DoS course at IH Barcelona

Director of Studies (DoS) course

About the course

Our Director of Studies (DOS) course is intended for those who have recently taken up a position as DOS or are about to do so.

The DOS role is typically multi-faceted ranging from leadership in such areas as teacher development, to financial management in conjunction with the Director with communication skills being essential in all areas of the DOS’s daily life. This multi-faceted nature of the job is reflected in the DOS course.

In areas of Teacher Development the course includes the observation of teachers and approaches to giving written and oral feedback on classes observed. It also includes the introduction and running of educational development programmes including organising and running educational seminars. In educational management areas the course includes interviewing new staff members, ways of establishing teacher timetables, appraisal and professional development interviews, channels of communication and financial planning as a factor in timetabling teachers and courses. Also included are on-line and electronic resources management, and time management for the DOS.

During the course participants will work on real-life case studies and scenarios in discussion with fellow participants and the course tutors. The course is hands-on and firmly rooted in the practical application of the course content to the participants’ places of work.


The sample timetable [.pdf file] is subject to change according to the availability of tutors; all content remains the same but sessions may be on different days than those given here.



The 2020 edition of this course has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The course will run again in July 2021.

Reading List

Books marked with an asterisk are recommended as initial reading.

  • White, R., Martin, M., Stimson, M., & Hodge, R. 1991. Management in English Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press*
  • Handy, C.1993 Understanding Organisations Penguin*
  • Handy, C. 1990 Inside Organisations BBC Books*
  • White, R et al From Teacher to Manager. CUP 2008
  • Impey, G & Underhill, N. The ELT Manager’s Handbook. Heinemann*
  • Davenport, T. H., & Prusak, L. 1998. Working Knowledge – How Organizations Manage What They Know. Harvard Business School Press
  • Flanagan, N. & J. Finger. 1998. Just About Everything a Manager Needs to Know. Brisbane: Plum Press
  • Harris, P.R. & Moran, R.T. 1991, 3rd edition Managing Cultural Differences. Houston, Texas: Gulf
  • Kotler, P., & Armstrong, G. (8th edition, 1999). Principles of Marketing. Prentice-Hall
  • Markee, Numa 1997 Managing Curricular Innovation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Mullins, L. Management and Organisational Behaviour. London: Pitman Publishing 1993 3rd edition


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

Course tutors

(shown, tutors for the 2019 edition of the course; tutors for 2020, to be confirmed)

Roger Hunt

The course is headed by Roger Hunt, a Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Educational Manager with over thirty five years’ experience. Currently based in Barcelona he was formerly Director of Studies Teacher Training in IH London, Director of IH Budapest, Director of Studies Education in IH Madrid and Assistant Director of Studies at IH Alexandria.

He has for many years been a University of Cambridge CELTA and DELTA tutor and has travelled to many parts of the world running courses and giving talks at educational conferences.


Ferran Velasco

Ferran is an Industrial Engineer with 23 years of experience in managerial positions in both multinational and family business environments.

His experience gained in roles such as Business Unit Leader, Global Director of Product Manager, and Sales and Marketing Director has been complemented with extensive management and leadership trainings at ESADE Business School and Wharton University of Philadelphia.

After completing a Master of Research in Management Sciences at ESADE Business School, he is currently taking a PhD in Leadership, also at ESADE.

Fiona Thomas

Fiona is Chief Operating Officer at Net Languages, an online language school. She started working in LTO management positions in 1996. Since then she has held different management positions: Director of Studies in a conventional language school and Director of Education at Net Languages.

She gives sessions on DoS courses, runs management training workshops for language teaching organisations and is the co-author of Managing Education in the Digital Age.



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.

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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).

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Trainer Training


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



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