IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology
If you're a teacher who loves teaching and you want to develop your theoretical knowledge and gain new insights into learning and teaching, the IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology, is the best way to grow professionally.
The IH CAM is a great continuation after completing the CELTA (you should have at least one year's teaching experience) and will help you explore and improve your own practice as a teacher and develop your self-analytical skills. It will also help to prepare you if you plan to gain a Diploma level qualification, such as the DELTA, in the future.
The complete course price is £570 plus 20% VAT if you will be taking this course while in the UK, or your employer is a UK based company.
If you have completed an online course with IH OTTI in the previous 12 months, there is a loyalty discount of 10% and the price for teachers working in an IH school is £410. Just let us know on the application form if you would like to claim these discounts.
Who is the IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology designed for?
As well as new teachers with at least one year's experience, the course is also relevant to experienced teachers who like to consistently brush up their teaching methods and enrich their professional knowledge. The IH CAM will help you to really scrutinise the theoretical aspects of teaching and know more about creating a conducive learning environment for both students and teacher.
Experienced teachers also take this course in order to overcome the challenges of teaching more advanced levels or if their job responsibilities have stepped up and they need to support trainees and new teachers in their careers.
Many teachers say the IH CAM feels like a natural next step in their career, particularly if they have a view to complete the DELTA or other Diploma qualification in teaching one day. The course is a good way for teachers to develop themselves professionally and personally, and to deepen their knowledge in certain areas of teaching theory.
This course is moderated by Cambridge Assessment English. Your certificate will include the Cambridge logo, adding value to your qualification.
IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology course content
There are 15 modules, one delivered each week. The topics covered include theories of language learning, language learners, skills and systems.
1. Course Intro and Overview
2. Lesson Frameworks
3. Receptive Skills
4. Productive Skills
8. Error and Error Correction
9. An Introduction to Discourse Analysis
11. Speaking and Spoken Interaction
13. Theories of Learning and Teaching
15. Recent Approaches
How is the course delivered?
This course is asynchronous which means you can access the material online whenever it suits you. You do not need to log on at a certain time every week, so the course suits busy lifestyles, work and/or family commitments, and a variety of time differences.
Your course tutors will guide and tutor you asynchronously throughout the course and you will progress with your cohort of fellow course participants. Active participation and engagement with the course activities and tasks are also essential to completing the course.
Discussion forums are an important part of asynchronous learning and create an online community that participants really value. You can share best practice tips, exchange ideas, and discuss your experiences of teaching with your peers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time do I need to devote to studying? We recommend at least 7 hours each week reading, completing tasks, and joining in the discussion forums.
Are there live sessions? There are no live sessions. This course is asynchronous meaning you can access materials and discussion forums whenever it suits you.
Do I have to be teaching? Yes, you need to be working as a teacher while taking the course.
Do I have to read other books? No. We provide all the materials and links that you need.
Can I join after the start date? You will progress through the course with the other participants in your cohort and the whole group will discuss tasks and content together, so you need to be there from the start.
How many people will be in my group? Usually between 8 and 12.
Will I get a certificate? Yes. See below!
To apply for this course, you must have experience of teaching English equivalent to at least one-year full time (600 teaching hours). You do not need to have the DELTA or other Diploma level teaching qualification.
It is preferable that you have a CELTA or similar entry-level teaching qualification, but it is not essential. If you have a different qualification, or a lot of classroom experience this is taken into account when you apply.
It is important that you are teaching when you take the course as some of the activities require you to use what you are learning in your classroom practice.
Please note that your level of English should be C1 or above.
Online applications close on the Wednesday before the course starts. However, we sometimes have late availability, so please get in touch with the admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if there are any last minute spaces.
This course aims to improve practical teaching ability through increasing theoretical knowledge of teaching and self-analytical skills. It will give participants a wider understanding of English language teaching and expand on the elements taught on the CELTA course (or TEFL equivalent).
There are fifteen weeks of tutor led input on this course. After this you will have two weeks to complete and submit your portfolio of work ready for assessment.
Your time commitment
During this course, participants should spend a minimum of 7 hours per week online and doing tasks. The more time you dedicate to the course, the more you’ll get out of it.
The course tutors are all qualified tutors with many years of experience. All tutors have either a Delta or MA and an online teaching qualification.
Meet our IH OTTI tutors here!
Your fellow course participants and online community
The number of course participants will be at least eight (that is our minimum), but is usually between twelve and eighteen.
The online community you will create with your fellow course participants is something we know people really value. Initial teacher training courses such as the CELTA rightly focus on practical techniques, but this course encourages reflection and a much greater insight. Exploring new ideas and approaches with your fellow course participants will build your confidence and you will share your experiences of applying what you are learning.
So you won't find yourself just studying all on your own - you'll learn from each other as well as from the course material and your tutors.
At the end of this course, participants will be assessed based on participation, a portfolio of tasks (11 of 15 must be completed) and a final assignment. This will be moderated by the IHWO Assessment Unit, and by Cambridge Assessment English. The grading of the course is Pass or Fail.
Your verified digital certificate
On successful completion of this course you will receive a digital certificate. This is stored securely on a verified site, so everybody can be confident that it is authentic and real.
It will look like the image below. Because it is additionally moderated by Cambridge Assessment English it carries a Cambridge logo to acknowledge this.
You can share this with a prospective employer, client, or anybody else that you choose.
A digital certificate is more safe and secure for you than paper – it won’t get lost in the post, it won’t get damaged over time, and won’t get lost. It is always available, you can share in just one click, or you can print as many copies as you like whenever you would like. And, it’s better for the environment. Reducing paper, ink, and delivery means a lower carbon footprint.
The IH CAM Course is delivered by IH OTTI (the IH Online Teacher Training Institute). IH OTTI courses are accredited by AQUEDUTO, the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. This is a charitable organisation dedicated to evaluating blended and online training courses against a quality assurance framework. Aqueduto accreditation helps language teaching professionals identify high quality course providers and enrol with confidence.
Those who wish to improve and expand their teaching ability and pedagogical knowledge will find this course does exactly what it says it will do. Melanie Kirk
It improved my teaching and helped me realise why I’m doing certain things in the classroom. Tetiana Bohutska
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