‘Panama Bilingual Programme’: first cohort of teachers complete course

Posted by pt91 at Apr 13, 2016 03:08 PM |
Intensive course organised by English Language Training Unit and Education CPD+ for teachers from Panama

In March, the English Language Training Unit (ELTU) and Education CPD+ (within the School of Education) said goodbye to its first group of English teachers from Panama, funded by their Ministry of Education to attend a course specially designed to improve their English language skills and gain new teaching techniques.

The teachers took part in an intensive 8-week course of language training and pedagogical study which included: working with educational technologies, training in “English to Speakers of Other Languages”, and lectures on Lesson Study. Sessions were run by ELTU, Education CPD+, and academics from the School of Education.

The teachers also spent time immersing themselves in British culture with trips to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Around Leicester, they visited the King Richard III Visitor Centre, the Guildhall, and New Walk Museum.

Also included was an opportunity to visit local schools to gain a better understanding of the UK education system. They observed classes, met teachers, and delivered presentations to school pupils about their home country and then answered lots of questions posed by the children.

The course was very successful and earned excellent feedback from the teachers, who all said they would use the new skills and techniques learned within their own classrooms in Panama.

The University has now been promised more groups in the future, a testament to the quality of the course offered to this first cohort! Hopefully these courses will foster strong links between the University and the Ministry of Education in Panama.

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