Yawning in the classroom – what bores learners

Marta Bujakowska
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 10:15
End time
Saturday 8 June, 11:15
The Place

We will try to list the numerous factors that bore our learners. As there is no point trying to turn the clock back, we need to catch up and adjust to our present-day students’ way of thinking. We will go over some of activities and analyse them according to their “boredom rating”.
To begin with we will brainstorm and decide what makes our learners yawn and what simply bores them in our classrooms. Every teacher has come across bored learners in the classroom and we all know how unpleasant it may be. However, we need to find a remedy to make our lives easier and this workshop is meant to help ELF teachers with that. Nowadays, learners need to have more stimuli; their attention span is much shorter, paper coursebooks are boring, they find it difficult to read long pieces or focus on a listening which lasts more than one minute. We will try to find solutions to this problem together trying to remember when our learners feel uninterested and finding the causes for that. We will talk about how to make our activities more multisensory and how to drop the ones that don’t work even though they used to and we are deeply attached to them. After a quick reflection all the participants will go through the four activities referring to each boredom factor and check if they are:
• Monotonous
• Predictable
• Too challenging
• Or lacking in challenges
At the end we will talk about how to change the activities we use to make them less boring which means more effective for our learners.

About Marta Bujakowska

Marta Bujakowska – a freelance teacher and teacher trainer from Poland with a strong intercultural focus and special interest in creative methodology, reflective teaching and learner autonomy. In her career she has taught all age groups and levels changing her preferences from time to time, which helped her develop as a teacher and led her into teacher training. Nowadays, she predominantly works with teachers, and teaches adult and teenage learners of English. She loves working with PILGRIMS and has taught several courses there. Being surrounded by active fellow teachers makes her feel whole. She believes that teachers should regard their self-development unlimited.

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