FIDE and its Chess in Education Commission are pleased to announce the third Preparation of Teachers course.
The course will be held in the English language online from 27-29 May, 15:00-20:00 CET each day. The target audience is teachers who have a good knowledge of chess basics and experience working with children. It is recommended that you have at least a level of B1 in English.
Candidates for this course should have experience teaching in school and should have at least some knowledge of pedagogy, psychology and chess basics (how the pieces move, including articles 1-5 of the Laws of Chess – FIDE Handbook E.01 – is enough).
Successful candidates will obtain the FIDE title of School Instructor.
School Instructors introduce school students to the basic chess rules to improve their educational and social level and to broaden the base of chess players worldwide. They are not trying to create masters or grandmasters.
It is a 3-day (15 hours) course with 2-3 breaks each day, that will help develop participants’ knowledge and skills in educational chess, help them find new digital tools and platforms for online learning, and get ideas on the application of important pedagogical approaches to the teaching process of chess basics.
The last hour of the course will be devoted to an exam (multiple choice questions) with a pass mark of 65 %. Candidates who achieve the pass mark will qualify for the FIDE title of School Instructor, subject to paying the title fee of €50.
FIDE Chess in Education Titles are awarded for life and can only be suspended or revoked by a decision of the FIDE Ethics & Disciplinary Commission or FIDE Council, while an EDU Licence is a certification by FIDE and EDU of current proficiency to teach at the indicated level of the awarded FIDE EDU title.
Chess in Education Titles when awarded include a three (3) year licence.
Renewal of the licence requires the completion of a renewal course. During the final six months of the validity of the licence, a title-holder may renew the licence for a further three year period to run from the end date of the current licence by following the normal procedure and paying the appropriate fees (currently €50).
Here is the course description in more detail:
Candidates who wish to attend the course must complete and return the Registration form: https://cloud.fide.com/s/NFYTKnnNLRDNrKE
The cut-off date for applications is May 25. However, please note that applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and the absolute maximum number of places on the course is 30. Those who are ‘late’ will be placed on a waiting list and will thus be at the head of the queue for the following course.
Candidates must also pay the course fee of €100 by May 26 at the latest.
Candidates should note that several pre-course emails will be sent to them, containing links to material that they will be expected to be familiar with. These will generally be sent out starting on May 20, so those who leave applications until the last minute are likely to find themselves at a disadvantage.