Practical Methodology and Language. Its Function in the Modern Classroom.

Course Information

Title of the Training Activity in the language of Tuition

English:  Practical Methodology and Language:  Its function in the modern classroom

(1 or 2 week course for Teachers of English for adult and secondary school learners)

Session Times:  9.00 – 10.30  

                           11.00 – 12.30

                           13.00 – 14.30   

 (Note : During the July – August period there is the possibility that the course will run from 13.00 – 18.30)


Preparation:  On enrolment a pre-course pack will be sent to all participants.  This will include a questionnaire and task to establish the needs, teaching experience and level of English of the participants. In this way the course provider will be able to cater more precisely for specific requirements. 

On arrival the participants will be given a folder with:-

Ø  useful information on Malta and its culture

Ø   a map showing the exact location of the school

Ø   contact numbers in case of an emergency

Ø  detailed accommodation information

Ø  Europass Mobility Certificate Application information

Ø  a student card which can be used at a variety of outlets

Ø  a full course timetable with details

Objectives:  This course is aimed at developing and improving the English Language skills of non-native teachers of English for adults and secondary school learners.  All sessions are in English and presented on interactive whiteboards and consist of:-

Ø  a practical look at current teaching ideas

Ø  the improving of participants’ English teaching terminology

Ø  a comparison of teaching methods in different countries represented in the class including Malta

Ø  motivating and encouraging learners with different learning styles

Ø  the provision of practical up-to-date teaching ideas using new technology (IWB)

Ø  creativity in the classroom for presenting grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and all four skills

Ø  use of the internet as a learning tool (introduction to websites)

Ø  using music, songs, drama and storytelling

Ø  meeting new colleagues from different cultures to share ideas and experiences

Ø  encouraging participants’ self-improvement;  self-awareness and analysis





Methodology:  The latest methodologies will be presented in interactive sessions and workshops.  Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and personal experiences.  They will also have opportunities to gather and exploit authentic materials in English that can be used in the classroom and interact with native speakers.  The opportunity will be given to the participants to observe other EFL teachers use updated methodologies with adult or teenage learners in our classrooms.  While learning about new teaching tools, participants will be able to do important research into modern methodology using these tools and other media in addition to having the chance to put all this into practice.


Follow-up:  Participants will be asked to fill in an end-of-course questionnaire, which not only allows them to comment on the course just completed, but also allows them to reflect on what they have learnt and how they plan to integrate these ideas into their own teaching environmentOn-line support with other participants will also be available for continuing reflection and self-improvement on all issues related to EFL teaching.  A continued sharing of teaching ideas and what ‘does or doesn’t’ work is invaluable as a future teaching tool.

Included in the course fees:

Ø  course

Ø  registration fee

Ø  a certificate of attendance

Ø  course materials

Ø  free wifi and internet access



(Note : During the July – August period there is the possibility that the course will run from 13.00 – 18.30)



9.00 – 10.30                       Registration.  Welcome and introduction to Malta and the course

11.00 – 12.30                     Language Analysis – meaning, function, form

13.00 – 14.30                     Speaking – how to set up role-plays and discussions

Afternoon                          Optional activities

Evening                              Welcome party with other students


9.00 – 10.30                       Presenting Grammar 1 – how to be creative

11.00 – 12.30                     Dictation – not what it used to be!

13.00 – 14.30                     Teacher awareness/beliefs and self-analysis

Afternoon                          Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Songs and music as tools in the classroom

11.00 – 12.30                     Classroom Management – instructions/gestures

13.00 – 14.30                     Motivation for high level learners

 Afternoon                         Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Different aspects of Functional Language

11.00 – 12.30                     Presenting Grammar 2

13.00 – 14.30                     Reading – task based

Afternoon                          Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Pronunciation – Let’s make it fun!

11.00 – 12.30                     Phrasal Verbs – Importance; how to teach; follow-on activities

13.00 – 14.30                     Speaking – task based

Afternoon                          Optional activities

Saturday and Sunday        Optional full day activities





9.00 – 10.30                       Warmers and fillers

11.00 -12.30                       Presenting Grammar 3

13.00 – 14.30                     Listening – task based

Afternoon                          Optional activities



9.00 – 10.30                       Effective use of Correction

11.00 – 12.30                     Group work – plan a lesson with a topic of your choice

13.00- 14.30                       Vocabulary – interesting ways of presenting/storing

Afternoon                          Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Writing – tasks that motivate

11.00 – 12.30                     Real communication – what is said vs what is heard

13.00 - 14.30                      Different cultures learning methods and experience

Afternoon                          Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Story building and story telling

11.00 – 12.30                     Multiple Intelligences

13.00 – 14.30                     Reading

Afternoon                          Optional activities


9.00 – 10.30                       Group work – presentation of own lesson

11.00 – 12.30                     ‘Wild card’ – participants’ choice

13.00 – 14.30                     Final Evaluation

Afternoon                          Optional activities