Introduction to Teaching Adults

Ref: C2523794

The course provides an introduction to teaching in the lifelong learning sector. We will explore the essential ingredients required to make an effective adult tutor. Participants will plan, prepare and deliver a short micro-teach to the group. By successfully completing this course you will be accepted on to the WEA NCFE Award in Education level 3.

Course aim

This course provides an introduction to the NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training, for those wishing to teach in the lifelong learning sector.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre
  • This course is for students who interested in working in the lifelong learning sector. A basic knowledge of teaching/learning/ volunteering and/or suitable skills/knowledge which could be taught to a wide range of adults is desirable.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the skills that I can use in my teaching, including one strength and one weakness.
  • Write a session plan with at least 3 SMART learning outcomes.
  • Deliver a short (10-15 minute) micro-teach to the group.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to bring a pen and paper to take notes and a folder to organise your learning material. Handouts will be provided and you will have access to an online resource for supplementary material.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be a good idea to begin reading around the subject. Also, please find out what kind of courses are already available to adults in the area in your subject. This will help you plan and prepare your micro-teach.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • If successful, the planning, preparation and delivery of the micro-teach can be carried forward to the WEA NCFE Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification course.

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Introduction to Teaching Adults

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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