Teacher Training Group Courses


Our Teacher Training Courses (also eligible for Erasmus plus funding) aim to give teachers of English or any other language taught as a foreign language the opportunity to further their professional development as language teaching practitioners in their respective settings, whether among primary or secondary school children, with students from the same or diverse backgrounds, and even in a classroom with impaired learners. Whatever your training needs are as a serious teacher in search of self-improvement, we are sure that you will find something to whet your professional appetite in our selection of carefully structured and seriously thought out teacher training programmes.

In terms of methodology, participants on any of our teacher training courses can enjoy a combination of explicit instruction and direct teacher involvement. Following the format of a workshop, sessions are:

  • Interactive with plenty of ongoing group discussion and opportunities for participants to draw on their own experience and exchange ideas they feel are worth sharing;
  • Demonstrative in the presentation of teaching approaches, lesson planning and materials design;
  • Practical and hands-on when it comes to trialling some of the ideas presented in class, with the aim that participants will be able to take something tangible away with them (a specific technique, a particular activity, a general way of planning lessons or adapting resources, etc.);
  • Experiential in nature, so that participants can experience the content being presented and promoted (methodologies, teaching styles, lesson plans etc.) first-hand, from the perspective of students, through which they will be better positioned to make judgements on learning effectiveness;
  • Evaluative with opportunities for individual reflection, teaching practice, lesson observations and peer feedback.

For the full course information on our Teacher Training Courses: GSE Gateway Teacher Training Programmes Full Details & Prices 2017

Please note our SPECIAL OFFER PRICES (below) on our 2017 Teacher Training Courses:

2017 DISCOUNTS:
We are offering a 20% discount on the 2017 course prices for both the low and high season.
Low season price: Original price Euro 420 less 20% discount = Euro 336 per week.
High season price: Original price Euro 465 less 20% discount = Euro 372 per week.

Note: the above prices include two free time activities: Valletta by night & Mdina Half Day Tour to the Old Capital City of Malta.

The prices include all registration fees, taxes and course material.

Courses we offer:
The Gateway Teacher Training Primary Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week
The Gateway Teacher Training Primary Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks
The Gateway Teacher Training Secondary, Tertiary and Adult Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week
The Gateway Teacher Training Secondary, Tertiary and Adult Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks
The Gateway Teacher Training Diversity in Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 1 week
The Gateway Teacher Training Diversity in Education Programme (30 lessons per week) – 2 weeks

Erasmus plus PIC no. 927408756

Accommodation we offer:
We offer various accommodation options including hotel, residence accommodation right next to the school on half board basis, host families within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the school as well as a choice of self-catering apartments.

For the full course description and accommodation options please click on the link below:

GSE Gateway Teacher Training Programmes Full Details & Prices 2017 (see also special offer price on courses above)

The Gateway Teacher Training Primary Education Programme

30 lessons per week

including 2 Half Day activities (Valletta by night & Mdina Tour)

The focus of our Gateway Teacher Training Primary School Programme is based on interactive, experiential learning that meets the needs of all teachers in primary education. Course participants can benefit from a hands-on approach in the practical workshops in the company of other teachers, while discovering methodologies which will allow them to evaluate their current teaching purpose and practices in their own teaching environment.

Who is this course for?

  • Practising or former teachers of English or other languages in primary education;
  • Language teachers with a keen sense of their role as teaching professionals who would like to keep themselves up to date with the latest trends in teaching (in terms of methodologies, techniques, resources etc), and take responsibility for their own professional development, to continue reinventing themselves and becoming the best in their field;
  • Teachers who would like to improve their own language proficiency in English in a customised setting, by being given an opportunity to focus on the language areas (skills and systems) most relevant to them;
  • Participants with a B1 level of English (CEFR).

Objectives:

  • To develop participants’ understanding of language teaching and learning across the variables of students’ level, abilities, learning style, age and cultural background;
  • To refresh participants’ knowledge of English by helping them brush up on their practical language skills and extend their lexico-grammatical repertoire, based on their individual and collective needs, with particular attention to their specific areas of weakness. This component of the course carries a strong experiential element as it is an opportunity for teachers to momentarily benefit from being in their students’ position;
  • To motivate participants to take control of the choice of teaching materials they use in class, whether it is by creatively adapting their curricular resources, such as traditional course books, or by drawing on and exploiting the potential of authentic non-instructional materials taken from everyday life and popular culture (such as cartoons, comics, blogs, vlogs, TV episodes, TV / radio commercials, music, social media etc.);
  • To explore and practise new teaching methods while trainees revisit their own current practices and reflect on how they can improve and add to aspects of their teaching (delivery technique, lesson planning etc.), while sharing examples of best practice with peers from similar backgrounds;
  • To understand how best to design level-appropriate graded tasks while respecting the authentic language around which they are designed;
  • To unravel the mysteries of motivation and understand how it happens and sometimes fails to happen;
  • To debate the benefits of learner autonomy and peer projects (learner cooperation and collaboration), as well as the challenges presented in light of many societies’ increasing multiculturalism and the overall impact these have on language education systems at large. Reference will also be made to the Maltese (bilingual) setting and participants’ own socio-cultural contexts.

The Gateway Teacher Training Secondary, Tertiary & Adult Education Programme

30 lessons per week

including 2 Half Day activities (Valletta by night & Mdina Tour)

The focus of this course is based on interactive, experiential learning that meets the needs of all teachers at these levels of education.  Course participants can benefit from a hands-on approach in the practical workshops in the company of other teachers, while discovering methodologies which will allow them to evaluate their current teaching purpose and practices in their own teaching environment.

Who is this course for?

  • Practising or former teachers of English or other languages in secondary, tertiary or adult education;
  • Language teachers with a keen sense of their role as teaching professionals who would like to keep themselves up to date with the latest trends in teaching (in terms of methodologies, techniques, resources etc), and take responsibility for their own professional development, to continue reinventing themselves and becoming the best in their field;
  • Teachers who would like to improve their own language proficiency in English in a customised setting, by being given an opportunity to focus on the language areas (skills and systems) most relevant to them;
  • Participants with a B1 level of English (CEFR).

Objectives:

  • To develop participants’ understanding of language teaching and learning across the variables of students’ level, abilities, learning style, age and cultural background;
  • To refresh participants’ knowledge of English by helping them brush up on their practical language skills and extend their lexico-grammatical repertoire, based on their individual and collective needs, with particular attention to their specific areas of weakness. This component of the course carries a strong experiential element as it is an opportunity for teachers to momentarily benefit from being in their students’ position;
  • To motivate participants to take control of the choice of teaching materials they use in class, whether it is by creatively adapting their curricular resources, such as traditional course books, or by drawing on and exploiting the potential of authentic non-instructional materials taken from everyday life and popular culture (such as cartoons, comics, blogs, vlogs, TV episodes, TV / radio commercials, music, social media etc.);
  • To explore and practise new teaching methods while trainees revisit their own current practices and reflect on how they can improve and add to aspects of their teaching (delivery technique, lesson planning etc.), while sharing examples of best practice with peers from similar backgrounds;
  • To understand how best to design level-appropriate graded tasks while respecting the authentic language around which they are designed;
  • To unravel the mysteries of motivation and understand how it happens and sometimes fails to happen;
  • To debate the benefits of learner autonomy and peer projects (learner cooperation and collaboration), as well as the challenges presented in light of many societies’ increasing multiculturalism and the overall impact these have on language education systems at large. Reference will also be made to the Maltese (bilingual) setting and participants’ own socio-cultural contexts.

The Gateway Teacher Training Diversity in Education Programme

30 lessons per week

including 2 Half Day activities (Valletta by night & Mdina Tour)

This course is a timely response to the modern-day demands of intercultural integration in different educational contexts, including the classroom, homestay tuition and language mobility programmes.

 

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers or other professionals working or involved in multicultural education settings, domestic or academic, who would like to better inform and equip themselves to deal with the changing demands of an increasingly diverse and inclusive world.
  • The skills and awareness developed through the course are transferable across a wide variety of contexts and activities in and out of the school classroom, such as home tuition and foreign exchange projects.

Objectives: 

  • Become more aware of the fast-paced changes taking place in the world at large and the education sector more specifically, as a result of the modern reality of increased diversification;
  • Sensitively discuss the challenges posed by this diversification, such as the global need to update politically correct language;
  • Review various approaches to the situation by highlighting the importance of tolerant and respectful behaviour starting from basic social skills to improve intercultural communication;
  • Understand personal and social roles in the global context towards the end of cultural harmony;
  • Develop internationally relevant interpersonal skills that are transferable to various cultural contexts.

The Gateway Teacher Training Programme of Language Education for Hearing Impaired Adults

30 lessons per week

including 2 Half Day activities (Valletta by night & Mdina Tour)

This course takes trainees through a holistic development in their dual roles as language teachers and as themselves students of English.

The aim of the course is a three-pronged approach to trainees’ development in the following areas:

  • General methodology – trainees are introduced to a variety of innovative ideas concerning lesson preparation, adaptation of existing materials, exploitation of authentic resources, effective error correction and task-based activities among others, which, while general-purpose, are creative enough to be of great use in the special needs/hearing-impaired classroom.
  • Special methodology – participants can explore teaching techniques, methods and approaches tailored to the specific needs of their hearing impaired students and can easily be added to their own toolkit of lesson plans, resources and ideas. This ensures that they are ever up-to-date with the specifics of their particular area, and that they continue to retain a sensitive approach throughout, from materials selection and preparation, to classroom strategy and lesson delivery, to concept/instruction checking and error correction.
  • Language enrichment – trainees are granted several opportunities to improve their own English language skills through various tasks that can all be adapted for use in their classrooms with hearing impaired students. This will allow them to refresh their grammar base and add to their lexico-idiomatic repertoire in functional, topical contexts relating to their area of inclusive education.

 

Who is this course for?

  • Practising or former teachers in foreign language education for the hearing impaired;
  • English/foreign language teachers who would like to revisit aspects of both general and specialised teaching methodology, the latter as relevant to their specific target audience;
  • Language teaching practitioners whose priority is to keep themselves up-to-date with the latest trends in teaching with the intention of ensuring sensitive application/transfer of innovative techniques to their own classroom for the maximum benefit of their students;
  • English/foreign language teachers who are fully aware of their own continuing development and permanent status as students who ultimately never really stop learning, and who choose to use this to the advantage of their students by keeping in touch with their own inner learner and regularly putting themselves at the “receiving end” in a classroom, in order to become better teachers;
  • Teachers who are sensitive to the reality of hearing impaired adults struggling to keep up with the demands of modern society, both professionally and academically, and who are therefore willing to do their bit to make the process of learning a language as enjoyable as the successful outcome is rewarding, regardless of the challenges posed by impairment.

 

Objectives:

  • To provide participants with an opportunity to update their teaching techniques to better cater for the real-world language needs of their hearing-impaired students, and discover new and different ways of improving their students’ language learning experience;
  • To help trainees find out how they can make lessons more engaging, student-centred, learner-empowering and effective for students whose hearing impairment typically presents obstacles that can negatively influence learner motivation, classroom participation, self-study efforts, communicative performance and the overall language learning experience;
  • To give trainees the possibility of improving their own English language skills, by refreshing their grammar base and adding to their lexico-idiomatic repertoire of functional language in topically relevant contexts relating to their professional area of inclusive education;