Materials available to language teachers are sophisticated and various, but to get the best out of them, teachers need to engage their students’ interest. Teachers need to challenge students, make them curious and encourage them to be imaginative. In this Keynote Presentation from The European Conference on Language Learning 2014 (ECLL2014), Ken Wilson introduces a variety of techniques to help language teachers better motivate their students, and suggests ten ways teachers can engage their students’ interest and access their knowledge.
Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer, and an author of a large amount of ELT materials, and has published with OUP, Cengage and Macmillan. His most recent series is Smart Choice, published by OUP. He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and television programmes, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called Drama First. He also contributed material to Extr@ English, an ELT sitcom commissioned by Channel 4. For many years, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the world performing stage-shows for learners of English.