What is authenticity? And how can it be applied in the classroom? What do we need to know about our clients and what do they need to know about us, in order to effectively teach them?
These and many more questions were answered in Ian McMaster’s (editor-in-chief of Business Spotlight Magazine) workshop.
The first part of the workshop was quite philosophical; we talked about the definition of authenticity, how to be yourself and what that implies, as well as what role the concept of authenticity could play in teaching.
The second part of the workshop was all about practical application. For example, the language of business meetings; is there a difference between the language (chunks) we teach and the actual language used?
The workshop was a nice mix of theory, background information and practical examples taken from Business Spotlight magazines. The new venue (VHS Stuttgart) was well liked by a large majority of our members.
If you’re interested in any of the links mentioned in the workshop, I’ve listed them below:
BBC “In Our Time” podcast on authenticity: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00035z4
Marion Williams “Language taught for meetings and language used in meetings: Is there anything in common?”: Google Scholar link
Workshop handouts in member’s section