Teaching English made Easier

through critical thinking and motivational teaching strategies

This one-day workshop demonstrates how to make the teaching, training and delivery of English and Literacy easier and more effective with follow on benefits in terms of improved student engagement, progression and achievement. It allows delegates from all levels of involvement and responsibility to explore how to deliver English and Literacy in more interactive and more effective ways.

The workshop focusses on the importance and benefits of holistic and andragogical learning and how to use self-analysis, collaborative learning, problem-solving and teambuilding as ways to teach English and literacy. Approaches that simultaneously help students to develop critical and independent thinking abilities – vital skills they need to enjoy learning and complete qualifications. Delegates also consider the importance of classroom management strategies based on stretch, challenge and high expectations of each individual learner.

There will be opportunities to explore ways to improve in-class use of technology to enhance and enliven learning. In a day packed full of activities and discussion, participants experience real creativity with a wealth of new strategies, resources and approaches covered.

For Whom
This workshop is suitable for all those delivering English and/or Literacy skills training, either as a course or through embedding within vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships. It will be of interest to representatives from all organisations delivering learning including those responsible for the quality of teaching

The workshop also provides an opportunity for participants to become more confident in their own knowledge of, and approach to, teaching Literacy and English; helping them to develop their skills whilst providing examples of good practice for those tasked with observing the teaching and training of literacy and English.

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Aims and Objectives

By attending this workshop, participants explore an extended range of strategies for teaching English and literacy helping them to:

  • Consider ‘What makes an inclusive English/Literacy tutor?’
  • Explore motivational teaching strategies and resources to help them teach more effectively and encourage critical thinking in individuals
  • Evaluate own practice and plan appropriately for groups and individual students
  • Be more confident in their approach to English/Literacy teaching and learning
  • Try out new approaches to teaching and consider how to embed them into their teaching
  • Develop holistic, andragogical strategies that improve teaching effectiveness


  1. What makes an inclusive literacy/English Teacher?
    Session one explores the skills and attributes that make a highly effective English/literacy teacher/trainer who is inclusive and engaging for both individuals and groups. It considers the effectiveness of a wide range of teaching styles and approaches and their effectiveness at developing useable skills in students – such as their ability to use modern technology to support learning
  1. Develop motivational strategies for teaching English/literacy and encouraging critical thinking
    This Session introduces a range of highly effective motivational teaching strategies useful for teaching English/literacy in a variety of contexts.
  • The importance of adopting an holistic and andragogical approach to teaching
  • Classroom Management and meeting individual student needs
  • Developing individual strengths in:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Independent and critical thinking
  • Fun, interactive and andragogical strategies, using:
    • self-analysis
    • collaborative learning
    • problem-solving
    • teambuilding
    • ICT to develop personal thinking skills
  • Contexualising the learning
    • Making learning more relevant
    • Using context to enhance recognition and understanding
      • Social media
      • Blogging
      • Website design and content

NB: this session requires internet access to social media platforms for the trainer and where possible, participants too.

  1. Embedding Delivery Strategies into Lesson plans and Schemes of work
    Session 3 demonstrates and explores ways to embed and implement more innovative delivery strategies into the lesson plans and schemes of work. It promotes the use of a wide range of exercises and activities that can be used to enhance reading, writing, speaking, listening and independent thinking.

NB to maximise the effectiveness of this session participants need to provide examples of lesson plans and schemes of work.

  1. What next?
    The final session considers what participants need to do, as individuals and organisations, to implement these new approaches and strategies on their return to role.