Rebellion or Revision? Teaching in an era of doubt

Thom Jones
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 14:00
End time
Saturday 8 June, 15:00
The Place

Politics or pronunciation? We live in a time when things are shifting rapidly the certainties of yesterday are all up for negotiation. How do we help our students navigate that? Should we try? What is our role or responsibility as educators? Should we restrict ourselves to our subject? Do we have any right to impose our beliefs or views of the world on our students?

At what point is ‘critical thinking’ cultural imperialism? How far does sharing an opinion go before it becomes indoctrination? Why are we right?

We will look at activities that can promote thinking, and how to ask questions, without providing answers.

It will be interactive, there will be workshop elements and learning and doing…there will be NO communal singing or anybody forced to do star jumps.

There will be shouting, throwing things and probably some sweeties involved somewhere.

Main points to be covered:

• A debate on our role
• A lol at educational examples of the blurred lines between agendas
• Promoting healthy disagreement
• Ways to use your phone as a valid educational tool
• A selection of communicative exercises

About Thom Jones

Thom Jones has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70. Having been a truly useless student (and proving it frequently by failing all the exams he was set) he started his professional life as a waiter before going into teaching, then management, before going freelance. Formerly part of the senior executive at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Studygroup he returned to the UK to work with Trinity College London and now works with a variety of organisations on a wide variety of projects. He is principal of Oxford College International summer programme for SBC and runs his own company: Brock Solutions Agency. He presents regularly around the world on a range of topics and is a guest lecturer at four universities. He is also a freelance trainer in business and management. 

Ten years ago he cycled from the UK to Turkey, travelling through 11 countries. As a charity fundraiser, he arrived at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester having cycled from Frankfurt in only five days, accompanied by round the world cyclist Julian Sayarer. Julian got there first.

 He is rubbish at maths. His mother thinks he is great. 


Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019