Who is this course for?
Teachers of English AND teachers of other subjects who are working at secondary level or with adults.
Teachers who want to refresh their teaching and liven up the classroom experience for their students.
Teachers who want to improve the motivation and engagement of their students.
After this lovely course I am sure that I have:
An increased capacity to plan lessons and teach grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the four skills in engaging and motivating ways
A broader understanding of the conditions and strategies under which creativity develops and of how teachers can encourage creative thinking
Techniques and activities for improving motivation and engagement in my learners
Greater ability to select, design, and use materials that foster creativity in learners
Development of linguistic skills and intercultural awareness
A network of fellow professionals from different cultures and backgrounds with whom I can share ideas and best practice.
Between the pressure of keeping up with the school curriculum, meeting with parents and running daily classes, it can be hard to make time for creativity in the classroom. With such little time to spare, it can be easy to think – does it really make a difference?
The short answer is: absolutely. Creative classrooms don’t just look different, they feel different. They provide an environment where students are more likely to express their ideas, think outside the box, challenge problems with innovative solutions and most importantly – learn faster and more effectively.
Environment counts for a lot when it comes to learning. It can influence motivation, concentration, memory, and attitude. We want our classrooms to be places students look forward to coming to each day, places that feel welcoming, safe, nurturing, and fun. When students feel positive about their environment, they’ll also feel more positive about what they’re doing in that environment and be more willing to engage with you, the material, and each other.
While you do have to put a little time and effort into developing a positive classroom culture, it’s never time wasted, as positive energy always leaves behind a trace in some small way. A touch of humour, colour, meaning, or inspiration here and there can go a long way.
Keep things light and show you care, emphasize high expectations, let your own passion for the material shine through. Hold meaningful class discussions that go beyond the standard lecture. As William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”
photos by Maria Dangli, teacher