Gallery Teachers Open Day 2016 in Sousse – Tunisia
Teachers often feel they can have no impact in the space of two, three or even four months -without seeing the profound change this can have on a learner. This is a session on tried and trusted techniques and communicative practices for the language classroom to get around the essential dichotomy of unwilling participants and the fact that everyone learns, and teaches, in different ways. We are often slung in the direction of buzzwords and fads and rarely seem to engage with the reality that most people would rather eat their own nail-clippings than go to a class…any class, at any age. This workshop will be a holistic approach to getting the best from all elements of a language course and ensuring that students and teachers progress and enjoy it. It will be interactive, there will be workshop elements and learning and doing…there will be NO communal singing or anybody forced to do star jumps.
There will be shouting, throwing things and probably some sweeties involved somewhere.
Main points to be covered:
- Teaching multilingual/multidisciplinary classes of varied ages
- Classroom control
- Poetry…literature at any level
- Technology as friend not foe
- Swiss Army knife lessons – ensuring you have backup plans up your sleeve
- Limited time versus long-term gain?
- Lighting the spark of language learning toward the dynamite of knowledge
- Personal development?
- A selection of communicative teaching exercises that will work at all levels
- Motivating the terminally not bothered
For more information please contact our Gallery Teachers Office in Sousse.
Looking forward to meeting you in Sousse!
Date: Sunday, 4th December 2016
Location: Orient Palace Hotel Conference Room
09.30: Welcome Speech
10.00: Teacher Training 1st Session
12.00: Question Time
14.00: Teacher Training 2nd Session
16:00: Gallery Teachers presentation
17:00: Question Time
18:00: Sousse Panoramic Guided Tour
20:00: Gala Dinner
The Presenter: Thomas Jones
Thomas Jones has been an activity leader, teacher, DoS, and centre manager in summer schools and a teacher, trainer, DoS and principal in year round schools in France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, the USA, UK and Mexico. He was part of the senior executives for the summer school operation at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Studygroup. He returned to the UK six years ago to work with Trinity College London and now works with a variety of organisations, including a summer programme for SBC and he runs his own company: Brock Solutions Agency. He has presented around the world but most recently at NAFSA, MEXTESOL, NEAS and closer to home at IATEFL, English UK events and schools and universities around the UK. He is also a freelance trainer in business and management. He is a consultant for TELC and a trainer for Gallery Teachers.
He is rubbish at maths and has only a very limited grasp of even basic scientific principles. His mother thinks he is great.