Talk English Experienced Volunteer Training

Ref: C3677606

This course is an opportunity for Talk English volunteers to reflect on their experiences as tutors, share good practice and consider any difficulties that have arisen. Within the session, we will look at ways to maximise student talk time in the classroom, how tutors can manage error correction effectively and using the language experience approach with groups.

Course aim

Talk English Experienced Volunteer Tutor Training This one day training event for experienced Talk English Volunteer Tutors will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at St Mary’s Conference Centre in Sheffield.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is for volunteers who are currently delivering the Talk English programme in partnership with the WEA.

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

  • Sharing good practice and consider any diffi culties which have arisen so far.
  • Try out activities to get your learners talking.
  • Consider how you can manage your classroom effectively to maximise learner ‘talking time’.
  • Identify ways of giving effective feedback to learners.
  • Think about when and how to correct learners… when is fl uency more important than accuracy? 6 Understand how to use the language experience approach to teach basic literacy to ESOL learners.

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

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 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Talk English Experienced Volunteer Training


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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