43 hours per two week course
All Bell Teacher Academy courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.
This course will refresh and renew your classroom practice and language skills and give you the tools and strategies to increase creativity for you and your students. Gain new ideas and learn how to adapt your English lessons creatively as well as how to develop your students’ own creativity. You will experience a wide variety of activities, share ideas with teachers from all over the world and create your own activities tailored to your context. You will also develop your English language skills and intercultural awareness in a safe, friendly and international environment.
Topics covered on Creativity in the Classroom include:
- Creativity: the what, why and how
- Strategies for developing creativity: simplicity, combination creativity, playfulness and risk taking
- Creative warmers
- Motivating the unmotivated
- Technology and the creative teacher
- Teaching grammar creatively
- Teaching vocabulary creatively
- Teaching pronunciation creatively
- Language games
- Using art and drawing
- Drama techniques
- Alternative methodologies
- Creative writing
- Materials design
- Bringing the course book to life
- Using music and songs
Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.
Participants will have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of authentic materials to support the cultural component of their teaching.
In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.
Guest lectures and plenary sessions
Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts.
Experience British life
Bell Teacher Academy is set in Stephen Perse in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.
Bell Teacher Campus partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Take the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
Choose to take the TKT at Bell Teacher Academy and gain an internationally recognised qualification, awarded by Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge. Free exam preparation for the TKT is provided. There is only a small admin fee of £38 to take the exam, which includes postage of the certificate.