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Sparking the Magic of Creative Writing in the Primary and Secondary classroom

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Join us on 24 January 2022 for the first of our two webinars to celebrate UN International Day of Education.

About the webinar

The overarching theme of the webinar will focus on the importance of setting the context as well as helping learners understand the importance of key story elements. It will also focus on how we as teachers can support students to draw on their own imagination and guide them to fully explore their creativity and critical thinking. It will look at tools teachers can use to differentiate and support diverse needs of the whole class when teaching creative writing. These ideas can be used by teachers to ensure that all students have the opportunity to contribute and develop in this exciting and sometimes challenging area.

By the end of the webinar, participants will have looked at some practical tools and techniques to teach creative writing in a fun and engaging manner across both primary and secondary age groups.

This is the first of two webinars we are hosting to celebrate UN International Day of Education.

Join us at 13.00pm UK for the second of our webinars - 'Helping your students become independent learners' with Ben Knight

Find out more about the UN International Day of Education 

Date: 24 January 2022

Time: 11.00am UK - see what time this is in your location

Duration: 60 minutes

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About the speakers

Dinesha Senaratne is an EFL teacher at the British Council, Sri Lanka. She comes from a background of working with young learners in various contexts. She has been teaching since 2009 and is experienced in AMI methodology, Primary Education and teaching drama. She is passionate about making stories come alive with young children and enjoys writing about encouraging creative writing in the classroom in her free time. She also holds an MA from the University of Nottingham focusing on Educational Research. 

Anju Moses is Head of Young Learners and Adults, British Council, based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has worked for British Council for over 14 years. Prior to that she worked in Corporate and Soft Skills training contexts. Anju has an extensive background in teaching across all contexts and age groups and has experience in teacher training and delivering corporate courses. In her role, she implements strategic initiatives considering student, parent and teacher feedback to constantly adapt and customise materials and content to suit learners and drive business growth. Anju is interested in Assessment, Materials design and Learning & Professional Development. She has published two children’s fiction chapter books and is passionate about teaching reading and creative writing.

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