Teach me, and I’ll forget. Surprise me, and I may remember

Chaz Pugliese
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 00:00
End time
Saturday 8 June, 00:00
The Place

Why surprising our students leads to motivation.
There is no off/on switch, there is no algorithm, no infallible concoction we could use to activate the learners’ motivation. That much is known. Learners can be motivated if the teacher first encourages affiliation, if the learners are sufficiently and adequately primed, and if they are engaged in activities that are new and surprising to them. Theories of motivation place novelty and surprise among the primary factors that arouse interest, encourage exploratory practice and even help to reduce avoidance behavior. This session draws on personal research and aims to blend (a little) theory with (substantial) practice: the participants will be invited to experience (and hopefully improve!) a few activities they can then use with their own groups.

About Chaz Pugliese

I am a teacher trainer, lecturer, international presenter and author working out of Paris, France. I’ve lived in 5 countries, have worked with teachers in over 30 and have been a keynote speaker at several international conferences from Greenland to Malaysia to Brazil, to Russia. Previously Academic Director of Teacher Training at Pilgrims, UK, I have collaborated with all major Teacher Training institutions and have run several consultancies for the British Council, many of which in China. I also lecture on Creativity, Leadership and Intercultural communication at several universities in France and abroad. My publications include:

  • Being Creative: the Challenge of Change in the Classroom, was published in 2010 by Delta Publishing, UK.
  • The Principled Communicative Approach, written with Zoltan Dornyei and Jane Arnold, was published by Helbling Languages in 2015.
  • Creating Motivation, published by Helbling Languages in 2017.

On top of these, I’ve also written many articles/papers and have contributed several chapters to other authors’ books.

My research interests range from Motivation and Creativity, to Spontaneity in Teaching, Fluency and Spoken Grammar, Group Processes.

In 2013 I founded the Creativity Group (Alan Maley). 

Looking forward to seeing you
all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019