Thursday 18 February 2016 - 09:59 to Friday 26 February 2016 - 13:00

Applications are now open for the Hornby Regional School in Manila on 11-15 April 2016. The School will be hosted at the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT) of the Ateneo de Manila University on Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  

The school will focus on delivering a trainer’s training on Teaching English in a Multilingual Setting. 

The current education reform coupled with the multilingual context of the Philippines poses challenges for teachers of English. We believe the same contexts exist in other countries so the school will be relevant to teachers of English from other countries as well. This training is related to the professional practice of Using Multilingual Approaches in the British Council’s Continuing Professional Development framework for teachers. 

In particular, the training will be aligned with the following: 

  1. Recognising and valuing the multilingual nature of societies, schools and classrooms 
  2. Using pedagogical strategies that encourage inclusive education within a supportive multilingual learning environment 
  3. Being aware of beliefs about speakers of other languages and how they can impact on establishing and maintaining an inclusive learning environment 
  4. Assessing individual learners in a manner that takes their linguistic background into account 
  5. Giving my learners appropriate opportunities to use their home languages to support and demonstrate their understanding of learning content 
  6. Making pedagogical choices that respect and capitalise on my learners’ linguistic diversity 
  7. Reflecting on how effective my implementation of multilingual approaches is in promoting learning. 

What are the objectives and outcomes of the School? 

The immediate objective of the workshop is to train the participants to cascade the concepts and methods from the workshop to their colleagues. 

The school will: 

  1. equip the participants with current research, practices, and issues in teaching English in multilingual settings; 
  2. provide the participants with skills needed to conduct a needs analysis, materials design, and program evaluation to enable them to help other teachers develop the ability to conduct their own needs analysis and action research in their own teaching contexts; and 
  3. share training materials with the participants for their use in cascading the workshop to their colleagues. 

The materials will be developed by the designated trainers in coordination with relevant British Council leads. 

It is expected that the participants will play a key role in: 

  1. raising their colleagues' confidence in teaching English in multilingual settings; and 
  2. developing their schools' English curriculum and methodology to reflect current research and practices in the field of teaching English in multilingual settings. 

Who should apply? 

The School is aimed at primary school teachers of English at Year Levels 4 to 6, or equivalent, who have experience in training other teachers and who have not had formal education or extensive training on Teaching English in a Multilingual Setting. Participants to the school will be selected according to the following criteria: 

  1. experience in delivery of training to teachers, 
  2. knowledge in MLE and ELT,
  3. previous trainings received in MLE. 

Applications should be received by 12.00 midday (GMT+8) on Friday, 26 February 2016. Selected participants will be advised by 04 March 2016. 

What is offered? 

The Hornby Regional School is subsidized by the A. S. Hornby Trust and, with the British Council and the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching, will cover the following for each participant: 

  1. Twin-sharing accommodation near the training venue for six nights from 10 April until 15 April 2016; 
  2. Meals for the duration of the 5-day training; 
  3. Materials for the training.  

The participants will fund:  

  1. Their travel to the accommodation facility; 
  2. Personal expenses; 
  3. Other costs beyond the arrangements made by the British Council.

Download the application form and other details below.