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Annual Conference

At the beginning of each school year, International House Milan organizes a conference dedicated to the teaching of English for teachers from public and private schools of all levels. This year’s conference “Forging Ahead: Changing Landscapes and Strong Foundations” will be held online on Friday 15 October 2021.

Our conference is a must-see opportunity to stay up to date on the latest trends in the EFL world, listen to renowned international speakers and network with colleagues. Participation is free subject to availability. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. International House is a member of AISLI, Accredited Body for the training of School Teaching Staff (Decree 177/2000 and Directive 90/2003 of the Ministry of Public Education).

Registrations are open. They will take place directly in Zoom and will also serve to collect the data necessary for issuing attendance certificates. Hurry and reserve your spot by clicking the button below!

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Annual conference and workshops

Programme

  • 9.00 – 9.15 | Welcome
  • 9.15 – 10.00 | Antonia Clare (sponsored by Pearson) Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons: Teaching the Syllabus in Creative Ways
  • 10.00 – 10.45 | Nial Curry (sponsored by Cambridge University Press & Cambridge Assessment English) How to Integrate Life Skills into your English Language Teaching
  • 11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee Break, grab a cup of coffee and meet our sponsors
  • 11.30 – 12.00 | Simona Stambazzi (from IH Milan) Storytelling in the YL Classroom: Narudin and the Tiger
  • 12.00 – 12.30 | Daniel Tse (from IH Milan) Reflections on Synchronous and Asynchrnous Learning
  • 12.30 – 13.00 | Veronika Balkind (from IH Milan) Spark Teenagers’ interest by using Song Apps and Lyrics in the Classroom”
  • 13.00 – 14.00 | Lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.45 | Marek Kiczkowiak (sponsored by DELTA Publishing) English as a Lingua Franca and the Myth of the Native Speaker
  • 14.45 – 15.30 | George Heritage & Victoria Peña (sponsored by Cambridge University Press & Cambridge Assessment English) Write up there! From B2 First to C1 Advanced
  • 15.30 – 16.00 | Coffee Break, stretch your legs and meet our sponsors
  • 16.00 – 16.45 | Katherine Stannett (sponsored by National Geographic Learning) Teaching the Whole Student: Cultivating a Positive Mindset in Hard Times
  • 16.45 | Closing

Online Refresher Courses for Practising Teachers

Refresher and personalised courses based on teachers’ needs

A brand new initiative launched this academic year, the ORCPT (Online Refresher Courses for Practising Teachers) is series of short online courses designed for teachers of English. The modules cover aspects of language, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation as well as teaching receptive and productive skills and selecting and adapting engaging materials and resources. 

The course is delivered by English Language Teaching Experts – Cambridge Assessment English approved teacher trainers and teachers with years of tutoring and/or teaching experience. The course includes all materials, a Course Attendance Certificate, and is eligible for formative credits for state school teachers.

The course is flexible and easy to fit around work schedules. Each Module is 4 x 45-minute live lessons run in a single afternoon. One module per month will be offered for 8 months. Any module can be taken individually or together with other modules and there is no obligation to do them all. 

Minimum CEFR level: B2+/C1

Price of each module: 85 euros. The courses can be paid for with the “Carta del Docente“.

Schedule

Course Content: 

Lesson 1 – Overview – Aspects of Grammar: Meaning, Form, Pronunciation, Use and Appropriacy 

Lesson 2 – Creating Context – How, Why and Exploitation 

Lesson 3 – Lesson Shapes – Different Ways of Dealing with Grammar

Lesson 4 – Conveying and Clarifying Meaning – Ways of Checking Learner Understanding

Course Dates and Time: Friday 22nd October 2021 2.30 – 6pm (includes a break)

Course Content: 

Lesson 1 – Overview – Aspects of Vocabulary: Meaning, Form, Pronunciation, Use and Appropriacy 

Lesson 2 – Aspects of Language Specific to Vocabulary – Collocation and Connotation

Lesson 3 – Conveying and Clarifying Meaning – Effective Techniques for Vocabulary

Lesson 4 – Language Practice Activities – Focus and Use 

Course Dates and Time: Friday 19th November 2021 2.30 – 6 pm

Course Content: 

Lesson 1 – Overview of Phonemes (Consonants, Monophthongs and Diphthongs)

Lesson 2 – Word Stress – Conscious Raising Activities to Use with Learners

Lesson 3 – Sentence Stress – Helping Learners to Not Overstress

Lesson 4 – Weak and Strong Forms in Chunks 

Course Dates and Time: Friday 10th December 2021 2.30 – 6 pm

Course Content: 

Lesson 1 – Linking and Intrusion 

Lesson 2 – Linking and Intrusion – Activities to Help Learners Recognise and Discriminate 

Lesson 3 – Intonation and Pitch

Lesson 4 – Helping Learners Recognise, Discriminate and Produce Suprasegmental Features 

Course Dates and Time: Friday 28th January 2022 2.30 – 6 pm

Content: 

Lesson 1 – How to Introduce Texts, Engage Learners and Activate Schemata

Lesson 2 – Which Items/Chunks of Vocabulary to Check – Why and How

Lesson 3 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Reading Skills 

Lesson 4 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Listening Skills 

Course Dates and Time: Friday 25th February 2022 2.30 – 6 pm

Content:

Lesson 1 – How to Engage Learners and Activate Schemata

Lesson 2 – Which Items/Chunks of Language to Check – Why and How

Lesson 3 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Writing Skills Lesson

Lesson 4 –  Activities and Ideas for Teaching Speaking Skills

Course Dates and Time: Friday 25th March 2022  2.30 – 6 pm

Content:

Lesson 1 – Using Dictation and Dictogloss

Lesson 2 – Using Authentic Materials

Lesson 3 – Using Songs and Video

Lesson 4 – Exploiting Your Coursebook

Course Dates and Time: Friday 22nd April  2022  2.30 – 6 pm

Content:

Lesson 1 – Different Approaches

Lesson 2 – Project Work

Lesson 3 – Games for Language Learning

Lesson 4 – Using Stories in the Classroom

Course Dates and Time: Friday 20th May 2022  2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 1: Teaching Grammar

    Course Content: 

    Lesson 1 – Overview – Aspects of Grammar: Meaning, Form, Pronunciation, Use and Appropriacy 

    Lesson 2 – Creating Context – How, Why and Exploitation 

    Lesson 3 – Lesson Shapes – Different Ways of Dealing with Grammar

    Lesson 4 – Conveying and Clarifying Meaning – Ways of Checking Learner Understanding

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 22nd October 2021 2.30 – 6pm (includes a break)

  • Module 2: Teaching Vocabulary

    Course Content: 

    Lesson 1 – Overview – Aspects of Vocabulary: Meaning, Form, Pronunciation, Use and Appropriacy 

    Lesson 2 – Aspects of Language Specific to Vocabulary – Collocation and Connotation

    Lesson 3 – Conveying and Clarifying Meaning – Effective Techniques for Vocabulary

    Lesson 4 – Language Practice Activities – Focus and Use 

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 19th November 2021 2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 3: Teaching English Pronunciation 1

    Course Content: 

    Lesson 1 – Overview of Phonemes (Consonants, Monophthongs and Diphthongs)

    Lesson 2 – Word Stress – Conscious Raising Activities to Use with Learners

    Lesson 3 – Sentence Stress – Helping Learners to Not Overstress

    Lesson 4 – Weak and Strong Forms in Chunks 

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 10th December 2021 2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 4: Teaching English Pronunciation 2

    Course Content: 

    Lesson 1 – Linking and Intrusion 

    Lesson 2 – Linking and Intrusion – Activities to Help Learners Recognise and Discriminate 

    Lesson 3 – Intonation and Pitch

    Lesson 4 – Helping Learners Recognise, Discriminate and Produce Suprasegmental Features 

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 28th January 2022 2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 5: Teaching Receptive Skills

    Content: 

    Lesson 1 – How to Introduce Texts, Engage Learners and Activate Schemata

    Lesson 2 – Which Items/Chunks of Vocabulary to Check – Why and How

    Lesson 3 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Reading Skills 

    Lesson 4 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Listening Skills 

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 25th February 2022 2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 6: Teaching Productive Skills

    Content:

    Lesson 1 – How to Engage Learners and Activate Schemata

    Lesson 2 – Which Items/Chunks of Language to Check – Why and How

    Lesson 3 – Activities and Ideas for Teaching Writing Skills Lesson

    Lesson 4 –  Activities and Ideas for Teaching Speaking Skills

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 25th March 2022  2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 7 - Materials and Resources for Language Teaching

    Content:

    Lesson 1 – Using Dictation and Dictogloss

    Lesson 2 – Using Authentic Materials

    Lesson 3 – Using Songs and Video

    Lesson 4 – Exploiting Your Coursebook

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 22nd April  2022  2.30 – 6 pm

  • Module 8 – YLs

    Content:

    Lesson 1 – Different Approaches

    Lesson 2 – Project Work

    Lesson 3 – Games for Language Learning

    Lesson 4 – Using Stories in the Classroom

    Course Dates and Time: Friday 20th May 2022  2.30 – 6 pm

Online Refresher Courses Registration Form

Fill out the registration form with your details, then choose the workshop of your interest. You will soon be contacted by our Teacher Training department for confirmation and further information.

First Name*

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Nationality*

Mother tongue*

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Select the module you would like to attend*

Where did you hear about our school?*

Workshops and ad hoc training

Refresher and personalised courses based on teachers’ needs

International House Milan offers language teachers the opportunity to participate in dedicated workshops or to choose courses planned according to their needs.

Workshop Week

A full week devoted to refresher courses for teachers of first and second level secondary schools. During this event workshops are held specially for English teachers who have to prepare their students for a Cambridge exam or the IELTS test.

 

Timetable: 

Time Monday 31 Tuesday 1 Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Friday 4
1st lesson

15:30 – 17:00

Introduction

Improving writing Skills

Exploring IELTS writing part 2

 

Improving speaking skills

 

Exploring IELTS Speaking

 

Assessments – the necessary evil

 

Break 15min 15min 15min 15min 15min
2nd lesson

17:15 – 18:45

Exploring IELTS writing part 1 Improving listening skills

 

Bringing Cambridge Speaking to life in the classroom

 

Improving Reading Skills

 

21st Century Skills & Exams –  What’s the link?

 

Cost:  €195 euro / person

Attestato will be awarded for your attendance.

Small, interactive online classroom, so don’t delay.  Call reception now to secure your place!

How do the International House Milan refresher courses work?

The refresher courses for teachers are organised each year with focus on different themes.

In general, the sessions aim to improve knowledge of the English language certifications, a theme which is naturally highly valued by teachers of this language. The occasion is also ideal for developing practical ideas and strategies along with the teachers to develop the students’ abilities in every skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking), and to illustrate in detail the assessment criteria of the exams and understand how to guide students to achieve the best possible score in each area of the test.

The course generally consists of two 90 minute sessions, with a 30 minute break to socialise and share ideas with colleagues. The workshops are held in English so participants should have a level of English of B1 or above.

But there is more than just the Workshop Week: International House Milan organises seminars and workshops during the year. These training sessions are aimed mainly at English language   teachers and take place both in Milan and throughout Lombardy.

Instead, if the teacher’s needs are more specific, ourad hoc training courses are the ideal solution: just contact International House Milan and ask for advice on more effective ways of keeping up-to-date.

Indeed, International House Milan has a team of expert trainers specialised in teacher training who hold courses and give presentations at conferences, including international ones. We will ensure that training is enjoyable, interactive and fully focussed on the participants’ specific needs.

All you have to do is send the  form to the Teacher Training Department of International House Milan: a consultant will get back to you to help you plan a training path. 

Would you like more information about our courses?

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