Telling stories of professional experience can be a powerful form of development for teachers and teacher educators, benefiting not only individual teachers but their educational institutions.

In this talk from 17 February 2016, Briony Beaven looks at storytelling for teacher and teacher educator development.

She illustrates how teachers and educators can create a collaborative learning space that links personal experiences of teaching and training to the realm of public knowledge. During the webinar she examines ways of focusing teachers’ professional stories, for example thematising storytelling sessions, reframing stories and comparing the story of a feature film or novel in which the hero or heroine is a teacher with one’s own teaching story. Finally, there is reflection on the potential effectiveness of the activities as learning opportunities and the appropriateness of the activities for the participants’ contexts.

Watch a recording of the webinar: http://britishcouncil.adobeconnect.com/p93lom8zkr9/ 

About the speaker

Briony Beaven is an ELT consultant, teacher trainer, materials writer and teacher. She has trained teachers in Germany, Britain, Russia, Turkey, Libya and China. Briony was for many years the Director of Studies in the English Department of the Munich Adult Education Institute, and is currently the Delta (Cambridge ESOL teaching awards) Tutor Team Leader for that institution. She is also a CELTA tutor and assessor, and a Delta assessor.

Additionally, she lectures on classroom English at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. Briony has written ELT coursebooks, as well as teacher training materials for Oxford University Press, the British Council and NILE. She has served as Editor of the IATEFL annual volume Conference Selections and regularly gives presentations at international conferences. Briony has written many articles for ELT professional and academic journals. Her ELT qualifications include the UCLES Dip. TEFL and a Doctorate in Education in TEFL.

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