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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer Programme

The TTT programme was originally seen as a means of training teachers how to use the LBB materials.  However, there was nothing explicitly planned to make teachers want to use LBB materials, or to attend such a TTT programme.  The new Erasmus+ funding programme opened up the opportunity to create a strong and long-lasting synergy between the European Prison Education Association (EPEA) who want to bring prison educators from across Europe together in dialogue and best-practice sharing, and the LBB project team who want as many people to use the LBB materials as possible.  By turning the TTT programme into a more intensive blended-mobility programme based on the broader topic of multilingualism in prisons and the ways to address this through education and training, the LBB project team were able to create an attractive programme that prison educators can get European funding to attend, and which the EPEA would be willing to offer as a means of providing value for its members.  Even if prison educators had no idea about the materials developed through LBB, they might be interested in broader professional development programmes concerning communication training in prisons, and the LBB tools and materials could be directly integrated into this programme, enabling prison educators to assess and evaluate the usefulness of LBB tools and materials in the context of their own work places, and learn how to set up a communication course that might incorporate the LBB products.  This ‘back door’ approach to sustainability and exploitation means that we are attaching the core LBB products onto something that our target group would already be interested in, and which would provide added value to the stakeholders involved.

To this end, the final concept of the training workshop has been built into a larger 58-page training manual which provides a learning context and background to the learner, directs them to various online resources, and asks them to reflect on various points, writing notes and preparing reports.  As a blended-learning course, the TTT gives learners the opportunity to learn in their own time, with the requirement that they attend a 3-day residential training.  Some aspects of this module are required to be completed as part of this residential course, and are identified with a ‘group-work’ symbol and learners are encouraged to prepare for these activities in advance, looking through the tasks and completing the necessary preparation material.

In this way, the activities proscribed by the group work symbol reflect the content of the TTT course.  The trainer can then work around these group activities, ensuring that the following learning aims are met:

  • Reflect on the unique situation and conditions concerning foreign national detainees, and the influence this has on communication needs in prisons and detention facilities
  • Critically evaluate the provisions for language acquisition training in your working environment
  • Understand how LBB tools can be used in practice, and assess their practical merits
  • Identify in detail various problems and solutions regarding language acquisition training with foreign national detainees and prison staff
  • Discuss the implications of different learning styles and teacher roles in using LBB tools
  • Identify the scope for exploiting LBB tools in various different contexts, using different materials, and building on existing material

Download the full Train the Trainer Programme in English here!

For more information on the EPEA and their upcoming training events, go to www.epea.org