NILE Winter Webinars ‘Authenticity in Language Teaching’ | Susi Pearson and Maria Heron
Date(s) - 02/12/2015
16:00 - 17:00
‘Authenticity in Language Teaching’ | Susi Pearson and Maria Heron
2nd December 2015 | 4pm-5pm
“In this webinar, we will look at two aspects of authenticity in language teaching: authentic materials and authentic tasks. We will think about the value of using authentic texts in the classroom and how to create tasks that will motivate learners. We will also consider what makes an activity authentic and whether the ones we use in our teaching always need to reflect real-life communication.”
Susi Pearson has been a teacher for over 20 years and a teacher trainer since 1999. She lived and worked abroad for many years, in Portugal, Poland and Brazil and has more recently run training courses in Kazakhstan and Russia.
She is now based in Norwich, UK, where she is a NILE Associate Trainer. She is also a CELTA trainer and recently completed an MA in Professional Development for Language Education with NILE, receiving a British Council Commendation for her Dissertation. She has been closely involved with the Nile Online project, both as a course designer and tutor. Her particular interests are developing effective ELT materials, how to keep learners motivated and teaching phonology.
Maria Heron has been working as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer for over thirty years. She has trained teachers in the UK, Argentina, Chile, Kazakhstan and Canada. She is CELTA Centre Manager at NILE and has set up a CELTA centre at ICBC in Santiago de Chile and delivered CELTA courses in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Perm, Russia.
She is also a CELTA assessor and a Delta tutor and gives presentations at international conferences. She has just completed her MA at NILE in collaborative partnership with the University of Chichester. Her chief ELT interests are materials development and the role of affect in language learning.