Let them get on with it! Fostering autonomy and creativity in the primary classroom. Why and How?
A lot of the literature and workshops on learner autonomy revolve around teenagers and adults, and mostly deals with encouraging self-study and autonomy outside of the classroom. So how can we encourage autonomy in class and with younger students? Is it possible? This workshop explores these questions and argues that learner autonomy and creativity are both sides the same coin and are usually already present in young learners. Encourage one and the other will flourish! I will present a framework which can be adapted to different contexts as well as practical tips and activities. You will also get a chance to share your ideas and tips!
Stepping outside of the story: let’s make our storytelling activities relevant, creative and non-limiting. All levels and ages
What kind of activities do we usually plan around stories or course book readings and listenings? Are we limiting our students by only asking them unnatural questions and having them do unnatural activities? Let’s rethink and ask ourselves: how can we tap into and encourage our students’ innate human love for telling and listening to stories? What effects can these activities have on presentations, pronunciation, writing, critical thinking, classroom management and much more?
This session presents practical ideas and activities around stories for all ages, which can also be adapted to listenings and readings in class. Come ready to talk and improvise!
Roald Dahl for teachers of teenagers and adults.
Introduce your students to Roald Dahl’s twisted, funny and dark world through oral storytelling. Get them listening, get them talking, get them waiting for the twist, and get them reading!
Storytelling workshops and courses for English teachers
Communication in English from the beginning! Teachers and students as storytellers (without a book or text)
(short introductory workshop or 30 hour course).
In these workshops, we explore:
1. How teachers can develop their storytelling skills.
2. How these skills can be taught to our students in an ESL context.
3. How storytelling by teachers and students may be exploited in the ESL classroom.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Where to find good stories and storytelling activities online.
Download a list of websites
You can also listen to many storytellers on my Youtube channel: Rebecca Lemaire
Rhythm and sounds: teaching pronunciation for all ages and levels
- Adapting Adrian Underhill’s method for young primary learners.
- Do students and teachers need to be understood or sound native?
- Encouraging the students to leave their comfort zone.
- Some tools and websites here