This train-the-trainer (TTT) summer school is aimed at teachers and lecturers teaching in English from all areas of education who want to become trainers in an international classroom. By the 'international classroom', we mean training in a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or EMI (English Medium Instruction) context. This practical course is for teachers or lecturers who want to become (more) skilled in training others in an international classroom and will focus on facilitating development in others.
Should circumstances necessitate, the course will be offered online.
This course will equip you as a trainer to take on the challenges of training others in an international context with either a monolingual or a diverse student population. It provides hands-on practice and tailored strategies that can be directly implemented in your own training context. You work at designing (part of) a course for a target group: the intake, designing, delivering and evaluating a course.
During the course, we will explore these content areas:
- trainer identity;
- an effective intake and needs analysis;
- starting a group;
- designing and delivering engaging, learner-centred workshops and courses;
- intercultural competencies;
- stimulating effective academic language use;
- grading and assessment: creating course assignments for teachers or lecturers;
- evaluation, reflection and feedback activities;
During the summer school, you will be continuously assessed and have individual coaching on how you are developing as a trainer and materials designer. You will be required to produce practical work, including reflections, with other participants on the course. The course leaders will coach you, give feedback and discuss how training activities go, based on course rubrics.
Are you a suitable candidate? If you possess at least some of these characteristics, you have the potential to be a great trainer. You…
- are ambitious, would like to make a career step: you have always (secretly) wanted to be a freelancer or trainer.
- have an open relationship with your colleagues: they share stuff with you.
- work well with others in a pair, group or team.
- are often told you are a 'leader'.
- are a good planner and organiser, can make time for things that are important.
- are willing to try things out, trip up, be open and learn from mistakes and feedback.
- know quite a lot about the topic you want to train in already and are curious to know more.
- are creative and like to experiment.
- are independent, can think for yourself.
- are open to learning about yourself and to personal development.
Aim of the course
The overall course objective is to help experienced teachers working in English learn how to become fully-fledged trainers.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- articulate your own beliefs, attitudes and feelings about being a trainer and reflect on what kind of trainer you are and want to be or become;
- systematically carry out a needs analysis;
- design, deliver and evaluate a course and individual workshops;
- support teachers/lecturers in encouraging interaction between a diverse group of students;
- stimulate your group of teachers to become reflective practitioners;
- demonstrate an array of didactic and presentation skills in order to provide high-quality activities to a diverse group of students.
The course involves approximately 30 contact hours per week and some independent work, during which time you design training activities to demonstrate on the final day of the course.
In order to prepare for the course, you will need to find a group of CLIL/EMI teachers that you will work with. Before the course, you will be required to do an online or face-to-face intake with the group, so that you know the audience for your CLIL training. In your motivation letter, please include the following information:
- A short description of the teachers you work with or will work with in the future: what do they teach, in which language, what are their challenges?
- A short motivation: what are your reasons to become or be trained as a CLIL trainer?
- A short description of your own experience of CLIL; how is that relevant to becoming a CLIL trainer?
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying: