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Pre-registration deadline: Nov. 11, 2016

Self Learning Strategies - a Guide to Becoming an Autonomous Learner of English

13 - 18/11/2016

Later-in-the-year sessions available

  • 19 - 24/03/2017
  • 23 - 28/04/2017
  • 04 - 09/06/2017
  • 24 - 29/09/2017
  • 19 - 24/11/2017

What will the course bring?

The course is designed for learners who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in using the English language. The main objective of the training is to show to the participants and make them realise how much can be achieved not by spending time and money on expensive language schools or books, but by using their own potential, interests and talents. There will be plenty of exercises on how to build up vocabulary, explore and have fun with grammar, and - most of all - practical communication exercises. In our approach we emphasize the equal importance of the Four Skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - the participants are guided to employ the skills set to their own full advantage. The course is intended to make the participants' studying more personally rewarding and become efficient autonomous learners of the English language. The participants will improve the language and communication skills in order to express themselves more confidently in educational settings, any working environment and their personal lives.

Methodology

Lessons will be based on communicative/conversational approach to language learning. The “teaching tools” that will be used are as follows: group work, pair work, individual work, role play, simulation, group discussion, audio-visual resources. The classes will be based on everyday, social and professional life topics; real-life situations. The participants will be shown how to learn to express themselves efficiently in both speaking and writing by using self-learning tools. Some of the topics to be covered are: peer-/self-assessment, developing autonomy, learner cooperation & interaction, recycling grammar and vocabulary, raising language awareness, changing learning strategies, producing materials, reflection on usage.

Preparation

Participants will be asked to consider their language needs in their professional context. They will fill in a questionnaire stating their individual requirements, previous language learning experience and describing their present working environment. They will receive advice on a pre-course language preparation. They will also be assessed for an evaluation on their English language skills (via phone conversation and a written task).

Follow up

Participants will receive advice on continuing their language learning. They will be given an email address to contact their English language tutor who will be giving further advice and support on a continuing, regular basis. The participants will also be encouraged to create “Classmate Internet Networking” to give support to one another and to share the experience of improving their English themselves in everyday situations.

Training Program (day by day)

    Sunday
  • Arrival, welcoming dinner and getting to know each other
    Monday
  • Course overview
  • Ice breaker activities
  • Different learning styles: which one suits me best?
  • Unlimited Resources/Natural Resource Pack: what can I use to help myself become a fluent user of an English language – Part 1
    Tuesday
  • Identifying and formulating goals
  • The role of listening and reading: presentation and practice
  • Planning and executing learning activities
  • Journal writing – logging the general events of the day
    Wednesday
  • Practical Grammar: Grammar is everywhere – workshop and error analysis
  • Producing teaching materials
  • Vocabulary building: how can I expand my personal “Dictionary”? – Part 1
  • Pronunciation: rhythm, intonation, word and sentence stress
  • Cultural trip
    Thursday
  • Natural Resource Pack – Part 2
  • The role of a dictionary: why do I need a proper one and how should I use it?
  • Reading and listening: understanding message through the context
  • Speaking and writing: common mistakes
    Friday
  • Vocabulary building – Part 2
  • Discussion: error analysis, self correction
  • Round up, feedback, course evaluation
  • Visit to a local language school (to meet other students and teachers; sharing experience; discussion)

Who can apply?

Erasmus+ is open to a wide range of organisations across all sectors of education and training. Any public, private or non-profit organisation actively involved in these areas is able to apply for funding through the programme. This includes:

  • Higher Education staff
  • Vocational Education staff
  • School staff
  • Adult Education staff

Only organisations are able to apply for education and training funding under Erasmus+. Training opportunities for individuals still exist under Key Action 1, but individuals themselves are not eligible to apply.