SUSSEX DIRECTOR OF STUDIES ASSOCIATION

Thursday 6th October 2016
Teaching Grammar Lexically – Andrew Walkley (NGL)
EC, Brighton
Andrew discussed what a lexical approach to language teaching might mean, including the problems of a traditional ‘structures plus words’. He considered what teaching grammar lexically might involve.

For more info, read Adrian Peel’s write-up.

 

Wednesday 27th July – double-header
ELC, Brighton

Critical Thinking in ELT – Martyn Ford

Teachers nowadays are encouraged to develop students’ thinking skills; as a result, learning English means learning to think in English. Martyn set out core principles and suggested practical tasks and activities to develop critical thinking in its wider application to ELT at different levels and ages.

For more info click here.

Teaching British Culture – Ed Russell

Ed proposed that we work towards interculturality and cosmopolitanism as starting points via an uncovering of what we believe to be normal. He approached the puzzle of teaching “culture” and language using practical classroom activities.

For more info click here.

 

Wednesday 20th July – double-header
LSI, Hove

Embracing Mixed-level classes – Iza Varnier

Iza’s session explored teaching methods and practical activities, seeing mixed levels as an opportunity for the teacher to grow and create a sense of community in the classroom.

Watch the video here.

Ed Tech tools for the language classroom – Anna Neil

Anna demonstrated how ELT materials can be created using two of the more significant recent EdTech developments: gamification and augmented reality.

Watch the video here.

 

Wednesday 13th July
St Giles, Brighton
Using Movement in the Classroom – Emily Milner
Emily explored the idea that movement in the classroom helps learners focus,improves memory, raises motivation levels, results in greater participation, and builds good rapport within a group. She reflected on how often movement can be used and considered various practical ways to develop this.

 

Wednesday 6th July
British Study Centres, Hove

Jibber Jabber – Ice Obariase

Ice’s session provided teachers with practical and easy to prepare speaking activities. She focussed on activities to develop fluency that were material light, interactive and adaptable for all levels.

 

Wednesday 22nd June
EC,Brighton
Top Tips for Young Learner Teachers – Martin Sketchley
Martin offered ideas and activities to spice up YL lessons, such as starters, reviewing vocabulary or how to group students together.

Watch the video here.

 

Thursday 28th April
EC, Brighton
An Overview of SEN – Caroline Roberts
Caroline (Eurocentres Bournemouth) gave an overview of Special Educational Needs and provided practical ideas on helping students with SENs. Points included recognising an SEN, what a learner with SEN requires to optimise learning, and how to deal with SENs in the busy classroom without causing interruption.

 

Tuesday 19th April 2016 – double-header
ELC, Brighton

Maintaining Motivation – Chris Jory

Engaging learners – Adrian Doff

 

Thursday November  26th  2015
ELC Brighton
Motivating Students/ Teaching Advanced Learners – Verissimo Toste (OUP)
Read Jade Blue’s write-up of the event, which includes the slides from both sessions.