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As I was on holiday, it’s been a good while I haven’t written, but I feel it is time I go back to blogging about Professional Development, our main concern. My starting point for this post is the following question we ask ourselves at times: How do we teachers, scholars or EDUscholars of ELT (as Tony Gurr names some of us) invest in our future? Nowadays, most educators are more conscious and concerned about this issue, therefore they attend training programmes. Another question arises at this point though: What do we expect from a certified training programme?

  • International Recognition?
  • Interactivity?
  • Flexibility?
  • Affordability?

You will find all in one programme “Teacher Development Interactive”. In this post, I’m going to introduce a user-friendly and time-saving new approach to professional development; TDI (Teacher Development Interactive) by Pearson, a training programme in which I’m involved as a trainer. The programme simply provides;

  • Online professional development anytime, anywhere
  • Instruction from world-renowned ELT professionals
  • Internationally recognized TESL/TEFL Certification

What is Pearson TDI?

Pearson Teacher Development Interactive is a video-based, online teacher development program that gives new teachers and teachers looking for a refresher a really strong foundation in teaching methodology. If you are a new teacher, or a teacher looking for a refresher, Teacher Development Interactive is perfect for you.

With Teacher Development Interactive you will learn with the very best instructors. Each online module focuses on a different teaching skill and is taught by a leading expert in that particular field.  You can choose to work on a specific skill such as how to teach reading or how to teach writing.  Because Teacher Development Interactive is online, you can complete each module in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere you have access to the internet.

How the Course Works

Teacher Development Interactive provides teacher development and training through a series of modules which combine text, video, audio, PowerPoint, asynchronous discussion and quizzes.

Each module is hosted by a well-known expert in the field. The expert is a well-known author, researcher, or teacher trainer in English Language Training.  The expert appears throughout the module delivering video presentations, PowerPoint presentations, and so on.

For consistency and ease of use, each module follows the same pattern of instruction. Though the length of each lesson may vary, the same amount of content is delivered across the module.

Each module focuses on one area of relevance to ELT teachers. Each module features five lessons, and the format of the lesson is consistent across the modules.

  • Each module consists of approximately 20-25 hours of content
  • Each lesson is divided into 6 sessions lasting 25-40 minutes each.

Each lesson includes:

  • Objectives
  • 2-3 minute video introduction with an expert
  • 2-5 minute classroom video demonstration lesson
  • Discussion board
  • PowerPoint-style presentations
  • Reading passages
  • Interactive concept checks and practice activities
  • Practical application assignments
  • Final quiz

The following is an example to how Speaking Module by Allan Ascher is outlined:

Speaking Module Outline:

  • Lesson 1:  Understanding Speaking
  • Lesson 2:  Interacting in the Classroom
  • Lesson 3:  Planning a Controlled Speaking Lesson
  • Lesson 4:  Working on Fluency
  • Lesson 5:  Assessing Speaking
  • End of Module Test

Teacher Development Interactive offers online professional development instruction in current teaching methods and practices. Taught by language instruction experts, the course is available anytime, anywhere. Participants may study independently, work online with a facilitator, or use a combination of the two. The course is organized in modules by topic:

  • Fundamentals of ELT – Douglas Brown
  • Speaking – Allen Ascher
  • Listening – Jack Richards
  • Reading – Jeremy Harmer
  • TKT – Susan Hillyard and Maria Victoria Saumell
  • Fundamentals of Teaching Young Learners – David Nunan and Diane Pinkley

Participants will:

  • apply student-centred instruction in many contexts.
  • learn skills and strategies for practical classroom concerns such as lesson planning, classroom management, and assessment.

Winner of the 2009 “BESSIE”

Pearson’s Teacher Development Interactive is such a valuable resource, we found ourselves wondering why more teacher development programs aren’t available which are affordable, convenient and well-designed.”

Certificate of Completion

When you complete any four modules of Teacher Development Interactive with a score of 75% or better on the final test for each module, you receive a First TEFL Certificate from the English Language Teaching Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Hunter College is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, Hunter is also one of the oldest, most widely recognized public colleges in the USA. Currently, 21,000 students attend the College, pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 different programs of study.

The English Language Teaching Institute at Hunter is designed for teachers and teacher trainers from around the world who want to refresh and improve their English language teaching and training skills.

For further information about The English Language Teaching Institute at Hunter College, please visit: www.eltinstitute.com.

Reference: www.teacherdevelopmentinteractivetdi.com