You know of course about Nick Bilbrough’s Hands Up charity project? (If not, it’s a cool initiative where EFL teachers connect to classrooms and learners in Syria and Palestine via Zoom and do storytelling and language learning activities with them, and you can read all about it on his blog.) What got me particularly interested today is the post about engaging students in a teacher training session. It’s an account about a real training situation, and Nick saw a lot of benefits in it: the trainer can demo an activity, and the teachers don’t have to pretend to be lower-level learners, or use all the language they have, and so real language learning can actually happen in the training room – and the trainees can simply observe, reflect and develop their teaching.
The idea of involving students in teacher training is not new, but these examples are really rare!