Last week I wrote a post describing the mission I was recently assigned: to design and teach (in French!) a 12-hour training course for in-house trainers in my company who will be training other staff in an area of expertise (network engineering, the new IPv6 protocol, fiber role out, to name a few).
In a series of posts, I’d like to share some of the content of this training course, which I named in French “Animer une formation”, or ‘animating a training course’. I personally think something like “how to teach adults” would have been a more appropriate title, but hey, in French, trainers don’t teach, they ‘animate’.
After thinking about the subject for a while and looking at what had been done on the subject in the past, I decided to cover were the following topics:
Beliefs and attitudes
– Perceptions and beliefs about teaching
– What is an appropriate role, as in-house trainers?
– How to start a lesson
– What basic principles should all training courses and trainers adhere to?
– What are the basic principles of adult learning and pedagogy?
– What are the basic pedagogical approaches that can be used in the classroom?
– How to set clear objectives for your course and for each activity
– How to give constructive feedback
– How to create discussion and communication in the classroom
– How to keep students energized and motivated
– How to set up a successful group-work/pair-work activity
Teaching tricks and tips
– How should a trainer move around/position him or herself in the room?
– What practical tips should every teacher know before going into a classroom.
– What kind of materials should be used and how to write appropriate materials
The next thing I had to decide was how I was going to organize the course? What types of activities would I do? How would I break the material up?
I decided to do was split the course in three:
1) A couple of hours of discussion and teaching ‘theory’
2) A series of10-15 minute role plays where I ask the students to take the reins of the class and become trainers for a short time. Each role play followed by constructive feedback and tips.
3) A few hour wrap-up/feedback session at the end of the course.
I basically applied a ‘teach-do-teach’ structure that I use a lot in my English lessons. So far, it seems to be working!
I’ll be writing more shortly about each of the topics mentioned above, so stay tuned!