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Course dates:

Spring 2018, Riga, Latvia (Level 1 in English)

October 2018Cantalupa, Piedmont, Italy (Level 1, in En)

February 2019, Daugavpils, Latvia (Levels 2, in English or in Russian, dates to be confirmed)

The course can also be organised on demand, either as a residential or in-house. Contact us for details.

(deadline for grant applications in your National Agency   Feb 2018)

Objective:

  • Provide the participants with understanding of the competence-based approach and the implications it has for the organisation of day-to-day classroom practice.

 

Who should attend:

  • Teachers and teacher trainers (any subject).
  • Policy makers and educational administrators.
  • Specialists interested in better understanding of the competence-based approach to teaching and learning.

 

Course contents (see detailed programme below):

  • Concept of 'competence' and its difference from knowledge and skills.
  • Competences for a modern teacher: self-assessment and needs analysis.
  • Classroom implications of the competence-based approach: what we need to change and why.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants understand the difference between developing competences and mastering knowledge and skills.
  • Participants are aware of the competences required from the modern teacher and know what they personally need to develop to become a better teacher.
  • Participants are willing to make changes to their own teaching to make a step towards meeting the requirements of the competence-based approach.

 

Facilitators:

natalia origNatalia Kovilina

A deputy head in Daugavpils Russian Lyceum, Latvia. Over 20 years' experience of teaching and over 10 years experience of educational management.

 

 


Dr. Alexander Sokol

A teacher trainer, researcher and consultant in the field of thinking skills in education. A wide experience of working with teachers from various educational systems and involvement in curiculum reform.

 

Preliminary programme:

DAY 1
10:00-16:00 Arrival
16:30-18:00 Introduction & getting to know each other
18:00-19:00 Course aims and finalisation of the programme
19:30 Welcome dinner

DAY 2
09:00-10:30 What is competence? Comepetences vs. knowledge and skills
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 My approach to the development of competences
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Can any task develop competences? 
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Hands-on activities with content of own subject
19:30- Dinner

DAY 3
09:00-10:30 Competences: practical application
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Competences as a tool for planning
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Competences as a tool for assessment
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 4
09:00-10:30 Resources for planning: learning tasks
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Tasks vs. activties: workshop
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 What does it mean to prepare for a class?
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & country presentations
17:30-19:00 Model for class preparation: workshop

DAY 5
09:00-10:30 How can we make classes more effective? Workshop
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Assessment: why do we need it?
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Planning assessment for own context
15:30- Cultural activity followed by dinner

DAY 6
09:00-10:30 Preparation of a series of competence-based lessons for own context
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30 Sharing lessons with colleagues and feedback
12:30-15:30 Lunch and walk
15:30-17:00 Sharing lessons with colleagues and feedback
17:00-17:30 Coffee break and country presentations
17:30-19:00 Development of action plans for the coming months
20:00 Gala dinner

DAY 7
09:00-10:00 Overview of the course and future plans
10:00-11:00 Validation of learning outcomes
11:00-12:00 Feedback on the course and certification
Departure

 

Course price:

We offer a flexible approach to course fees to ensure that you are able to choose the most appropriate option for your needs.

OPTION 1. ERASMUS+ PACKAGE
(best option for partners receiving an Erasmus+ grant and planning long-term collaboration with TA Group)

  • Total price per package per participant – EUR 1400

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, social programme during the course, distant support of each participant during a year + organisation support during a year.

For you reference: when obtaining an Erasmus+ grant, the amount you will receive for each participant from your organisation will be in the range of EUR 1500-1800 + travel expenses, depending on the country you come from and where the course takes place. Thus, the amount of the grant will always be enough to cover all the costs associated with the course.

Feel free to contact us if something remains unclear.

 

OPTION 2. CUSTOMIZED PAYMENT
(The option is for partners interested in a particular course or one of the additional services we offer. You can select any of the services or their combination)

  • Course fee – EUR 1250

The price includes 7 days tuition and seminar materials, 6 nights accommodation in a single room, all meals and coffee breaks during the course, and the social programme during the course.

  • Distant support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support (answers to questions, comments on reflection, participation in webinars and other online events) during the year following the course.

  • Organisation support – EUR 250 per year per person (optional)

The price includes online support for the organisation at the stage of application and reporting, as well as the possibility to have consultation on administrative issues during the project implementation.

 

DISCOUNTS

Each partner organisation participating in the courses is eligible to one of the following discounts: 

  • 10% discount for each participant that attends Level 1 and Level 2 courses during one year;
  • 10% discount for each participant if the total number of participant from one organisation that attend the courses during the year is 10 and more.

Additionally you can have a discount if two participants from your organisation are accommodated in a twin room (this discount is available in some of the venues only and should be confirmed by the organisers first)

Previous courses:

You can also see photos and participants' feedback from our previous course in Italy in October 2016. 

Video feedback of former participants (various courses 2014-2016)

Video feedback of former participants (various courses 2009-2013)

 

The number of places on each course is limited, therefore we are asking you to contact us as soon as possible if you would like to book a place.

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