21st Century Teaching: Competence-Based Education, Soft-Skills and Creativity

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A 2 week teacher training seminar within the framework of the ERASMUS+ Program.

This training will focus on 21st Century Teaching Skills such as competence-based education, soft-skills development and creativity. 

Participants will explore issues and practical ideas connected to problem-solving, cooperation, communication, critical and creative thinking. They will also consider the delicate issue of assessment and will be provided with tools suitable to evaluate complex tasks and high-order skills. 

By the end of the course, participants will enjoy having a set of concrete ideas on how to integrate new approaches into lessons and they will be inspired to apply new strategies to boost high-order skills in their students, as well as to develop visual and creative competences. 

Tentative schedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities.
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations.
  • The past, the present, the future: society, individuals, old and new needs.  
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Learning styles

Key Competences in Schools and Learning Styles. 

Day 3 – Critical thinking

Supporting problem-solving, cooperation, communication, reasoning and arguing in evidence, critical thinking. 

Day 4 – Applying approaches

Applying student-centred approaches to different subjects. Case studies and examples across Europe. Managing pair and group work.

Day 5 – Student evaluation

Assessment: are marks threatening for students? Evaluating students: teacher-, peer- and autoassessment. Providing feedback. Conclusion and Certificates of Attendance.   

Day 6 – Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Day 7 – Rest day

Day off

Day 8 – Get creative

Motivation and Serious Games; Creative Thinking and Mapping

Day 9 – New strategies

New Methologies in Teaching Student centred tasks.

Day 10 – Visual materials

Visual Resources in Education: VTS. Looking for online visual materials: Google, Youtube, Wordclouds.

Day 11 – Assessment types

Managing pair and group work; Types of Assessment (teacher, p2p, self). Portfolios and online tools. 

Day 12 – Presentations

Presenting and evaluating presentations. Providing feedback. Conclusion and Certificates of Attendance.

Day 13 – Course closure & cultural activities

Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion.
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

Cultural activities

Excursion and other external cultural activities.


  • Language Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
  • language teacher trainers
  • careers officers
  • educational guides and counsellors
  • headteachers and principals
  • managers of schools/organisations offering language education.


  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Price: 820 €

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Reviews about this course

A very motivating course which gave me the possibility to learn more about soft skills and PBL and to practice some ICT tools and strategies to use in my classes. The teacher was really very kind, competent and helpful.

Daniela Dani

Course based on “learning by doing” that gave me the chance of putting the techniques and tools proposed immediately into practice. The teacher really motivated me to innovate my way of teaching.

Laura Di Batte

I utterly enjoyed the course and I can highly recommend it.

Ginta Mākulēna

I would recommend the course to everybody. The atmoshphere was very motivating and inspiring and relaxed.

Siroki Zsuzsanna

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