Jenny Dooley

Jenny Dooley

Author / President of Express Publishing

Jenny Dooley, President of Express Publishing, holds an M.Ed. from the University of Wales, Swansea. She has been a teacher, teacher trainer, and author in the ELT field for more than twenty years. She has travelled extensively, delivering seminars and holding workshops in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is the owner and manager of one of the piloting schools used by Express Publishing and is the president of H.E.C., a language exams distribution centre.

She has also been influential in the creation of children’s theatre groups, which aim to stimulate young learners’ imaginations while enhancing their English language learning. Her research interests include: language acquisition in young learners; the application of the multiple intelligence theory in language learning; gamification in education; neuroscience; and modern assessment.

She has been involved in the development of printed, audio-visual, animated and digital ELT material for more than two decades. Some of her latest publications are: Incredible 5, i Wonder, Right On and On Screen. She has also designed DigiBooks, a gamified LMS platform with ELT content.

Flipped learning is an innovative and effective pedagogical approach for the modern EFL classroom, where students are introduced to new content at home and practise working on it at school. At a time when teachers and learners have become quite familiar with online and blended learning, we can utilize new technologies to create more opportunities for active engagement during in-class time with students. This way, class time becomes more creative and productive and learning is clearly student-centered.

Flipped learning allows teachers to offer all learners the individual attention and differentiation they need. They have the opportunity to focus on struggling students while, at the same time, more advanced learners are given the freedom to work at their own faster pace. Allowing students to learn at their own pace and have their individual needs met is the essence of flipped learning and inspires teachers to update traditional methods. Under the guidance of their teachers, students take ownership of their learning and gain a deeper, more experiential understanding of the language. Less passive learning means more active involvement and engagement for both students and teachers.

As a result, learners develop the soft skills they need for the future and they enjoy creative and productive class time, accomplishing a deeper and well-rounded learning outcome. In this presentation the speaker will elaborate on the four pillars of flipped learning, the step-by-step methodology as well as its benefits and challenges, complete with practical examples and ideas.

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