[teacher development workshop 60-75min]
Do you sometimes feel that you are no longer needed in the classroom? Teaching and learning have merged together for students. With the communicative approach the clear-cut role of the teacher has been blurred.
Learners teach each other inside the classroom (peer teaching/learning) and outside forming chat forums, setting up blogs, twittering or being part of “livemocha”. What is clearly visible is that students want to learn on their own terms. They have become self-empowered to teach themselves with resources from the internet.
Teachers, on the other hand, may feel the burden of fast-moving technology and may need to decide how to blend face-to-face teaching with on-line student resources. Scott Thornbury once said during a conference, “Teaching with technology is a difficult thing to do well”. Teaching in this environment poses new questions for us teachers. Do we need to revolutionize our classroom with new practices? Do we need to guide our students into harnessing technology for their learning purposes? The fundamental question that we need to ask ourselves is: can we or should we “unplug” our teaching?
This workshop is a reflective look at the teaching methods in Business English discussed during BESIG conferences in the past few years with practical tips on guiding students in their learning.