Advanced Skills Courses

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Creating ELT Materials 2019

with Katherine Bilsborough (Starts June 9th)

Self-Publishing for ELT Professionals 2019

with Dorothy Zemach (Starts July 7th)

Creating ELT Materials

Self-publishing for ELT Professionals
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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 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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Explore past courses as self-study options


2019 courses

John F. Fanselow
Become a (More) Reflective Teacher
Pete Sharma
Evaluating Digital Materials
Katherine Bilsborough
Creating ELT Materials 2019
Dorothy Zemach
Self-publishing for ELT Professionals 2019

2018 courses

Ben Shearon
Personal Finance 101 (in Japan)
Katy Simpson
Creating an ELF-Aware Classroom
Paul Raine
Apps 4 EFL
Katherine Bilsborough
Creating ELT Materials 2018
Dorothy Zemach
Self-publishing for ELT Professionals 2018
Heike Philp
Teaching Online

2017 courses

January Patrice Palmer Teacher to Teacherpreneur March Susan Hillyard Drama in the ELT Classroom April Kate Cory-Wright & Malu Sciamarelli The Power and Joy of Extensive Reading July Dorothy Zemach Self-publishing for ELT Teachers November Learning to Teach (Better) Penny Ur Plus THE path to academic English Stephen Krashen Free recordings of all sessions.

Learning to Teach (Better)

Penny Ur

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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Self-publishing for ELT Teachers

Dorothy Zemach

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.

This course will be available shortly for self-study.

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.

This course will be available shortly for self-study.

Personal Finance 101 (in Japan)

Ben Shearon

Many people in Japan would like to get their finances in order and start saving for the future, but aren’t quite sure where to start. This exposes them to three big potential dangers: not doing anything, doing the wrong thing, and being taken advantage of by ‘advisors’ or financial institutions. This course will help you understand your current financial situation and make a plan to move towards your financial goals. Join us and get started building a better and more secure life for yourself and your family. * This course is designed for residents of Japan. People living outside Japan will be able to benefit from about 75% of the course and are welcome to join if interested.

Apps 4 EFL

Paul Raine

Become iTDi certified as an Apps 4 EFL teacher in March 2018 with Apps 4 EFL Designer & Developer Paul Raine, whose website offers over 30 versatile web-apps, covering listening, reading, speaking, writing, and vocabulary. In this four-week course, you’ll learn how to get students set up with the site, track their progress, assign tasks, download data for easy integration into grade sheets, and much more. Participants will be challenged weekly to try out his apps and share how they would increase and decrease levels of difficulty within their context for their students.

This course will be available shortly for self-study.

THE path to academic English

academic English with Stephen Krashen

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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