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ABF Accreditation Program

Teaching new players is critical for achieving growth in ABF members. We need to produce teachers who are effectively trained.  

In 2011, the ABF introduced Teacher Training Programmes (TTP’s). These free seminars, sponsored by the ABF, with assistance from state bodies, aim to prepare prospective teachers for their first class and to assist experienced teachers with new ideas for their classes.

The ABF National Teaching Coordinator, Joan Butts, conducts a number of these programmes (TTP’s) each year throughout Australia. They are based on the Better Bridge Teacher Accreditation Programmes, which are used successfully in the USA. They offer proven advice that, if followed, will give teachers the tools to deliver top-quality bridge lessons.

Each Teacher Training Program offers a closer look at teaching methods and presentation (how to teach) and contains resources for beginner, help with play and card play courses. Teaching ideas are developed through discussion and practical demonstrations. There are also marketing and promotional tips, and ongoing support offered from the ABF.

 

ACCREDITATION POINTS 

Points may be accrued in any of the following ways:

TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM (15 POINTS)

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS 
(10 POINTS)

  • Modern Bidding Methods
  • How to Teach Defence

ONLINE EXAMS (5 POINTS)

BEGINNER COURSE – INTRODUCTION TO BRIDGE (5 POINTS PER COURSE)

  • Provide an outline of the course structure, materials used and length of the program.
  • Evaluation sheets sought from all participants.

SUPERVISED PLAY SESSIONS (5 POINTS)

  • Provide curriculum
  • Outline materials used
  • Evaluation sheets sought from all participants.

INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED WORKSHOPS (5 POINTS)

  • Modern Competitive Bidding – using ABF materials supplied at Continuing Professional Development workshop.
  • Evaluation sheets sought from all participants
  • Other topics – to be agreed with ABF National Teaching Coordinator (course outline and materials) prior to introduction.

INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING (5 POINTS)

  • Course content and materials used to be provided as ABF National Teaching Coordinator to decide if warrants allocation of points
  • Evaluation sheets sought from all participants

 

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and teachers can submit claims for activities they have conducted which they feel contribute to the goals of the program. The decision to approve or decline allocation of points rests solely with the ABF National Teaching Coordinator.

Teachers should submit their claims and evaluation sheets via the new online form.

Submit your work

ABFTeachersWorkbook

 

Download the Teachers Guide for the ABF Teacher Training Program

ACBL Teaching Materials