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Teacher trainers and authors Mike Hogan and Chia Suan Chong shared a long-held ambition: to create a training program for experienced teachers who want to reflect on their teaching practice and improve their pedagogical skills and knowledge.

After many months of research, hard work, and writing, they teamed up with Pearson to create the Certificate for Practicing Teachers (CertPT) course. That new Level 6 qualification for English teachers is accredited by Trinity College London.

Read on to learn more about Mike and Chia, how they came up with the course, and what you can make of it.

A background in ELT

Mike Hogan started teaching English in Ireland about 20 years ago. As his experience grew, he began to lead teachers. He also attended professional development workshops and began working with publishers after starting to write his own materials and graduate in TESOL in 2008.

I wrote more and developed more teachers. This was alongside teaching because I felt it was always important to be active in the classroom when doing these things. “

Mike was soon involved in the design and development of many teacher training courses and was a tutor for a Trinity-certified business English teaching course. He later wrote a number of levels from Pearson’s Popular Business partnerr Course book series.

Chia’s story begins a little differently, I got my degree in communications in Singapore, where I specialize in broadcasting and electronic media, ”she says. “Then I became a television actress and did a bit of theater in Singapore. Then I moved to Europe to do a film for Hallmark productions. “

Chia soon moved to London and got a teaching job to hold her own between acting roles. After working at a chain school for a few years, she decided she loved teaching and it was something she wanted to pursue as a career.

“I did a CELTA at International House London and had some great tutors. I remember feeling pretty comfortable there thinking I knew a lot about teaching, but my tutors really exposed a lot of things I knew about teaching – and I just admired them so much . ”

They inspired her to develop her skills in education. “The teacher trainers I had were an inspiration to me and one of the reasons I became a CELTA tutor and teacher trainer later in my career.”

Development of a certified course for experienced teachers

Mike and Chia noted that there was a gap in the training and development opportunities for practicing teachers with teaching experience who did not want to embark on the path of a graduate or graduate degree program.

“When I got other teaching qualifications, the part that fascinated me the most was understanding the principles of why we do certain things in a certain way in the classroom,” says Chia.

Desperate to develop something new that would better meet the needs of the practicing teachers, they began to investigate what was required.

“We wanted this to be theoretical, but not too difficult for busy teachers,” says Mike. “The core mantra is that our CertPT course should be practical and immediately usable.”

Chia adds“A good teacher is someone you would stop in the middle of a lesson and ask why they did a certain thing – and they could explain it.”

The course was born out of Chia and Mike’s passion for teacher training.

“We both bring a lot of experience and perspective. In this sense, we both complement each other, but also complement each other. So we’ve been working very hard since last year. “

CertPT: A unique experience in teacher training

Pearson’s CertPT course guides and accompanies the participant and contains many varied contributions such as animated videos, podcasts, slide shows, cartoons, whiteboard animations, as well as various ways of interacting and interacting with the material.

The course is completely digital and designed for teachers who want to complete it independently, whether on a laptop or mobile phone. The emphasis is on reflection that is directly related to their own experience. For example, participants take into account the appropriateness of the materials they are working with and their approaches in the classroom.

“The first module deals with methodology,” says Chia. “The aim is to talk about theory and the reasons why we do certain things in the classroom. Once you understand the theory, you can apply it in a practical scenario. “

Mike adds that the course accommodates different teaching styles. “We don’t want to say that this is the only way to do this: it’s about sharing different approaches – and participants can take ideas away, adapt and apply them to their own classes – and even come up with their own ideas.”

During the course, participants write an online diary in which they reflect on their progress.

“At the end of the course you will write an assignment. It’s important to think about what you’re learning and show how to adapt it to your own local teaching context, ”says Mike.

Additionally, Mike explains that there are more hands-on lessons compared to other professional development courses. “They are very short; For 15 to 20 minutes and we don’t ask teachers to do a lot at once – no more than one a day and three to four a week, ”says Mike.

“This gives them time to reflect on the lessons learned from each lesson,” added Chia. “There is no overloading of the content: teachers can access it at regular intervals over several months.”

When it comes to technology, “the platform is simple and easy to use,” says Mike. “You’ll get feedback on right and wrong answers, modeled after a face-to-face teacher development workshop. It’s like having a personal tutor. “

More about the course content

Pearson’s CertPT course is the first asynchronous and self-guided course of this type. It is aimed at unrecognized educators with at least two years of experience or at educators with an initial teaching qualification and at least six months of experience. If you want to deepen your understanding of pedagogical theory, reflect on your current teaching practice, and improve your practical teaching skills, this may be the course for you.

The 100-hour qualification extends over ten months. The 3 modules comprise a total of 120 short, dynamic lessons with interesting explanatory videos, webinar tutorials and recorded podcasts per module.

Participants are assessed using tests, self-reflection, knowledge review tests, and four formal assignments.

The CertPT course comprises the following modules:

  • ELT methodology
  • Teaching the FOUR language systems
  • Teaching the FOUR language skills

Learn more about the CertPT.


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