The British Council is a world authority in English language teaching and teacher training. We have developed a number of English teacher training courses for the teaching community globally. All of these courses focus on the latest requirements of the 21st century and on the changing scenario of the education world. 

This year, we have focused on offering training seminars for primary as well as for secondary school teachers in Pakistan. Like previous years, the training will be delivered by trainers from the UK. The 2018 summer programme features seminars on the following topics to be held from 13 to 18 August in Lahore and 19 to 21 August 2018 in Karachi.  

SEE ALL SEMINAR DETAILS IN THE DROP-DOWN MENU BELOW:

Understanding teaching for tests

Understanding teaching for test is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to explore how to balance test preparation and learning. Participants will begin by looking at the effects of testing on teaching and learning. They will then identify different types of test tasks, and consider how to adapt these so that test preparation is more enjoyable and motivational for their learners.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • describe the effects of testing on teaching and learning
  • decide on a good balance between testing and learning in their context
  • recognise different types of test tasks
  • demonstrate how to make test tasks more motivational for their learners

Engaging with assessment for learning

Engaging with assessment for learning is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to explore key assessment for learning strategies – effective questioning, teacher feedback, peer feedback and self-assessment. Participants will plan how to apply assessment for learning strategies in their classrooms in ways which are relevant and appropriate to their learners and context.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • explain the principles of effective questioning
  • use effective feedback strategies
  • develop their learners’ self- and peer assessment skills
  • show how to apply assessment for learning strategies in their context.

Understanding pronunciation

Understanding pronunciation is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to explore the sound system of English and the way sounds function within it. The module also looks at how to describe the key aspects of pronunciation and relate these to the teaching of pronunciation.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • explain the key concepts used in describing the different elements of pronunciation
  • transcribe words into phonemic script with the help of a pronunciation chart
  • relate your knowledge of phonology to the teaching of pronunciation.

Engaging with Pronunciation: techniques and activities

Engaging with Pronunciation: techniques and activities is designed for teachers of primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to help you understand how to integrate pronunciation practice in the classroom. The module looks at various aspects of pronunciation including stress, intonation and features of connected speech. You experience and evaluate activities, and are given the opportunity to plan how to integrate pronunciation activities with other aspects of language learning.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • identify features of connected speech
  • describe techniques to raise learners’ awareness of aspects of pronunciation
  • evaluate a range of pronunciation activities
  • integrate pronunciation activities with other aspects of language learning.

Engaging with writing – preparing activities

Engaging with writing – preparing activities is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to analyse what makes writing activities effective and to give practice in preparing effective writing activities. The module identifies sub-skills that lead to good writing, evaluates whether activities focus on accuracy and communication, and reviews and analyses writing activities for context, audience and purpose.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • identify sub-skills that lead to good writing
  • categorise writing activities that focus on accuracy and communication
  • review and analyse writing activities for context, audience and purpose
  • plan effective writing activities for use in the classroom.

Understanding teaching reading

Understanding teaching reading is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to consider why learners read and how to identify their specific needs in relation to reading. Strategies that develop reading skills are examined as well as practical activities that use these strategies. The module provides practice in planning an effective reading lesson.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • examine learner needs in relation to reading and produce effective needs-analysis questions
  • identify strategies to develop reading skills and activities that practise these strategies
  • plan an effective reading lesson.

Engaging with reading skills development

Engaging with reading skills development is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to identify effective strategies that will develop reading skills in learners. The module examines beliefs about reading and why learners read. It clarifies features of text and the key concepts of reading. Concerns about the development of reading skills are highlighted and analysed in order to increase confidence in the delivery of teaching reading.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • examine a range of beliefs about reading and why learners read
  • identify strategies for developing reading skills
  • clarify features of text and key concepts of reading
  • analyse concerns about the development of reading skills.

Understanding flashcards

Understanding flashcards for primary is designed for primary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to demonstrate how flashcards can be made from recyclable materials. Simple drawing techniques are also introduced and practised. You have the opportunity to create flashcards and use them to micro-teach activities which review and practise language.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • recognise the value of flashcards as a resource
  • prepare quality flashcards from recyclable materials
  • produce simple drawings
  • use flashcards effectively to review and practise language. 

Understanding classroom interaction

Understanding classroom interaction for primary is designed for primary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this workshop is to examine ways that teachers can create a positive and productive learning environment by the way they communicate and interact with their learners. It looks at ways of maximising opportunities for positive interaction with children in four key areas: establishing rapport, monitoring the class, conducting feedback, and positive reinforcement.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • recognise how interaction styles affect the learning environment
  • summarise the benefits of establishing rapport
  • explain how you can maximise opportunities for positive interaction when monitoring and conducting feedback
  • use classroom interaction to create a positive learning environment. 

Understanding speaking – key terms and issues

Understanding speaking – key terms and issues is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above. 

The aim of this module is to explore key terms and issues in the teaching of speaking. The module also looks at how to evaluate and modify activities in terms of communicative quality.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • recognise issues related to accuracy and fluency in speaking practice
  • distinguish between oral activities which practise grammar and oral activities which are communicative
  • evaluate a range of speaking activities
  • modify activities to make them more effective in developing oral communication skills

Understanding speaking: maximising interaction

Understanding speaking: maximising interaction is designed for primary and secondary school teachers with a level of English B1 and above.

The aim of this module is to introduce participants to a range of techniques and activities which promote oral communication in the classroom. The module also looks at the benefits of pair and group work and adapting tasks to maximise student interaction. Participants are given the opportunity to prepare and deliver speaking activities to their peers.

By the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • recognise the benefits of pair work and group work in maximising student interaction
  • describe a variety of techniques to increase oral communication in the classroom
  • adapt reading tasks to make them more communicative
  • prepare and use communicative speaking activities to help learners practise language.

Karachi

Days Topics Date Duration Fee/Participant Class Level (Primary, Secondary) Time Application Deadline
Day 1 Assessments Seminar on ‘Understanding teaching for tests’  Sunday, 19 August 2018 Full day PKR 8,500 All Levels 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Application deadline along with pay order till Friday 20 July 2018
Seminar on ‘Engaging with assessment for learning’ 
Day 2 Pronounciation Seminar on ‘Understanding pronunciation’  Monday, 20 August 2018 Full day PKR 8,500 All Levels 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar on ‘Engaging with Pronunciation: techniques and activities’ 
Day 3 Writing and Listening Seminar on ‘Engaging with writing – preparing activities’ Tuesday, 21 August 2018 Full day PKR 8,500 All Levels 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar on ‘Engaging with listening – active listening’ 

Lahore

The applicants have an option to attend half day seminar(s) at a fee PKR 6,500/- per participant or full day seminar(s) at a fee PKR 8,500/- per participant of their choice. In addition, British Council is offering group discounts to schools or institutes and special offer to individuals (please see below for details). 

Days

Topics

Date

Duration

Fee/participant

Class Level (Primary, Secondary)

Time

Application Deadline

Day 1 Assessments

Seminar on ‘Understanding teaching for tests’

Monday, 13 August 2018

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

All Levels

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Application deadline along with pay order till Friday 20 July 2018

Seminar on ‘Engaging with assessment for learning’ 

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participation in both seminars

Full Day

PKR 8,500

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day2 Writting and Listening

Seminar on ‘Engaging with writing – preparing activities’

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

All Levels

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Seminar on ‘Engaging with listening – active listening’

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participation in both seminars

Full Day

PKR 8,500

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 3 Reading

Seminar on ‘Understanding teaching reading’

Thursday, 16 August 2018

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

All Levels

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Seminar on ‘Engaging with reading skills development’

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participation in both seminars

Full Day

PKR 8,500

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 4 Teaching Primary

Seminar on ‘Understanding flashcards for primary’

Friday, 17 August 2018

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

All Levels

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Seminar on ‘Understanding classroom interaction for primary’

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participation in both seminars

Full Day

PKR 8,500

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Day 5 Speaking

Seminar on ‘Understanding speaking – key terms and issues’

Saturday, 18 August 2018

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

All Levels

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Seminar on ‘Understanding speaking: maximising interaction’

3 Hours

PKR 6,500

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participation in both seminars

Full Day

PKR 8,500

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Group discount packages:

British Council will offer the following discounts:

  • 10% early bird discount per participant for schools or institutes who send in nominations by Wednesday 30 May 2018
  • 05% discount per participant for teachers (schools or institutes) who have attended at least one CiPELT or CiSELT training with the British Council in the year 2017-2018
  • 05% discount per participant for 4 – 6 nominations from one school or institute
  • 10% discount per participant for 7 – 10 nominations from one school or institute
  • 15% discount per participant for 11+ nominations from one school or institute

Please note that a school or institute can only avail one of these group discount packages at one time. Special offer for individuals is not valid for group / institutes

Special offer for Individuals only who want to attend seminars on more than one day

Individuals who want to attend seminars on two or more days can avail the following special offers:

Number of days (topics are given in the table above) Fee before discount (per participant) Discount (per participant)
Any one day (2 seminars) PKR 8,500 PKR 0
Any two days (4 seminars) PKR 17,000 PKR 1,000
Any three days (6 seminars) PKR 25,500 PKR 2,000
Any four days (8 seminars) PKR 34,000 PKR 3,000
Five days (10 seminars) PKR 42,500 PKR 4,000

Please note that an individual can only avail any one special offer at one time. Group discount packages are not valid for individuals. 

Application deadline:

Limited seats are available. Nominations will be entertained on first-come-first-served basis. Interested applicants should fill in the attached application form and send to the following along with the pay order or demand draft in favour of ‘British Council’ no later than Monday 04 June 2018. 

  • For Karachi – Ms Saira Qadri at British Council, British Deputy High Commission, Shahrah e Iran Clifton, Karachi
  • For Lahore - Mr Ahmad Tasneem at British Council, 65-Mozang Road, Lahore

The pay order or demand draft can be made from any bank. 

British Council will not accept any application forms received after 5:00 pm on 20 July 2018.

Interested institutes should send in filled institutional nomination form on their letterhead along with the individual application forms for all candidates no later than Friday 20 July 2018.

If you have any enquiry, please write to:

Karachi: Saira.Qadri@britishcouncil.org.pk 

Lahore: Ahmad.Tasneem@britishcouncil.org.pk