Teacher Training Essentials Program
A free opportunity for Ukrainian foreign language teachers willing to transition into teacher training in public education.

When: June - August 2020
Where: Impact Hub Odesa and Online
What is it?
It is a free opportunity for experienced foreign language teachers who are eager to become certified teacher trainers to support public school education development in Ukraine.
Who offers the opportunity?
It is offered in partnership with World Learning SIT (School for International Training) Graduate Institute and supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
What is the program's mission?
The program goal is to promote learner- and learning‐centered teaching and reflective practices and critical thinking among teachers in public educational institutions throughout Ukraine.
Who can apply?
Any experienced foreign language teacher from public and private sectors in Ukraine willing to become a teacher trainer and facilitator can apply.
Program Guiding Principles
Choices in curriculum design and micro-training practice are made from the following principles which are evident in all aspects of the course: workshop sessions, practice training sessions, feedback sessions and written assignments.
Experiential Learning
Creating a learning experience where a student or a teacher has a chance to be in the process, in the loop of what we are talking about, actively explore the ideas or techniques, engage with the content, make own observations and conclusions, critically reflect on their applicability and relevance for the specific local context.
Reflective Teaching/Training
Throughout the course, Learning Trainers are asked to examine their own motivations, beliefs and assumptions about how teachers learn as well as how these inform the decisions they make when training. These conclusions about their own training practice are then challenged and/or validated in light of the learning of their future participants. Reflection is expected in all aspects of the course, but particularly after micro-training.
Objective Driven Learning
In other words, each task (in a lesson or a training session) needs to be meaningful or helpful for the lesson/session objective. I realize that the objectives (goals, aims, etc.) can be longer-term and shorter-term, and I think it is important to keep both in mind. For example, digressing from a specific topic of the lesson can be important for a specific learner, and serve the goal of the course overall.
Doing More With Less
It is a large idea that applies to a number of things: planning lessons (training sessions) 'from nothing' or without course books or photocopying, using fewer resources such as paper or energy for a projector and slides, being in the moment and hearing the audience and giving the examples thinking on one's feet, reflecting in action, more listening than talking.
Learning-Centered Approach
This idea is reflected in each of the other principles in our program and embodies the belief that teacher learning, growth and development is fundamental to student learning and progress. The program is based on the principles of Adult Learning theories, is using the Experiential Learning Cycle, and helps teachers set and achieve learning goals they are striving for.
Walking the Talk
In simple words, it is about being able to do what you are asking your audience to do. In other words, it describes the idea of 'practicing what you preach'. Ideally, we believe that teachers and teacher educators need to stop 'preaching' and rely on the experiential learning and reflective practice, being able to model the techniques and activities, but most importantly, the skills and attitude of a facilitative, learning-centered, reflective professional.
Here's What You Will Gain
As a program participant, you will have an opportunity to do the following:
1
build awareness of the qualities of an effective trainer
2
participate in at least two training sessions run by peers
3
facilitate at least one full peer feedback session
4
produce at least two sets of written feedback notes
5
create a plan for administering a workshop independently
6
write a detailed training plan of a workshop
7
co-deliver one training session to colleagues
8
independently deliver a session to public school teachers
Key Competences
Here's what you will make progress in:
adapting and delivering course workshop sessions
collecting and effectively responding to participant feedback
examining and making appropriate changes to their own training
establishing strong working relationships
developing their communication skills and teamwork
Program Timeline
December - August 2020
November –December 2019
November –December 2019
Application
January – February 2020
January – February 2020
Selection
June 1-12, 2020
June 1-12, 2020
On-Site Training
July 2020
July 2020
Independent Sessions and Post-Course Tasks
August 2020
August 2020
Certification
The Trainer Coaches
The program is developed by facilitated by
Zhenya Polosatova
teacher trainer and trainer coach
Zhenya has been in ELT since 1998. After completing CELTA she worked with International House Dnipro, then freelanced. She is a licensed trainer and trainer coach with SIT Graduate School/World Learning and often runs courses for teachers internationally, online and face-to-face. Besides, she is a curriculum designer, educational consultant and professional development coach. Zhenya's passions are reflective practices and creative thinking. When not on a project, she runs, hikes or blogs at https://wednesdayseminars.wordpress.com/.
Liliia Kurushyna
teacher trainer
Liliia is a licensed teacher trainer with World Learning / SIT and founder of Teacher TIpi http://teacher-tipi.pro/, an initiative meant to support teachers in their transformation into teacherpreneurs. She is a firm believer in intentional effectiveness as opposed to effectiveness by chance. With this goal in mind, Liliia designed an online course for teachers of all subjects with learning-centeredness in focus. She was also the first in the country to start talking about the importance of a teaching philosophy for each teacher and promoting this in her Instagram community @teacher.tipi.
FAQ
Q:
What is the language of the program?
A:
The program is going to be in English. There will be a post-course stage when the participants will be creating workshop sessions for colleagues, and your choice can be to do so in L1(s). However, you should not necessarily be teaching English. Any language teacher can apply as long as their English proficiency is enough to participate in all aspects of the program.
Q:
Do I need excellent/good English for the program?
A:
The course is about training skills, not language (learning) skills. Since English is the working language of the program, we recommend at least C1 to feel comfortable and confident.
Q:
What's the size of the program?
A:
The program will have up to 24 people, in 2 groups.
Q:
What will the certification look like?
A:
An international certificate in partnership with World Learning / SIT will be awarded at the end of the program provided that all the criteria and requirements of the program are met.
Q:
What opportunities will your certificate offer?
A:
It offers new knowledge, skills, and awareness about the role of teacher trainer / helper and a test for this kind of job (debunking some myths about teacher training). However, those skills you get equipped with only open you up to new opportunities. It is your responsibility to create or seek those opportunities. When applying, make sure you have a plan on how support teachers in Ukrainian public education after the program.
Q:
How on- or off-line is the course going to be? At which stage is it necessary to be present personally and at which not, and where?
A:
The stage called 'training' is when you will need to be present in person (June 1-12, 2020 in Odessa) and the post-course parts are distant, in your location/context).
Q:
Can I take the course instead of CELTA and Delta?
A:
The program is about training skills, not teaching skills.
Q:
Do I need to be an experienced trainer to apply?
A:
The course is about training skills, but it does not necessarily ask you to refer to prior training experience. Some experience in working with other teachers (observing a peer, running a workshop session at your school, holding a webinar, etc.) would be an asset, though. Find more in the application requirements below.
Q:
Can I apply if I am already a teacher trainer?
A:
If you are already a practicing teacher trainer and are looking for further (mode advanced) development, this course is probably too easy for you. We want to be clear that the course is mainly for teachers who are either thinking to be trainers or have to deliver some training (and don't have the skills / knowledge or confidence to do that). In the future, we would be happy to create a course for (more) experienced educators. Stay tuned!
Q:
Can I apply if I am a Ukrainian passport holder but live abroad?
A:
The program is aiming to help state school teachers in Ukraine grow and develop. It is not about being Ukrainian by passport and/or origin, but about the desire and ability to work with the colleagues here in Ukraine.
Q:
Can I apply if my BA/MA diploma is not TESOL/Applied Linguistics?
A:
If you don't hold the above-mentioned diploma but have been working in the field of ELT, please be sure to list all the international certificates/qualifications you have as well as any international exams taken to confirm your proficiency.
Q:
Are there any fixed dates in July?
A:
As it says in the course objectives, (8) 'independently deliver a session to public school teachers', and that's the task for July along with a post-task. July 31st is the deadline for both. So keep the month of July in mind for this.
Q:
Is the course only for state school teachers?
A:
The program is hoping to help state school teachers develop. If you are ready and enthusiastic to do that, it does not matter whether you are working in the private or public sector at the moment. Check the criteria and apply!
Q:
How much should I write in the Application Form?
A:
The applications will be reviewed by our international colleagues and will help you pass the initial stage on the way to the program. Depending on your style of thinking and writing, you may prefer to take some time before hitting the 'send' button.
Who We Are Looking for
If you're eager to apply for this opportunity, please, check whether you meet our selection criteria:
1
You have BA/MA degree (TESOL and/or Applied Linguistics).
2
You demonstrate oral and written mastery of the English language (C1/C2 level of CEFR).
3
You have 5+ years' experience of teaching a foreign language to groups of learners.
4
You taught various age groups and proficiency levels of students.
5
You are considering to step into a training or academic management position.
6
You feel you are reflective and open to new experiences.
7
You are motivated to help public school teachers grow and develop.
8
You are searching for personal and professional development opportunities.
9
You have some previous training or academic managing experience (this would be an asset).
Meet the criteria? Awesome!
Please, click the button below and fill out the form by December 25th to apply.
Contacts and location
Have a question? Get in touch anytime.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
Contact us
info@teacher-training.space
Venue
Impact Hub Odesa, Hrets'ka St, 1А
Pathway
Prepare to move towards your goals. ;-)