With recent changes in the educational system and the National English Curriculum, English teachers in Chile face new challenges. To better prepare teachers to face these challenges, the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc), through its Programa Inglés Abre Puertas (PIAP), or English Opens Doors Program selected The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE) to deliver an International Professional Internship for Teachers of English program.

The professional development program provided Chilean teachers with an opportunity to enhance their English language skills through an immersion experience, gain insights into creative and innovative teaching methodologies, and to design an educational improvement project to be implemented upon their return to Chile. Participants’ projects aimed to improve their students’ oral production skills in English in primary and secondary schools.

“I think this course will have a great impact on me. It has made me more aware of what I can do with my students. Now I know how to use skills such as drama and music to help my students engage and feel more motivated.” 
Juan Carlos Milla, Program participant

The project plans were shared with peers and tutors as a poster presentation and a demonstration lesson. Some topics included myths and legends from Chiloé, food around the world and places in a city – Concepción. Another highlight of the program was guest presentations by UQ academics on leading innovation in your school context and developing your potential as a leader in education. Participants also acquired first- hand knowledge and insights into teaching English to students and learning through observations in Australian schools, and undertook cultural activities designed to deepen their knowledge and understanding of Australian culture.

 

 

ICTE has been working in collaboration with PIAP since 2007 to deliver innovative English and methodology programs tailored to the linguistic and educational needs of Chilean teachers of English.

Watch PIAP participants talk about their experience.