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Authenticity in our classrooms

Authenticity in our classrooms

Workshop info

In our 90-minute workshop we will explore what teacher authenticity might mean in practice and whether it has a role to play in students feeling more comfortable about being in classrooms and learning more English.

Tony Wright thinks that the ‘authentic teacher’ is a work in progress, forever taking opportunities for learning (about self, students, humanity, life and more). He sees an authentic teacher as being vulnerable, and imperfect knowing their limits and faults. His definition also sees authentic teachers as people who welcome feedback from both teachers and students and who are always trying to make learning relevant.

These things aren’t easy and impossible to measure but one thing is sure and that is that students know if a teacher is authentic or not.

When: 19th June, 4pm – 5:30pm CET

Where: Online/ZOOM

In this workshop Mark will share some of his stories and if you do decide to come then it would be good to hear some of yours too.

“After 40 years of teaching English and living in a world where we are more uncertain than ever about what is real and genuine and what isn’t, I find myself thinking about authenticity more than ever.”
Mark Andrews

Speaker: Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews worked as a teacher trainer at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest Hungary for 15 years in the Department of English Applied Linguistics, before that he taught in the German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

He has been living and working in Central/Eastern Europe for 40 years now, 12 of which were as an ELT methodology teacher and advisor with the British Council. For six years he was involved in a language and culture project with Secondary School teachers in Hungary which resulted in a text book for teenagers “Zoom In”.

He was co-ordinator of the IATEFL Hungary Culture and Literature Special Interest Group for 5 years and is a big supporter of teacher associations in the Central and Eastern European region. He worked for SOL (Sharing One Language) for 10 years both in Devon and in this region as a teacher trainer, teacher on student courses and course and materials developer.

He now works freelance and in the last year has been teaching week long courses for teenagers in Austrian schools for “English in Action”. He enjoys coming to Slovakia a lot and co-ran four summer camps in Čadca, Stará Turá and Šamorin on a boat on the Danube.

Mark Andrews _ ENG (#115)