Our workshop on 12 April 2014 by Rita Baker on Global Approach to Teaching Grammar which will be held at the VHS Bielefeld.
the Global Approach to Learning and Teaching
During a teaching career of over 40 years, Rita has developed an increasing interest in how it is we really learn ANYTHING and how we can accelerate this. Numerous swings of the educational pendulum still leave us with conventional approaches that don’t quite hit the mark. Consequently she has developed her own Global Approach which she is now keen to share. Her premise is that we need to start from the big picture, before getting down to the details. By contrast, most English courses start with deconstructed elements; e.g. presenting tenses one by one.
While researching for her book Brain Power, she was intrigued to discover that of the millions of brain cells we possess, the vast majority (about 80%) are interneurons whose main function is to detect pattern and make meaning. This fully endorses the rationale behind the Global Approach.
Languages are made up of systems, recognisable as patterns. She has developed visual and kinaesthetic frameworks for presenting these, (providing the perfect scaffolding for Dogme ). Time being the only limitation, this workshop will comprise a language smörgåsbord. You can choose to explore the tenses matrix, the systems of phrasal verbs, spelling and pronunciation … or whatever interests you.
Rita Baker, with her husband Duncan, jointly runs the Lydbury English Centre, which they founded in 1985. Here, they and their staff provide intensive, residential immersion courses, mainly in English for Business. Prior to founding LEC, Rita taught and ran teacher training courses in the Yemen Arab Republic, and in Kenya. Earlier in her career she worked in London as an advisory teacher for immigrant children, and also specialised in helping dyslexic learners. In the early 1990s she began to develop her interest in accelerated learning. Her experience resulted in the development of the Global Approach based on the principles outlined in her book, ‘Brain Power’. With Duncan’s help she has produced a series of videos in which she demonstrates how to apply and adapt the Global Approach to different teaching contexts. Rita is a regular IATEFL and BEsig presenter.
She and Duncan have four adult children, all married, and five grandchildren.