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Do learner-centred approaches work in every culture?

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Is it time to challenge Western assumptions about education, especially when it comes to promoting 'good teaching approaches' in the developing world? The British Council's Ian Clifford looks at the case of Burma, in a forthcoming webinar on 12 October 2015.

This British Council EnglishAgenda webinar explores the reasons behind the failure to implement learner-centred approaches in developing world contexts. Evidence is recounted which questions the effectiveness of learner-centred approaches and favours effective whole-class teaching. Finally, attempts to promote a balanced approach to pedagogy through a teacher education project in Burma are showcased.
The webinar will take place on Monday 12 October, 2015 at 13.30 UK time and will be of interest to those involved in teacher development.
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About the speaker
Ian Clifford trained and worked as a primary school teacher in the UK before working in a range of roles for Sheffield Local Education Authority. He then worked as the funding manager for the education strand of an urban regeneration scheme before managing a local voluntary sector organisation with responsibility for a large supplementary school portfolio. Gaining a CELTA certificate in 2009, Ian has since worked in Nepal and Malaysia and is now Director of the English for Education College Trainers Project in Burma / Myanmar. Ian is currently studying towards an MSC in Development Management.
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