Language Teachers Forum

Language Teachers Forum

Principal speaker

Mr Clayton Forno

The aim of the forum is to bring together language teachers and researchers and others interested in language teaching, for some great discussions on new ideas and directions.  It is also a great way for current teachers to earn hours towards the PD requirements of the Qld. College of Teachers.

Our next speaker is Clayton Forno. This workshop will examine the use of feedback to encourage productive communication between teachers and students and to enhance a positive and collaborative learning environment. Firstly, some examples will be proposed of feedback that teachers might provide to students in languages classrooms, based primarily on work conducted in the area of developmental and social psychology. Secondly, the presenter will discuss various ways to elicit and use feedback provided by students, about their learning, to teachers. Authentic examples of student feedback will be incorporated. Participants are invited to discuss the issues raised, and to share their own experiences and observations. Whilst the presenter will discuss feedback within the context of upper primary/secondary level, this workshop is aimed at language teaching professionals working at any level, as content can be adapted to suit the particular context.

Clayton Forno is Head of Languages at Somerville House, South Brisbane.  He has taught French at co-educational, all-boys, and all-girls schools for the last 20 years.  His areas of professional interest include the use of feedback to enhance learning and teaching, the application of gender research to the classroom, the promotion of language study to school and wider communities, and leadership in languages.  He is State Panel Chair for French (QCAA).  He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland.

A dinner in South Bank will follow the meeting for those interested.

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