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16 Jan 2020

Effective Monkey Management in the ELT Classroom

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Date: Saturday 25th January
Time: 3 pm GMT
Speaker: Jaber Kamali 
Title: Effective Monkey Management in the ELT Classroom


Nowadays, the significance of implementing a learner-centered approach to ELT classroom management is widely accepted (Waters, 1998). ‘Monkey management’ – the correct assignment of responsibility for the next step in a problem-solving process (Blanchard et al. 1990) –  is an important means of achieving this, however, has not received the attention it deserves. Thus, this webinar intends to put this concept into the spotlight. To this end, the webinar will start with elaborating on the monkey concept and its implication in ELT classrooms and teacher training milieus. Then, the typical behavior of the monkey in ELT and some of the problems it can cause in the classroom will be introduced. After that, the reasons of these problems will be delineated. Finally, several strategies for coping successfully with ELT classroom monkeys will be discussed based on Waters (1998) and the trainer’s own experience.

Jaber Kamali is an author, teacher trainer, Director of Studies, and speaker in the field of ELT. He is a university lecturer at Farhangian University and PhD candidate of TEFL at Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran. He is also a DELTA (M1 & M3) holder from Cambridge University and has passed Cambridge Train the Trainer. He has been a TESOL/TEFL lead trainer since 2017 for different TESOL/TEFL providers. Moreover, Jaber is a DoS at Kian Language Academy and has been training teachers for almost 10 years and running various workshops in different institutions and universities. Being a researcher for almost 10 years, he has published number of articles in international journals and presented in different conferences worldwide.

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