Hands Up Project Training Courses

Building Community through English

– a one week online training course for teaching online 

The Hands Up Project works online with disadvantaged young people to help them develop their English language skills. We work mainly with children between the ages of 9 and 15, from complete beginner to B2 level, in class sizes of anything between 6 and 60 students. There is always an experienced teacher (with a good level of English) in the room with the children, so the sessions are mainly about working collaboratively with the classroom teacher to provide opportunities for the kids to interact and put the English they are learning to use. We have developed a simple but effective methodology for working in this way, with a particular emphasis on storytelling and drama activities, as well as communication and vocabulary games. Sounds interesting and rewarding? Then this may be the course for you.


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Girls in Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza taking part in an online Hands up Project session

After successfully completing the the course, participants will be awarded a Hands Up Project certificate. This will qualify them to become registered Hands Up Project volunteers and provide them with the skills and knowledge to join our team, hopefully doing a weekly online session with children in either Palestine or Jordan.

The course consists of 7.5 online contact hours, spread over five days (5 times 1.5 hour sessions) There will also be some time needed between sessions for planning and preparation. It’s a highly practical course and participants will be involved in doing things from the outset.

Participants will need to have a reasonably fast internet connection and a laptop or tablet, with a built in or external webcam. They will also need to download the free version of zoom onto the laptop they will be using. This is available here.

Sample timetable

Day 1 –Zoom orientation session – the features of Zoom/ what is an appropriate methodology with this tool for this context?

Day 2 – Working and playing with images

Day 3 – Telling a story through Zoom

Day 4 – Dialogic teaching online – the online teacher as supportive audience

Day 5 – Word games and vocabulary revision exercises

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HUP volunteers Rosalia Leone and Nick Bilbrough working with boys in Zaatari refugee camp

Course schedule summer 2019 (all times are in UK time)

  1. Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August (10.00 am to 11.30 am each day)
  2. Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August (4.00 pm to 5.30 pm each day)

Course price: £95

Shorter courses:

  1. Friday 26th of June and Friday 3rd  of July 2020 (11.00 to 12.30 am UK time each day)
  2. Friday 10th of July and Friday 17th of July 2020 (11.00 to 12.30 am UK time each day)
  3. Friday 24th of July and Friday 31st of July 2020 (11.00 to 12.30 am UK time each day)

Course price: £40

Course Trainer: Nick Bilbrough

Places are limited to 10 participants on each course. Please contact us at info@handsupproject.org to check availability on your preferred dates and timings, and to reserve a place.


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