Train The Teacher had a great opportunity to offer a teacher training evening on classroom management, pace and variety in interactions, clarity and simplicity in instructions, questioning and concept checking (and 25 techniques to use to promote interaction in language learning), and while that seemed a very improbable amount to address in the time, the interest expressed by the teachers who had come to think and explore made for a highly efficient evening of input and discussion.
The approach to classroom management was underpinned by an exploration of the nature of leadership in the classroom and the need for interactivity to acquire language. One of the key principles we revisited in the course of the evening was a quote from Rod Ellis to the effect that interaction is the matrix within which language acquisition takes place.
The seminar was held at a very convenient location in Central, Hong Kong and was designed to be the first in a series to support teachers in Hong Kong (teachers were provided with an e-copy of the PPT content), offer a discount on the Trinity College London CertTESOL offered by Train The Teacher, and give a sneak preview of some excellent job opportunities with a new cooperation at Popular Learning Centres In Shanghai.
We are looking forward to our next event in June and will be posting the topics on our Meetup groups Teachers Unboxed and Hong Kong teachers.