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How to teach advanced students with Ben Gwillim

What do you do with your students when they reach B2+/C1?  Most of them have already gone through all the grammar, probably more than once, and they have a number of textbooks on their shelves that would do credit to any school library. This course will show you how to use authentic source materials and modern techniques to prepare engaging lessons for advanced learners of any language.
Ben Gwillim

Duration

1 week 25x60min

Schedule

8-12.7.2024

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
08.07.2024 - 12.07.2024

About course

We have designed the group course to meet the needs of teachers of English or other languages ​​who are teaching advanced students at C1 level and above. In the course we work together to establish a definition of an advanced language learner and identify the key language skills required at this stage. You will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be an advanced speaker of English and explore the more complex aspects of the language.

At advanced language levels, students need to understand how language is actually used in the real world. That’s why we focus on using authentic materials. Together, we explore a diverse range of teaching methodologies and materials, enriching each other’s repository of ideas and best practices for truly immersing advanced learners in the English language.

The course focuses on a lexical approach to language learning. You will learn how a lexical approach can improve the fluency and accuracy of advanced learners, including grammar usage and how the grammar of real spoken English often differs from the rules students normally learn. Learn the most effective techniques for all language skills and work together to create dynamic activities that are appropriate for advanced language levels.

Our program includes both traditional and non-traditional resource materials that are readily available and can be incorporated into your teaching. Together we will hone your creative skills in using textbooks while exploring alternative resources.

Who is the course for

The course is intended for all teachers who teach advanced foreign language to students at C1 level and above. It will be appreciated by those who are looking for innovative techniques to motivate advanced learners and want to use materials that are not in the textbooks.

What you will get from this course?

  • A deeper understanding of the advanced level of the language and more complex aspects of the language
  • Proficiency in using a lexical approach to improve fluency and accuracy, including the use of grammar
  • Knowledge of the differences between the grammar of real spoken English and that commonly taught in schools
  • An extensive range of effective learning techniques for advanced levels
  • A wide range of resource materials for teaching advanced students
  • The ability to select the right learning material from authentic sources
  • Ability to prepare lessons to get the maximum value from the materials
  • Your own library of inspiring activities to keep your advanced learners engaged and motivated
  • The ability to design and test your own materials for your students’ specific needs
  • Intensive sharing in a small group of fellow 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

Ben Gwillim

Ben Gwillim served for 25 years in the British military before becoming a teacher.  Having completed his CELTA, he moved to Bratislava in 2014 and has been teaching at the Bridge English Language Centre ever since.  He completed the Teaching Advanced Learners Course at Pilgrims under the tutelage of Hanna Kryszewska in 2018 and the Lexical Teaching course at the Lexical lab in 2019 under Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley.  He currently teaches a range of courses both face-to-face and online and has specialised in teaching advanced students (C1 and above) over the last 5 years.  He also teaches presentations skills to corporate clients and has worked extensively with early-stage start-up companies, helping to improve their pitches and presentations.  He has also delivered workshops at conferences in central Europe focusing on the use of authentic materials and provides regular input to the school’s in-house training programme.

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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Reference

Our company has had expectations towards the course curriculum as well as teacher skills beyond the stadard ones, however the Bridge fulfils our needs and delivers the course wee need, to our full satisfaction. I appreciate their professional communication, truly tailor made courses upon request.
Eva Šimeková
CFO, board member
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