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International House/IATEFL Training Award


In partnership with IATEFL, the International House Trust is offering a training award to an Associate (Teachers’ Association) of IATEFL in the developing world. Teacher Associations that will be eligible to apply include those who are, or have been in receipt of IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme funds. It will consist of 20 training days and will be delivered in their own country or region by one (or two) IH Trust teacher trainers.  The aim of this award is to support existing teacher development programmes within IATEFL Associates through the provision of relevant trainer/teacher training. IH/IATEFL expect the successful Associate to disseminate the training to a broad community of English language teachers in their countries/regions. It can either be a direct teacher training course, or a trainer training course which can subsequently lead to cascade teacher training at local level.

Training programmes might be based on a variety of training needs but should demonstrate sustainable outcomes. Examples of training projects might include (but are not limited to) one or more of the following:

  • training to upgrade teachers’ language proficiency
  • training to develop  language teaching practice
  • training to help trainers/teachers to develop local materials in under -resourced contexts
  • training to help in assessing learners’ needs/abilities and curriculum demands and developing language teaching practices that respond to these
  • training to encourage and develop innovative practices in teaching specific language skills
  • training that combines any or all  of the above

The International House Trust, through IATEFL, will offer to the successful Associate:

  • 20 trainer days paid for by the International House Trust
  • Travel expenses [including flights] to/from the main training location
  • Visa costs and associated expenses; for example, vaccination costs

Note: The timing of the training can be negotiated to fit in with local needs and schedules. However, the IH Trust trainer provision must be completed by the end of 2016 i.e. any training provision must begin and end in 2016, and cannot be carried over, within this award, to 2017 or later.

IATEFL Associates applying for this award must have a good local infrastructure able to provide the following:

  • Adequate pre-training briefing between the local Associate and the IH Trust trainer(s)
  • Ability to recruit suitable candidates to attend the training
  • A suitable location for the training sessions
  • Resources and equipment to allow the training sessions to be conducted, within the constraints of what is available locally
  • A safe and secure environment
  • Local accommodation and all local travel of the IH Trust trainers (both of these to be arranged and paid for by the Associate - The IH Trust can fund all or part of this, if the bidding Associate is unable to fully finance this locally.  A rationale must be provided, as part of the budget, if IH Trust support is required for these items)
  • A sufficiently established local infrastructure
  • Evidence of existing relationships of the Associate with the Ministry of Education


Associates applying for IH/IATEFL Training Award must meet the same eligibility criteria as those existing for the IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme.

Application Process

Applicants will need to submit a completed application form and budget spreadsheet (see below) and submit by email to Glenda Smart at IATEFL Head Office by September 27th 2015. The winning Associate will be informed by October 16th 2015.

To bid for this training award, the bidding Associate must fill in the Award application form, providing information on the following items:

1. A description of your Association including examples of recent activities. Also include evidence of working relationships with the local Ministry of Education, giving examples where possible. [300 words]

2. A rationale for the training, including:

  1. a brief explanation of why this is necessary and how the Associate intends to build on the work of the training programme and the IH Trust trainers in the future. [200 words]

2.1 A description of the training including:

  1. A clear indication of the scope of work they would expect from the IH Trust trainers within the training programme [this could include, but is not limited to, trainer training, teacher training or a combination of both].
  2. An indication of the target groups this training would be aimed at, with a rationale for this choice [e.g. a small group of teacher trainers in the first phase leading on to teacher training in more remote areas in later phases.] [700-1,000 words]

Note: In addition, the Associate must detail the benefits they expect the training programme to bring to their local Associate teachers, including how these benefits will be evaluated


3. A timescale for the training programme and (where necessary) its different phases, showing where the IH Trust training would fit in.

Note: In addition, the Associate must provide a budget showing how and where the Award will be spent over the duration of the training period(s) See Point 2 in Criteria for acceptance for more information

Criteria for acceptance

Acceptable applications will have to include the following:

  1. Clear and realistic aims and objectives with evidence of how the training will benefit a broad community of language teachers within the Associate’s country.
  2. A clearly outlined budget showing what funding the Associate will be able to generate locally (this could include funding from within the Association, or local sponsors for the provision of venue, stationary, etc) and estimated costs (e.g., in-country travel and accommodation for IH trainer(s)) for IH. Presentation of an accurate budget forecast is a key element of your application.  The Award Panel may contact you with questions about budget items as part of their decision-making process. Contact on this issue will be for clarification only.
  3.  Details of the people who will be involved in the setting up and managing of the training. [The people named in this section do not necessarily all have to be Associate members, but there must be clear evidence of past or existing relationships with the Associate. [Examples of this could be MoE staff who have worked with the Associate, or local Head Teachers who currently co-operate with the Associate]
  4. A clearly developed sustainability plan showing how the outcomes of the training will be monitored, evaluated and disseminated beyond the participants directly involved in the training [This may include plans for cascading training through local workshops as well as reporting on activities to the wider IH/IATEFL community].

An application form and budget template can be found here

Here are some invented examples of good and bad proposals for guidance, plus a video explaining what makes them good or bad.  Please read the proposals and watch the videos before beginning to write your Associate's proposal.

Bad Example :

Good Example :

Applications should be emailed to Glenda Smart at IATEFL Head Office by September 27th 2015.