This is a hands-on workshop about using problem-solving exercises to develop critical thinking skills and discuss them in English. Problems are engaging, and demand solutions, thus providing considerable fluency practice, as well as opportunities for teachers to react to those errors that impede communication.
Talking about thinking is a high-level language activity since the harder the thinking, the harder the listening and speaking. Problems by their very nature misdirect our attention. What tactics are available to avoid cognitive biases, those seductive strange attractors, and cut the knot?
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience a number of, hopefully, perplexing problem-solving activities, and demonstrate ways of leading students to find their own way through the maze.
Bio: Nick Munby is a teacher and teacher trainer, based in Berlin for 25 years. He works with MPs at the Bundestag, lawyers at a number of international law firms, students at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, and runs teacher training programmes for university professors who use English as a medium of instruction throughout Germany, in Mexico, Vietnam, Ukraine and a number of other countries. He is particularly interested in the ways in which meta-cognition can assist language acquisition at higher levels.