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DoS course at IH Barcelona

Director of Studies (DoS) course

About the course

This 30-hour International House course is designed for experienced teachers who are interested in being trained to take up a position as a Director of Studies (DoS) in a language school.

The course aims to give an overview of what can be expected in a DoS's job.

Course content

Areas covered include the following:

  • Roles, qualities and skills of the DoS
  • Dealing with student problems
  • Dealing with teachers
  • Observing teachers and giving feedback
  • Exams and testing: internal and external
  • Organising teachers' meetings
  • Courses including young learners and Business English
  • Coursebooks and syllabuses
  • In-service training
  • Giving progress & development interviews
  • Interviewing new teachers
  • Timetabling teachers & classes
  • Dealing with clients, students and parents
  • Time management


July 17th—21st, 2017
9.30—13.30 and 14.30—17.00


Director of Studies course: €700

Combine this course

Our Trainer Training course, which runs in the following week, is designed to complement the Director of Studies course.

The special discounted price for those who take both courses is €1,315.

Course tutor, Andy Hockly

Andy is a freelance educational management consultant and teacher trainer based in deepest Transylvania.

After 11 years of teaching English worldwide, he obtained an MA in International and Intercultural Management. Subsequently he worked as a project manager at the School for International Training, including participating in the curriculum working party that developed the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM). He will bring his management experience and knowledge from the IDLTM courses that he has run, to the DoS course at IH Barcelona this summer.

Apart from training and managing, Andy is the co-author of From Teacher to Manager (CUP, 2008) and author of Educational Management (Polirom, 2007). He is also a long time committee member of the Leadership and Management SIG in IATEFL.


I greatly enjoyed the course. It surpassed my expectations, which was mostly due to excellent tutors and curriculum and partly so because of stimulating exchange of ideas among course participants.

Kate K., participant on the July 2013 course


Candidates will be awarded an International House Teacher Training Certificate at the end of the course.


All applicants must complete an application form (as well as a pre-course task) and return it to International House Barcelona.

On acceptance for the course, the deposit is due. The balance must be paid at least four weeks before the course begins.

The maximum number of participants is 15.

Download application form

For payment details, please see separate page.


Refunds will not be given except in exceptional circumstances, and only then if notice is sufficient to allow for the finding of a substitute candidate.


Applicants should have good teaching qualifications, and extensive experience of teaching EFL to a wide variety of levels, and preferably to all types of student: adults, children, Business, etc.

Applicants should also have an advanced level of English (minimum C1, C2 preferred).

Related courses

Trainer Training


Our Trainer Training course, which runs in the following week, is designed to complement the Director of Studies course.



We also have a 325-hour ELT Management course leading to the IDLTM Diploma.

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