Devon Live and On-Line Teacher Training Courses

'Culture in the Classroom': Beginning on the 6th of March.

We are offering qualified teachers and trainee teachers the opportunity to liaise with other educational professionals and international universities on a unique online course which explores British culture, English language, and methodology through a variety of themes designed to enhance current and future practice in the classroom as an English teacher.

Our training team have many years of experience between them in English language teaching and will share not only exciting and thought-provoking aspects of British culture but will model these for practical use in the ELT classroom.

These five one-hour sessions are run over two weekends, beginning on the 6th of March. The entire course costs £25.

For more details visit. 'Culture in the Classroom'

We plan to run two exciting teachers courses in North Devon next summer 18th to 29th July 2021

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 – so just €790 per person. This includes everything from the time we meet you in London to the time we return you there on departure day! 

There is no other quality training course in the UK which is such amazing value.  

The courses are eligible for Erasmus+ funding but the price is then unsubsidised at €1,290

"Developing Language and Developing appropriate methodologies" with Fiona Mauchline and Mark Andrews.

 This course will focus on the following approaches and areas: Project Based Learning, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Learning Locally and Engaging Students Outside the Classroom, and Critical Media Skills.

We will also include a daily language development session for teachers, which will relate to how we get our own students to be more responsible for their own language learning. The course will 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

The first five mornings of the course will involve daily input from Mark and Fiona on language and methodology in class.  We will then relate the approach focused on in the morning to the local places on the Atlantic coast that we visit in the afternoons.

The final four days of the course will see the teachers working in groups on projects. They will choose and organise their projects based on two of the approaches discussed in the first part of the course. They will manage their own budget, as well as deciding where to go in North Devon and what to do. This way, they will experience what it is like to negotiate and work in groups. On the final day, teachers will present a lesson plan highlighting what they have learnt on the course and including a reflection on what they have learned from working in groups.

This course is the result of eight years’ experience of giving teachers responsibility themselves in the second half of the course, and we believe that actually experiencing group in the way and reflecting on it can have a positive impact on the way that teachers organise group work with their students in the future.

"Drama with Students - in the classroom and on stage." with David Fisher and Nick Bilbrough.

David Fisher of The Bear Theatre and Nick Bilbrough from the “Hands Up Project“ will be leading this innovative new teacher training course which will cover the following topics:

‍·        Drama in teaching.

·        Online storytelling.

·        Classroom activities.

·        Improvisation.

·        Remote theatre.

·        Creating and performing a script.

Devon Summer Course Application From 2021 (to be updated soon please email for details)


We also plan to offer an all-new training course for teachers of very young children, the date TBA but it will be a 15 day course.

"Teaching English to Very Young Learners  (Kindergarten)"
with Sylvie Doláková

This course will provide Kindergarten teachers with insights into how they can support young children to develop as confident learners. Participants will develop teachers’ awareness of the principles and practice of teaching English to very young learners, to balance their professional and personal commitments, extend their classroom language and improve and update their own spoken and written English. The participants will be encouraged and challenged to consider how this can enhance their professional practice.

 This course will cover the following areas:

  • Personal language development
  • Early cognitive development and first language learning
  • The role of play and the importance of receptive language in teaching very young learners
  • Design and creation of teacher-made materials for very young learners
  • Classroom management and classroom language
  • Assessment of very young learners

The course will provide guidance through:

  • Developing classroom language
  • Using authentic material - nursery rhymes, songs, children’s books
  • Developing language awareness through stories, music, movement, art and craft
  • Play and learning for children
  • Creating school environment for language learning

Participants will be asked to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts. They will create their personal portfolio during the course with all the reflections and feedback from the course, that will emerge from professional discussions after the sessions.

Participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered.

This course is eligible for Erasmus+ funding and is priced at €945 for 15 days/14 nights including transport from and back to London

Kindergarten Teachers Course Application form 2021 (to be updated soon please email for details)

Our Observational Courses for Teachers of English

Another recent training innovation which has proved very popular is for a teacher to join a student course as an observer and to have short seminars with the SOL teachers involved.   It is a very positive training experience allowing you to observe teaching styles as well as content and how students themselves are motivated.    You also get a chance to see the wonderful country and seaside around us in North Devon and experience family life too. Places are limited and course times vary but will be agreed on a personal basis with prices starting at €305 – amazing value!!

We also plan to offer further online training courses for online drama activities and language learning, following the success of the course run in July 2020.

The dates have not yet been determined but watch this space or follow us on Facebook!

"Remote Theatre - (taster course) - An on-line training course for teachers run by Nick Bilbrough"

The one we ran in the summer of 2020 had the following programme

Each online contact session is from 10.00 to 11.30 each day ECT.

After day 1, 2, 3 and 4, there will be something for the participants to prepare and present for the following days.

Day 1) What is remote theatre? Exploring the theatrical potential of online platforms. Working with scripts...

Day 2) Performance skills through a webcam ...Online storytelling screen storytelling

Day 3) Getting physical/TPR online

Day 4) On-line role play and improvisation activities

Day 5) Devising remote theatre/final performances - feedback

Participation will include a voucher towards the 2021 live course in Devon. Also a copy of the wonderful “Hands Up Project” book  “Welcome to Earth and other stories” - a collection of 30 of the best 5 minute plays that were created and performed by Palestinian young people as part of the 2019 Hands Up Project play writing competition (30 texts and QR code links to the videos).

Nick Bilbrough is a teacher, teacher-trainer and author of resource books for teachers. He has taught and trained language teachers in many diverse contexts in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe. He is also the founder and coordinator of the award-winning UK registered charity, The Hands Up Project, which provides learning opportunities for young people, mostly in Palestine, through online conversation, storytelling and drama activities.


For 28 years teacher training courses have been held in Devon at SOL.    

It is a very important part of our work and which 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.

These courses work on many different levels for you:  

  • 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,
  • realising that the classroom need not to be limited to its usual four walls  
  • discovering many more practical activities you can use in your teaching.  
  • for relaxation and reflection  

They are 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 its 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 can 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 include social evenings with activities such as 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 will meet you in London at around midday and take you to Devon with a stop at Salisbury en route, if time allows.

Our trainers 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. ‍



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