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Daegu September 1st Chapter Meeting

For this one day event I will be giving away 20 copies of the collected worksheets and lesson plans I’ve developed that utilize the creative thinking techniques. You can download them all here:

Creative Thinking Techniques and Lesson Plans


Daegu-Gyeongbuk KOTESOL

E-Bulletin ~ Sept 2012

September Workshop Program

Speaker: Sara Davila
Topic: Using Creative Thinking Techniques to Improve Communication
Date: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012
Time: 3:00~5:30
Venue: KNU, Woodang Building, Room 203
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What’s your favorite sport?

. . . Soccer.


. . . It’s interesting.

Sound familiar? Do you suffer in your classroom from the same tired answers to every question you ask your students? Does pair work fall flat when the answers range between, yes, no, interesting, and I don’t know? Many language students are stuck in a trap of repetition of the same phrases and words, limiting their communicative ability and impeding future progress. By incorporating Creative Thinking techniques teachers can help push students out of language traps and towards more engaging and creative conversations.

In this workshop, teachers will look at several creative thinking techniques that allow students to produce more relevant and meaningful conversations in the classroom. These techniques include the Lotus Blossom, Random Element, Attribute Listing, Reverse Brainstorming, and Idea Box. Worksheets and sample lesson plans will be provided to help teachers utilizes these techniques in classrooms ranging from young learners to university aged students.

Help your learners break out of the yes/no box. Let’s work to bring creativity back to language communication with these exciting, engaging, and simple-to- use techniques.

Sara Davila has been teaching and training teachers for over ten years. She holds a Masters degree in Education with a focus on instructional strategies and assessment. In Korea, Sara has done extensive research on performance assessment and communicatively based instructional strategies. As a teacher she has worked with students from head-start to university age. Sara has worked with the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) to train over 7,000 teachers living and working in South Korea. She is a licensed trainer with World Learning/SIT TESOL institute and is currently the director of research and development for Education Designers.