English Teacher Training

 ENGLISH TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP

Stream Garden organises workshops for English teachers wishing to add fresh air to their teaching practices.

Modern day language learning is not merely about grammar and passing tests; the new generation must be able to speak English fluently and confidently.

Children are often fearful of making mistakes, inhibited to speak in front of others and consequently self conscious about their level of English. Even those who are more fluent, have difficulty understanding the different accents and being clearly understood themselves by natives and other foreigners.

Our Teacher Training workshop addresses all these issues directly. Teachers will learn fresh teaching skills and gain newfound insights into the process of spoken English teaching.

The Training can be exclusively made up of teachers, or teachers and students may attend the sessions together, so that teachers have hands on training practice.

Stream Garden has the expert skills and appropriate facilities to cater for large groups from schools, colleges and universities. We can tailor our courses to fit your specific requirements.

Please contact us for more details.


   Example of Past teacher Training Seminars conducted at Stream Garden

The MINDMAP Method for Language Proficiency in the ESL classroom

Outcomes: We create a variety of lesson plans that work in the classroom; improve our English ability; share our concerns about how to increase student enthusiasm; create an online resource for teachers to share MindMap lessons. Workshop Facilitator: Khun Philip


Day One: ARRIVAL (First Morning) 9:00AM to 9:45AM

After settling in at the retreat center we meet in the Activity Center. Please wear loose fitting clothes, something that you might wear to take a walk in the park. Our discussion will include both talking and gentle movements to facilitate more sharing

9:45AM to 11:45AM. Reading and Listening Comprehension: A MindMap Introduction

Selected Text: “A Daughter’s Struggle With Learning to Read” (This will be our morning text)

9:45AM to 10:15AM: We listen to the story (it’s on MP3) and we also read the text. We use this text as our subject piece for understanding the various ways MINDMAPS may be applied in the ESL classroom.

Skills covered: how to teach reading and listening comprehension with MindMaps.

BREAK: 10:15AM to 10:30AM

10:30AM to 11:45 Expanding on a Theme and Telling Our Own Stories

We continue to use the same story “A Daughter Struggles to Learn How to Read” and see how we can explore the themes and apply it to ESL activities.

Skills covered: How to create opinions and talk about them in the classroom.

LUNCH 12:00pm to 1:00pm

1pm to 2:30pm: MINDMAP BASICS: TURNING DATA INTO INFORMATION

In this activity we use MindMaps to generate content from personal experiences.

Skills covered: Brainstorming, revising, creating categories, students creating the content.

2:30PM to 3:15PM SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY: The One Minute Story.

Skills covered: This is a continuation of the Brainstorming and Revising of MindMaps. We tell our stories.

3:15PM to 3:30PM BREAK

3:30PM to 4:15 Nature Walk. We will have a guided walk around the retreat center property. The purpose is to use the environment around us to stimulate student enthusiasm and curiousity.

4:15PM to 5:45PM NATURE WALK MindMap Activity: Based on our Nature Walk observations we create One Minute Stories

DINNER: 6PM to 7:00PM

Evening Program(FIRST EVENING) : 7pm to 8:30om StoryTelling: “Raven Steals the Light”. Facilitator will tell the Native American story: “Raven Steals the Light”

Purpose: Experience advanced storytelling and how we might go about sharing stories with students. Introduction to what students will experience during the English Camp

DAY TWO (First Morning)

7AM to 7:40AM Morning: Gentle exercises that teachers can share with their students.

Breakfast: 8:00AM to 9:00AM

9:00am to 10:15am Story #2 “I said, ‘I love you.” The same as with the DAY One activity. We practice using MindMaps again with a different story.

Break: 10:15AM to 10:30AM BREAK

10:30AM to 11:45AM Creating an opinion and building a bridge which connects the themes in the story to our own personal experiences.

12:00pm to 1:00pm LUNCH

1PM to 2PM PICTURE GAMES: Describing a Photograph in 30 Seconds and Using MindMap as a Vocabulary Builder

2PM to 3:15PM: STORY #3: COPING WITH A DEMANDING STEP-FATHER

3:15 to 3:30PM Break

3:30PM to 4:15PM INTRODUCTION to ADVANCED MINDMAP CATEGORIES

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION: 36 VIEWS of Mount Fuji .

Skill covered: How to use category making as a language learning tool in the ESL classroom.

4:15PM to 5:00PM Self-guided Nature hike with Category assignment.

5:00PM to 5:45PM: Share our Category Stories

6PM to 7PM DINNER

DAY TWO EVENING: 7PM TO 8:30pMSTORY #4: “A Mom’s Tough Standards”

DAY THREE

MORNING MOVEMENTS 7AM TO 7:40AM

BREAKFAST: 8:00AM to 9:00AM

9AM to 11:00AM Final Story: “A MENTOR and a FRIEND”

We will work in small groups and find ways to create MINDMAP activities with the story.

11:00AM to 11:45 AM Turning “obstacles into invitations.”

Conclusion to teacher training. Asking questions. Clarifying any doubts.

LUNCH Departure

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