Training Activities

Teacher Development for MTs Teachers

The central purpose of ELTIS is to develop the language and teaching capabilities of Madrasah Tsanawiyah English language teachers. It will do so by upgrading their current English language ability (content knowledge) as well as introduce communicative language teaching methodology (transfer knowledge).

… gather ’round the whiteboard

… gather ’round the whiteboard

… gather ’round the whiteboard

and share with others

and share with others

and share with others

Participants use the round tables for group work, but can also write their discussion points onto the whiteboard table tops to display their findings to the rest of the class.

English Language Upgrading (ELU) Courses

The training framework for the ELU courses is based on four proficiency levels of training:

  • Elementary
  • High Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate

Each level comprises 100 hours of EL training: 60 hours face-to-face intensive training delivered over a 2-week period, followed by a series of home-study tasks designed to take 40 hours of work to complete over an 8-week period (5 hours per week), except for Level 4 which would have 60 hours of face-to-face training only. The program would represent 360 hours of study.

The training framework will provide a replicable model for future in-service ELT training programs in other locations.

Communicative English Language Teacher Training (CELTT) Courses

Trainers working in groups

Trainers working in groups

These courses take the form of a series of one-week intensive study modules, each module representing 30-40 hours of face-to-face contact with trainers. The aims are to enable the MTs teachers to:

  • participate in a series of interactive and communicative teacher training modules, each with a different focus;
  • use their English language skills in a learning and teaching environment;
  • experience a range of teaching methods and styles; and
  • access and utilize a range of materials and teaching equipment.

The modules have been designed to give the MTs teachers a combination of classroom input, the opportunity to observe the trainer and other expert teachers teaching, as well as the opportunity to plan and deliver short English language lessons to other participants (peer-teaching). Modules delivered at the IAINs will also provide the opportunity to participate in micro-teaching, where the lesson is videoed and then evaluated.

The training will focus on key principles of Communicative English Language Teaching and the basics of classroom planning and management: lesson planning, managing the class, using visual aids, error correction, teacher talk, and a range of teaching techniques. They have been designed both to confirm and reflect on current knowledge and skills, and also to introduce new ideas and techniques. The CELTT will emphasize the importance and value of lesson planning, and through the process of plan-teach-reflect, encourage teachers to evaluate their own teaching styles and the effect the teaching-learning process has on the learners.

District Trainers

MTs students in East Java

MTs students in East Java

MTs teachers who excel on the CELTT course will be selected for further TOT training to become District Teacher Trainers (DTTs) for ELTIS, enabling the next teacher training cascade to be implemented in the second stage of ELTIS implementation. The DTTs will be sponsored to undertake a one-month preparation course leading to the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), a test from Cambridge ESOL about teaching English to speakers of other languages.

This test focuses on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world. The award helps teachers to understand:

  • Different methodologies for teaching
  • The ‘language of teaching’
  • The ways in which resources can be used
  • The key aspects of lesson planning
  • Classroom management methods for different needs

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