Motivating Teens & Youngsters to Learn & Study by Listening to & Tapping into their Needs
Speaker: Susan Brodar
I was online on 4th August and I could listen to the speaker Susan Brodar talking about her experience to engage and to motivate students who need to take exams in September.
I had already watched Susan speaking in some webinars in the past and I really loved her. Ifelt that I should watch her presentation, and it was worth doing it!!
Susan made a great presentation based on what she does and what she's doing to get the students more engaged.
I think that she was great as she provided lots of tips which were really interesting- this makes me believe that she must be a hard-working teacher as she is working on the best practices to work with her students. Dealing with teenagers may be hard sometimes... sometimes we need to find a way for approaching them and for working better with them.
Grammar is important but she wants her students to work on it in a different way as she knows that language learners have to develop different skills from reading to speaking, from listening to writing. You cannot learn a language if you do not work on it!!
Here are some of the tips she provided us with:
The use of technology can help us and youtube and some sites provide us with tools for enhancing learning . https://www.voscreen.com/ is one which I think is worth trying. It seems to be useful for students!
Sending homework to students is another way for monitoring them and getting them involved in the process of acquiring the language!
She also suggested using tools for word clouds : I agree with her.
A great activity which can help our learners develop is based on reading audiobooks: Susan provided us with an interesting website with free audiobooks. They can be downloaded and you are provided with the text and the audio. This is perfect for my students! I checked online and found graded readers- I think that they might help me with my students next year.
Learning a language implies learning by reading too.
Link which I will use for my students :http://english-e-books.net/
I connected online and shared my ideas with the others who were online. I asked her some questions about how to cope with activities that might enhance learning and I asked about creativity and more engaging tasks.
I think that the tips she provided us with were the right ones for Elt teachers working with students of any age. Being successful in English implies working and becoming more responsible and she has worked well!
When I watched the webinar I thought that some tips were really important for me and I felt well as I am aware my students with poor language skills should be supported in a similar way.
I feel I can try to use some strategies and the tools which seem to be good value.
There are no challenges for me, I just need to work and reflect about how to face the learners ' needs.
I think that at school we could start working in this way for the summer work of the students who have difficulties: if I could I would like to ask Susan about the students' results. Have your students really improved?
Here is the recording of this interesting webinar: