The Programme lasts for 14 weeks overall (February 22nd, 2016 – June 11th, 2016) and involves 150 working hours in total, including seminars, self-study, undertaking activities and a final assignment. More specifically, 16 hours involve seminars, namely in-person or on-line meetings with the tutors, and 134 hours involve studying the educational materials and carrying out a range of activities and a final assignment. Three (3) meetings with the tutors are going to be held throughout the programme; they are going to take place within weekends.
- 1. Using and teaching English as a global language (challenges, theoretical and pedagogical implications, applications etc.)
- 2. Using English as a global lingua franca (features and characteristics, challenges, theoretical and pedagogical implications etc.)
- 3. Teaching English with an awareness of the role of the language as a global lingua franca (ELF-aware teaching; aims, methods, teaching practices and applications etc.)
- 4. The role of New Technologies in using and teaching English in the era of globalisation (the role of the Internet in English-medium communication, employing modern technology in teaching and learning etc.)
- The participants form Groups of 22-28 people.
- They download and study the educational materials (Study Book) which have been especially constructed for distance learning purposes. The Study Book is approximately 120 pages long and contains texts, optional and compulsory reflective questions, examples, applications, bibliography, guides for (optional) further reading, as well as videos related to the topics the Programme revolves around.
- The participants are constantly supported and guided by the tutors and they communicate with them on a regular basis.
- Every participant can attend each of the three meetings with the tutors either in-person (at the facilities of HAEA in Athens) or on-line (through a teleconference platform). These meetings take place within weekends and in order to attend them on-line, one needs to have access to the Internet. Even though attending meetings is not compulsory, the participants are strongly advised to so because, this way, the integration of new knowledge into their existing knowledge is facilitated and collaboration, feedback and opinion-sharing among participants and tutors is encouraged.
- The participants carry out activities on a regular basis, they send them to their tutors and receive feedback. There activities require of them to view the topics discussed in the Study Book through a critical lens and respond to a number of compulsory reflective questions. Near the end of the Programme, they carry out a final assignment and receive feedback. During the last meeting, the participants may present their final assignment to the class if they wish to do so.
Certificate of Attendance
Submitting answers to the compulsory reflective questions of the Study Book and the final assignment is required for successful completion of the Programme. The participants who complete the Programme successfully receive a Certificate of Attendance by the Hellenic Adult Education Association (HAEA), where the title and the duration of the Programme are indicated. This Certificate involves 150 hours of training in English language teaching and integrating New Technologies in teaching and learning and can also be used for employment purposes at the Adult Education sector.