We offer real-time training via videoconferencing to groups of teachers in your institution. How does this work? Your teachers sit together in one room, and we deliver the workshop(s) via a videoconferencing platform. Your teachers see us on a screen at the front of the room, and we interact with them in real time, as in a f2f workshop. We have them do short pair and group work tasks, we solicit and listen to their opinions and experiences, and we interact with them exactly as if we were there in person.
All you need at your end is a suitably sized room, a reliable Internet connection, and a computer connected to a projector – and of course a group of teachers who need training! Our virtual workshop(s) can be followed up with one-hour virtual mentoring sessions for small groups of your teachers, to help them embed the new concepts, ideas and activities effectively into their classroom practice. We also deliver conference plenary talks to large audiences via videoconferencing.
EdTech & Language Teachers
Language students increasingly expect technology to be an integrated part of their learning, both in and outside the classroom. In the world of English language teaching, schools with a competitive edge are those that can offer their students quality language teaching by teachers who know how to integrate into their teaching the kinds of technologies that students themselves are already using in their everyday lives. To do this effectively, teachers need training. We can offer your teachers this training – virtually.
What is Virtual Training?
Virtual Training is real-time teacher training delivered via videoconferencing to groups of teachers in your institution.
We asked The Consultants-E for a session on using new technology with young learners and we got exactly what we wanted. It was an extremely down-to-earth workshop which explored e-safety, appropriate use of mobiles and devices, classroom management and there was still time for some practical classroom ideas. We all came away with a lot of food for thought and a desire to put it all into practice.
How does this work?
Your teachers sit together in one room, and one of our expert trainers (Gavin Dudeney and/or Nicky Hockly) delivers the workshop(s) via our videoconferencing platform (Adobe Connect) or via Skype. Your teachers see us on a screen at the front of the room, and we interact with them in real time, as in a f2f workshop. We have them do short pair and group work tasks, we solicit and listen to their opinions and experiences, and we interact with them exactly as if we were there in person. All you need at your end is a suitably sized room, a reliable Internet connection, and a computer connected to a projector – and of course a group of teachers who need training! We also deliver conference plenary talks to large audiences via videoconferencing.
What is Virtual Mentoring?
You can choose to follow up our virtual workshop(s) with one-hour Virtual Mentoring sessions for small groups of your teachers. Our Virtual Mentoring approach is based on sound academic research into effective CPD (Continual Professional Development). Research shows that to be most effective, CPD needs to:
- be ongoing and sustained over time
- include collaboration between teachers
- be applied to classroom practice
- provide choice
- involve mentoring by more experienced colleagues
- draw on external expertise
- include institutional support
The Consultants-E are great at tailoring training exactly to the needs of the audience. The trainers we work with create a lively inspirational atmosphere of learning and sharing. You are guaranteed that the teachers leave the course excited, motivated and having learnt a great deal about practical applicability of learning technologies in the classroom.
Our Virtual Training & Mentoring incorporates all of these elements. You have the option of combining initial virtual workshops for your teachers with follow-up virtual mentoring over several months, thus ensuring that the concepts, ideas and activities explored in the workshops become embedded in your teachers’ classroom practice over time. This reflects an ongoing, supported and sustainable approach to training and CPD. Teacher reflection is aided by weekly, bi-weekly or monthly small group virtual mentoring sessions led by the virtual workshop trainer. The regular virtual mentoring sessions support collaboration between teachers in carrying out small, achievable classroom-based activities or projects (chosen by teachers), and prioritize guided reflection and feedback on their classroom practice. Institutional support and sustainability for this CPD model is sought by involving your head teachers/academic managers in the mentoring process, so that they are equipped in the long term to provide effective mentoring for your teachers in house.
Virtual Training & Mentoring can mean considerable savings for you. You do not need to pay for a f2f trainer’s travel, accommodation or expenses, but your teachers get access to some of the best training in the profession. We have an excellent track record in delivering effective Virtual Training & Mentoring to a range of educational institutions internationally.Watch the short video of Nicky delivering a virtual mobile learning workshop to a group of English language teachers in the United Arab Emirates, (above) to see how our Virtual Training works in practice!
Virtual Training Workshops
Our Virtual Training workshops focus on helping language professionals understand and implement a range of educational technologies (EdTech) into their teaching in a principled manner. The workshops are aimed at teachers, teacher trainers, directors of studies, and/or school or academic managers. All of our Virtual Training workshops are communicative, hands-on, and based in real classroom practice. Practising teachers leave our workshops with clear ideas on how to integrate a range of educational technologies into their own teaching, based on sound pedagogical principles. Your teachers are guaranteed a personalised experience geared towards addressing common problematic areas associated with the implementation of technology in language teaching, as well as practical, hands-on ideas which can have an immediate and positive impact on their teaching.
We can also design a series of tailor-made Virtual Training workshops that focus on specific areas you would like your teachers to develop their expertise in, such as teaching online or in blended mode. These workshops can take place over a period of time – for example, once a week for a month (or longer) – and include the mentoring approach to teacher development described above. As part of a series of workshops, virtual mentoring invites teachers to share and reflect on their learning over time with us. We can provide virtual mentoring (e.g. weekly, bi-weekly or monthly via Skype) to small groups of 2-5 teachers, as part of your Virtual Training package.
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Each Virtual Training workshop can last between one and three hours, and a combination of workshops can be put together, depending on the needs of your teachers/school.
Nicky Hockly (Spain) Nicky is Director of Pedagogy at The Consultants-E. She has been involved in language teaching, teacher training, materials development and instructional design, both online and f2f, since 1987. She holds an MA in TEFL, is an international plenary speaker, and has given seminars, workshops and teacher training courses for practising language teachers all over the world. She is also a member of the TESOL Journal Editorial Board, an OUP EFL Expert Panel member, a consultant for CUP’s English Teacher platform, and a member of the NILE Advisory Board. More >>
- For Packages 2 and 3 we highly recommend that your teachers have access to computers during the workshops, either by bringing their own laptops or mobile devices (Wi-Fi access at the venue needed), or in a networked computer room at your school/institution.
- For Package 4 we work with a mentoring approach with small groups of 2-5 teachers (slightly larger group sizes for mentoring can be negotiated with us).
One-hour Plenary or Workshop Session
One-hour virtual plenary session on a single topic for large groups or
One-hour virtual workshop on a single topic
Only available as a single, one-hour package. For more sustainable development, see the other options
Two to Three Hours of Virtual Workshops
2-3 hours of virtual workshops covering a single topic in depth, or
Two or three topics covered in less depth
Can be delivered virtually in one day, or over different days at your convenience
Four Hours or More of Virtual Workshops
4+ of virtual workshops covering several topics in more depth
Can be put together as a mini-course for participants
Delivered virtually in one day or over several days at your convenience
One-hour Virtual Mentoring Sessions
Virtual mentoring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, one hour per session
Small groups of two to five teachers, complementing virtual workshops
Ensures sustainable and supported embedding of new concepts and activities into classroom practice.
- Virtual Training and/or Mentoring means no additional travel, accommodation or per diem costs.
- Detailed invoices will be provided for your chosen Virtual Training &/or Mentoring package.
- Invoicing in GB Pounds from our UK-based company, paid by PayPal, credit card or bank transfer.
If you would like more information before committing to our Virtual Training packages, please do get in touch with us.
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We offer a series of workshops on how to implement ICT tools in the classroom. These are aimed at teachers, teacher trainers, directors, and educators in general. All of our workshops are communicative, hands-on, and based in real classroom practice. Practising teachers-