China – ELT Teacher Training
Edinburgh College has been working with educational departments in China since 2004, delivering bespoke English language teacher training programmes, as well as courses designed to prepare candidates for Cambridge ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) and TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test).
In autumn 2016, July 2017 and July 2018, Edinburgh College tutors have delivered bespoke training courses to cohorts of 100 teachers in Guangzhou. The format of this course is four weeks of online tasks completed by distance learning, and four weeks of face-to-face training in Guangzhou. The online component prepares candidates for the work they will carry out during the face-to-face course, and refreshes their current knowledge. Participants complete online tasks and reading, as well as completing self-reflection and observation tasks in their own classrooms. The face to face course is divided into four main components: (a) language in the classroom (b) methodology (teaching grammar) (c) methodology (teaching skills) and (d) materials evaluation and design.
In 2014 Edinburgh College tutors travelled to Beijing to deliver Cambridge TKT preparation training to 300 primary, middle and high school teachers, again following the 4+4 model of online training followed by face-to-face classes in China.