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Get certified in teaching academic English with iTDi

Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to attend all four classes (live or through recordings), participate in the class forum discussions and complete assigned tasks.

In addition to the above requirements, participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to create a plan for a blended learning language program.

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iTDi Advanced Course

Getting Blended Learning Right with 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.

Live sessions:

  • Sunday March 8th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 15th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 22nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • Sunday March 29th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Enroll in the entire course for only US $59

Course + Evaluation + Certificate of Accomplishment US $89

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

Course outline:

Blended Learning continues to be a key concept in English Language Teaching. With Pete Sharma, you'll explore what blended learning is, what it isn't, and gain insights into the range of options available. At the end of this four-week course, participants will know what's needed to successfully set up a Blended Learning language course of their own -- no matter what their context might be.

Week 1: History and models of Blended Learning
The term Blended Learning (BL) means different things to different people. This introduction looks at the roots of the BL model, examines what the research says, explores the most important definitions and dimensions of the term and finally, provides some working models of BL, including the 'flipped classroom' and the 'dual track' approach.

Week 2: Why blend? Challenges and success factors: the pedagogy of Blended Learning
Why do schools want to set up Blended Learning courses? This week, we'll examine the reasons, look at the challenges, and explore the critical factors in making a success of such a course. These include integration, appropriacy, attitude and training. This week we focus on the pedagogy of delivering a blended learning course, with practical examples of blending grammar, vocabulary, the four language skills and phonology.

Week 3: Materials and the Virtual Learning Environment
Many teachers will want to integrate publisher produced digital materials into their course. This week, we'll first focus on available publisher materials, from DVD-ROMs and eWorkbooks to web-based materials. Then, we will look various platforms you may wish to integrate into a course -- from the free, open-source platform Moodle and English360, which includes authoring tools, to social platforms like Edmodo and wikis, such as Wiggio.

Week 4: Content and course creation
We will look at how to create your own digital materials, covering common exercise types (such as Categorize, Gap-fill, Matching, Multiple choice, Re-ordering and Labelling), adapted from Pete's latest co-authored book: "How to write for Digital Media". Finally, we will take a step-by-step approach to setting up, delivering and evaluating a Blended Learning course.

Pete Sharma

Pete Sharma is a Director of Pete Sharma Associates Ltd, a consultancy and training organisation. [http://www.psa.eu.com] He lecturers in EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and has co-written many books on technology including Blended Learning, 400 Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards, Apptivities for business English and How to write for Digital Media. Pete is a well-known international conference presenter and has given talks at IATEFL, BESIG, TESOL, JALT and MICELT. He has a Masters in Educational Technology, wrote Blended Learning - Key Concepts in ELT in the ELTJ and is co-author of the chapter on Blended and Online learning in the Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology [Forthcoming].

iTDi Teaching skills development course module 26

Pete has authored lessons for the iTDi Teaching Skills Development course, in the 'Using digital technology in class' module. Visit the lessons HERE