Following on from their successful ‘pre-pandemic’ cycle of teacher training seminars, International House Portugal is thrilled to restart this initiative and invite you to a new series of seminars.

These free sessions are designed for all English teachers working in mainstream education, private schools or language schools. The seminars are all highly practical and participants will go away with new ideas and activities that they can use and adapt for their own teaching. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each day of seminars they attend.

Spread the Word!

Presenter: Diana England – IH Lisbon

Date: Saturday 12th March, 14:30 – 15:45 GMT

In this session we shall look at what’s involved in learning a word, and various ways we can help students improve their level of vocabulary, with both in-class activities and self-study.

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Fearless Presenters – helping students give killer presentations

Presenter: Caroline Fonseca – IH Lisbon

Date: Saturday 12th March, 16:00 – 17:15 GMT

This practical session will look at concrete strategies to help students prepare for and give presentations in English. We’ll look at both linguistic and non-linguistic approaches that students can use to help them organise their ideas, control their nerves and use their voices effectively.

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Speak up!

Presenter: Diana England and Caroline Fonseca – IH Lisbon

Date: Saturday 30th April, 14:30 – 15:45 GMT

Doing well in a speaking exam involves much more than correct grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. This session focusses on useful exam strategies and techniques we can share with our B1 and B2 level students to help them shine on the day!

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

A practical exploration of the metaphor of scaffolding

Presenter: Kate Howcroft – IH Coimbra

Date: Saturday 30th April, 16:00 – 17:15 GMT

This session explores the origins of scaffolding in the ELT classroom and connects them to the wider definition, before moving on to link this theory to effective classroom practice in terms of teacher, student and task. We will end by applying these principles to typical classroom situations and discuss how scaffolding can be used to support learning and troubleshoot some common challenges language teachers face when adopting a scaffolded approach.

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Up for a Challenge?

Presenter: Carol Crombie – IH Viseu

Date: Saturday 21st May, 14:30 – 15:45 GMT

We know providing challenge for students is a Good Thing, but during the pandemic we may have found ourselves taking our foot off the “extra challenge” accelerator as we deal with the everyday challenges. Bearing this in mind, this session will explore small steps we can take to bring the right amount of challenge into our classrooms, both linguistically and through using activities which go beyond rote learning.

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Why we Should be Taking the Fun out of the Classroom

Presenter: Beverly Whittall – IH Braga

Date: Saturday 21st May, 16:00 – 17:15 GMT

This session explores the lure and dangers of the superficial fun factor, and argues that we should instead ensure our students gain a deeper sense of enjoyment from their lessons and language learning. We shall look at some differences between ‘fun’ and ‘enjoyment’, both theoretical and practical, and explore ways that we can include activities and approaches which go beyond ‘fun’ in our lessons.

Register for this workshop here: Meeting Registration – Zoom