Pearson Morning for Teachers at Adult Learner Centres Bilbao

Pearson Morning for Teachers at Adult Learner Centres

Friday, 5th May 2017

09:30 • 10:00 Registration
10:00 • 11:00 Spiralling upwards: Harnessing the cyclical syllabus. Steve Oakes
11:00 • 11:30 Coffee
11:30 • 12:30 Writing part 2: The agony of choice! Brian Engquist
12:30 • 13:30 Laughter Therapy


Spiralling upwards: Harnessing the cyclical syllabus 
The spiral syllabus has long been fundamental to course design, and yet there are students as well as teachers who experience the revision of language “input” as repetition. This detracts from the sense of progress that is so important in maintaining motivation. This session aims to give participants a better understanding of how the spiral syllabus reflects and supports the language learning process, and to explore strategies teachers can use to maintain that all-important sense of progress. The workshop will offer lots of practical ideas and will draw on examples from Speakout 2nd edition as well as other sources. 

Steve Oakes 
Is an experienced teacher and trainer, and has been the Head of Teacher Training at International House Budapest since 1997. He is co-author of Speakout, a general adult course from Pearson recently released in its second edition.

Writing part 2: The agony of choice!
During a stressful exam a bit of certainty can be a true comfort. In part 1 of their First writing paper our students know they will be confronted with an essay. Part 2, however, requires our students to select from three of four possible task types. Will they choose wisely? Indeed, how should students make this choice? Should they develop a favourite genre? Does it all depend on how comfortable they are with the topic in question or how much vocabulary they think they know related to it? This session will look at what we teachers can do to make sure our students are as prepared as possible to tackle Part 2 successfully.

Brian Engquist
Has spent over 20 years as an English teacher and teacher trainer. He often speaks about Blended Learning, advances in technology applied to education, assessment, and the evolving roles of teachers and students in this landscape. He works as Teacher Training Department Manager for Spain and Portugal.

Laughter Therapy
New techniques and therapies aimed at achieving mental and emotional equilibrium, making use of the healing potential to be found in merriment, good humour and laughter in the fight against anxiety, stress and difficulties with inter-personal communication. To fully enjoy the session, please dress casual and bring a pair of extra socks.