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Carol Read: The secret of working with children

Carol Read: The secret of working with children
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Motivating teenagers I will link three practical classroom activities to the ideas of American Psychologist Carl Rogers. The ideas of Carl Rogers Types of motivation and teenagers Ways to improve motivation:Journals - empathy Using photos - authenticity Music - acceptance The ideas of Carl Rogers Rogers (1957) outlined 3 attitudinal qualities that a teacher, or in his words, a facilitator, should have to assist the learning process. They are empathy (seeing things from the students' viewpoint), authenticity (being yourself) and acceptance (of students' ideas and opinions). Types of motivation and teenagers It is widely agreed that motivation has a great effect on a student's capacity to learn. Ways to improve motivation Journals - Empathy Journal writing can create wonderful opportunities to find out more about your students' lives. Joanna Budden, British Council, Spain I will link three practical classroom activities to the ideas of American Psychologist Carl Rogers. Ways to improve motivation

The EFL Playhouse: Resources for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners Silvana Richardson - Successful Teacher Education: a call for principled glocalisation Date: 7 October 2016 Link to the recorded talk: In many second language teacher education programmes, content and skills-related input concerning easily replicable approaches to teaching English as a Foreign Language still dominates the curriculum. Such approaches and their underpinning principles were originally developed for the globally mobile ‘native speakers’ of English in need of quick and practical solutions that would equip them to teach English anywhere in the world, implementing pretty much the same set of techniques and strategies irrespective of the local context(s) in which they happened to be working. However, this ‘pedagogy for the NEST’ does not always take into account the different educational, socio-cultural or linguistic backgrounds, learning needs of local teachers and learners, or their teaching and learning contexts. About the speaker:

The child as a learner 2 In this second part we will look at techniques to help develop their language and how to deal with errors. Involving the whole child Tips to parents Helping children with vocabulary Dealing with mistakes Top ten requests for parents Conclusion Involving the whole child Children have highly inquisitive minds and enjoy learning through play and using their imagination by observing and copying, doing things, watching and listening. Children also learn a lot of their first language by physically responding to their parents' instructions in real and meaningful contexts. The parent says, "Look at that dog" or "Give me the ball" and the child does so. These interactions between parent and child always have a clear reason for the communication. Tips to parents Parents can help by providing a rich learning environment and placing learning in context. Create an 'English Corner' by providing materials in English at home such as comics and books, cable TV and Internet (with parental guidance!)

Plenary by Joy Egbert | IATEFL Online Engagement principles and practice in classroom learning, language and technology A still-common issue with technology use in language learning is an overly-strong focus on the digital tools and a relatively weak emphasis on actual learning. This technocentric approach may arise, in part, from a lack of clear theoretical grounding for classroom technology use. While it's unclear whether atheoretical uses of technology actually provide barriers to learning, it is clear from the research that principled uses can lead to student achievement. ALSO WATCH: IATEFL 2015 Interview with Joy Egbert

English for Kids, ESL, EFL Kids, Young Learners and Beginners Resources - 25 ideas for using WhatsApp with English language students | Oxford University Press Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP. Today he joins us to provide 25 engaging and useful classroom activities for language learners using WhatsApp. There are three main obstacles to the use of technology in ELT. WhatsApp or similar messaging services can help overcome these obstacles. Many self-confessed, techno-phobic teachers that I know use WhatsApp on a regular basis in their private lives, so already feel quite comfortable with it. Here are 25 ideas of how to make good use of WhatsApp for language learning. Like this: Like Loading...

The child as a learner When to start language learning What stops children from learning How children learn languages Getting parents involved Get to know how your children learn When to start language learning Most experts believe that when a child is introduced to a second language at an early age their chances of becoming more proficient in the target language will be higher. However, it is not necessarily true to say "the earlier the better". It is suggested that the most efficient time to learn another language is between 6 and 13. However, children who learn in pre-to-early teens often catch up very quickly with children who learn from an earlier age. Also this does not mean that languages cannot be learnt later in life. Whatever the age, when children learn a second language they develop skills that will help to create opportunities in their future. What stops children from learning Reading the list above, you may be surprised at the number of items that remind you of traditional educational practices.