A group of IETTP trainees pose for a photo

Most teacher training projects don’t end with a trainee being asked to stay in another country, but that’s exactly what happened for one of the Korean participants on the recent Intensive English Teacher Training Project (IETTP). 

IETTP gives Korean English teachers the opportunity to improve their English proficiency and confidence while learning about teaching methodologies and approaches and broadening their intercultural awareness.  With half the course taking place in the UK the teachers not only improve their teaching skills but also learn about UK culture and the UK's approach to ELT.   It also builds strong links between teachers in the UK and Korea. 

It was a great opportunity to develop in my long-term teaching career. I learned a lot from lesson structure, various activities, teacher language and demonstration lessons." 2019 IETTP Trainee 

Supervised by the Korean Ministry of Education, IETTP aims to boost the capability and confidence of English teachers through a three-stage training programme. Trainees first attend training locally before travelling to the UK for the second phase of the course. They are placed in British schools for eight weeks of practicum, to experience the UK school system and culture, before returning to Korea for a final wrap-up stage. To date more than 50 teachers have been trained, who have directly taught more than 5,000 students all over Korea. 

As well as focusing on more traditional teacher training topics, such as lesson management and planning, the course also covers creative education, 21st century core skills and diversity and inclusion in the classroom.   

The UK institutions and schools involved in IETTP also benefit from a broader cultural awareness of Korea, through interactions with, and lessons taught by the participants.  For example, at one of the practicum schools in the UK, the head teacher commented that the Korean teacher was extremely hard working and dedicated with an outstanding positive attitude. The head teacher was so impressed that they wanted the Korean teacher to stay in the UK school after the end of the course.