The persistent concern of a teacher is to encourage students to be active participants in the classroom. Often teachers find the need to constantly talk to fulfill the various functions of a teacher - frequently instructing and disciplining. But effective teaching is not proportionate to the amount of teacher talk. It would greatly enhance the effectiveness of a lesson if the teacher created more ‘learning opportunities’ in the classroom, engage and retain students attention, maximize student learning, create opportunities for practice within and outside the classroom and also impart crucial real world skills for the contemporary student.
This programme is designed to stimulate teachers to develop themselves professionally, be more efficient and support pupils’ learning as well as identify and use effective strategies for their specific student groups.
Not all teachers work full time in institutions and gain the benefit of regular and updated training. As this workshop is personalized and in small groups there is focus on solving individual difficulties, clarifying concepts, analyzing and sequencing the components of a lesson plan so that you gain clarity in putting an effective plan together while being mindful of the students level and target needs.
You will also be doing actual teaching practise with the group, receive feedback and ideas and also reflect on your own teaching.
Collaborative learning activities in the programme provide you the opportunity to learn best practices in the fraternity, e.g., handling classroom issues, reducing teacher talk time, evaluating the activities you choose and saving time on material preparation.
This programme is clearly focused and structured and yet organic as it lends itself to the experiences of the participants.
This programme is for all teachers irrespective of which subject you teach. It focuses on teaching strategies to efficiently handle the contemporary classroom. It is useful for those who:
- have no experience
- have some experience
- run training institutes
- want to refresh and review their own teaching
- want to develop their professional skills and grow in their career
- want to stay updated with new teaching strategies to keep their teaching fresh and relevant
Sonie Thakkar brings with her over 20 years of experience teaching in a variety of contexts where she has taught the English language from high school student groups to international exam candidates, teachers as well as working professionals.
Having worked for All India Radio FM, anchored corporate conferences for international audiences and been consulting editor for The Indian Express (BPD) she has a clear understanding of the language and pronunciation requirements in the world of work.
She has been Senior Examiner with Trinity College London and was also on the team of assessors for the benchmarking project - Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL, CBSE Board) and the Udbhav English Language Competency Baseline Study, Uttar Pradesh, India (for The Open University, UK).
She has been training and monitoring teachers since 2008 and has designed workshops for Teacher Training (TTT) and tools for Teacher Monitoring and Evaluation. She has also been consultant on a British High Commission funded project – Business English for the Deaf.
Her teaching stint in Greenwich, London, as part of her TESOL course, has further sharpened her insight into the components of the English language for international communication and enabled her to design Business English programmes to address the specific needs of both groups - those seeking a job as well working professionals who want to enhance their career prospects.