According to C. McGuiness (1999), “focusing on thinking skills in the classroom is important because it supports active cognitive processing which makes for better learning. “ But what exactly do we mean by critical and creative thinking skills? How important are they for EFL/ESL learners? How can we incorporate them seamlessly without burdening our – usually jam-packed – syllabus? How can they be exploited to boost language skills such as speaking, writing, reading and listening? A practical workshop with activities, tips and hints for front line teachers.
Dimitris Primalis is an EFL teacher who needs no introduction. He is an author and Cambridge English Language Assessment oral examiner. He has been teaching for more than 20 years and applies his knowledge and experience to introducing innovation and change into the daily teaching practice. He believes that motivation, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication can be the driving forces in TEFL. His views and work are shared in his columns in the ELT News, the BELTA Bulletin and his blog, “A different side of EFL” . He has presented his work in many conferences in Greece and abroad. Dimitris was awarded the 2013 IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG scholarship and was selected as an Expert Innovative Educator by Microsoft (2014-15). He is working at Doukas, a private primary school in Athens, Greece. We are happy and honoured that Dimitris Primalis will be leading our webinar!