Teacher Professional Development Courses with Antoine Marcq
English Connection Resource Education

Teacher Professional Development Courses
with Antoine Marcq

Sign up for your English Connection TPD/CPD course with Antoine Marcq.

  • Building Fluency and Exam Preparation with Antoine Marcq
    • 16 academic hours
    • 2 sets of dates:
      • 25/10/2020 - 28/10/2020
      • 22/03/2021 - 25/03/2021
    • State Recognized TPD/CPD Certificate
    • 20 participants maximum

About the courses

Building Fluency

The aim of this course is to make teaching English more effective for the students and more efficient for the teacher. Our goal as teachers is to help students develop both accuracy and fluency at all the skills they need to succeed. We are going to learn and practice a simple and flexible approach to lesson planning that is easily adaptable to any textbook or methodology used in ELT. This very practical 16 academic hour course, is divided into several problematics and solutions to make the best of our time with students, to build their reflexes, and turn their accuracy into fluency.

The course is separated into problematics and solutions as such:

  • Problematic 1: Why do students often develop fluency or accuracy but not both?
    Solution: Overview of student abilities, motivation and factors teachers can influence
  • Problematic 2: How to lead students to accurate knowledge?
    Reference: "System 1 and System 2 Thought Processes" theory
    - Clear, reliable explanations relying on communicational necessity
    - A systematic approach to practice activities
  • Problematic 3: How to help students develop fluent skills?
    Reference: "Deliberate Practice" theory
    - Automate activities to transfer knowledge to skills
    - Error correction techniques
    - A consistent build in difficulty to build strong reflexes
  • Problematic 4: How to assess fluency of a skill and plan future lesson
    - Argumentation and the pyramid of “I’m right”
    - Structures of answers expected
    - Automating structures and strategies
    - Brainstorming, outlining and reverse engineering
    - Building dexterity

By the end of the course, we will have developed a clear and flexible approach to build students to fluency in lessons and courses, and we will have explored an extensive number of materials and activities to reach our goals and the goals of our students.


ЕГЭ Exam Preparation Course

The aim of this course is to make ЕГЭ Exam Preparation as effective and efficient as possible given the current level of the student. Our goal as teachers is to help our students achieve the best grade they can given their current level of English. We are going to learn and practice motivation techniques and exam preparation strategies to ensure that our students take and pass their ЕГЭ exam in the best conditions possible. We are not going to focus on developing English skills in this course, only on exam taking strategies. This very practical 16 academic hour course, is divided into several problematics and solutions to devise the best exam taking strategies, how to implement them and how to automate them in our students.

The course is separated into problematics and solutions as such:

  • Problematic 1: What principles does the ЕГЭ exam follow and how do those help or hinder our students’ success?
    - Overview of exam parts
    - Overview of exam grading criteria
    - Student motivation and engagement
    - Mock exams and student grading sheets
  • Problematic 2: What are the best exam strategies for Reading and Listening parts and how do we automate them in our students?
    - Reading strategy for exams
    - Listening strategy for exams
    - Student attention: arrogance versus confidence
    - Automating the strategies
    - The strength of keywords
  • Problematic 3: What difficulties do students face at the Use of English part and how do we help students face up to the challenge?
    - Word transformation automation and activities
    - Accuracy strategies
  • Problematic 4: How can we help our students get maximum points at the Speaking and Writing parts of the exam?
    - Speaking activities designed to test fluency
    - An assessment based on spontaneous use of skills
    - A lesson planning system based on the systematic approach to building up practice

By the end of the course, we will have outlined and practiced clear strategies for our students to take and pass the ЕГЭ exam to the best of their abilities. We will also have developed strategies to automate structures and approaches. We will finally have solved the key question of how to ensure our students get the maximum grade for the current level of English they have. 

Building Fluency

Fluency of Accuracy

“Building Fluency” focuses on a practical, efficient approach to teaching that improves the ability of weakest students and engages the strongest students. At the end of the course, we will plan lessons together based on textbooks so that each teacher has a reference for how to implement the ideas from the course in his or her specific classroom setting.

The Advanced English Communication Skills lessons focus on Advanced Communication Skills and C2-level English. It may include one or more of the following topics:

  • 1. Persuading
  • 2. Sugarcoating
  • 3. Avoiding the question
  • 4. Gaining control of the conversation


An Official Certificate provided with the completion and checking of coursework! To obtain their official, state-recognized certificate of ELT teacher training, participants must provide their state-approved diplomas.


Antoine Marcq

Antoine Marcq is co-founder of English Connection and Resource Education - working in EFL, ESL and ELT teacher training and material development. Having taught English as a Foreign Language for over 15 years, run the English Connection EFL school in Saint-Petersburg, and developed the teacher support and material creation Resource Education organization, Antoine is leading this teacher training course on Building up to Fluency. His partner, Tom Wiseman, and him have provided teachers with materials and support all over Russia and Europe. They have been regular ELT consultants for Macmillan Publishing and Trendy English over the past year.


Building Fluency with Antoine Marcq (October 2020)

25/10/2020 10:00 - 13:10
26/10/2020 10:00 - 13:10
27/10/2020 10:00 - 13:10
28/10/2020 10:00 - 13:10

ЕГЭ Exam Preparation Course (October 2020)

25/10/2020 14:00 - 17:10
26/10/2020 14:00 - 17:10
27/10/2020 14:00 - 17:10
28/10/2020 14:00 - 17:10

Building Fluency with Antoine Marcq (Macrch 2021)

22/03/2021 10:00 - 13:10
23/03/2021 10:00 - 13:10
24/03/2021 10:00 - 13:10
25/03/2021 10:00 - 13:10

ЕГЭ Exam Preparation Course (Macrch 2021)

22/03/2021 14:00 - 17:10
23/03/2021 14:00 - 17:10
24/03/2021 14:00 - 17:10
25/03/2021 14:00 - 17:10