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We at the English Ideas Project strongly believe that training can be effective in developing professional practice if the participants have an open mind and a positive attitude towards being trained, and if the training content is relevant to the participants needs, and the trainer is completely professional and supportive of the participants engaged in the transformation process.

We also believe that face-to-face training is generally more effective than on-line training, but recognise that there are situations where in-person training is not possible. In these cases on-line courses can be developed which are effective and worthwhile. In some cases, like courses to develop writing skills, on-line is better, and so we offer two specialised on-line writing courses, as you can see below.

All our events and courses are run-on-demand. Please contact us if you are interested in any of our courses or you would like us to develop a bespoke course to exactly match your training needs: courses at englishideas.org

F2F Training

We offer a wide range of tailored training events to meet your specific requirements.

We can offer training in these areas:

  • language awareness for teachers
  • general English teaching methodology
  • ESP teaching methodology
  • materials development for teachers
  • assessment for teachers
  • corpus linguistics for teachers
  • on-line teaching and learning

We also offer the new Certificate for Teachers of Uniformed Personnel (CTUP), which is a professional in-service qualification for English language teachers working with the military, police and border guards. This course can be offered face-to-face or online (please see below for more details).

On-line Courses  

We run a variety of short and effective on-line courses for teachers and learners.

The principles behind our on-line courses are:

  • on-line courses need to be short to be effective, as extended courses have high drop out rates. Most of our courses are 10 - 15 hours in duration. These can be delivered over two days, over a week or over a three week period.
  • on-line courses need to have a synchronous component to maintain engagement. Our courses use Big Blue Button within the Moodle platform to engage our participants with the learning materials and tutor.
  • on-line courses need to have flexibility. Our courses can be delivered entirely synchronously or in a mixed mode of synchronous study and self-directed learning through engagement with asynchronously presented materials.
  • on-line learning is best done in small groups. Anyone can lecture to the whole planet, but for real, in-depth development of professional practice or learning a skill like a language small group learning is best, which is why our courses are restricted to 5 -10 participants.
  • attending an on-line course is not enough to 'learn'; it is only the first step. Learning happens through deep engagement with the learning materials and tutor and then through a process of reflection, reconciliation and incorporation of the lessons learned into the participants' professional practice. This is why we offer a two stage certification process. Stage One is successful attendance during the course and meeting all the course's formal requirements. Stage Two is the completion of one of a choice of assignments with is evaluated according to public criteria. Once the assignment has been satisfactorily completed the full certificate is issued.
  • Our course design is based on the Essential Content vs Total Cost course design method, which you can read about here.
Moodle Courses
Courses for Teachers  
In-Service Certificate for Teachers of Uniformed Personnel

The new Certificate for Teachers of Uniformed Personnel (CTUP) is a professional in-service qualification for English language teachers working with the military, police and border guards.

This is our flagship course which builds on our years of expertise training teachers of uniformed personnel, and teaching the police, border guards and military personnel directly.

The basic course of 15 hours covers input on the following areas:

  • Approaches to teaching uniformed personnel
  • Approaches to testing uniformed personal
  • The language we teach
  • Approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary
  • Approaches to teaching reading and listening
  • Approaches to teaching speaking and writing
  • Using maps, images and video

Course Outcomes: a full professional understanding of how to meet the specific needs of uniformed personnel in their language learning.

Course entry requirements: Only open to teachers of police, border guard and military personnel.

This basic course can be extended with modules focused on these areas:

  • Approaches to needs analysis
  • Corpus linguistics for teachers of uniformed personnel
  • Scenarios for teachers of uniformed personnel
  • Materials development for teachers of uniformed personnel
English for Teachers

An exploratory practice course for teachers interested in different ways of viewing language. While there is a traditional, dominant view of language, there are other ways of viewing grammar and lexis, and teachers and learners can benefit from considering these other perspectives and ways of understanding.

This 15 hour course will consider these areas:

  • how tense operates in time, reality and formality
  • the key ideas of verb forms
  • the structure of the verb phrase
  • the structure of noun and prepositional phrases
  • the role of collocations
  • the information structure of English
  • diagramming English sentences according to the Associative Model of English

Course Outcomes: a greater understanding of alternative views of English language structure and the ability to introduce these ideas to language learners

Course entry requirements: None, open to all teachers of English.

Materials Development for Teachers

An introductory course for teachers who would like to start making their own teaching materials.

This 15 hour practical hands-on course introduces the key concepts behind materials development for teenage and adult learners and then engages the participants in the collaborative process of creating a set of learning materials.

Course Outcomes: an understanding of the materials development process and a portfolio of language learning tasks

Course entry requirements: None, open to all teachers of English.

Testing for Teachers

An introduction to formative assessment and ways to evaluate speaking and writing effectively. This approach draws on teacher competencies to make them effective assessors of spoken and written language rather than attempting to train them as 'objective testers'. The proper role of teacher-led assessment is in providing evaluation through scenario and competency-based assessment of demonstrated language ability.

Course Outcomes: the ability to devise effective and meaningful formative assessment tasks for language learners

Course entry requirements: None, open to all teachers of English.

Courses for Learners  
IELTS Academic Writing

A complete course in how to write effective answers to the Academic IELTS Writing Part 1 examination tasks.

Course Outcomes: improved understanding of the requirements of the examination; an ability to analyse the questions set; an understanding of how to effectively answer the questions.

Course entry requirements: None, open to all learners of English, though only really appropriate for those learners who wish to take the IELTS examination.

Academic Writing for Undergraduates

A complete course in how to write undergraduate essays and dissertations in a clear and effective style.

Course Outcomes: a full understanding of the conventions and requirements of undergraduate writing.

Course entry requirements: Open to all learners of English with a B2 level of English, though only really appropriate for those learners who wish to study in English at a university.


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