For this year's Spring seminar/workshop MATEFL were delighted to welcome leading EFL author and personality Marjorie Rosenberg. Marjorie teaches general and business English at the University of Graz, Austria, works with corporate clients and trains teachers. She is the author of Spotlight on Learning Styles, Delta Publishing, In Business and Business Advantage Personal Study Books for Intermediate and Advanced, Cambridge University Press. Marjorie is the IATEFL President and former IATEFL BESIG Coordinator and member of the Membership Committee.
The Seminar, held at the Malta University Residence, Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija, was very well attended by more than 110 members who had the opportunity to discover what kind of learner they are and try out several activities appropriate for the different learner types.
FIRST SESSION – Working with different learner types Have you ever wondered about what makes your students tick? Part of the secret may well be their individual learning styles and preferences. This workshop will begin with background information on styles in general and give you the chance to find out about your own learner preferences, how these affect your teaching style and provide information on characteristics of learners as well as learner strategies and coping mechanisms. The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness among teachers and to provide the opportunity to experience a new approach to language learning both for themselves and those they teach. SECOND SESSION - Activities for a wide range of learner types
In this session, we will try out a number of activities which have been designed specifically with different learner types in mind. Participants will find out about the importance of first ‘harmonising’ with learners and then challenging them by creating ways for them to stretch out of their preferred styles. There will be time for reflection on the activities as well as discussion about adapting them to different groups or age levels and how they can be implemented in the classroom. Come along to find out how you can appeal to a wide variety of learners to make learning effective and fun!