What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state,
than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Founded in 1989, International House San Isidro has been offering English classes of the highest quality to the residents of San Isidro and surrounding areas for over 20 years. During this time it has expanded to also offer Spanish classes and Teacher Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Under the directorship of Celia Walker, together with Director of Studies (DoS) Rafaela Campo and Teacher Development Manager (TDM) Alastair Grant, IH San Isidro is now branching out into Teacher Development for English Language Teachers. Apart from having in-house development sessions on a weekly basis, the school also sends its teachers out to schools to train local teachers. This has led to some of the teachers being invited to present at prestigious conferences such as the Share Convention, an annual conference for English Language teachers in Argentina run by Share.
How it all began….
To celebrate 20 years of successful teaching and also to baptise the new premises, in October 2009 IH San Isidro hosted the inaugural IH Latam Conference. With guest speakers not only from the International House schools in Buenos Aires, but from all over the Americas, local teachers from surrounding areas were invited to a weekend of teacher training and networking.
The success of this event led IH San Isidro to develop its own Teacher Development program and teachers are now sent on a regular basis to schools in the area and further afield to places such as La Cumbre, in Provincia de Cordoba.
The school also runs its own, weekly in house development sessions and this blog is the brainchild of these sessions. Concerned by the quantity of paper being used on a weekly basis for handouts at these sessions the question was raised about having a communal Teacher Development folder which all the teachers could access. As then happens at any good brain-storming session, the idea grew and grew until it was decided to create this blog, so we could share our ideas, not only amongst ourselves, but others in the online ELT community.
Through time the visitors will become familiar with the regular contributors to our Development Sessions as well as meeting those people, who whilst not as active, still have valuable information to share.
We welcome your comments and ideas.