Using Stories and Poems with Andrew and Alan

Alan Maley, Andrew Wright
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 14:00
End time
Saturday 8 June, 15:00
The Place

Stories and poems are universal – they are found in all cultures.  They are part of being human.  They touch the parts of our being other things do not reach. It would be insane not to use this rich resource in our teaching.  Andrew will offer a number of practical ideas for responding to stories.  Alan will suggest some ways we can work with poems in the classroom.


About Alan Maley

Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962.  After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds, he worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years.  After resigning from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93).  He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5 years   His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes.  Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).

He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication.  He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.

He is also a published poet and short-story writer.

He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education .  He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Other events by Alan

Workshop - Let’s Write Something Interesting for a Change Arrow

The poetic function is central to language, at all levels, from young learners to young adults. Poems carry within them the beat and rhythm of the language, they provoke a response (physical, visual, cognitive, affective, associative, etc.), they prompt connections with personal experience, they ope...

About Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright is an author, illustrator, storyteller and teacher trainer. As an author he has published, amongst many other books, ‘Games for Language Learning’ with CUP, ‘Storytelling with Children’ with OUP and ‘Writing Stories’ with Helbling Languages, all of which are still in print.
As a teacher trainer and a story teller he has worked in fifty five countries.

Other events by Andrew

Workshop - Oral Storymaking in Class Arrow

Here is an extremely simple technique for making stories, orally, with full sized classes of any age and virtually any level of English!  No preparation for you!  No cost!  And the stories made can then be written and published with big pats on the back from and for students, teachers, parents, s...

Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019