Courses for Teachers from Excel English

New Ideas for the English Classroom

This very practical course is designed for teachers of English who want to improve their English language, explore methodology, refresh their teaching skills and share lesson ideas and activities with other teachers of English from around the world.

European teachers and those from accession countries may be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.  For details see separate page.


Details & Highlights

The New Ideas for the English Classroom course is designed specifically for overseas teachers of English who specialise in teenage and adult students. Participants should have at least an Upper Intermediate (B2) level of English.

You can enrol for one or two weeks, although 2 weeks is recommended.  Each week there are 22.5 hours of sessions including one excursion into central London. You can also join our guided self study sessions and take part in our regular programme of cultural and social activities.

The course will improve your English and is designed to demonstrate a range of activities for use in the English language classroom. You will take part in small group and pair work activities, open discussions, seminars and workshops in order to increase your language level and experience a range of modern communicative language teaching techniques as well as considering other methodologies. The language enhancement element of the course is based on the linguistic levels and needs of the group.

The combined experience of the participants is an important part of the programme, with everyone encouraged to reflect on and share their problems and ideas in order to develop a better understanding of teaching English. All sessions will include error correction to further enhance your knowledge of the language. By the end of the course, you will have improved your English and increased your confidence and skills as a classroom practitioner.

Although the course is adapted to the needs of each group, sessions could include –

  • The Lexical Approach
  • Learning Styles
  • Task-based Learning
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Idioms & Slang
  • Using authentic Video/DVD
  • Error Correction
  • Keeping up with Phrasal Verbs

We also include some themed lessons to help you improve your knowledge of modern Britain.


08.30 – 10.00 Lesson
10.00 – 10.20 Break
10.20 – 11.50 Lesson
11.50 – 12.50 Lunch Break
12.50 – 14.20 Lesson (*Not Friday) Excursion afternoon 12.50 – 15.50

Please note: in summer and at busy times we operate a zigzag timetable where all students have a mixture of morning and afternoon lessons.  Click here for full details.  Your timetable will be confirmed at the start of your course.

Minimum Level of English Upper Intermediate (B2)
Minimum Class Size None –  Courses are guaranteed to run regardless of the number of participants! Where there are fewer than 3 participants, you will have 15 hours of general group English and 6 hours of teacher methodology, 1:1 or 2:1.
Maximum Class Size 12 participants
Course Length 1 or 2 weeks
Hours per week 22.5
Availability 2018 January 08 – January 12 ; January 15 – January 19
April 03 – April 06; April 09 – April 13
July 02 – July 06; July 09 – July 13
July 30 – August 03; August 06 – August 10
October 08 – October 12; October 15 – October 19
EU Erasmus Plus Funding  Eligible (see separate page for more details)
PIC Number 945387221
Course Duration Fee
1 week £360 per person
2 weeks £695 per person
3 weeks £1035 per person

Additional Fees

Registration Fee: £99

Learning Materials Fee: £35

Accommodation not included

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