Applying the principles of scaffolding to written work

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Teacher trainer Nick Bilbrough leads a teacher development session at IH London on the challenges and benefits of applying the principles of scaffolding to writing skills in the EFL classroom.

Scaffolding tends to be applied to the development of spoken language, but the principle of peer and teacher support also enhances writing skills. In this session Nick draws on his own experience as a language learner to assess and develop the use of scaffolding - breaking up learning into chunks and providing a structure with each chunk - to written work.

This video is part of series featuring well known figures from the world of ELT talking at IH London's teacher development sessions

About Nick Bilbrough Nick Bilbrough

Nick has taught in three continents in a wide range of interesting and challenging contexts and now teaches part-time at University College St Mark and St John (Marjon), Plymouth.

He has worked on training courses for English teachers and teachers of other languages in many parts of the world. He holds an MA in Educational Drama and is particularly interested in the role of drama and storytelling techniques in second language learning.

He is the author of 2 resource books in the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series: Dialogue Activities (2007) and Memory Activities for Language Learning (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 Ben Warren prize.

Find out more about Nick's work at Horizon Language Training

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June 19, 2015 10:23

A great wonderful speech in these video i really like the lecture. Thanks.

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May 13, 2015 01:21

Thanks for sharing these video. It's really useful.

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April 4, 2015 11:58

There is some great research referenced in this video which I would like to check out but it's hard to figure out the exact spelling of the names. It would be great if a reference list was provided at the end.

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