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Contemporary English

A practical and interactive course that explores current trends in English, provides opportunities for language development and presents practical ideas and techniques for teaching language.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
18+
Language level
Advanced (C1) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
30 June - 13 July / 28 July - 10 August / 11 - 24 August 2019
Price
£1,790 / EUR 2,260
Location
Bell Cambridge , Bell Teacher Campus, Homerton College, Cambridge

Who is this course for?

  • Experienced teachers with a high standard of English who wish to further develop their own language skills and learn about current trends in the use of English
  • Participants who want to know about new trends and changes in modern English

Course outcomes

You will have:

  • Increased awareness of recent changes and developments in English
  • Improved English language competencies, including a greater knowledge of idiomatic and colloquial language.
  • Greater awareness of a range of techniques and strategies for presenting and practising new language.
  • Opportunities to develop and disseminate innovative teacher practice internationally.

Course description

Tuition

43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Campus courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.

This is a practical, active and interactive course that explores current trends in English, provides opportunities for language development and practice and presents practical ideas and techniques for teaching language. You will learn up-to-date idiomatic and colloquial English, explore how the current cultural climate is affecting English and be more aware of changes in English pronunciation and grammar. You will also experience a variety of effective teaching strategies, activities and techniques that you can use with your own students in your own classroom.

Topics covered on Contemporary English include:

  •  How English is affected by the cultural climate
  •  Language, gender and political correctness
  •  Lexical change and development: where new  words come from and how they are formed
  •  Grammar change and the implications for teaching
  •  Slang, contemporary phrasal verbs and idioms
  •  Pronunciation: from RP to the English of the future
  •  Exploiting authentic materials for learning activities

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.

Workshops

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 Campus takes place at Homerton College and Bell Cambridge. Both campus' have easy access to the city centre, so you can explore Cambridge 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 Campus 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. 

Course includes:

  • 43 hours of tuition (21.5 hours per week)
  • Weekly plenary session by well-known ELT speakers
  • Weekly workshops on hot topics
  • Weekly cultural talk
  • Private en-suite accommodation at Homerton college
  • Daily breakfast and weekday evening meals
  • Programme of social and cultural events including a day excursion to London
  • End of course certificate
  • Free wifi onsite
  • 20% discount for all books from the Cambridge University Press bookshop
  • Travel insurance
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