Our recent CTLLS course

CTLLS courses usually attract learners from different backgrounds, and the recent CTLLS course wasn’t an exception.

We had learners from such subject areas as beauty, fitness and art as well as horticulture, conflict management, employability skills, and others.

Their reasons for coming on the course are different too – some do it because they wish to achieve the next level up from PTLLS, for some learners it will expand their employment opportunities, however, some do it just for pleasure.

Learners’ expectations are to develop their course and lesson planning abilities that will help them confidently plan their own Schemes of work and Lesson plans.  Students also wish to know about inclusive teaching methods which will ensure that their lessons will be the best possible learning experience for their learners.

Candidates benefit from exchanging experiences, discussing most common issues in the lifelong learning as well as asking questions to the tutors. Those students with a lot of teaching experience expect to learn more about teaching and learning theories to help them understand the principles behind effective teaching and learning.

Assessment is something that interests all. Being one of the key elements in effective courses, this is also one of the subjects that is debated most. Finding the best and most inclusive assessment method for their learners is every teacher’s aim, so on the CTLLS course candidates expect to learn about different assessment types and methods as well as their advantages and limitations.

Fairness and transparency, collecting and storing evidence is also information that students find useful.

The course is interactive and learners are expected to participate throughout. They can ask questions, discuss, share experiences, give relevant examples or simply listen and take notes. Small class size ensures that everyone can receive an answer to their question.

Some questions, however, don’t have one right answer, so the issue is discussed in the group, and these discussions make the course even more relevant and interesting.

At the end of the recent course candidates had to pick a resource and deliver an activity to the peer group using that resource. This demonstrated what they had learned on the course, as well as gave them the opportunity to be creative and design a fun and inclusive activity for all.

It turned out to be an inspiring and exciting learning experience for both – those delivering the activities and those acting as students. Candidates demonstrated the use of a flipchart, poster, cards, video, pictures, game, diagrams and charts, and others, so the day wasn’t just fun but it also showed how good teaching skills and subject knowledge our students had!

This mini delivery concluded the course and left everyone on a high. It gave learners more confidence of their abilities as well as inspiration to use new ideas in their future teaching. They enjoyed learning a little bit about each others’ subjects too!

Although CTLLS students come from different backgrounds and organisations, teach different levels and learners, experience different challenges, on the CTLLS course there is something for everyone.


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