Teaching for Success
Integrating tablets in the English language classroom for teachers
A joint Apple Regional Training Center and British Council series for primary and secondary English language teachers interested in using tablets to develop learners’ language skills and digital literacies.
Tablets are becoming increasingly popular outside the classroom – learners use them to access information, communicate with friends, share photos and videos, and play games. They’re also being used to learn. Your learners may bring tablets with them to school, or your institution may have devices that learners can borrow during the lesson.
Tablets present opportunities for learners to develop valuable real-world skills and learn in ways which may be different from how you were taught at school. If you are to take full advantage of this potential, it’s important to integrate tablets so that they don’t just replace traditional approaches but actually transform what you do in the classroom.
This programme explores purposeful and language-focused approaches to integrating tablets and apps in the classroom to develop the skills your learners need.
Teachers attending will receive a professional development certificate of attendance. The sessions are linked to the British Council ‘Teaching for Success’ Continuing Professional Development Framework.
What’s in it for you?
In this practical series, you’ll get hands-on experience with websites, apps, activities and other resources that you can take away and use in your classroom. You’ll also have lots of opportunities to engage in discussions with other teachers about integrating tables in your classroom.
By the end of this series, you’ll be able to:
- understand the benefits of using tablets and how they can be integrated in the classroom
- develop classroom activities which your learners can do using a tablet
- understand the practical issues you need to consider when using tablets in the classroom
- exploit different apps to develop learners’ productive skills in the classroom
- select appropriate online tools to share the content your learners create
- design activities using augmented reality apps and integrate them into your curriculum
- use tablet apps to design activities for formative assessment
What’s in it for your school?
Each session offers practical ideas, approaches and activities for teachers to try out with their learners. At the end of each session, teachers draw up an action plan setting out how to apply what they’ve learned.
Teachers also have the option to agree to an in-school try-out plan with their English Language Panel Chair. The school try-outs are based on a teacher selecting one module of their school-based English scheme of work with one class. Teachers integrate tablet-based activities into one to two lessons. This involves preparing lesson plans, collecting learner feedback, and completing a written reflection with recommendations for other teachers who may teach the same module at their school.