This course is of significant benefit to non-native teachers and trainers who:
• would like to explore the possibilities of using an Inquiry Based Learning approach to creating dynamic learning opportunities using the wealth of easily, and often very economically, available resources in their locality
• wish to increase their awareness of current thinking on Inquiry Based Learning; its potential to support students to become more collaborative, thoughtful and innovative learners, its application across a range of topics and classes including its relevance in the area of preparing students for a changing world of work and employment
The primary objectives of this 1-week Inquiry Based Learning course are:
• to familiarise participants with key concepts and issues in Inquiry Based Learning and to help develop their skills in incorporating IBL into teaching and learning processes in their schools.
• to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of tech tools used in IBL.
• to explore a range of school projects for subjects such as English, geography, history and citizenship with a focus on the tools and resources needed to implement IBL.
• to provide opportunities for improved methodology and creativity to help participants increase their student engagement and retention on their return to their own schools.
• to provide an opportunity to consolidate participants own language skills.
• to establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals.
• to promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
The input sessions are a blend of lecture format and practical activities. Throughout the course participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practice, consider alternative practices and try out a variety of classroom activities through lesson planning, workshops and presentations. Participants will build up a portfolio of project ideas and develop a project of their own.
• Increased confidence in developing and implementing PBL in the classroom
• Increased confidence in developing and implementing Inquiry Based Learning in participants’ schools, including implementation through the participants’ first language
• Increased confidence in using tech tools to implement Inquiry Based Learning Projects
• Digital portfolio of IBL work done during the programme as a reference for implementing new approaches in participants own classrooms and to facilitate dissemination of their Erasmus+ project to colleagues
• Participation in a real world project using some of the core characteristics of IBL
• Increased awareness of the possibilities of exploiting easily accessible local resources as a basis for supporting collaborative, thoughtful learning across a range of contexts by introducing an IBL approach.
• Enhancement of personal English Language skills – reading, writing, speaking, listening, fluency, accuracy
• Sharing of experience and knowledge with professionals from a range of European countries
• Increased knowledge of Irish history and culture
• Knowledge of Erasmus+ potential for professional development
This course on Exploring Local Resources – An Inquiry Based Approach to our Community is a one-week course consisting of 20 morning contact hours as well as an excursions programme which is linked to the morning sessions. Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday
On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. Twin English Centre Dublin trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.
To apply for the Exploring Local Resources – an Inquiry Based Approach to our Community
To make application for Erasmus+ funding for this course or any of our other in-service training courses for teachers please visit your National Agency website for full information on the application process.
About Twin English Centre Dublin
Twin English Centre Dublin has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers who are also practising teachers of English, experienced in using up-to-date methods with learners at all levels of language learning. In addition Twin English Centre Dublin has been providing in-service training courses for teachers from overseas for the last 18 years.
Programme including materials; excursions and activities as outlined in the programme
Host family accommodation; single room; half board
Student Self Catering Accommodation; July & August with limited availability from 16th June
Airport Transfers (optional)