Workshop for primary english language school 1
One of the priorities of the British Council in Bratislava is to provide and share the latest trends in teaching and learning of English, whether through our project activities, or workshops organized for teachers of English.
At present, our activities focus on the so-called. Young Learners, therefore, pupils in primary schools and teachers who teach this age group. Through our seminars you can be familiar with the latest methodologies for teaching English language in this age category.
The annex various topics of seminars .We would like you asked that you highlight the topics that most interest you to know seminar customized to your needs.
With each series of seminars starting from 12.3 2010 in Bratislava.
We look forward to further cooperation.
Topis of seminars:
Task Based learning and project work (TBL and CLIL)
CLIL has been a hot topic in language teaching over the last few years, where the focus of lessons is based more on the content of a subject or topic, rather than directly on any vocabulary or grammatical structures.
This module looks at the advantages and disadvantages of teaching through projects and tasks, as well as offering some useful lesson ideas and practical advice for use in the classroom.
Story Telling in the classroom
Children grow up with stories – hearing them, remembering them and even telling them, so it would be strange NOT to include them in the YL classroom. This module focuses on how we can help children get the most out of stories, help them follow the tales, and even create their own from a young age.
No two learners are the same, and recognising this diversity through using activities suitable for different learner needs and preferences, can help lead to a more balanced and successful learning environment. This module will look at the various types of learner styles and how these can be maximised in the classroom.
Particularly for very young learners, writing all too often means simply copying a text off the board, without really focusing on what it means or how it was created. This module concentrates on various writing activities – from controlled practice to free writing – and look at why and how we teach writing to children.
Using IT in the classroom
IT plays a huge role in the lives of today’s young learners, both inside and outside of the classroom. This module aims to help teachers to utilise this important and ever changing tool through presenting various ideas, activities, web sites and web tools which can be used to enhance student’s all round learning experience.
Music and Songs
Children love singing. Many of our first classroom memories are of songs and rhymes. This module will explore the types of songs that can be used, and how to get the most out of them to help children learn and enjoy themselves.
For learners of all ages using drama and acting in the classroom can provide a fun and different way to use new and varied language. This module will look at drama based activities and how acting and role play can be used with all ages and levels.
Games, activities, warmers and fillers
Games can be used in the classroom for many different reasons – practising a language point, creating language, helping students relax. In this module we will look at various different games and activities, and hopefully share useful ideas.
Art, craft and wall displays
Helping children to learn through doing, creating, and working together, using arts and craft in the classroom can be so much more than just “colouring in”! This module will investigate various creative projects and ideas and how to present them imaginatively and attractively for others to share and enjoy.
Word games and activities – recycling vocabulary
Every day children are bombarded with new words and phrases – we can only expect them to retain and recycle a certain number of these. This module looks at different ways to present vocabulary items, without too much repetition or recycling of the same old activities, and ways to encourage students to reproduce the language through games and communication activities.
Assessing YL teaching materials
There is an enormous amount of material out there for young learners – from books to dvds, from flashcards to the Internet. Being able to select the right materials for your class, and getting the most out of it is not always easy. This module hopes to help the YL teacher make those choices and think a little more about why and how we use the materials we do.
Grammar with YLs
Should we even think about grammar with young learners? How much do they need to know? How should we present grammar? Should we avoid more difficult structures?
This module seeks to help teachers find answers to these, and many more, questions.
Discipline and classroom management
Discipline in the classroom is arguably the most important aspect of working with young learners. Without a suitable classroom environment, how can we expect students and teachers to work together? In this module we will discuss the use of routine, expectations of pupils and teachers, and courses of action to help maintain a reasonable level of discipline, as well as looking at various problems and solutions.
This module will concentrate on various aspects of speaking, from drilling individual sounds and words, to encouraging students to create and experiment with the language themselves. We will look at activities suitable for various ages and levels, as well as ways to encourage students to talk together in another language.
Using many of the aspects from the other modules in the course, this module will help teachers create their own longer term goals for their classes by looking at course content and development of the learner, as well as discussing different options for testing and monitoring progress.
Dictogloss is an effective way to encourage students to reconstruct texts and ideas in the classroom. This module will introduce some ideas that appeal to different learner styles, encourage learner autonomy, and take into account students’ various needs and personalities. It can also be a fun way to help students learn through working together