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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

Cost: € 85

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: buy online on our ecommerce or fill out the registration form and then pay for the course by bank transfer or at the school reception.

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)

Cost: € 85

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: buy online on our ecommerce or fill out the registration form and then pay for the course by bank transfer or at the school reception.

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

Cost: € 85

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: buy online on our ecommerce or fill out the registration form and then pay for the course by bank transfer or at the school reception.

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)

Cost: € 85

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: buy online on our ecommerce or fill out the registration form and then pay for the course by bank transfer or at the school reception.

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 22nd April  2022 (2.30 – 6 pm)

Cost: € 85

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: buy online on our ecommerce or fill out the registration form and then pay for the course by bank transfer or at the school reception.

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.


Annual Conference

At the beginning of each school year, we at International House Milan organize a conference dedicated to the teaching of English for teachers from public and private schools of all levels. We thank all the participants in this year’s conference “Forging Ahead: Changing Landscapes and Strong Foundations” for their great participation.

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 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).

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 | Niall 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 Asynchronous 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

Speakers and presentations

Discover the speakers who attended our 2021 conference, by clicking on the name of your interest you can get more information.

Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons: Teaching the Syllabus in Creative Ways

Our desire as teachers to be creative and to encourage our learners’ creativity are prime motivating factors in our own professional self-development and self-renewal. Yet there is often a tension perceived between ‘being creative’ in our lessons and the demands of standardised curricula and testing.  In this interactive talk, Antonia will explore reasons why it is so important to resolve that tension – to teach the syllabus in creative ways.  The workshop will also offer practical ideas to help you become that flamingo in your teaching.

Antonia Clare is a teacher, trainer, international conference speaker and author.  Her special interests include the use of video and new technologies in ELT, creativity and the psychology of language learning. She has taught and trained around the world, and co-authored bestselling coursebook titles including Total English and Speakout (Pearson).  She is currently a freelance writer and consultant trainer with NILE. Her latest publication is The Creative Teacher’s Compendium – An A-Z guide of creative activities for the language classroom, published by Pavilion ELT.

How to Integrate Life Skills into your English Language Teaching

Teachers understand the importance of helping their students develop life skills, as well as school subjects.  But how can they do this when there is no extra time for it? This talk shows how life skills or competencies can be integrated into English language learning activities without taking up additional classroom time and resource. It also shows how the Cambridge Life Competencies Framework helps teachers understand better which skills they are developing and how they can build those up gradually over time.

Niall Curry is a Lecturer in Academic Writing at the Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University. He has been actively engaged in both teaching and research for many years and his teaching covers a range of topics in applied linguistics and language pedagogy. His research crosses many fields, including language teaching and learning, digital pedagogy, English medium instruction, corpus linguistics, and academic discourse. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Academic Writing and he holds a PhD in corpus and contrastive linguistics from the University of Limerick.

Write up there! From B2 First to C1 Advanced

This session will look at how students can develop their writing skills and the more important areas to consider and focus on when taking the step up to C1 Advanced from B2 First. We will consider the different stages of the writing process and explore the use of authentic material and skills integration in face-to-face and online contexts. We will then move on to focus on two assessment criteria in particular – organisation and communicative achievement – and explore how to support students in understanding and developing these aspects of their writing. We will end with some ideas on how best to take advantage of digital platforms and thus foster learner autonomy and responsibility, hopefully shifting some of the critical burden from teachers to their students.

George started working at Cambridge Assessment English in 2013 after over 10 years’ experience teaching in Latin America, Iberia and the UK to students of all ages and levels. He worked in the Assessment department in Cambridge for 3 years on a variety of exams and the Young Learners revision project. He moved to the Madrid office in 2016, where he has worked on various assessment projects with regional bilingual programmes, and has designed and delivered training programmes for teachers across the world. He has a particular interest in the blended classroom and evolving approaches to formative assessment.

Victoria Peña has worked for Cambridge Assessment English since September 2018. Prior to that, she taught English topreschool, primary and secondary school students for ten years, as well as preparing adults for Cambridge examinations. Since joining Cambridge Assessment English, she has been involved in creating content for teachers and collaborating in different government bilingual projects. She holds a degree in Translation and Interpreting and an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD focusing on the washback of proficiency exams.

 

Teaching the Whole Student: Cultivating a Positive Mindset in Hard Times

Cultivating a positive mindset, learning to grow from failure and developing a sense of self are just some of the crucial skills our students need, particularly in these challenging times. In this talk, I will be looking at how we can use our unique position as language teachers to encourage our students both to study well and to live well.

Katherine Stannett is an author with over twenty years of experience. She spent two years in Japan in the 1990s, teaching English to a wide variety of students in many different settings. She is the co-author of the several successful secondary series and has also written articles, songs and raps for many popular EFL magazines. Most recently, she has written two levels of the new National Geographic Middle School series, ‘Impact’ and one level of the new National Geographic Primary series, ‘Look’. She has given presentations and run workshops in many countries around the world, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Honduras, Brazil, Spain and Slovenia and also conducts webinars from her home office in the UK.

Spark Teenagers’ interest by using Song Apps and Lyrics in the Classroom

Do you remember the day when apps invaded our lives? Exactly, neither do I, because it’s not a matter of just one day. Whether we like it or not, we need to embrace the fact that YouTube and TikTok have become our reality and that’s what the near future holds for us. In this session we will see how to implement some of those ‘procrastination’ and ‘distraction’ apps in the classroom with teens. We will look at some engaging listening tasks, as well as some fun pre-and-post listening activities. If you are into teaching English to music, too, then I hope you will take a chance to try out some of today’s activities in your Monday class.

Veronika has been in TEFL since 2014. She has worked in Manchester, Moscow, Genoa, and she’s been living in Milan for 5 years. She has got experience teaching all age groups, CLIL, Cambridge and IELTS classes. She enjoys having fun with VYL and teaching high school students. Veronika is also passionate about rock music and occasionally she organises her English-speaking rock events on a voluntary basis, both face-to-face and online.

Nasrudin and the tiger – 5 activities to teach English through storytelling

Using the traditional Turkish folk tale of Nasrudin and the tiger as an example, in this workshop we will learn some hands-on activities to include storytelling in our everyday lessons. Learn how to make your lessons more engaging and fun for your students, use stories to enhance your students’ listening and speaking skills, while at the same time including activities to work on accuracy and language learning.

Simona is an English teacher at IH Milano and San Donato. She has always been passionate about stories, and after discovering storytelling, she has started experimenting with it in- and outside the class, trying to bring more creativity into language learning.

Reflections on synchronous and asynchronous learning

Teaching and learning have undergone a period of sweeping changes which was almost unthinkable in the last decade. As we are standing at the crossroads where learning can take place both synchronously and asynchronously, how can teachers best use lesson time to maximise language learning? In search of answers, I shall reflect on my personal observations and explore some implications for lesson planning and choice of activities.

Daniel went into ELT in 2019 and started teaching at IH Milan the same year. He works with Young Learners, teens, and adults across the full range of CEFR language levels. He views language as something which exists everywhere around us and lays great emphasis on developing learners’ communicative competence in his teaching. Prior to ELT, Daniel trained as a classical musician and delivered outreach workshops for a number of major performing arts in the UK.

NEW! Prizes to be won!

This year we’ve decided to give you a gift! We are giving away 4 places to “Teaching Grammar”, the first of our online refresher courses for teachers – see below.

The draw will take place through a fun online game: each participant has been assigned a virtual balloon to participate in a speed race that began on Monday 11 October and will end on the day of the conference. Do you want to find out who is leading the balloon contest? Click here.

Note: Winners must be present on the day of the conference to be eligible for prizes.

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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. 

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