EMC CPD Face-to-Face: Starting to Teach English Language A Level (Full day at EMC 14.7.22)

This one-day face-to-face course will take place at The English and Media Centre in London (see right for address and map).

This course is now fully booked. There are still places available on the full day course being held online on Tuesday 13th September.

Course content

If you are (or are about to be) teaching English Language for the first time, this course will give you an introduction to most of the key areas. We will explore ways to develop both your own knowledge and your students’ understanding of the building blocks of language analysis and the main approaches to sociolinguistic research used on all AS & A Level courses. Assuming no prior knowledge of English Language teaching and not focused on one particular specification, this course will equip you to take on the first year of teaching with confidence.

What will the course cover?

  • How to develop confidence, knowledge and skills for analysing texts
  • A look at the different types of text and data typically found at A Level
  • An introduction to sociolinguistic topic areas such as gender, ethnicity, accent and language change
  • A survey of some of the main debates and arguments about language
  • How to encourage student-led research and writing.

N.B. This is a repeat course.

Course tutor: Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton is an education consultant at the EMC and specialises in English Language work at A Level and language education across the secondary curriculum. He has been a teacher of A level English for over 20 years, senior examiner and moderator for an awarding body and is author/editor of many books for A Level English Language, including ones for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press & Routledge, as well as publications for the EMC and NATE. Dan has worked closely with many universities to help develop links between A Level and HE, worked as a research fellow at UCL and runs the EngLangBlog site and @EngLangBlog twitter account. He has also taught Media and Film Studies and is Associate Editor of both emagazine and MediaMagazine

How to book your place

Bookings for this course will close at 8am on Tuesday 12th July, or when capacity (15) is reached, whichever is the sooner. 

  • This course must be booked online. If you pay by card that is a big help to us as a small, not-for-profit organisation. Please only ask to be invoiced if required by your school. If you need to pay by invoice, you must be signed into a 'School User' account. You will not be able to request an invoice if you have one of the short courses in your basket at the same time. These must be paid for in advance.
  • To book a place on this course, first sign into your account on the website, or register one if you need to.
  • Click 'Book online' (right-hand column) and fill in the name and email address of the person attending the course. The joining information and post-course email will be sent to this address.
  • If you are booking for more than one person, repeat the process.
  • Then hover over your basket (top right) and click checkout. You cannot update number of places booked from within your basket. If you want to book another place on the course, return to the course page and go through the same process.
  • Once you have booked your place, you will see a screen 'Your order was a success!' You may want to make a note of your order number. You will also receive an automatic acknowledgement of your booking.
  • Please do not book travel until you have received confirmation that this in-person course is running. You will receive this confirmation no later than one week before the course date. (For details of timing, centre address and map, see right.) 

Testimonials

The course was thorough, engaging and the balance of subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches was just right, with the two being intelligently woven together.

Sarah Bhogal, Lord Williams's School on 'Starting to Teach English Language A Level'.

Clear and easy to follow – never felt out of my depth. Collaborative work in the rooms and chat function was useful in terms of hearing other teachers views. Tips on how to approach with students were particularly welcome and useful. Can't wait to try them out. Resources are excellent.

Michaela Crisell, Plume School on 'Starting to Teach English Language A Level'.

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