This pathway stage is for teachers who are new to teaching languages in general, especially those with a limited knowledge of the language they teach or whose schools have recently introduced new languages programmes. It will also be useful for native speaker teachers with limited or no pedagogical background in language teaching.


Introduction to Language Teaching Programme

The programme aims to provide a starting point; a practical grounding in language teaching pedagogy, one-to-one and peer support and the opportunity to network and share resources with other teachers in a similar situation. We aim to foster immediate and lasting benefits for teachers, students and schools.

The introduction to language teaching involves ongoing support over three school terms through personalised cluster groups tailored to language levels, expertise and/or location. It also provides the opportunity to undertake subsidised structured language learning.

We offer regular one-on-one support for each teacher’s language teaching from an experienced ILEP facilitator either fortnightly or monthly, and a structured peer support programme for feedback and continued learning. Classroom visits provide individual feedback, lesson planning support and advise for further development. Workshops showcase examples of effective and practical language teaching.

The programme will run over three terms; either terms 1–3 or 2–4, with an initial full-day workshop followed by two half-day or after school workshops. Participants will be visited in their classrooms once and will meet and work with peers on guided tasks between workshops. Face-to-face and distance networking and resource sharing opportunities are part of the programme. At the end of the programme, participants will present their 'teaching as inquiry' projects to each other.

Teachers on the Introduction to Language Teaching Programme will make a commitment to participating in cluster meetings and workshops both face-to-face and online over three terms. They will complete a short teaching-as-inquiry project as part of a portfolio, suitable for teacher appraisal. To get the most out of this programme, teachers will need an enquiring mind, a willingness to participate, and a commitment to implementing what they have learnt back into their school.

For more information please contact the programme facilitator: 

Belinda Sydenham
Teacher Development Adviser

Phone: 09 623 8899 ext 48552
Mobile: 027 547 1951


A Beginner Teacher's Experience

Nicola Corser

Teacher of Mandarin, St Thomas's School

Introduction to Language Teaching 2016

Read about Nicola's experience here.

Programme Information Sheet