Inquiry-based Learning in the Primary Classroom
IATEFL Webinar presented by Michelle Worgan
Learner-centred approaches can really increase engagement and motivation in the young learner classroom, however they are not widely used in ELT due to a lack of training and practical information on how to use them. Inquiry-based learning is learner-centred, focuses on real world learning and fosters a range of skills including critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
In this webinar, we’ll look at the stages involved in inquiry-based learning, we’ll view practical examples of an inquiry designed for primary-aged English language learners, and we’ll explore why this approach can be so effective. You’ll be encouraged to consider how you could use inquiry-based learning with your own learners and to think about what kind of inquiry would work in your classroom, as well as how it could work within your syllabus.
You’ll leave the session with ideas on how to set up an inquiry, how to include and plan for personal choice and different types of output, and where to find resources to support you with the process.
About the Presenter
Michelle is a primary materials writer based in Spain. She creates and develops materials based on her extensive classroom experience and has worked on varied projects for international publishers.
She is particularly interested in bridging the gap between ELT and mainstream educational materials and methodologies, with a special interest in learner-centred approaches such as Inquiry-based learning and Project-based learning. She's recently started designing teacher training courses and has plans to self-publish her own resources around these approaches.