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Introducing the New International House Course: The Certificate in Advanced Methodology (CAM)

Who is it for?

The Certificate in Advanced Methodology (CAM) is the new International House course aimed at two principal markets:

It achieves this dual purpose by offering a menu of sessions. At the time of writing, the Cambridge DELTA is being revised and we will not know the format of the Module 1 written exam until the summer. As a result of this, the CAM course is now restricted to 25 modules with the extra Diploma-focused modules to be available as an add-on course later in the year. Each participant on the course will have to complete 20 out of the 25 modules to be awarded the certificate, although anyone can, of course, cover more than this number. Depending on the revisions from Cambridge, the course will go a long way towards helping candidates prepare for DELTA Module 1 – more on this as the year progresses.

The aims of the course
The main aims are three-fold:

Beyond this, there are many subsidiary aims, all contributing to the main ones outlined above. These include developing the abilities initially fostered on CELTA or IHC courses, developing participants’ study skills and their ability to critically read articles and make appropriate selections from published works, encouraging their reflection on past and current practice, encouraging professional debate amongst teachers from across the IH network, providing participants with a historical perspective and encouraging more experimentation and eclecticism in the classroom.

Participant requirements
The CAM is the most advanced of the courses which make up the IH Advanced Teaching Award, the in-house Continuing Professional Development pathway, and is also intended, as noted above, to prepare participants for the DELTA (which can be taken by teachers with only two years experience) or other Diploma-level courses. As such, participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

How long is the course?
As mentioned above, each participant will be required to complete 20 modules. Each module involves pre-reading, a 90-minute input session (or online alternative) and a series of homework tasks or assignments. Input time will therefore be 30 hours with another 30 hours at least needed for pre-session reading, homework, classroom-based action research and a final reflective task or teaching assignment.

Course delivery
The course will be available in both face-to-face and online formats. The face-to-face version will be available on a CD-ROM with the full set of participants’ pre-session reading and trainer’s note complete with all handouts. The online version will be run on either Blackboard or Moodle with an IHWO trainer.

Because of the experiential nature of the course and the amount of action research, reading and homework involved, an intensive version of one or two weeks is not seen as feasible. The best option for delivery is one session a week over 20 weeks but that is not to rule out the possibility of two sessions a week over 10 weeks or even one session a fortnight over an academic year.

Course components

Course content
There are six strands on the course including CELTA-revision (4 modules), Teaching and Learning (3), Study Skills (3), Language Skills (5), Language and Materials (4), Theories of Learning and Teaching (4), plus the opening and closing modules (2).

Who are the tutors?
Online tutors will be taken from our list of DELTA-qualified IH Certificate in Online Tutoring (IHCOLT) graduates but there will be opportunities for Academic Managers from across the network to get involved, either as local support and observers for those participants taking the online version, or as trainers of a face-to-face course in their own school. To be approved as a CAM tutor, a teacher / manager needs to be DELTA-qualified (or equivalent) and have some experience of running training courses or development sessions face-to-face. They also need at least 4 years teaching experience at a range of levels and preferably in a variety of contexts. As with the participants, they also need access to the Internet and a wide range of resources (coursebook and reference). Further information for prospective trainers is available from Shaun Wilden (address below).

When will the course be available?
The face-to-face CD-ROM with the 25 modules will be available in summer 2008 and can be ordered from Anna Ingram: anna.ingram@ihworld.co.uk. She will also give you details of the costs involved.

The first online version will start in May. The cost for IH teachers will be 150 GBP; non-IH teachers can also take the course at a cost of 300 GBP. Further information and an application form are available from Shaun Wilden: shaun.wilden@ihworld.co.uk.
Any other questions relating to the course should be emailed to Mike Cattlin: mike.cattlin@ihworld.co.uk. A Diploma-specific add-on course will be available later in the year.

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