Frank Prescott

Frank Prescott

English teacher, university lecturer
  • 11:15-12:00 - Day 2

Budapest, Hungary

Abstract

This workshop, based on my own research and teaching experience since going online in March, will look at the question of how to create strongly bonded groups online. We’ll begin by looking at the difficulties experienced by teachers and students when teaching moves online and how these difficulties can negatively affect the learning experience, and then I’ll share some ideas and activities which may help to create a better group feeling and strengthen cohesion. Finally, participants will be invited to share their own experiences of what works when it comes to creating online groups.

How can we build effective groups in online teaching and bond with our students?

Biography

Frank Prescott studied English at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, graduating with an MA degree in 1988. In 1993 he received a PGCE in English from the University of Heriot Watt. He has been teaching English ever since, first of all in secondary schools in Edinburgh, and then as a lector at Eötvös Loránd University and as a senior lecturer in the English Department at Károli Gáspár University, Budapest. He completed his PhD in Language Pedagogy in June 2014, focusing on the experience of first-year students learning to write at university. He was on the organising committee of IATEFL-Hungary from 2011-2017 and has also represented IATEFL-Hungary in the Cooperation and Innovation in Teachers’ Associations (CITA) Erasmus+ Project (2014-2016). He is interested in communicative language teaching, learner autonomy, group dynamics, using drama in the classroom and teaching writing skills.

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