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Penny Ur

Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press

Abstract: Learner well-being is largely a function of a sense of ‘agency’: learners feel they are consulted, can make choices and take decisions regarding their own learning in the classroom. In this workshop we shall look at, try out, and discuss, a number of teaching strategies and procedures that can promote learner agency, motivation, well-being and effective learning.

Bio: Penny Ur has thirty years' experience as an English teacher in primary, secondary and tertiary education and has taught courses for teachers at BA and MA level at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She has also lectured extensively at language teachers’ conferences worldwide. She is interested in all aspects of language-teaching methodology, but in particular in issues of vocabulary and grammar in language teaching, English as an international language and the place of research as a source of professional knowledge. She was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series. Her books include Grammar practice activities (2ndEdition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny Ur’s 100 tips (2016), all published by Cambridge University Press. In 2013 she was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen for services to English language teaching.

10:45 - 11:35

Learner agency: encouraging learner choice and autonomy.

· Middle School