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Authenticity in our classrooms with Mark Andrews

"Authenticity" is the word of the year 2023. What does it mean to be an authentic teacher and what does an authentic classroom look like? In this 5-day intensive course for teachers of pupils aged 11+, you'll find lots of suggestions for taking your English lessons into the 21st century. Using the 'here and now' principle, elevate your lessons to actually prepare your pupils for real life, ensuring they will always be one step ahead.
Mark Andrews

Duration

1 week 25x60min

Schedule

19-23.8.2024

Form

group tuition in person

Number of students

max. 12 participants

Level

Overview of available dates

Selecting a specific course is done at point of purchase

Monday to Friday

9:30-16:15
19.08.2024 - 23.08.2024

About course

This 5-day intensive face-to-face course offers participants a unique opportunity to explore what the concept of authenticity in education means as well as explore techniques to help teachers be more themselves in the classroom.  Teacher authenticity affects their relationship with students, deepens their student-centeredness, and influences their choice of learning materials. Higher levels of authenticity will change the way classroom management and decision-making are done, deepen humanistic principles, and bring other goals into the classroom besides language learning and development; a good example is building understanding and respect for other cultures.

Authenticity means bringing the principle of ‘here and now’ into the classroom, or transferring some of the responsibility for the teaching process and classroom management to the students. Authenticity forces (in a good sense) students to go further, encouraging them to talk and express themselves, to think about what and why they are learning, and how they intend to develop.  This leads to more effective learning strategies which are all the more valuable because students get to them by themselves.

On the course we’ll prepare sample assignments, practical ideas, and practice exercises for several areas related to authenticity. This includes demonstrating how to work with authentic texts from media and information sources, how and when to have students engage critical thinking and skepticism, how to help students choose the right information sources, and how to work with images in ways that go beyond simply describing them – a method for learning and developing vocabulary.

Who is the course for

For teachers of pupils aged 11+ who want to motivate and engage their pupils in a more authentic way. They are not afraid of change, are interested in what is happening in the world at the moment, and want to incorporate this 'here and now' into their English lessons appropriately. They are determined to teach their pupils to communicate better with people from other cultures and thus open a real door to the world for them.

What you will get from this course?

  • Knowledge of the principles of authentic teaching leadership
  • Understanding of the benefits of authentic teacher and student behavior for both the teaching process and personal development
  • Skill in how to continuously build a more democratic classroom environment
  • Understanding of how to reflect on one’s own teaching, for improvement through pupil perceptions
  • A set of practical activities and guidelines for greater and authentic pupil engagement
  • The ability to use the ‘here and now’ principle in the regular classroom
  • The ability to develop critical thinking in themselves and their students
  • Directions for working with authentic information from the media and online environments
  • Principles of teaching in a multicultural environment and building respect between cultures
  • Discussion and exchange of ideas in a small group of like-minded teachers in the heart of the Old Town

In 2020, we became the first language school in Slovakia to attain international accreditation from EAQUALS, and to date, we remain the only one in Slovakia with this distinction. EAQUALS serves as the guarantor of quality language education for schools in an international setting.

 

Experience what The Bridge has to offer

Experience European quality at The Bridge. Our school prioritizes the quality of teaching, backed by international accreditations from EAQUALS and EMCC, as well as a collaboration with TrackTest.eu. At The Bridge, you can expect an individualized approach even in group courses.

We boast an international team of highly educated professionals certified to teach English as a foreign language. Our internal assessment system for tutors aligns with the exacting standards of the Cambridge English Teaching Framework.

At The Bridge, we not only teach you English but also guide you in learning it effectively. In addition to the course, you will have access to our well-equipped library, workshops, webinars, and numerous complimentary activities designed for your benefit.

Teacher

Mark Andrews

BIO

Mark Andrews worked as a teacher trainer at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest Hungary for 15 years in the Department of English Applied Linguistics, before that he taught in the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

He has been living and working in Central/Eastern Europe for 40 years now, 12 of which were as an ELT methodology teacher and advisor with the British Council. For six years he was involved in a language and culture project with Secondary School teachers in Hungary which resulted in a text book for teenagers “Zoom In”.

He was co-ordinator of the IATEFL Hungary Culture and Literature Special Interest Group for 5 years and is a big supporter of teacher associations in the Central and Eastern European region. He worked for SOL (Sharing One Language) for 10 years both in Devon and in this region as a teacher trainer, teacher on student courses and course and materials developer.

He now works freelance and in the last year has been teaching week long courses for teenagers in Austrian schools for “English in Action”. He enjoys coming to Slovakia a lot and co-ran four summer camps in Čadca, Stará Turá and Šamorin on a boat on the Danube

Price

For all our clients we provide the following services

  • Students´ learning style
  • Student needs analysis
  • Recources for self-study and library
  • Refreshments provided for face-to-face lessons on the premises
  • 25 hours of interactive workshops
  • Admission and exit testing
  • Study material
  • The Bridge Certificate
  • 6 x coaching for personal and professional development
  • 10 x individual consultations with a teacher trainer

Basic

1 week
25x60min
  • 25 hours of interactive workshops
  • Admission and exit testing
  • Study material
  • The Bridge Certificate
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625 €
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Premium

1 week
25x60min
  • 25 hours of interactive workshops
  • Admission and exit testing
  • Study material
  • The Bridge Certificate
  • 6 x coaching for personal and professional development
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1135 €
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Executive

1 week
25x60min
  • 25 hours of interactive workshops
  • Admission and exit testing
  • Study material
  • The Bridge Certificate
  • 6 x coaching for personal and professional development
  • 10 x individual consultations with a teacher trainer
1685 €
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The Bridge language school means an extremely good teaching experience, for me for sure. Everyone is very flexible, ready to communicate anytime and on a friendly basis. They always try to accommodate my needs. The teachers are very professional and friendly. I have experience with several language schools, The Bridge has given me something extra.
Martin Bahurinský
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