jon hird

 

teacher       trainer       materials writer

A miscellany  of thoughts, observations, experiences and other snippets concerning the English language, teaching and learning

International House AMT Conference, London January 2016

By jonhird, Jan 5 2016 11:16AM


The conference, held annually in Greenwich in London, is for International House managers, DOSs and trainers from IH schools across the globe. I'm not sure how many different countries were represented, but it seems that there was at least one representative from most of the countries in which IH has a school. The conference was for me a great experience from the perspective of both being a speaker and a participant.


My talk was 'Reaching Every Student in the Classroom: Dyslexia and Learning English'. Dyslexia is a very complex issue; there is no single or simple cause and it may manifest itself quite differently from one person to another. Similarly, the views of experts in the field regarding causes and issues can often also differ considerably. However, two things on which many will agree is that issues with Executive Function (eg working memory, effort, focus, time awareness) is very likely a cause and that literacy is often just one of a number of resultant and related cognitive and behavioural issues. My talk first provided an overview of the possible underlying causes of dyslexia, then looked at how dyslexia can affect an individual and finally offered some tips and suggestions for the classroom and for selecting and adapting material.


As a participant, I thoroughly enjoyed the conference environment and attended some interesting talks on subjects such as teacher and learner psychology, motivation and managing and revitalizing teaching staff. As always at such events, it was wonderful to meet friends and colleagues old and new. This was a great first conference of the year and an energizing way to start 2016.


The handout for my conference talk 'Reaching Every Student in the Classroom: Dyslexia and Learning English' is available on the Downloads page.

Group discussions during my 'Reaching Every Student in the Classroom' talk
Group discussions during my 'Reaching Every Student in the Classroom' talk
A drizzly evening stroll around Greenwich and the Cutty Sark
A drizzly evening stroll around Greenwich and the Cutty Sark
2 comments
Jan 11 2016 09:40AM by Nikki Fortova

It was a really informative talk, Jon, thank you. The role of the executive function in dyslexia was completely new to me, and your suggestions for content and presentation of material to facilitate learning provided a lot of fodder for thought. I'm looking forward to learning more from you on this topic. Thanks again!

Jan 11 2016 02:50PM by jonhird

Thank you, Nikki. I'm glad it was interesting and useful for you. Jon

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