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Annual Conference

Rebuild Smarter and Emerge Stronger

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. This year’s conference, entitled “Rebuild Smarter and Emerge Stronger”, took place Friday 14 October 2022 at the FAST Congress Center in Milan in Piazzale Rodolfo Morandi, 2.

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). Participation is free, reservations required subject to availability.

Programme

  • 8.30 – 9.00 | Registration
  • 9.00 – 9.15 | Sarah Stats (Deputy Director IH Milan & San Donato) Welcome
  • 9.15 – 10.00 | Katherine Stannett (sponsored by National Geographic) Have Your Say: how to get students speaking
  • 10.00 – 10.45 | Mauro Spicci & Tim Shaw (sponsored by Pearson) The Development of Responsible Global Citizens through English Language Teaching
  • 10.45 – 11.00 | Coffee Break, grab a cup of coffee and meet our sponsors
  • 11.00 – 11.45 | Anna Hasper (sponsored by Macmillan) Developing Global Skills for Teens
  • 11.45 – 12.30 |  Jon Hird (sponsored by Oxford University Press) Grammar Games in the Classroom
  • 12.30 – 14.00 | Lunch, a break to eat and visit the stands of our sponsors
  • 14.00 – 15.00 | Parallel sessions with IH Milan teachers

Primary Strand

  • 14.00 – 14.30 | Stephanie Holme Building learner confidence, communicative competence and linguistic ability in the Primary classroom via effective teacher feedback 
  • 14.30 – 15.00 | Simona Stambazzi Telling stories, building bridges

Secondary Strand

  • 14.00 – 14.30 | Daniel Tse Bringing Intercultural Awareness into the Classroom
  • 14.30 – 15.00 | Veronika Balkind Markers against guns: fostering negotiation skills in your teen classroom in the times of “Newspeak”
  • 15.00 – 15.30 | Daniela Daddiego and Eleonora Atzeni (IH Milan) Cambridge and IELTS for schools, Iris Fantinato (IH Team Lingue) Study Abroad: the impact on students’ life and education
  • 15.30 – 16.15 | Matt Ellman (sponsorizzato da Cambridge University Press) Brain vs body: Encouraging movement in language teaching
  • 16.15 – 17.00 | Julie Wallis (presidente AISLi) The Myth of the Native Speaker

Speakers and presentations

As every year our conference will be attended by leading names from the EFL world! Open the tabs below to find out the topic of their presentations.

Have Your Say: how to get students speaking

Preparing students for speaking exams can be challenging. Students are often reluctant to speak in the classroom because they feel embarrassed, they feel exposed and they don’t want to be seen to fail in front of their peers. However, when we combine motivating authentic materials with solid preparation, a well-structured framework and a supportive, positive environment, we can help our students develop into confident communicators. In this talk, I will share some practical ways to inspire your students to speak out and explore how we can provide constructive feedback and error correction in a way that is both helpful and encouraging.

Katherine Stannett is based in West Sussex, England and is an author with over twenty years of experience in editing, writing, and developing materials to teach English. She specialises in writing for children and teenagers at all levels and is particularly interested in the development of 21st century skills. She is an author of the following National Geographic Learning publications: New Closeup, Look, and Impact.

The Development of Responsible Global Citizens through English Language Teaching

It would be hard to deny that English language teachers in the 21st century have an incredible advantage: they can rely on a massive variety of different materials, sources, documents and constantly updated information sheets to help students become more and more aware of their role as “Global Citizens” in a rapidly evolving world. What kind of sources and activities can English teachers use daily to promote the development of global citizenship in the English language class? These are the main questions that will inform our talk. We will share some practical and effective tools that English language teachers can use in the classroom to transform Global Citizenship into an engaging, motivating, inspiring, life-changing experience.

Mauro Spicci has worked in the field of active research on English theatre in the Elizabethan era, on the relations between literature and science and on allegorical literature. He has taught and acted as coordinator in several secondary schools both in Italy and abroad. Mauro is one of the founding members of IASEMS (Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies). He is currently teaching coordinator at the Bilingual European School in Milan and is involved in teacher training.

Timothy Alan Shaw teaches English at the Liceo Linguistico Marcello Candia in Seregno (MB). He has collaborated with Collins as a linguistic consultant in the preparation of the English-Italian bilingual dictionary, has held didactic and linguistic refresher courses for school managers in Milan and for several years was a translator of opera librettos for Italian record companies.

Developing Global Skills for Teens

In this session, Anna Hasper examines the concept of Global Citizenship Education (GCE), what it entails and the importance of focusing on GCE in the English language classroom. The webinar will provide an insight into how Gateway to the World has embedded a focus on GCE in the course book and will also look at practical ways of bringing GCE into any ELT classroom for teens.

Anna is a primary-trained ELT teacher from New Zealand, currently based in Dubai. She has worked as a teacher of young learners and adults and is a teacher trainer on Cambridge accredited courses. She’s a self-confessed addict to learning and is passionate about enabling teachers to enhance effective learning for all learners. Anna regularly presents internationally and writes for English Teaching Professional and Modern English Teacher. Her special interests are teacher development, educational psychology and enhancing effective learning.

Grammar Games in the Classroom

A well-chosen game not only provides a plausible incentive to use the target language, but can make grammar practice more engaging, meaningful, effective and fun. Games can also be a great way for reluctant students or those with SpLDs to get involved. This interactive and practical session will first look at the pedagogic reasons for and merits of using games and similar activities in the classroom and then we will take part in a number of games and activities that practise grammar and provide plenty of opportunity for oral production of specific grammar points. You will leave the session with some games and activities that you can straight away in the classroom.

Jon is a teacher, trainer and author, based in Oxford. UK He divides his time between teaching English at the University of Oxford, writing ELT materials and giving teacher-training talks and workshops both in the UK and overseas Jon has a range of experience and interests, but with a particular interest in Grammar and English for Academic Purposes. He also has an interest in dyslexia and learning English Jon has written and contributed to a number of ELT publications including grammar reference and practice books, course books, teachers books and other resource material. His most recent publications include Oxford EAP B1 (2015), Grammar and Vocabulary for the Real World (2015), Oxford Learners Pocket Verbs and Tenses (2013) and The Complete English Grammar (2010), all published by Oxford University Press At the heart of Jon is teaching, training and writing is the challenge of trying to make activities and exercises as meaningful, engaging motivating and as enjoyable as possible. In his free time. Jon plays the drums.

Brain vs body: Encouraging movement in language teaching

With screen time at an all-time high, it has never been more important to encourage learners to move. Surprisingly, there are benefits not just for health but for learning outcomes and language development, too. In this session we will see how there is an important relationship between movement, language and learning, and consider how we can introduce movement into language classes in a principled, manageable way.

Matthew Ellman works as Professional Learning and Development Manager at Cambridge University Press, designing and delivering training for teachers, institutions and Ministries of Education around the world. He has worked as a teacher, trainer and training manager in the UK, Spain and Malaysia, and has delivered workshops and talks to teachers in a further 25 countries. Matthew is a committee member of the IATEFL Teacher Training and Education SIG and his research into teacher education practices won the British Council’s ELT Masters Dissertation Award at the 2018 ELTons. Find him on Twitter at @MatthewEllman.

The Myth of the Native Speaker

What defines a ‘native speaker’? Is it language competence? Is it a passport? Is it skin colour? Is it nationality? Is it the number of years spent in formative education in a particular country? If you or your school are hiring a language expert, are these really the right questions to be asking? Hiring decisions are often made subjectively with, at times, unintentional prejudice and discrimination behind the decision-making process. None of us can avoid unconscious bias, but being aware of it and questioning our motives is a helpful. In this session we will do some critical thinking, spoken language analysis, and focus on the needs of the end user; our learners. We will take a fresh look at the objectives set under lifelong learning skills and their relevance to multi-lingualism, trans-languaging and the new CEFR descriptor ‘mediation’.

Julie Wallis is the current president of AISLi (www.aisli.it). She is a school director and also works as a teacher trainer for NILE-elt. She has worked at Pilgrims, Bell and TransformELT. She is an Eaquals Trustee and IH London Trustee. She is also an inspector for both Eaquals and AISLi.

Building learner confidence, communicative competence and linguistic ability in the Primary classroom via effective teacher feedback 

Feedback can take many forms and it can have a huge impact on multiple levels – learners’ level of engagement, their interest, their motivation and of course confidence in their own linguistic knowledge and ability, to name but a few. A positive and effective language learning environment (as we are talking about learning and teaching English) should cater for all of these needs and more. So, what part does teacher feedback play in all of this?

Stephanie Holme has worked in the EFL/ESOL sector all of her professional life. She is both a teacher and a teacher trainer. Her experience encompasses a wide range of levels, ages and teaching/learning contexts. As a language teacher and trainer, she is deeply interested in helping learners to develop to the best of their ability in a safe and inclusive learning environment. Stephanie trained as a French and Physical Education teacher at secondary level in the UK and taught these subjects there before moving into ELT.

Bringing Intercultural Awareness into the Classroom

Intercultural awareness is a vital skill that everybody needs in our increasingly connected world. How can teachers integrate this skill into English language teaching and learning? In this workshop, we shall explore five classroom activities which aim to raise teenagers’ intercultural awareness and equip them with the tools necessary for their future aspirations.

Daniel Tse went into ELT in 2019 and started teaching at IH Milan and San Donato in the same year. He works with Young Learners, teens and adults across the full range of CEFR language levels. As a language teacher, he lays great emphasis on developing learners’ autonomy and communicative competence. Prior to ELT, Daniel trained as a classical musician and delivered outreach workshops for a number of major performing arts organisations in the UK.

Telling stories, Building Bridges

Stories teach values and respect, stories help recognise and appreciate differences and similarities, stories build bridges. As language teachers we have an opportunity to open doors on other cultures and invite our students to peer through them. In this workshop we are going to see how.

Simona is an English teacher and storyteller. She has always been passionate about both teaching and stories, and in storytelling she found a craft that can combine the two to make language learning more interesting and engaging for her students. She loves experimenting with storytelling activities to bring more creativity into her lessons.

Markers against guns: fostering negotiation skills in your teen classroom in the times of “Newspeak”

Course books for teens mainly include speaking activities limited to “arranging to meet”, “choosing the best holiday destination”, or “top 3 songs to bring a lonely island”. While we can’t question their usefulness, would we assume that these are sufficient enough to prepare our students for rather challenging real-life situations? In this session we will see how to implement negotiating in our classrooms in a less superficial way.

Veronika has been in TEFL since 2014. She has worked in Manchester, Moscow, Genoa, and she’s been living in Milan for 6 years. She has 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 organises her English-speaking rock events on a voluntary basis, both face-to-face and online.

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.

Online training for English teachers

Training for Excellence 2022/2023

An innovative training program for state school teachers, developed by AISLi (Italian Association of Language Schools – Associazione Italiana Scuole di Lingue) and recognized by the Ministry of Education, which includes 14 interactive seminars held by internationally renowned experts. Training for Excellence is a project full of new ideas and educational insights with relevant, original and cutting-edge themes for today’s teachers.

By subscribing to the program you will have access to the Training for Excellence Online Community platform, within which you will be able to deepen topics and content covered in seminars, share learning and teaching experiences, refine, develop, and acquire theoretical knowledge and professional skills after the course training carried out.

Each seminar will be recorded and can be used by each participant for their own classes, as an additional in-house training resource, or for individual professional development.

The 2022-2023 Training for Excellence program will begin with a free and open seminar, presented by Sarah Mercer, Professor of Foreign Language Teaching and Head of the ELT Methodology Department at the University of Graz, Austria, and will close with a interesting speech on multilingualism, by some members of the TFE team, and by the former INDIRE President prof. Giovanni Biondi. The complete program follows.

  • 30/09/2022 – Understanding Learner Psychology, Sarah Mercier >> FREE SESSION <<
  • 27/10/2022 – Humanistic Approaches to Continuous Assessment, Julie Wallis (The London School, Schio)
  • 17/11/2022 – Dictation Fixation, A Fresh Look at an Old Technique, Jennifer Holden, IH Palermo Language Center)
  • 15/12/2022 – Story Telling for Empathy and Change, David Heathfield
  • 12/01/2023 – Formative Assessment, Rober Martinez (IH Spain)
  • 26/01/2023 – The Role of Technology in Language Education Post Covid, Russel Stannard
  • 09/02/2023 – From Meaning Less to Meaning Less, Adriano Iacono (Eurolingue Agrigento)
  • 23/02/2023 – Destination: Motivation, Lucie Cotterill – IH British School, Reggio Calabria)
  • 03/03/2023 – Creativity and Engagement, Alistair Grant
  • 17/03/2023 – Homework: Promoting Creativity Through It, Theresa Dyer (Globally Speaking, Rome)
  • 06/04/2023 – Integrating Technology in Language Learning, Vivien Centi Colella & others (Language Point, Milan)
  • 27/04/2023 – Making Critical Thinking a Practical Part of your Lessons, John Hughes
  • 11/05/2023 – Adapting Coursebook Materials or Encourage Communication d Creativity, Giorgia de Musso and Alex Camozzi (LDA Language Center)
  • 25/05/2023 – Teamwork in the Language Classroom, Palmina La Rosa (Giga International House)

Participation includes the possibility of receiving a certificate recognized by the MIUR issued at the end of the course, having participated in at least 75% of the meetings for a total of 28 hours. The initiative is also present within the SOFIA platform with ID 73558.

The cost is € 128 payable with Teachers Bonus or credit card.

Registration open. An English level of at least B1 is required to participate.

Online Refresher Courses for Practising Teachers

Refresher and personalised courses based on teachers’ needs

In the 2021/22 academic year we offered English teachers an important training and refresher opportunity: the ORCPT (Online Refresher Courses for Practising Teachers), a series of short online courses. The modules covered aspects of language, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation as well as teaching receptive and productive skills and selecting and adapting engaging materials and resources. 

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

The workshop was very helpful and gave me a lot of ideas for new ways to practice these features with my students. 

Mary

Thank you again for the training session on Friday. I really enjoyed it and am going to try out some of the activities tomorrow!

Lydia

The course is fully online in real time. Interaction between trainees and with tutors contributes greatly to the course and for this reason the sessions are not recorded and attendance is mandatory.

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

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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. 

Would you like more information about our courses?

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