If you are a teacher of English who has a teaching qualification and has been teaching for a while, and would like to develop professionally and/or are considering doing the DELTA, the International House’s Certificate in Advanced Methodology (CAM) will provide the high level of methodological input for you to refresh and build on your teaching knowledge and skills.
On successful completion of the International House Certificate in Advanced Methodology course, trainees will be awarded a teaching certificate which is not only recognized by every International House school across the world but also by Cambridge English Language Assessment who moderate the course. All certificates will come with both the International House and the Cambridge logo.
The IH CAM course is designed to:
- Develop teachers’ theoretical knowledge of teaching and so make them more informed practitioners.
- Develop teachers’ practical teaching ability and self-analytical skills to make them more reflective practitioners.
- (For pre-Diploma candidates) Raise teachers’ awareness of what they can expect from a Diploma-level course and explicitly prepare them to take one.
NB: The focus of the course is General English to adults.
At the end of the IH CAM course, participants will have:
- Attended and participated in 60 hours of trainer input sessions, workshops and tutor-supported research sessions, covering topics such as theories of language learning, language learners, skills and systems, which is run intensively over 2 weeks (10 days).
- Completed pre- and post-session background reading of methodology books, articles and web-based research.
- Implemented and experimented with methodology and materials design in their respective classroom contexts.
- Completed a series of reflective post-course tasks, designed to consolidate the theoretical knowledge from the input sessions.
- Completed a reflective essay at the end of the course of 1500-2000 words.
- Observed peers or academic managers.
The course is run intensively over 10 days from 09:30 to 17:15 Monday to Friday. Each day there will be a mixture of input sessions, workshops and tutor-supported research sessions that explore various teaching theories, approaches and ideas to language learning. The sessions are supported by pre-session reading, which candidates will have to undertake in the evening. After the 10 days of face to face sessions when the participants return to their schools and own classes they will have a series of reflective tasks to complete and submit in order to understand further how these ideas work in practice. The deadline to submit all the tasks and the reflective essay is approximately six weeks after the face to face course has finished.
Mode of Assessment
The certificate is awarded to teachers who have followed and contributed to the CAM course programme and satisfactorily completed the assessed portfolio (a collection of homework tasks and a final assignment).
There is no grading of coursework but participants should fulfill the assessment criteria, which is moderated by the Assessment Unit of International House World Organisation. There is also no teaching component to the course.