Trainer Trainin

ELT Trainer Training Course

About the course

Our 30-hour International House certificated course "Trainer Training" course is intended for those who have recently taken up positions as trainers or who are about to do so, and covers differing training contexts such as in-service teacher development and specific training courses such as the University of Cambridge CELTA course. The course is introductory in nature and not intended for trainers with considerable experience in these areas.

Trainer roles are very varied in nature and this is reflected in the course content. Many of the duties of the trainer can have negative outcomes if poorly handled hence various aspects of effective, supportive communication are included. This is particularly the case when giving feedback to teachers following observation of their classes, evaluating the effectiveness of their teaching and establishing programmes to develop points identified for further action.

The trainer also has to give input and to choose approaches to this input which are relevant and appropriate for the teachers attending, and the cultural contexts in which they work. This may range from ‘scaffolding’ approaches for new, inexperienced teachers to discussion-based approaches for experienced staff members. The trainer will typically be required to give input in a very wide range of areas such as the use of technology, demonstrations of teaching approaches, and updating on recent developments in the field of language teaching. Introductory sessions on these and other areas are included in the course.

Note on the typical timetable [.pdf file] the project preparation and presentation included on the course. These presentations are supervised by the course tutors throughout and are intended as an opportunity for the course participants to ‘put things into practice’ by planning and delivering seminars and workshops they can take back to and deliver to teachers in their own cultural contexts.

It should be noted that the course is open to native and non-native speakers of English. An absolute minimum of level B2 is required with a preference for C1 or C2 on the Common European Framework.


July 22nd—26th, 2019
9.30—13.30 and 14.30—17.00


Trainer Training course: €740

Combine this course

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

The special discounted price for those who take both courses is €1,365.

Course content

Areas covered include the following and are designed to address differing training contexts such as pre-service, in-service and with native English teachers or non-native English teachers as much as is possible on a short introductory course.

  • Tutor roles: trainer; developer; assessor
  • Modes of input: delivering training sessions
  • Observation and feedback: oral and written
  • Designing training programmes
  • People management: interaction analysis and counselling skills
  • Materials: language and linguistics; methodology; theoretical background to methods and approaches

Main course tutor, 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.

Other session leaders

Other tutors on the course are specialised in particular aspects of training such as testing, technology and administration.



You were not just giving us valuable knowledge and ideas, there was something we were learning from just being there with you and all the other course participants. We were motivated, experienced teachers and teacher trainers and the course tutors challenged our well-established standard vision of things...

My views on ELT have changed and I've become a much more flexible, more relaxed teacher and trainer.

Katerina (Russia)


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


All applicants must complete an application form and return it to International House Barcelona.

Download application form

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

For payment details, 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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DoS course

Director of Studies course

Take the DoS course as well as the Trainer Training course while you are with us in Barcelona. It runs in the previous week.



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