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Patrice Palmer Teacher to Teacherpreneur

Patrice Palmer

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Jill Hadfield Creativity in the Language Classroom

Jill and Charles Hadfield

Stephen Krashen's course is now available as recordings for free!

Create your own future in 2017!

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Drama in the ELT Classroom (March)

 

Challenge your beliefs about teaching, acquire new skills, and learn with some of the best teachers in ELT by taking a four-week iTDi Advanced course. This year, we're offering a range of courses on topics, areas, and issues you'll want to explore more deeply.

Each course costs only $59 and is led by a content area expert and includes:

 

  • four live one-hour sessions in the iTDi online global classroom
  • course-exclusive texts, multimedia components, and study materials
  • access to a dedicated course forum practice circle where you'll discuss course content, interact with your instructor and  classmates, post assignments, and share ideas
  • small classes to encourage interaction and provide personal attention
  • support and mentoring from iTDi
  • an International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi) endorsed Certificate of Completion, recording 20 professional development hours

 

Take your learning further with an iTDi Certificate of Accomplishment!

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you acquired in a course by doing additional course-specific assignments and having your work evaluated to fulfill the requirements for an optional Certificate of Accomplishment signed by the course instructor and endorsed by iTDi. This post-class work and evaluation is available for an additional fee, and will provide you with documentation to show what you have learned, and the number of professional development hours earned.

All classes are recorded, so don't worry if you miss one. Following each class, registered participants are emailed a link to playback the recording at leisure. We also send out mini-assignments and readings by email. Participants are encouraged to engage in the online forum discussions between classes, and the tutors will be available to answer any questions arising from the course.


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Previous iTDi Advanced Courses

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November

Neuro ELT NeuroELT

Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, and Joseph Shaules

September

Marcos Benevides ELT Reading Materials Design

Marcos Benevides

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John F. Fanselow Rhyme and Rhythm in ELT

Jason R. Levine

Creating an ELF-aware classroom (English as a Lingua Franca)

Katy Simpson

Do your students use English with people from around the world? Are you looking for practical techniques to support students who need global communication skills? Develop your teaching toolkit by becoming an ELF-aware teacher. This course bridges theory and practice to focus on the how of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF): how to develop a suitable pronunciation and listening syllabus for ELF users; how to develop students’ use of communication strategies; how to promote tolerance of accent diversity; how to diagnose pronunciation needs; and finally, how to create lessons which respond to those needs.

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Becoming a self-published author

Dorothy Zemach

Many teachers think about publishing their own work, and these days, many wonder about publishing independently. This course will provide a unique opportunity to learn about indie publishing from an author who has published both with traditional publishers, and independently, and who has become a successful publisher herself. You will learn about the advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing, explore the various publishing platforms available to you, and software choices to make your book a reality.

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Intercultural Communication in ELT

Christopher Graham

21st century skills are becoming more and more prominent in secondary, tertiary and occupational ELT programmes, and one of the key 21st century skillsets is intercultural communication. Teachers joining this course will gain a broad overview of the key intercultural theories and their practical application. We will then go on to explore how these ideas can be used in the classroom setting as part of the overall strategy to develop 21st century skills. Teachers will examine both broad themes and specific activity types in a number of course settings. These include secondary school ELT, university foundation programmes and business and occupational English courses.

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Penny Ur

Learning to Teach (Better)

Penny Ur

We know that GOOD teachers as well as NEW teachers are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve their teaching. Penny Ur shares practical insights she has learned throughout her 35-year teaching career: from colleagues, from students, from the literature, and from her own trial-and-error experiences. Penny brings a keen observational eye for what engages students, and even more importantly, what helps students improve their language skills. Each week Penny will present teaching tips that address a wide range of classroom issues, all aimed at making language learning better for students and teachers.

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Extensive Reading in the ELT Classroom

Kate Cory-Wright

There are many benefits from extensive reading in language classrooms. It develops learner autonomy, exposes students to compelling, comprehensible input, it builds vocabulary and strengthens writing skills, and more! This course will look at what extensive reading is, and what it is not. You’ll learn how to set up a program in your own teaching context, where to find resources to develop your library, and how to motivate your students to succeed.

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Susan Hillyard

Drama in the ELT Classroom: From "I cant" to "I CAN!"

Susan Hillyard

Drama activities can SPICE up your ELT Classroom to engage and include all students in a joyful action packed experience where you can achieve more effective outcomes especially in the Speaking Skills. The basic theory behind Drama in Education will be covered briefly but learning the HOW of putting Drama into practice will take priority. You will experience activities to improve confidence, communication skills, body language, voice production and fluency. Activities include breathing, body and voice exercises borrowed from stagecraft, language games, improvisations and role play. By the end of the course you will be able to take both yourselves and your students from wailing "I can't…." to shouting "I CAN!"

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Jill Hadfield

Creativity in the Language Classroom

Jill and Charles Hadfield

This short course will focus on different ways teachers can use creativity in the language classroom. The introductory webinar will suggest how creativity can be used in different ways for different purposes . Thereafter the subsequent 3 webinars will each focus on a targeted aspect: creative activities for practising grammar, creative activities for practising vocabulary and the interesting question of how far creativity can be used with beginners. Each webinar will give teachers a range of instantly useable practical activities.

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Patrice Palmer

Teacher to Teacherpreneur

Patrice Palmer

Being a teacherpreneur could be for you! Teachers possess many transferrable skills that can be monetized. Patrice has successfully transitioned from teacher to teacherpreneur and will show you how you can too.

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Jason R. Levine

Rhyme and Rhythm in ELT

Jason R. Levine

This course will look at the integral roles rhyme and rhythm play in English language acquisition and develop participants' knowledge and experience with classroom activities that promote these concepts. We will focus on how to select songs and poems for class, create supplementary materials for pop songs, and write chants based on content in an ELT curriculum. All participants will have exclusive access to ColloTunes songs, lyrics, and activities created by the instructor, and will receive a personalized chant written, recorded, and performed by Jason.

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John F. Fanselow

Language Learning to Go! Integrating Mobile Learning with Language Learners

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Mobile learning has transformed the way we learn and we have the opportunity to provide our students with powerful language learning experiences using their mobile devices. With most basic cellphones, students can record audio, take pictures, write notes, and capture video without an Internet connection. They can use these features to create stories, podcasts, movies, commercials, and other projects in English. Additionally, they can share their English creations with friends and family members. These English creations can remain on their devices for them to access at anytime.

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Caroline Linse

Making Positive Connections with Parents

Caroline Linse

In this course we'll explore issues related to working with parents in ELT programs in different contexts. We will look at parents' expectations of English language teaching, parents' expectations of educators, parents' expectations of their children and ways to build positive partnerships between schools and homes.

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John F. Fanselow

Contrasting Conversations: Activities for Exploring Our Beliefs and Teaching Practices

John F. Fanselow

In this course, we'll challenge assumptions, question universal teaching truths, and have fun doing so. No matter what your starting point - teacher, supervisor, teacher-in-training - you will discover something different about your teaching and something different about yourself and your students.

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Scott Thornbury and Penny Ur

Revisiting Fluency and Accuracy in Vocabulary and Grammar teaching

Scott Thornbury and Penny Ur

In this course we'll take a fresh look at accuracy and fluency in teaching grammar and vocabulary. Together, we'll explore assumptions and challenge beliefs that you may never have considered. Regardless of your starting point, you'll leave the course with a deeper understanding of both accuracy and fluency, and greater confidence in your ability to teach grammar and vocabulary effectively.

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Vicki Hollett

Breaking Into Business English

Vicki Hollett

Get iTDi Certified in Teaching Business English. In this four week online course, you'll build your awareness of the communication skills Business English students most need, learn practical teaching techniques and approaches appropriate for face-to-face, blended and online Business English teaching contexts and build a library of links, materials, and activities to enable you to teach Business English with confidence. Whether new to Business English or already practising in the field, this course will help you take your Business English teaching further.

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Marcos Benevides

ELT Reading Materials Design

Marcos Benevides

Get iTDi certified in ELT Reading Materials Design this September with award-winning author and publisher Marcos Benevides. Explore the relationship between intensive and extensive reading. Work with frequency lists and corpora. Even publish your own graded reader. Teachers with little or no materials-writing experience are welcome!

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Neuro ELT

NeuroELT

Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, and Joseph Shaules

Get iTDi certified in NeuroELT this November with the FABulous Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, and Joseph Shaules. Neuroscience is changing the world. It is unraveling the mysteries of the very most basic elements of our profession – language, learning, and culture – and yet, because these findings are so new, they have not made much impact on our field yet. We wish, as language teachers ourselves, to change that. Let's look at how the brain processes emotion, memory, and meaning, and examine ways we can apply these findings to our classrooms.

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academic English with Stephen Krashen

THE path to academic English

Stephen Krashen

Academic language proficiency consists of vocabulary, grammar, and a discourse style of academic, or professional language. Traditional teaching approaches include describing the language, preparing materials and explicitly teaching academic language. This has never worked. Whether you are teaching university students or just hoping to improve your own academic language proficiency, join Stephen Krashen to find out what does work.

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Getting Blended Learning Right with Pete Sharma

Getting Blended Learning Right

Pete Sharma

Get iTDi certified in Blended Learning with Pete Sharma. In this four-week iTDi Advanced course, you'll learn what blended learning is and isn't, why so many who try to implement a blended approach rarely get it right, what's involved in setting up a blended language learning program. Whether you're a teacher, trainer, manager or principal you'll learn how to build a blended program that's just right for your particular context.

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Rethink Teaching: Vocabulary and Grammar with John F. Fanselow

Rethink Teaching: Vocabulary and Grammar

John F. Fanselow

Transform the way you teach vocabulary & grammar with John F. Fanselow. Examine and rethink current methods and practices. Generate and explore alternatives. Implement changes and track transformation. In this course you'll work closely with John and classmates from around the world to rethink, renew, and transform your teaching.

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Rethink Motivation with Jill Hadfield

Rethink Motivation with Jill Hadfield

Jill Hadfield

Transform your teaching by rethinking motivation with Jill Hadfield. Explore the latest theories, discuss classroom implications, and share activities designed to motivate. Building mostly on Future Possible Selves theory and Second Language Identity you'll learn how to create a motivational syllabus, help learners visualize their ideal second language selves, map their journey, and better enjoy the learning experience. Each motivating live session will be grounded in theory, rich in applied practical takeaway value, and good interactive fun.

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Rethink Language Practice: A Course in ELT Rhythm and Rhyme

Rethink Language Practice: A Course in ELT Rhythm and Rhyme

Jason Levine

Transform the way you think about language practice with Jason R. Levine. Explore what's effective and why, discover how to deepen your students' learning, and learn techniques for developing your own language practice activities and materials. While on one level the course looks at the role rhythm and rhyme plays in language learning, on a deeper level it explores issues surrounding memory, meaning, and motivation. The course is appropriate for all teachers who want to take language practice to the next level by getting their students to learn more by practicing more in more enjoyable ways.

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iTDi Summer Intensive

iTDi Summer Intensive

With some of the brightest in ELT

Study at your own pace with 20 + presentations available to view. Recordings are free access for iTDi Community members. Optional professional credit hours and certificates available.

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The ELT Writer's Retreat: Focus on Poetry

Poetry in ELT & The ELT Writer's Retreat

Chuck Sandy

In Poetry in ELT we'll explore the many ways poetry can be used in the English Language Classroom.

In The ELT Creative Writers' Retreat, short poems will lead us into the writing of personal memoir as we work together to develop as writers and explore the depths of our lives while learning how to use a Writer's Workshop Approach in our English classes.

Though the two courses fit nicely together, they also stand nicely alone. Participants are welcome to take either course separately or both courses together.

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Learning Space: A Guide To Unplugged Teaching

Learning Space: A Guide To Unplugged Teaching

Luke Meddings

Our students need space to learn, but we also need to learn space - what it means, and how to use it. Why do human beings have to fill up space? We fill our bags, our devices and our apartments until they overflow. We fill our minds with digital content all day along and expect to sleep a peaceful sleep. Give us a beach and we build hotel blocks. Give us a lesson and we fill it with content.

Why do we do this? Well, this course can't address all these things, but we can look at teaching! Space is crucial in the unplugged classroom. By using fewer published materials, we open the space for the students' own experiences. We allow them to express themselves using all the language they have and some of the language they need. But we also need to learn how to manage space, and how to avoid filling it up with too much teacher stuff. So come join! We'll look at big ideas and little techniques, clever activities and simple daily habits to make the classroom a happier and more liberating space for us and our students.

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Rethinking the other language(s) in the English language classroom

Rethinking the other language(s) in the English language classroom

Philip Kerr

The learners' own language has been called the greatest asset that they bring to learning a new language. They use it in class, most teachers use it in class, and yet hardly anyone talked about it, until very recently. Share your own experiences and attitudes, compare them with others in the group, discover what research has to tell us and what practical ideas are available, and discover how you can make more principled uses of the other language(s) as a tool for learning English in your own teaching context.

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Course materials: design, selection and use

Course materials: design, selection and use

Penny Ur

Some teachers use coursebooks. Some teachers design their own materials. Most teachers do both! Penny Ur's course will help us to choose good coursebooks, make better use of the coursebooks we have, and adapt or create teaching materials. Whether you are a teacher who wants to feel more confident using and supplementing coursebooks, or an ELT materials writer who wants insights into the ways coursebooks are, or can be, used by teachers, you will want to be in this course.

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Steven Herder

Teaching High School Students to Enjoy L2 Writing

Steven Herder

Writing is an acquired skill. Anyone can learn to improve their writing, and everyone has something to express whether they initially realize it or not. A fluency-first approach for new writers can provide the initial seeds of confidence needed to begin a virtuous cycle of motivation. As students see the fun in expressing themselves, sharing ideas and opinions with classmates, and acquire fluency skills, most of them then want to take on the challenge of improving either accuracy or complexity next. Teaching an active writing class can allow teachers to better connect with students through their writing, and also finish with a greater sense of satisfaction as a teacher.

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Steven Herder

Teaching Written Essays for Standardized Tests (TOEFL iBT & IELTS)

Steven Herder

Standardized English tests are often an unavoidable challenge, if not a necessary evil that many students may face at some point in their studies. Whether they need a student visa to study abroad or they want to get a qualification, more and more young people are taking tests such as the TOEFL iBT or IELTS. If you have students who need to improve their essay writing, this course will offer a wide range of practical, confidence-building ideas for both students and writing instructors.

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Juan Uribe

Teaching Young Learners Affectively

Juan Uribe

Come learn how affective language learning can enhance your teaching and empower your students in their learning. Let’s explore together how affective learning postures and practices can create caring, meaningful, and playful environments that foster curiosity, commitment, and creativity in both learners and teachers. Join us in this memorable journey filled with rods, games, storytelling, puppeteering, and much more!

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Shelly Terrell

English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Digital Tools for Research and Writing

Shelly Terrell

This 4-week course will provide you with a foundation in digital literacy that can lead to improved academic research and writing. We will explore different ways technology can help make research, citation, writing, and assessment more engaging for teens, university students, and adults. We will also learn how to help students evaluate resources and cite them appropriately when writing essays and creating digital presentations.

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Katherine Bilsborough

Creating ELT Materials

Katherine Bilsborough

Teachers of all ages and from all backgrounds are welcome. No materials-writing experience is necessary! This 4-week course will help you create materials by providing the necessary theoretical background behind materials development while focusing largely on the practical (and fun) side of creating.

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Vicki Hollett

Creating ELT Videos

Vicki Hollett

During the course participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit videos and collaborate with other participants. All participants will need a camera of some kind that they can use to capture video clips. It doesn’t need to be a single-purpose camera, so for example a cell phone camera, a tablet camera or a webcam will be just fine.

By the end of the course, successful participants will have the knowhow they need to start creating videos their students will love.

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John F. Fanselow

Small Changes Big Results

John F. Fanselow

Change the way you teach in big and small ways in just five weeks! The practical value of John F. Fanselow's course will enable teachers who participate fully to transform, enhance and challenge their teaching practice in ways they have never thought of and wouldn't believe. Participants will receive a free PDF copy of John F. Fanselow's forthcoming book, 'Small Changes Big Results — Activities and essays to stimulate fresh thinking about language learning' (priced $9.99 for ebook and $19.99 paperback). The book, both direct and exploratory, begins a journey that registered participants will take with a community of teachers from around the globe and the author as guide and gadfly.

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