Speaker: Prof. Jack C. Richards
Organised by: CUP, Bangkok
Date: 26 October 2012
Location: Windsor Suites, Bangkok
Prof. Richards started by explaining the whole range of qualities a creative teacher should possess, (S)he should be knowledgeable, confident, committed, non-conformist, learner-centred, possess wide range of strategies and techniques, be a risk-taker and perform reflective analysis.
Schools have a big role in making creativity in language teaching possible. They can discourage creative teachers by e.g. ordering the teachers to follow the book rigidly, but can also encourage teachers to share, teach together, observe their peers, share lesson planning (as is currently happening in Japan), keep resources up-to-date and even reward teachers.
Prof. Richards message is that “Creative learners need creative teachers. Teachers need to work in schools where creativity is valued and shared.”
He kindly made his presentation available to the audience Creativity in Language Teaching (from page 14 onwards). His own web site can be found at http://www.professorjackrichards.com/.
My comments: a creative teacher is obviously an asset to the school and the students, but I have my doubts about sharing lesson planning. This would "force" teachers to follow best practice of the group instead of their own methods and plan their activities in too much detail, thus defeating the purpose of creative teaching.
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