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Trinity College London

Settembre 2022
Claudia Beccheroni, alla guida di Trinity College London Italy da oltre 30 anni, racconta la sua esperienza al fianco dei docenti, ascoltando i bisogni e accogliendo le nuove sfide per riconoscere il digitale come alleato.

di Valentina Mercuri

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Claudia Beccheroni, Senior Education Expert
Claudia Beccheroni, Senior Education Expert
Beccheroni with Emiliano Valtulini, new director Trinity College London Italy
Beccheroni with Emiliano Valtulini, new director Trinity College London Italy

Speaker: Sarah Davison (British accent)

Trinity College London is an educational charity. Present in over sixty countries around the world as an international examination board, it awards English language, music, and performing arts qualifications that promote the acquisition of practical and real-life skills and encourage students to develop their talent and creativity.
To find out more, Speak Up met with Claudia Beccheroni, who is the Director of Trinity College London Italy. This month Claudia Beccheroni is taking on a new role as Senior Education Expert and will go back to her first love of teacher training and research. We asked about her long experience working with Trinity.

Claudia Beccheroni: 

It has been very, very interesting. Over the last thirty years I have met thousands of teachers and not only in Italy. I have had the opportunity to travel to a lot of the countries where Trinity operates and therefore compare education systems. And I have come to the conclusion that irrespectively of where they are, teachers have the same needs, the same wants, the same desires, and ultimately the same objective, which is the good of the student.

MISSION

Claudia Beccheroni told us more about Trinity College London’s mission.

Claudia Beccheroni:

Communication and performance are the two key words of our mission statement, because we believe that they can transform people’s lives. In order to be a good performer there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. And equally, it takes a long time to become an effective communicator in English. What we do is help people achieve these life-enhancing skills. Our mission is also about inclusiveness, accessibility, allowing people who need our exams the most to be able to take them. We want to have a positive impact on people, this is why we work a lot with teachers and schools.

UNIQUENESS

We then asked Claudia Beccheroni what it was that makes Trinity College London unique as an examination board.

Claudia Beccheroni:

Trinity exams are about real-life skills. We encourage candidates to bring themselves to the exam, to talk about their interests, to play their songs. That’s what makes us unique. We believe that co-construction of meaning is such a big part of real communication that we want to replicate it in the exams, and this nobody else does.

TEACHERS

Trinity College London is one of the few awarding organisations that offers qualifications for teachers. The aim is to support them in teaching students to progress in music, the arts and in the English language.

Claudia Beccheroni:

We invest a lot into teacher development and teacher support, and all the teachers who want to use our exams to teach their students to progress in music, in performing arts and in English, have access to a very comprehensive continuous development programme that we give them for free as part of our educational charity work. This includes learning and teaching how to motivate students and how to keep them motivated at what they do; teaching them how to include communication from very early on in their lessons. And we do the same with music.  We show teachers how to embed the practical side of music in their lessons from day one because these are real-life skills. These are 21st-century skills.

TECHNOLOGY

Continuous changes in education and the digital disruption have had a significant impact on the professional identity of teachers, especially since the pandemic. Claudia Beccheroni reflected on the integration of technology in teaching.

Claudia Beccheroni:

I think that the biggest lesson I have learnt during the last two years is that technology can help us teachers to teach better and make better use of the time we spend in class. It can be an accelerator for students. It can expose the students more to the English Language. It can make them protagonists so that they can keep their motivation and develop their creativity. I’ve learnt that technology and digital can be our allied.

NEW TOOLS

As an educational charity, Trinity provides teachers with a lot of support and training. We asked Claudia Beccheroni about what has been developed during the last two years.

Claudia Beccheroni:

Lots of new bite-size webinars, hands-on, practical, online activities which have helped teachers in many countries, including Italy. Trinity has also created a course for teachers called Trinity Teach English Online which leads to a qualification, Certificte in Online Teaching (CertOT). It was launched last January and it’s now available to teachers around the world. As teachers we’ve always seen technology as a disruptor rather than a help, but I think that what everybody has achieved in the last two years, the digital upskilling that we’ve all had to go through, has really left us with a bag of new tools, of new tricks, new recipes that we cannot ignore. Working on projects that aim at helping teachers to integrate digital tools in their teaching and coming to terms with this new identity is what I want to dedicate my time to in my new role as Senior Education Expert. 


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