This talk looks at strategies for creating a positive learning environment.

Date: 8 October 2016

Link to the recorded talk: http://britishcouncil.adobeconnect.com/p8j1rz08yhk/

This workshop relates to the “Managing the Lesson” professional practice, as specified on the British Council’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework for teachers. The aims of this workshop are to exchange ideas about the role and importance of creating and maintaining a positive learning environment and share useful ideas on how to establish rapport in the classroom.

A classroom climate that is positive, stimulating and energizing is a powerful way of maintaining both students and teachers motivation – and monitoring learner engagement is crucial in this sense. We intend to thoroughly explore this topic of motivation, as well as others which interconnect with establishing rapport, such as giving feedback, ensuring successful behavior and empathy.

We will also look into teachers’ roles and styles and how these affect the classroom general atmosphere - while still respecting and acknowledging our differences. This will be helpful in order to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, in addition to promoting reflection on current practices so as to make the most of the learning-teaching process.

In conclusion, we will explore concepts connected to the abovementioned topics in order to encourage fruitful discussion, along with sharing thought-provoking ideas and practical tips by various authors and sources.

About the speakers:

Ana Francisca Gusso Rosado holds a B.A. in Languages from PUC-PR; a post-graduation course in English Studies from UFPR, an M. A. in Applied Linguistics (Phonology) from UFPR (Brazil) and a CELTA and the TKT modules 1, 2 and 3 from Cambridge University. She has been teaching English for 16 years and started teaching at Cultura Inglesa Curitiba in 2007, where she has also been working as a level monitor since 2009 and as an Academic Assistant. 

Jordana Mazzarotto holds a B.A. in Languages and Literatures and is doing an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (UFPR-Brazil). She also holds the ECPE (Michigan University), CPE, ICELT and TKT modules 1, 2 and 3 (Cambridge University). She has been teaching for 14 years and currently works at Cultura Inglesa Curitiba, where she has also been working as a level monitor since 2013.

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