In-Service Teacher Development (KfK)


The English Department is highly committed to teacher education and offers in addition to pre-service teacher education (MAGLU) a number of in-service teacher development programmes(KFK) for practising teachers. We deliver two 30-credit regional programmes, taking place in Nordland, as well as two 30-credit online programmes, organized in Levanger.

Our teacher development programmes are strong in providing evidence-based approaches to teaching, for English learning that is relevant and exciting for todays’ school students. We share important research-informed ways to promote powerful pedagogical practices and motivating classroom methodologies – the how of teaching speaking, writing, listening, reading and intercultural learning. We discuss hands-on approaches that make the most of the new English curriculum for the primary school, grades 1-7, and lower secondary school, grades 5-10. We pay particular attention to the core curriculum (Overordnet del – verdier og prinsipper for grunnopplæringen), to the many opportunities for interdisciplinary content in the English classroom, and the potential for in-depth learning. English is a key subject for intercultural understanding, and enthusiastic teacher educators in the English Department are keen to show how English studies at school can open up new perspectives on the world, on ourselves as teachers and on the students who are learning English. With in-service development, practising teachers have the opportunity to raise their qualification level and self-esteem in order to address the increasing complexity of the twenty-first century with strengthened professionalism and confidence.

KFK participants with Dr. Nayr Ibrahim


Nordland Regional KFK English 1 (grades 1-7)

This 15 + 15 ECTS programme is provided through a blend of face-to-face teaching and on-line support, and emphasises a variety of teaching methods and exemplary teaching to stimulate creativity and increased language competency. The profession-oriented perspective is central, where the participants’ own pupils and classroom is a central arena for learning and competency building, thus acquiring formal competency also at one’s own place of work. This programmeis of a practical nature, targeting the participants’ development of their own language proficiency as well as topics and methodology that meet the requirements of the national curriculum.

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This course offers an introduction to key concepts in English Language Teaching, including grammar and phonetics.

This course offers introductions to children’s fiction and the cultural contexts of the English-speaking world while also exploring multimodal texts and the use of digital tools in the English Language Teaching classroom.

Nordland Regional KFK English 2 (grades 5-10)

In this programme, experienced teacher educators and subject pedagogy (fagdidaktikk) researchers support English teachers for grades 5-10 in deepening their knowledge and expanding their pedagogical repertoires. As regional KFK, this 30-credit programme is conducted both face to face where it is most needed and online using Zoom. Motivating teaching approaches based on current research are shared and explored together. Programme participants then choose a topic to try out in a school project; their reflections on their experience are a central part of the course assessment. Popular topics include oral interaction by teaching through drama, creative writing, plurilingual practices, focusing on diversity and students’ sociocultural identities, ecopedagogy, intercultural understanding, multiple literacies through young adult literature, graphic novels or verse novels, and in-depth learning through a focus on global issues.

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This course develops teachers’ knowledge of methods, tools and strategies for effective teaching of English in Grades 1-5. The course is practical in nature with a strong focus on English across the curriculum as well as exploring critical literacy skills through a range of multimodal texts.

Special focus in this class will be the educational and language learning benefits of children’s and young adult literature. Text-related activities will include the interdisciplinary themes in the Norwegian curriculum as well as in-depth learning, intercultural understanding, cultural diversity and critical literacy. We will look at drama methodology, how to use graphic novels and verse novels in the classroom and creative writing for primary and lower secondary school.

Levanger Campus, Online KFK English 1 (grades 1-10) and English 2 (grades 5-10)

This comprehensive online study programme is tailored for practicing English teachers working with grades 1-10 in the case of English 1 and 5-10 in the case of English 2. The focus is on developing practical teaching tools that teachers can use in their own classrooms. In addition, teachers are also afforded the opportunity to enhance their own expertise in the English language and in the use of texts, while reflecting on subject and digital pedagogical techniques. English 1 is differentiated to take into account the differences between 1-7 and 5-10.

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Levanger KFK English 1

This course attends to what it is to teach English in Norway and in particular explores the theme of language and language learning.

This course focuses on different kinds of text used in the classroom, including multimodal texts and digital resources.  

Levanger KFK English 2

This course attends to the literature and culture of the English-speaking world and teaching English in Norway.

This course attends to subject pedagogy and has a particular focus on language learning and communication.