Dr. Briony Beaven
Pausen nach Absprache
Südpunkt Nürnberg, Raum 3.01
Lifelong learning is important for keeping the mind working well as we age. Learning a language can also keep seniors socially connected and improve their self-confidence. However, teaching this age group presents us teachers with special challenges. Cognitive and physiological changes as well as different attitudes to learning, different behavioural patterns and issues of motivation require language teachers to develop new skills to succeed with seniors.
In this workshop we will consider our own attitudes to older learners, investigate ageing processes and explore some appropriate teacher strategies for maximising senior learning. We will then identify ways of turning our new knowledge and skills into practical techniques and activities for our lessons with seniors.
Dr. Briony Beaven
(Dr. Briony Beaven is a language teaching consultant, teacher trainer and materials writer. She taught English in a British secondary state school (PGCE and QTS) for several years before moving into teaching EFL, later becoming the DoS in the Münchner Volkshochschule. She is a NILE Associate Teacher Trainer, who has worked with teachers in many countries around the world, and who currently supervises students on the NILE MA course. Briony is a Cambridge Teaching Awards Delta tutor, assessor and moderator. She has served as the Co-ordinator of the Teacher Trainers’ and Educators’ Special Interest Group of IATEFL and was Editor of IATEFL Conference Selections for five years. She has presented at many international conferences and has written coursebooks for Oxford University Press and for Cornelsen Verlag, and a number of specially commissioned teacher training and trainer training courses, as well as publishing in professional journals. Her ELT qualifications include the UCLES Dip. TEFL and a Doctorate of Education in TEFL.)
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