you can reserve a place on the course, without committing yourself until you know the details of the course. A deposit of €80 will secure your place and as the numbers will be capped then there are advantages of an early registration.
As an alternative there is the innovative ”Observational training course” which we are offering this year following a very successful pilot this summer. There are a number of alternative dates for this and the details are given in a separate link. Observational Training Course