7 Free Online Courses in November

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I love November – it’s my favourite month of the year! Whenever I can, I take a week off just to chill a bit and enjoy the bliss of a minibreak. The best thing about November break is that you can relax knowing that in 6 weeks you’ll have yet another winter break! So let me warn you – there will be no blognote next week.

Some might say I’ve taken a week off just because there’s Witcher 3 on Switch and I’m planning to spend the whole week playing… and yes, they are correct!

Between helping Geralt find Yennefer, Ciri or his sanity, I have grand plans to complete one of those promising online courses I found. As usual, I share them with you – maybe you’ll find the course I should take this month?

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task Based Approach by University of London International Programmes and UCL Institute of Education

Start: 4/11/2019

Duration: 6 weeks

For whom: teachers interested in using Task Based Teaching approach in reading

Teaching reading in EFL class may be somewhat boring and tiring, so if you want to try Task Based Approach, you may find this course particularly interesting. TBT uses communicative tasks as the key for language learning activities, and by the end of this course you will be able to integrate such tasks into your own teaching.

How to Write a Resume (Project-Centered Course) by State University of New York

Start: 4/11/2019

Duration: 6 weeks

For whom: people writing their first resume

This is a great course to run in your actual classroom with your teenage students, as there is nothing better than using English to master some real-life skill, in this case – writing a resume, so definitely something everyone does at least once. In this course, your students will review resume best practices and explore current trends. This course will help prepare an eye-catching resume that lets the professional strengths shine.

MOOC: How to make a MOOC? by Novosibirsk State University

Start: 11/11/2019

Duration: 6 weeks

For whom: people interested in making their own MOOC

This course made by Novosibirsk State University and Lektorium, one of the largest MOOC publisher in Russia, covers the process of creating modern online courses. The authors will share their experience, secrets and life hacks. You’ll learn basic trends in online education and find out which stages are included in developing an online course, and what is important on each stage of course development. Best hands-on experience if you want to make your own course!

Understanding IELTS: Speaking by the British Council

Start: 18/11/2019

Duration: 3 weeks

For whom: students and teachers preparing for IELTS

This course focuses on the speaking part of IELTS. You’ll concentrate on the three parts of the test and learn about the four criteria that are used to assess spoken English. The tips and techniques will help you succeed in the exam. You may be also interested in other Understanding IELTS courses by the British Council as they give a complete guide to everything you need to know as you prepare for the IELTS test.

Assessment for Learning by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Start: 25/11/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: teachers who are interested in various forms of assessment

To assess or not to assess? With so many theories, we’re trying to keep up with the teaching trends, add a little bit of something that worked for us when we were kids… and as a result creating a bit of chaos in our classroom. Well, this course won’t give you an answer whether to assess or not, but it will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of approaches to assessment, leaving the final judgement to you – which kind of assessment will prove the best in your teaching approach.

Improving Your Study Techniques by the University of Groningen

Start: 25/11/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: students and teachers interested in developing their study skills

This course is just brilliant for the whole-classroom experience, a nice project everyone can enjoy. We all know that good study skills are vital for all of us and yet we all struggle to study effectively. Here you will learn to apply the ‘three-step model’ of studying: previewing, summarising and revising. You will make a realistic study plan and learn how to tackle procrastination, deal with stress and keep motivated while studying.

American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice by University of Pennsylvania

Start: 25/11/2019

Duration: 8 weeks

For whom: people interested in education in the USA

An in-depth study about the history, policy, and practice of the American education reform. This course will take you on a journey starting in the Colonial Period and Early Republic, through the National Period, the Progressive Era right up to post-1983 model of education. You will learn a lot about the US system of education.

And that, as they say, is that. I think the courses I found look so nice that my adventures with Geralt the witcher may be quite endangered. I guess I might pick a course or two… but first, let me complete just one more quest.

Enjoy and see you in two weeks!

More stories: StoryBits

More stories_ Storybits

It looks like November is more of a storytelling month than I thought – last week I shared the storytelling coursebook (remember about the contest, you can win a copy of the book!), and today I’ll show you the magic of pictures: Storybits.

The universal way of communication – images, are here employed to help develop stories and boost language skills.

Eight characters that are really relatable only wait for your students to give them names, create background stories and take them on the adventure. 54 scene-cards you may use to prompt the story because the authors themselves remind you that hey, scene-cards are just the inspiration, the story is all yours.

And frankly, this immediately made me warm up to the project!

What I really like about StoryBits is that you will find some examples of how to use them for teaching vocabulary, writing, speaking and grammar. You will also find some ideas for running collaborative and competitive storytelling (which is brilliant as some groups respond better to teamwork and others prefer a touch of competitiveness). You need more? No need to ask – you will also find some sample (and simple) activities that will rock your classroom.

If not enough, go to mystorybits.com where you will find even more tips and ideas.

Naturally, I had to come up with slightly more wicked activities…

What could possibly go wrong?

Pick any scene-card and simply describe what’s on the picture. The question is simple – what could possibly go wrong? You could add a bit of competitiveness by dividing your students into teams and making them come up with as many misfortunes as they can only think of. The winning team is the one that creates the highest number of hardships… But don’t forget to acknowledge those who are the most creative!

I didn’t do my homework…

I do understand my students tend to forget about their homework, I used to forget about it as well. One of my favourite activities about homework demonstrates we can get pretty creative when it comes to finding excuses. Now, you can use Storybits to make the excuses even more creative. Just pick a random card and try to make a story imagining the situation prevents the main characters from completing their homework before the next day lesson. So here they are, facing the teacher and trying to explain why they didn’t do their homework.

Storytelling chain – Brazilian soap opera

I like cooperative games hence my idea of a storytelling chain. Remember we have 8 characters? Let’s try to play as a big group (up to 15 people) and use all the cards to make a long story following each character’s complex life – pretty much like a Brazilian soap opera. The important thing is to keep up with the plot! This game would be similar to Once Upon A Time, but the winner is the person who cal recall the whole story. This activity may be followed up by a nice composition referring to the story.

Paulo Coelho style

You know Paulo Coelho, right?  He has his followers and haters, but his style is unmistakable. You can’t be the second Coelho (and that’s good, I think one is more than enough), but you may still have some fun paraphrasing him. How? Well, by extrapolating everything to a perfect life metaphor. Because everything is like life – short/long/wired/oblong/stinky, you name it. Just go with the flow… only don’t forget to choose the card first! You may even play some kind of Dixit variation where you go with a Coelhian metaphor and other players may find the cards that reflect the deep meaning of your message.

These are some of the first ideas that sprung to my mind – however, I’m sure StoryBits will prove to be a much more versatile tool. When you get yours (and you may buy them here), be sure to pay attention to all the details, you’ll have more fun.

Enjoy!

I received this product for free, courtesy of IceBreaker.

7 Free Online Courses in October

7 Free OnlineCoursesin October

This year’s IATEFL Poland conference was just awesome – I had so much fun and I can’t wait for the next event which is, as you know, eduOctoberfest, a month full of webinars (2 sessions per day!). Alas, you need to pay for this event and it is in Polish, yet fear not for here I come with a bunch of free online courses you may enjoy in October!

1 Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential by McMaster University

Starts: 29/09/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: people who know that one never stops learning

This course will help you learn more about your hidden capabilities and assets as well as how to learn more effectively. You will see how to tackle procrastination and use some mental tricks to help you focus, relax, and reframe (reframing is key). More than this, you’ll be exploring how and why to keep yourself in the “mindshift” mode. I believe this course is great not only for teachers (as teaching is lifelong learning), but also for their students: maybe it’s not a bad idea to incorporate this course into your classes?

2 English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development by the British Council

Starts: 21/10/2019

Duration: 6 weeks

For whom: parents, teachers or practitioners interested in teaching languages

The thing about the adult is that they tend to extrapolate their educational experience on children – and children learn in a totally different way! This course will show you how and why children learn best through play and what parents and practitioners can do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience. I guess this course will be great for not only parents, but also those teachers who have just started teaching kids and are not quite sure what to do with them.

3 Creative Writing Specialization by Wesleyan University

Starts: 7/10/2019

Duration: depending on module

For whom: aspiring writers

This is more than just a course, it’s the whole specialization in writing fiction. You may pick the course you like: the craft of plot, the craft of character, the craft of setting and description, the craft of style – and pursue it for as long as you want. If you think of writing in English – and writing beautifully, this course will definitely be of help.

4 Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms by Relay Graduate School of Education

Starts: 21/10/2019

Duration: 5 weeks

For whom: teachers who want to integrate character-based objectives into own teaching

This course explores key ideas of positive psychology and shows how teachers can apply those lessons to maximize student engagement in their classrooms. You will learn how to observe your own strengths of character – to see those of your students, how to introduce character-building activities in your class and how to integrate those lessons into our daily lives.

5 Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment by the National STEM Learning Centre

Starts: 7/10/2019

Duration: 5 weeks

For whom: teachers who want to apply formative assessment for learning approaches

If you haven’t used FA yet, you should definitely start as it’s something that may create your classroom a far better place, which is more friendly for both students and teachers! You’ll plan to identify your learners’ thinking, clarify learning goals, and learn how to use success criteria, and develop your classroom questioning to adjust your teaching approach and respond to student learning. Experienced mentors support this course until 22 November 2019.

6 Managing ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Concussion in School by the University of Colorado

Starts: 30/09/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: teachers working with SEN children

In this course, you will learn about the most common developmental and behavioural disorders affecting children such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, and concussions. You will learn about recognising and diagnosing various learning disorders and disabilities, so if you work with children (any, not only whose with diagnosed SEN), this may be the right course for you.

7 The Science of Beer by the Wageningen University

Starts: self-paced

Duration: 6 weeks

For whom: people who want to know more about beer

Being a teacher, it’s important to be a responsible drinker and to know what effects beer has on your health. This course will definitely help you learn all about beer, including how it’s made, the raw materials used, it’s supply chain, how it’s marketed and the effect of beer consumption on your body. Fun fact: it’s a course made by students supervised by professors and experts in the field, so maybe this will inspire your students to create their own MOOC?

And you can celebrate the Oktoberfest… for science!

I hope you’ll find something useful from the list above, and this October will be educational for all of us.

Enjoy!

7 Free Online Courses in September

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Can you feel Back To School vibes? I sure can, and to be honest, I love it. The very first day of school is my favourite one to have a cup of tea (necessarily with cornflower, I love blue cornflower spots in my tea) on my balcony, relaxing… and looking at kids trotting back to school. Call me evil, but I do enjoy some schadenfreude! Nevertheless, I’ve always liked September (in a childlike way as I have my birthday then), getting new school stuff, the smell of new books – and, of course, new things to learn!

Today I have some brilliant courses that I hope you’ll find useful in some kind of Back to School style:

Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice by King’s College London

  • Start: 2/09/2019
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • For whom: people with ADHD and anyone working with children and adults with ADHD

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? What are the symptoms of ADHD? How is ADHD diagnosed? With more and more ADHD students, teachers should be more aware of potential issues stemming from this disorder. You will learn about the latest neuroscientific and psychiatric research, discuss the core challenges faced by those with ADHD and learn an empathic understanding of the experiences of people living with ADHD.

Start Writing Fiction by the Open University

  • Start: 09/09/2019
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • For whom: anyone with an interest in starting to write fiction or improving their fiction writing, recommended for 16+ students

Ever wanted to ditch teaching and become a writer, sipping coffee on a balcony with a view on a sea and not being bothered by others? On this online course, established writers – including Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle Roberts and Monique Roffey – will talk about how they started writing. You will learn how to create great characters, perfect plot… and undergo some critical remarks by your fellow classmates.

Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation by Lancaster University

  • Start: 16/09/2019
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • For whom: people interested in the study of language

I did my MA in linguistics and I swear I had oh so many opportunities to use it in the classroom as people want more than learn a language: they want to know how language works! With this course you may not only broaden your horizons, but encourage your students to embark on a great journey to understand the language. Corpus linguistics is the study of language presented by the “real world” text – something we come across everyday.

Understanding English Dictionaries by Coventry University, the Alan Turing Institute and Macmillan Education

  • Start: 16/09/2019
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • For whom: anyone studying or teaching English

Admit it – when was the last time you used dictionaries in your classroom? Like many other teachers, I stopped using them the minute I discovered Google on my mobile – truth be told I still entertain my students with some activities, but I think this course offers much more than just a bunch of activities. You will learn how dictionaries are created and who decides what words go in.

 

What Makes an Effective Presentation? by Coventry University

  • Start: 16/09/2019
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • For whom: anyone interested in developing their presentation skills 

Being a teacher requires presenting ideas in an interesting, eye-catching way. We’ve seen many workshops that were destroyed by the mediocre presentation, and this course will help you evaluate and improve your presentation skills. Moreover, at the end of the course you will also have the opportunity to deliver a mini presentation and receive feedback from your peers. I think this course may be a great idea to take in the class, with your students: this way they’ll learn English and some other skills at the same time.

Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom by Into Film

  • Start: 23/09/2019
  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • For whom: anyone who would like to enrich their lessons through the creation of films and animations

This course will help anyone working with young people aged 5-19 to engage them in learning through simple filmmaking and animation. You’ll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools for encouraging active learning and enabling students to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum. I believe this may be a great course to start in the classroom and turn into a long project.

Using Technology in Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning by the Chartered College of Teaching

  • Start: 23/09/2019
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • For whom: teachers and education professionals in either the primary or secondary school setting

It’s not easy to start with technology – there are so many solutions to the problems one hasn’t even thought of! Fortunately, this course will not only show you the areas where technology supports effective teaching and learning, it also helps you select appropriate technologies and implementation approaches – you will be able to choose applications you really need in your classroom rather than try everything and panic.

That’s it – seven courses that may influence your back to school mood and hopefully make this school year the best ever.

Enjoy!

English is not easy… but it’s wickedly funny! (book review for 18+)

English is not easy... but it's wickedly funny!

Last month I attended my favourite EFL teachers’ convention and at first everything was absolutely normal – training sessions, workshops, stalls – when suddenly something happened. Comments were made, pictures were taken and shared, cheeks got flushed – and it was all caused by a grammar book! Now, I’m not overly fond of grammar books, but, naturally the comments made me take a look at this one. And I loved it immediately, the way you love something mischievous, daring and enjoyable at the same time.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you “English is not easy” written by the amazing Luci Gutiérrez.

If you’re a sensitive soul who believes in proper teaching adults with colourful flashcards, maybe you should stop reading. Seriously. It’s a kind of a book adult students may love. Or hate. Or discuss the controversies (which conveniently turn out to be on every second page of the book).

But if you love Monty Python’s kind of nonsensical sense of humour and a little bit of sexualised approach to pretty much everything, if you enjoy somewhat scandalous sentences – and if you know your students well enough to be sure they share this kind of attitude, I don’t think you’ll find a better grammar book to bring not only educational value but also quite a lot of fun.

Dark humour, innuendos and addictions…

…mean it’s a perfect mnemonic tool! It’s virtually impossible to forget English phrases once you see such graphics, isn’t it?

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The sense of humour reminds me of one of my favourite books that I’ve used in the classroom, namely Shakespearean insults. Somehow the idea of learning not-so-polite expressions boosts students’ interest and keeps them more motivated (it also may make us question our reasons for learning, but that’s another story).

If you’re an experienced teacher, you surely know students are far more likely to memorise something if it has a taste of indecency – that’s how our brains are constructed, apparently. But if you think this books delivers only fun, you’re wrong. Behind the controversial facade, you can find a surprisingly sensible book on grammar.

Don’t judge the book by its cover!

There are 17 chapters in this book, and each chapter consist of several subchapters. They are focused mostly on grammar, but there are lessons on vocabulary, phrasal verbs, idioms and useful expressions as well. As it usually goes with grammar, it starts with subject pronouns and the verb “to be”, but the book covers also all tenses, relative clauses, passive voice, reported speech etc.

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I believe you can use the book as a great visual aid – even when you explain all the grammatical nuances, some students may still struggle with memorising the correct structure and use of the item. Now, the graphics and sentences may be really useful as they are very clear (black and red), simple and eye-catching.

What I also like about the book is space – you can easily doodle on the pages, make your own visual connotations, silly drawings and sample sentences. I can see it used as an additional exercise for students who prefer kinesthetic approach to learning.

Recommendations

Personally, I find this book hilarious, and a source of great educational fun for both teachers and students. Naturally, it’s not for everyone, but that’s something one may say about any book. I know my students would be more than happy to catch up with the sense of humour and go with the flow, creating their own stories, making their own creative pictures and adding some form of adult-fun into their class.

And if you are a bored teacher who needs to remind oneself that English might not be easy but is, in fact, fun – this is a book for you. And what’s more, I think this book is something I might put on a wishlist of an EFL teacher.

If you’re ready to order, Preston Publishing, the publisher of this adorkably wicked book, has a neat discount for you. If you get a copy on prestonpublishing.pl and enter the code evil20, you’ll get 20% off (the code does not include sets or preorders and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions).

Hope you’ll have at least as much fun as I have!

9788364211874

Gutiérrez, Luci “English is not easy”

Preston Publishing, 2019

ISBN: 978-83-64211-87-4

7 Free Online Courses in June

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Are you already getting ready for your summer break? Gentle wind on a sandy beach, scorching sun in the mountains and nothing, absolutely nothing to do with teaching, school and EFL? If yes, please continue your bliss, but if you ever feel like there’s something you should do apart from relaxing, maybe a short online course or two… Well, here I am, ever-watchful! I’ve found seven nice and free courses that may be quite interesting for teachers… even those ready for their summer break!

1 Language Assessment in the Classroom by the British Council

Start: 03/06/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: anyone interested in understanding how language assessment works

Assessment is something a lot of teachers struggle with – from test preparation to evaluation. Fortunately, British Council has a great course, which will help you learn theoretical aspects of assessment, and then adjust it to your purposes. You will focus on practical ways of assessing language and skills which you can use in your classroom, but more than that, you will have an opportunity to swap ideas with fellow participants and receive professional guidance from course moderators (something BC is really good at!).

2 Our Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Primary Science by the Royal Observatory at Greenwich

Start: 3/06/2019

Duration: 3 weeks

For whom: primary school teachers who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of space

Before you shrug the idea off, think about it: imagine your EFL classes enriched with real-life knowledge you’ll acquire with the real astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich! Wake your childlike curiosity up and explore space… and various resources for your primary science lessons. You’ll explore digital resources, museum tips, video chats and podcasts, and find out what works best for your students. Your EFL lessons will be just cosmically amazing!

3 Improving Your Study Techniques by the University of Groningen

Start: 3/06/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: anyone involved in the learning process

I’m afraid to admit, I’d have probably taken over the world already, if it wasn’t for procrastination. Do you know the phrase “Procrastinators, unite! Fighting tomorrow for better today…” – that might be my motto. And with so many distractions like Facebook or IM… it’s quite difficult to focus on actual learning (one needs to study strategies in order to take over the world!). If you (or your students) experience similar issues, that may be a great course for us! During the course you will reflect on procrastination and motivation, learn how to design a study plan and actually organise your educational life for the better.

Only you or your students best focus on conventional subjects, leave world domination to me.

4 The Art of Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners by Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Start: 10/06/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: people interested in teaching foreign languages to young learners

If you’re a rookie teacher, or even an experienced lecturer who’s going to start teaching young learners, this may be a good course for you. The course will take you through the basics of methodological approaches to teaching kids, you will also learn about developmental stages of kids and young teenagers. If you feel stressed when you think about teaching kids, you should find this course – and the discussions – particularly interesting.

5 Introduction to Cybersecurity for Teachers by the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Start: 24/06/2019

Duration: 3 weeks

For whom: teachers interested in cybersecurity

We all know we all need to be careful in the Internet – students and teachers alike. It was proven that younger generation, called “digital natives”, happen to be too careless – they treat the Net as their safe haven, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This course will help you not only be more sensible when it comes to your security, it will also help you design actual cybersecurity classess. You will explore malware, malicious bots, SQL injections, and physical threats to data. You will also build your knowledge of the different tools that protect data and websites – strong passwords, biometrics, two-factor authentication, and firewalls.

6 Teaching English: How to Plan a Great Lesson by the British Council

Start: 24/06/2019

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: English language teachers worldwide

Having a well-prepared lesson plan is a great beginning of a successful lesson. This course will help you look at various professional practices, share your own teaching experiences, and apply what you’ve learnt to your own teaching practice. If you feel like you might need some guidance with regards to classroom management and keeping your students engaged with your teaching methods – that’s the course for you!

7 Languages?

If you really think of going on holidays, you may be interested in learning some basic expressions in foreign languages that may prove really helpful.

There is still time to enroll in a course where you’ll learn the most important expressions – and who knows, maybe you’ll decide to develop your skills in more than one foreign language?

You may participate in basic Spanish classes here.

You will find a basic Italian course here.

I hope you’ll enjoy the courses – they look really interesting, and I guess it’s never too late to learn something new, even during summer break!

Have fun!

7 Free Online Courses in May

7 FreeOnline Coursesin May

Everybody likes May (or at least sweet potential of May mini break), the most fragrant month of the year – who doesn’t like the smell of lilac? We can almost smell the scent of summer break, and when we relax a bit, it’s nice to take care of our development.

May is somehow one of my favourite months when it comes to online courses – I usually study outside enjoying spring, and it makes learning far more enjoyable, especially after long winter.

I found some great free online courses you may enjoy this May – which one do you think is the best option for you?

Digital Skills for Teachers: Making Technology Work for You by GDST

Start: 06/05

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: people who want to improve their confidence with digital tools

There are many courses on technology, but sometimes they won’t help. Even the longest journey starts from a little step and this course will help you feel empowered to use digital technology in your classroom. On this course you will build your knowledge of digital tools and your confidence in using them, investigate gaps in your own skill set and learn how to close them.

Introduction to Psychology: The Psychology of Learning by Monash University

Start: 06/05

Duration: 2 weeks

For whom: anyone interested in psychology

This course will help you see the difference between learned and instinctive behaviours and approaches to how we learn. You’ve probably heard of Pavlov and his dog, an example of classical conditioning, but you’ll also learn about operant conditioning (learning behaviours based on positive or negative consequences), and observational learning (watching other people and imitating their behaviour). Something quite helpful for a teacher.

Bullying in Schools: How Should Teachers Respond? by QUT

Start: 06/05

Duration: 2 weeks

For whom: people who have a duty of care for children

We encourage children to “tell an adult” when they are being bullied, but children can be reluctant to report it. This course will help you understand the risks a child experiences before and after telling, understand the complex nature of bullying in schools. You will discuss various approaches to bullying, as well as strategies to help reduce bullying in your own school and classroom.

Leadership Theory: The Basics by Coventry University

Start: 13/05

Duration: 2 weeks

For whom: people looking to understand leadership, culture, decision making and change management

Being a teacher is being a leader (which explains one of the most interesting aspects of being a DoS = a leader of leaders), but we all know it’s not an easy job. This course may be a great way to observe the differences between management and leadership. You will learn various theories and approaches to leadership which may be quite beneficial, not only in your classroom.

English for Academic Study by Coventry University

Start: 13/05

Duration: 2 weeks

For whom: students planning to study at a university where English is the main language

This course may be a really nice idea for your students, especially those who either think of studying abroad or consider taking Academic IELTS. It will help to prepare students for both study on an online degree and at a university campus. The participants will have the opportunity to review the key vocabulary and concepts used in a university setting, and discover what tutors expect from students. They will also practise skills to expand their vocabulary for an academic setting, including tools to help pronounce new words.

The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy by the Open University

Start: 20/05

Duration: 4 weeks

For whom: teachers involved in online education

Sometimes it is said that that online learning is about technology and content; that innovation and accessibility are incompatible; that researching online learning is an ethics-free zone, and that educators’ online identities are irrelevant. This course busts these myths and proves that online teaching may be as “real” as traditional education.

To be sure, this is my pick of a month!

Music Psychology: Why Does “Bohemian Rhapsody” Feel so Good? by Griffith University

Start: 20/05

Duration: 2 weeks

For whom: people interested in music psychology

This course will help you understand how the mind interprets patterns in music and generates an emotional response as a result. You will discuss how music communicates with the brain’s reward centre, and generates a chemical reaction that can provide a feeling of happiness. Is this something that will explain the idea of those annoying earworms, I wonder…

I believe you’ll find a course you’ll enjoy – maybe I’ll see you online?