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Teacher Training

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Particpants at the Train the Trainer course for aspiring bridge teachers in Templeogue, September 2013

The Teaching Programme

The CBAI Teaching Programme, for players who wish to become qualified and registered Bridge teachers, consists of two weekend seminars.  The first weekend is a Train the Trainer course which has been developed purely with Bridge Teaching in mind.  The second seminar consists of a series of Sample classes given by professional teachers, Mini-Bridge Demonstration class, a Card Play Test (approx 1.5 hours), a Bidding Theory test (approx 1 hour) and practical demonstrations of teaching practice. The pass mark for both tests is 70% as teachers should have a thorough knowledge of Basic Acol.It is also recommended that the trainee attend a Tournament Directors course.

Before attending the second seminar trainees will be expected to familiarise themselves completely with the 3 CBAI Teaching Manuals, (Manual 1- Basic Bidding, Manual 2- Basic Card Play, and Manual 3- More Advanced Bidding including Strong Two bids and Pre-empts).

Trainees are required to prepare three lessons, one of which should be on card play technique, and two on Bidding, from which one will be chosen by the assessor and the candidate will demonstrate his or her teaching skills before a peer group. These topics, and an outline of the class, how you intend to conduct it, and notes should be submitted to the Teaching Committee at least 3 weeks in advance of the seminar.

Marks will be allocated under the following headings. (C.B.A.I. Manuals may be used.Manual 1- Basic Bidding, Manual 2- Basic Card Play, and Manual 3- More Advanced Bidding including Strong Two bids and Pre-empts). )

1. Preparation - evidence of having rehearsed, lesson notes, prepared deals, etc.

2. Content - one main topic, fundamentally correct in theory, organised and developed

3. Presentation - introduction, recap of previous lesson, repetition, reinforcement,

questions, recap, summing up etc.

4. Personal Skills - posture, body language, voice projection, eye-contact, dealing with

questions, moving among tables etc.

5. Use Of Visual Aids: cards, curtain cards, hand diagrams, chart, white or blackboard,

projector etc.

It is assumed that the traineee will have their Flip chart prepared (or Power Point presentation) and hands pre-dealt. Click below to see an outline of the Teaching Weekend, a Mini-Bridge Booklet and sample test papers.

Weekend outline


Sample Bidding Test

Sample Card Play Test

Recommended Reading List

Once qualified, teachers running classes are expected to either provide pupils with suitable local clubs for them to join, or run a novice club for their pupils themselves. We request that all qualified teachers provide us with details of their classes for inclusion on the CBAI web site and in the annual Newsletter.

Teachers could ask their clubs to sponsor their participation in the teacher training course.  Ultimately it is the clubs which benefit from teachers work, with the inflow of new members. For a minimal investment clubs can reap big dividends and over a long period of time too.  A number of clubs in different parts of the country have already  done just that and their initiative and foresight is to be lauded.

Full details of proposed programme are detailed in the Complete Syllabus (Not all elements of the Syllabus are active.  Please contact the CBAI directly to see what is required)

Qualified School Teachers

With the recent inclusion of Bridge into the Transition Year programme,  the necessity to organise in service training has arisen.

Please email the CBAI if you would like to participate