Personalisation with adult learners
Most of us will agree that a pinch of personalisation is an important ingredient in a successful, modern foreign language programme. Drawing on our students’ experiences as the context for language learning helps facilitate social interaction, encourages memorisation, and allows space for empathy and creativity in our classrooms. However, a student-led approach is not without its risks and challenges, so in this practical and informative session we will look at solutions to common pitfalls and time-saving ideas for activities that draw on our students’ individual experiences as a context for the exploration of new language. The session will be informed by ideas and activities from Macmillan's new adult course, Language Hub, which was co-authored by the presenter.
Dan has been involved in language education since 2001 and during that time has taught students of every age and level. He has worked in Europe, Asia and Australia and, as well as teaching, has been an examiner, academic manager, director of studies and teacher trainer. In recent years, Dan has delivered teacher training sessions globally and has written or co-authored several student books and workbooks for adult and upper-secondary students. When not working Dan is a keen snowboarder, nature-lover and music fan.