HERBERT PUCHTA | Cambridge University Press

Dr. Herbert Puchta is a writer of course books and resource books. He has been a plenary speaker at numerous international conferences and has conducted workshops and given seminars in more than 50 countries. For almost three decades, he has carried out research into the practical application of findings from cognitive psychology and brain research to the teaching of English as a foreign language. His latest resource books are Activities for Very Young Learners and Herbert Puchta’s 101 Tips for Teaching Teenagers, both published by Cambridge University Press.

31 August | 12:15 p.m. | Zoom

Teaching English in troubled times:
How to be ready for anything – and how to handle it skilfully

In this session, Herbert will reflect on his experiences of teaching a group of ten-year-olds online in the Covid 19-generated learning situation, and he will discuss the relevance and applicability of his experiences to working with teenage students. He will make a number of propositions and give some practical tips aimed at enriching the teaching methodologies widely used under the current conditions. His propositions will also create a positive link between current and future classroom experiences, helping to make those more meaningful and fun to the students– hence more memorable. Finally, he will elaborate on the challenges for many of us posed by the current situation. He will discuss what we can do to maintain the positive attitude we need in order to cope with the unexpected, so that we can more readily access our own inner resources and keep connected with the values and the vision that initially motivated us to become teachers.