Key Information

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.

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

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.

Virtual CPD
Virtual CPD

Current top ten workshops:

  • Ten ways to Integrate EdTech
  • Working with Images
  • Digital Literacies
  • Working with Video
  • Mobile Learning
  • eSafety
  • Blended Learning
  • Future Trends in EdTech
  • Social Networks
  • EdTech in Low Resource Contexts


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.

Principal Facilitators

Nicky Hockly

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 >>

 

Gavin Dudeney

Gavin Dudeney

Gavin Dudeney (UK) Gavin is Director of Technology for The Consultants-E and module leader on the NILE / University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education. A former Honorary Secretary of IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), he has also been a trustee for International House London and  committee member of the Educational Writers Committee of the Society of Authors. He is currently a trustee for Volcano Theatre Company in Swansea, UK, where he lives. He is a regular keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, and has spoken and trained in over 40 countries in the past 20 years. More >>

Fees

All of our Virtual Training workshops are communicative, and based in real classroom practice. We hold the workshops virtually in your school or institution, with a minimum group size of 6 participants and a maximum group size of 30 sitting together in the same room (larger group sizes can be negotiated with us). Your teachers leave our workshops with clear ideas on how to integrate educational technology into their own language classes.

  • 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).

Package 1

One-hour Plenary or Workshop Session

£ 300
per hour
  • 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

Package 2

Two to Three Hours of Virtual Workshops

£ 200
per hour
  • 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

Package 3

Four Hours or More of Virtual Workshops

£ 175
per hour
  • 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

Package 4

One-hour Virtual Mentoring Sessions

£ 75
per hour
  • 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.
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Notes:

  1. Virtual Training and/or Mentoring means no additional travel, accommodation or per diem costs.
  2. Detailed invoices will be provided for your chosen Virtual Training &/or Mentoring package.
  3. Invoicing in GB Pounds from our UK-based company, paid by PayPal, credit card or bank transfer.

More Information

If you would like more information before committing to our Virtual Training packages, please do get in touch with us.

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