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Scaling The Highlands: Tackling The Fear Of Teaching Advanced Learners

Presented by Neil Harris

Director of Online Learning and Teaching Training @ CELT Language School

When I completed my initial training as an English language teacher, I was told not to teach exam classes or advanced level students for at least two years. The idea was that new teachers would benefit from a couple of years teaching General English at lower levels first, before taking on these more “demanding” classes. I followed this advice, but quickly came to love the challenge of teaching both exam classes and very high-level learners.

However, teaching very high level learners, a number of whom will want to take an exam like Cambridge C2 Proficiency, is something which creates fear for many teachers, who sometimes can feel that they are somehow not good enough.

This masterclass addresses these issues and considers what proficient learners of English are likely to want and to need to develop their English to these high levels. It also introduces the idea of the needs (and wants) analysis as a tool to help all teachers, both inexperienced and very experienced, to identify what and how learning can take place to meet these needs. I also introduce two different ways of thinking about syllabus design, which show different ways of approaching learning, and I aim to take away some of the fear and the mystique which surrounds teaching at the very highest levels. Come along and find out what it is really like to tackle C2 Proficiency!

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