This week I watched a presentation called ‘Changing the way we approach learner styles in teacher education’. This was delivered at IATEFL 2016 by Carol Lethaby and Patricia Harries. If you get a spare half an hour this week I thoroughly recommend seeing it – you can access it on the British Council/IATEFL site. (more…)
The theory of multiple intelligences came up in English in Mind this week. I knew it would really interest my students, so I decided to
explore it a bit more. Here’s another idea to get your teens talking, and reflecting on their own skills/abilities.
I did a quick ‘unscramble the letters to make words’ task
LEVECR = clever MARTS = smart ITELGINTLEN = intelligent
Then I asked the students to complete the sentence:
They came up with some pretty good definitions. I put a simplified dictionary definition of intelligence, and then the students discussed a few questions:
Do you think you’re intelligent? If so, how?
What about your friends? Do you have any really smart mates?
Do you have to be good at every school subject to be ‘intelligent’?