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In-house training

In-house professional development programmes

BKC-IH Moscow puts a great emphasis on its teachers’ professional development. Apart from internationally recognized courses, such as Cambridge CELTA, Cambridge Delta, IHCYLT, IH FTEB, and IH CAM courses, we offer specialized courses and workshops for BKC-IH teachers on a regular basis, free of charge:

Monthly Development Seminars for all BKC-IH Moscow Teachers

We run monthly development seminars for all BKC teachers. As per contract every third Saturday of the month is a training day. The majority of sessions are run by EMT (Educational Management Team) members though we warmly encourage teachers to share their ideas as well. Every month we try to cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Methodology

  • Language Awarenes and Skills

  • Teaching YL

  • Teaching Teenagers

  • General Teaching Issues

  • Teaching Exam Classes

  • Ideas from the Classroom

  • Modern Languages (teaching Italian, Spanish, German, French)

Attending the monthly seminars is compulsory for all BKC-IH contract teachers. There is a coffee break between the sessions, when teachers can socialize with each other over a cup of tea or coffee and sandwiches. Every seminar day starts with a teachers meeting, where teachers can get the latest news from the company, as well as discuss their day-by-day problems with the school management.

Language Awareness Course

This programme is based on the International House Language Awareness Course designed by Alex Tilbury, and was adapted specifically for the needs of the BKC-IH teachers. The sessions take place once a week over a period of 10 weeks. The course covers the following topics:

  • Tense

  • Auxiliaries and Operators

  • Modal Verbs I

  • Modal Verbs II

  • Future Forms

  • Forms with Have (perfect aspect)

  • Forms with Be I (progressive aspect)

  • Forms with Be II (passive voice)

  • Conditional Sentence

  • The Noun Phrase

Methodology Workshops

This is a series of workshops on language teaching methodology, which was initially designed for newly-qualified teachers; however it became very popular among experienced teachers, too. The sessions take place once a week. The course consists of the following topics:

  • Grammar Presentation (the PPP approach)

  • Concept Checking

  • Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

  • Teaching Receptive Skills

  • Teaching Vocabulary

  • Error Correction

  • Arranging a Lesson around a Text

  • Using the Task Based Approach

After the seminars teacher trainers are available to discuss any questions with the participants and, if needed, give help and advice on lesson planning.

Workshops for Teaching VYLs

This is a series of seminars dedicated to teaching English to Very Young Learners. The seminar topics are:

  • VYL Characteristics

  • Discipline and Boundaries

  • Using the Textbook

  • Using Flashcards

  • Craft Activities

  • TPR and Action Stories

  • Songs and Chants

  • Storytelling

  • Literacy

  • L1

  • Creativity and Imagination

  • English as a Means of Communication

Teaching Teens Workshops

This is a series of seminars covering the following topics:

  • Rules and Routines

  • Behaviour Management

  • Differentiation

  • Games and Activities with Teens

  • Motivating Teens

  • Camp Programmes

  • Getting Teens to Speak

  • How to Round Things Off

One of the main goals of BKC-IH Moscow is to provide high quality educational services to its students. Every academic year the BKC-IH Teacher Training Centre develops new programmes to meet teachers’ needs and to improve the quality of teaching foreign languages.