October 18, 2018
Learner and teacher motivation and wellbeing: Two sides of the same coin
Time: November 3, 2018
from 10am to 1pm
Location: Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen (ZEMS) der Technischen Universität Berlin
Street: Hardenbergstr. 16-18
City/Town: 10623 Berlin
We are very excited to announce the following workshop with Sarah Mercer:
In this workshop, we will look at learner and teacher psychologies. Essentially, the two are intimately connected with both mutually influencing each other. In part 1, we will reflect on the kind of learner psychology that is facilitative for getting learners engaged and motivated. Specifically, we will focus on a learner’s sense of self, their mindset, sense of control, and their grittiness. In part 2, we will discuss how teachers can nurture their own psychologies and professional wellbeing. In particular, the focus will be on what teachers can do to ensure they are in the best frame of mind to teach including motivation, work/life balance, and emotional regulation strategies. The day will conclude with an exploration of how to sustain a positive, fulfilling relationship between teachers and learners for the benefit of both.
Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including, ‘Towards an Understanding of Language Learner Self-Concept’, ‘Psychology for Language Learning’, ‘Multiple Perspectives on the Self’ in SLA’, ‘New Directions in Language Learning Psychology’, ‘Positive Psychology in SLA’, ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ (Winner of the IH Ben Warren Prize), and ‘Language Teacher Psychology’.