Student-Centred Teaching

15 February - 14 March 2021
31 May - 27 June 2021
8 October - 14 November 2021 

4 weeks
5 hours of study per week
For English language teachers (primary, secondary or adult)
Fees: £250

Increase student motivation
Improve classroom dynamics
Explore new lesson ideas

Discover ways to further engage and motivate your learners, putting the emphasis on the student and reducing teacher focus in the classroom. On this course, you'll explore a range of teaching and classroom management techniques for encouraging active participation from your class. It's designed to allow you to experience student-centred learning firsthand, with guidance and support from your online tutor. You'll also work on collaborative tasks with your peers. Many activities will be easily adaptable for the face-to-face classroom, and you'll be able to share ideas and good practice with each other.


Course Overview

Module 1

Course Introduction
Familiarisation with the online platform, Moodle
Icebreakers and introductions
Contextualising language - why and how

Module 2

Student-Centred Techniques
Student engagement and motivation
Student-centred techniques - theory
Student-centred techniques - practice

Module 3

Error Correction
The principles of student-centred error correction
Correcting spoken errors
Correcting written errors

Module 4

Further Considerations
Classroom layout and positioning
Professional development plans

Each module should take about 5 hours. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. There will be a variety of tasks to complete. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. At the end of each module there will be an online live chat session, timetabled for a day and time that suits the majority. For those that are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded and uploaded to the site.


Study at any time

You have 24-hour access to the learning platform, so you can study at a time that suits you.


Collaborate with teachers from around the world (you don't have to be online at the same time) in small classes of no more than 12.

Explore new ideas

Pick up tips and techniques, as well as lesson ideas that you can use straight away in the classroom. Your tutor will give you plenty of individual feedback too.

Receive a certificate

On successfully completing the course, you'll get a digital certificate as a record of your professional development activity.

What do I need?

You'll need access to a computer (mobile or tablet access is possible too, but with reduced functionality) with an up-to-date web browser, PDF reader and media player. You'll also need a webcam and microphone.

Time Commitment
We recommend dedicating at least 5 hours per week to the course. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline.

English Language Level
If English isn't your first language, you'll need a level of B1 (Intermediate) or higher.

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