Británico´s Two-hour Programme Series

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Anything Goes

These programes are aimed at English teachers of any age and any level.

  • Tell us what you want and we can almost certainly offer it. We need only three days to put something together. For example, topics on :
    • English Language – Vocabulary, Grammar, Use
    • English Language Teaching
    • English Language Studies
    • English Literature Studies
    • Educational Leadership
    • Programme matters
    • Evaluation matters
  • You can even take a two-hour component from many of our 8-hour and 16-hour programmes! Click on the Categories to the right for some ideas.

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Remember – any four, eight and ten two-hour programmes can be combined to make SENCE-eligible programmes at your venue, on your dates and at your times.

Are you more interested in purely methodology and classroom practice programmes? Ask us about about the Británico Cookbook.

Taking the Pain out of Pairing

Pairwork activities are essential in the communicative classroom, and invaluable when practising and developing oral production skills. However, too often they go badly and objectives are not met and in fact, they can often result in student misbehaviour. More often than not, such concerns can be avoided by smart pairing and this programme will provide you with 10 new, tried and true approaches to pairing which are teacher-friendly and firmly provide the necessary task emphasis.

You don´t say! Alternatives to he said / she said

Young or developing creative writers start their basic reported speech and dialogues with the same construction, ´ “xxx,” he said ´ and ´ “yyy,” she said ´ which quickly becomes repetitve and boring. Simply adding in “asked”, “replied” and “stated” is not the answer, and can seem contrived or lacking in elegance, and formulaic and non-engaging for the reader. However, the emerging writer often lacks the vocabulary or the strategies to move on. This two-hour single-topic programme shows a quick and easy, teacher-friendly approach which instantly improves student writing.

Four Pronunciation Programmes – take one, two, three or all four to qualify for SENCE support!
Click on the links below for more information.

Bin the Coursebook

Aimed at post-CELTA teachers and ELT teachers interested in incorporating alternative methodologies into their teaching practice.

  • a brief introduction to concepts of methodologies / approaches in ELT, how we as teachers define our teaching methodology
  • an overview of methodology – rationale
  • Dogme ELT : what is it? what it isn’t
  • a brief explanation of 10 practical examples of “unplugged” teaching procedures / activities
  • problem areas: learner expectations / learning context / stakeholder expectations & demands / age of students etc…
  • how Dogme can be put into practice alongside “traditional” teaching methods and in spite of problem areas

dictation 01Dictation – Back to the Future

Aimed at post-CELTA teachers and ELT teachers interested in expanding their repertoire of methods / approaches.

  • an overview – background on how / why dictation was used in foreign language classes
  • why dictation has been and is still ignored in TEFL
  • current thinking on dictation – the rationale behind its use in language learning
  • an explanation and demonstration of five dictation activities that can be used in class

Task-based Language Teaching

Aimed at post-CELTA teachers and ELT teachers interested in incorporating alternative methodologies into their teaching practice.

  • introduction to TBLT – background and origins, and its place in Communicative Language teaching
  • strong and weak communicative approaches
  • what is a task? Difference between tasks and activities
  • types of tasks in TBL
  • the TB framework : what happens in a TBL class?
  • demonstration of a TB lesson
  • Advantages of a TB approach over other methodologies
  • Problem areas with TBLT

Playing with Frames : Task – Teach – Task / Guided Discovery

Aimed at post-CELTA teachers and ELT teachers interested in expanding their repertoire of methods / approaches.

  • T-T-T approach: what is it? Why use it?
  • T-T-T v PPP : comparative benefits
  • examples of a deep-end approach
  • when it is / isn’t appropriate
  • problematic aspects of T-T-T
  • guided discovery / inductive approach
  • inductive vs. deductive language learning
  • examples of guided discovery class procedures
  • benefits of using guided discovery
  • why / when it is not effective / appropriate

And finally …

Two-hour programmes are not eligible for SENCE, however any four, eight and ten two-hour programmes can be combined to become SENCE-eligible. Contact us for more information on creating your own SENCE programme. All two-hour programmes assume a minimum level of CEFR-B2*.

For more information, to suggest topics or subjects for a two-hour programme or to speak with a programme advisor, contact us.You can also find out when and where the next “open” programmes are being offered by :

* Unsure as to your level of English, or lacking a formal qualification? We can help!
Check out our Assessment Services available to teachers and to schools.
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