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You’ve heard about the ‘flipped classroom’ but how about a ’flipped CELTA’? That’s the future of training, according to International House (IH) London.

As those of us who nearly flipped out on our ‘classic’ Celta or Delta course know, much of the time on training courses has traditionally been devoted to input sessions, and much homework is traditionally generated. In IH London’s ‘flipped’ courses, the input is all put online.

At the recent Future of Training conference at IH London, Michael Turner, a member of the Flipping Training Panel, explained online core content is, “bite-sized … not too long”. Instructions for a specific teaching task were described as “a screenful,” that trainees can “read in a couple of minutes.”

We don’t mean to be flippant, but what impressed the Gazette about the new flipped training courses was that trainees reported THEY SLEPT BETTER. Flipping marvellous!

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Matt Salusbury
News editor and journalist, has worked for EL Gazette since 2007. He is also an activist in the National Union of Journalists and co-edits its newsletter, the Freelance. He taught English language for 15 years in the Netherlands, in Turkey, in a North London further education college and now as an English for Academic Purposes tutor at the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Dutch.