Eaquals is delighted to announce the November “Training for Excellence” member event which will take place on 23rd – 24th of November 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The training event offers 4 strands:
Leadership | Marketing | Young Learners | Course Design
This year members will have the opportunity to attend two strands over the two-day event, benefitting from the expertise and knowledge of the trainers.
Marketing | Chris Moore
Building opportunities: making decisions on strategy, resources & implementation
Language training organisations work in a fast-changing, increasingly unpredictable business environment. Identifying and building viable growth opportunities requires a clear strategy, aligned resources and an implementation plan. In this session, participants work together on articulating one or two key growth opportunities for their business. These may be new products or services, new audiences, or the consolidation and deepening of an existing business channel.
Participants then explore how to create, or further extend, sustainable competitive advantage around these opportunities. As part of this, they examine what resources are required – assets, people, partnerships and financial – what risks need to be addressed and mitigated, and what their next steps may be.
During the session, participants will use a range of analytical tools to support their thinking, looking both at external markets and at internal resources as well as sharing insights from each other’s experience and knowledge. These tools include the Ansoff Matrix, Porter’s Five Forces, PESTEL, the Business Model Canvas and a risk audit matrix.
By the end of the session, participants will have clearly articulated one or two growth opportunities for their businesses, have developed a coherent strategic approach to exploiting these opportunities, understand what resources are required, and what risks need to be addressed. They will take away tools and approaches that can be used in the future and that can be shared with business partners and colleagues.
Leadership | Alec Pearson
Language training organisations and teaching institutions are operating in a fast-changing environment. Therefore, it is important to understand how to develop key transformational leadership skills to operate effectively within this environment.
During this session, participants will explore the key elements and importance of transformational leadership, together with understanding how best practice can be achieved. Successful and unsuccessful implementations of transformational leadership will be analysed together with the consideration of risk factors. The importance of change management and lean leadership concepts and how they relate to transformational leadership will also be discussed.
Participants will then work together to determine how transformational leadership can benefit their own educational environment.
By the end of the session, participants will understand the key elements of transformational leadership and understand suitable approaches that can be implemented within their environment and context.
Course Design | Sue Sheerin
Application of Curriculum & Syllabus Development
In this training strand the important principles of Curriculum and Syllabus Development will be examined. It will also deal with how these can be applied to ensure coherence between course design, delivery of teaching, materials selection and assessment.
Working with interactive input, case studies, group tasks and discussion, participants will explore:
• how the new revised and extended CEFR can improve and enrich your courses and the educational rationale but also marketing potential of including 21st century cultural and social ‘soft skills’ as course learning outcomes
• the relationship between course design (including intended learning outcomes) and the coursebook – which is the cart and which the horse?
• how to ensure your course design is realised in the classroom
• course design options in challenging contexts, such as rolling enrolment
The training will refer throughout to the Eaquals Standards in the Course Design and Supporting Systems section of the Eaquals manual, as well as to the Indicators and Points of Excellence in that Category.
Young Learners | Sandie Mourão
Developmental appropriate approaches to early language learning in English
With English starting at ever earlier ages around the world, language centres and schools are introducing English to children from the age of 3. This session will focus on the teaching and learning of English with 3 to 10 year olds and is divided into three sequential parts.
The opening part of this session, focusing on the specificities of 3 to 6 year olds, provides a brief overview of the pre-primary child, with examples of how language education can be planned to include developmentally appropriate activities to reinforce orality (e.g. routines, game-like activities, storytelling and child-initiated play). This next part, changing focus to specificities of 7 to 10 year olds, expands on the importance of developing orality to support success in L2 literacy. Developmentally appropriate activities for this age group will make reference to the new pre-A1 levels (Council of Europe, 2018) and the use of literature (e.g. rhymes, fables and picturebooks) in the classroom.
This final part focuses on resourcing centres and schools to cater for these two age groups. Reference will be made to resources associated with the promotion of interaction and meaningful literacy practices, as well as mention resources that support inclusion and respect for diversity.