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Becoming a Teacher Trainer

This course requires teachers to play a very active role, learning through discussion, practice, observation, reflection, evaluation and feedback.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Advanced (C1) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
12 - 25 July 2020 / 26 July - 8 August 2020
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,825 / EUR 2,300
Bell Teacher Academy

Who is this course for?

  • Experienced English language professionals who are considering becoming ELT trainers at primary, secondary or tertiary level
  • Teachers with a minimum of 5 years’ teaching experience in different contexts
  • Teachers or managers who have to train teachers as part of their jobs and want to be more effective trainers and mentors

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • An understanding of the professional role of the teacher educator with reference to relevant theory, standards and policies
  • Increased understanding of how to foster quality improvements to teaching and learning
  • Capacity to design and implement teacher training course programmes
  • Ability to design, teach and critically evaluate teacher training and development sessions
  • Ability to apply principles of coaching, mentoring and facilitation in giving accurate and sensitive feedback to teacher learners
  • Capacity to use and evaluate a range of methodologies and approaches that reflect current learning and teacher education theories
  • Opportunity for post-course dissemination of good practice to other teachers
  • (Further) development of linguistic skills and intercultural awareness

Course description


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 provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the move from being a teacher to a teacher trainer. You will learn about how to plan, structure and deliver effective teacher training programmes and also explore the differences between teaching and training. The course also covers practical skills such doing teacher observations, giving effective feedback and how to establish an effective teacher development programme in your own context. You will also further develop your language skills and ability to use English in the context of teacher education.

Topics covered on Becoming a Teacher Training include:

  • Roles and skills of teacher educators
  • Competencies in teacher education – what is ‘a good teacher’?
  • Needs analysis
  • Designing courses for teachers
  • Frameworks for planning sessions for teaching teachers
  • Approaches to lesson observation
  • Feedback skills
  • Evaluation of teaching
  • Materials for teaching teachers
  • Dealing with difficult training situations
  • Different approaches to training and continuous professional development

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 Academy partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.