Hyundai ChungUn High School
The workshop will be divided into four sections of 10 minutes. The session will introduce the BBC micro:bit project and its goal to fill the need of increasing demand for programming skills, an overview of a TBL class I have recently implemented with reference to theory and literature, a participatory experience where projects created by ESL learners are examined, and finally a discussion on the role of coding in the classroom. Any spare time will be given to questions. The workshop intends to inform teachers of how they can develop their own skills to teach coding as part of regular or extra-curricular activities. As a result of the increasing automation and emerging reliance upon technology, it is clear that creativity and tech-based skills are growing in value in modern society. With programming becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the world does it have a place in the ELT curriculum? This workshop aims to answer this question with an experiential session where participants will interact with examples of projects created by ESL learners using the BBC micro:bit. It will explore how coding can be implemented and is highly suitable for task-based syllabi, and lesson plans making reference to learner preferences and motivational theory. Attendees will witness how targeted coding tasks promote analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills. How coding fosters collaboration and meaning focused communication. How it can be used as a tool to develop language at multiple levels, and how it can create motivated, engaged, and successful learners.
Simon Fisher is a lead English Instructor at Hyundai ChungUn High School. Holding both a BA(hons) and MA(TESOL) from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom. He has worked in various forms of instruction and education for the past 12 years and now teaches philosophy, politics, and economics at a specialist high school in Korea. Areas of current interest include the suitability of TBL in the Korean context, and innovation in curriculum design.