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 practical and inspiring course gives participants the knowledge and skills they need to effectively teach English pronunciation across a range of contexts. Building on this foundation, the second part of the course focuses on extensive practice of pronunciation and the development of presentation skills through exploring the art of storytelling. Participants will develop the clarity, engagement and beauty of their spoken English and experience a range of teaching techniques they can apply to their own students.
The Pronunciation and Storytelling course is delivered by Adrian Underhill. Adrian is an international consultant, speaker, trainer and author, known for his expertise in teaching pronunciation. He is the author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation and Sounds: The Pronunciation app. He is past president of IATEFL and series editor for Macmillan Education.
The first part of the course consists of a thorough grounding in English pronunciation at the level of sounds, words and connected speech. This will include a complete workout using the Sound Foundations phonemic chart, and daily teaching practice to gain confidence, receive feedback, and to personalise a range of teaching techniques.
The second part of the course builds on this foundation and focuses on extensive fluency and presentation skills through the art of storytelling. This provides a living context to rehearse and speak with personal meaning, allowing pronunciation and prosody to enhance your presence and performance, and the beauty of your spoken English. Stories exist in many ways in the language class. Even telling learners about the past simple can have the qualities of an engaging story! No previous skill or experience necessary. The overall impact will be to bring all classroom language to life!
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 Academy 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.