Teaching Pre-Teens & Teens : Understanding the Mind, Mental Health, Brain Development, and Impacts on Learner and Classroom Management
We look at what makes 10-16 year-olds tick. Understanding brain development, and our mental and emotional wellbeing in adolescence will inform our management, relationships, and teaching decisions. Written by Emma Pratt and James Heal. (4 hours)(2) 5.0 average rating
Teaching Pre-Teens & Teens : Teaching the Language Skills
Speaking, listening, reading, writing: the skills we aim to develop in our students in language learning. We analyse the relevant integrated skills needed at this age, and activities we can try in our classrooms. (5 hours)
Emma’s specialism is looking at creative solutions to classroom practice and learning, working with all age groups. She has a background in museum and visual arts education and English language teaching, as well as communications, marketing, video, audio, design and coding. She has also worked in teacher management working with the business side of running language schools and working with agents. She is a visual artist with an active, recognised career spanning 20 + years (emmapratt.com). She is also a parent and company director.
In learning, her area of interest is in artmaking as a physical, intellectual and emotional response to the world. She investigates ways in which it can be used in English language contexts to engage children’s brains, challenge their visual schema and give voice to non-verbal forms of communication. She has contributed to publications and blogs on this subject.
Emma has given workshops at IATEFL and The Image Conference on drawing in the classroom as well as being the 2018 Artist in Residence at IATEFL. She is interested in the role of illustration in storytelling and how to exploit that in the classroom. Emma has been involved in an artists in schools programme and in artist residency projects where she has looked at storytelling. Online, she has given drawing and language workshops for children.
Emma has been designing online learning courses since 2013 and was, with Jamie King, a finalist in the ELTons 2014 for Innovation in Teaching Resources.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- CELTA Certificate– Certificate in English Language Teacher to Adults (Seville, Spain)
- Post Graduate: Museum Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
- Master in Programming (CEI, Spain)
- Languages: English; Spanish (upper-intermediate advanced); Māori (beginner)
- While Emma has read and applied knowledge extensively, she has never quite found the time to turn that knowledge into a Delta or Master in TESOL, although she has tried ;)