The presenter believes that teachers, not textbooks, should manage classes. Each class is unique; therefore, mass-produced textbooks usually do not fit specific student needs. However, many teachers are inexperienced in regard to both creating their own materials and to adapting course books. The presenter wants to help teachers to improve their skills and to increase their confidence regarding creating teaching materials. Among the topics to be covered are adapting textbooks for students with different learning styles, creating lessons with realia (maps, catalogs, songs, etc.), using visual images, and supplementing textbooks with additional activities. The presenter invites participants to bring textbooks that they use in their classes and to ask questions about how to use them more effectively. All participants will actively work together while sharing their ideas and experience in creating teaching materials.
Greg Goodmacher is the co-author of This is Culture, Stimulating Conversation, Multi-Cultural Perspectives and the author of the newly released, Cultural Issues. Environmental Issues.
Professor at Keiwa College