1st August 2020
That was how delegates described Barry Smith’s training course for Modern Foreign Language teachers held at Palmers Green High School on Thursday. Primarily aimed at high achieving schools belonging to the Girls’ Schools’ Association (GSA) in London and the surrounding areas, the course enabled Mr Smith to share practical strategies, challenge traditional approaches and reinforce the importance of establishing high expectations of all pupils.
Mme Katia Parry-Garnaud, Head of MFL at PGHS, whose enthusiasm for Mr Smith’s teaching and training methods were the catalyst for the event, said “judging from the course feedback all the delegates thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and took away lots of new ideas to put into practice” .
Verbatim quotes from delegates:
“Barry’s energy and personality makes him a great role model for the classroom. The posters and grids he used were fabulous and the high expectations for pupils inspirational.”
“An engaging speaker! Good to see lots of ideas about being explicit about language supported.”
“Barry Smith was excellent.”
“We learnt practical activities for vocabulary/structure expansion.”
“The highlight of the event was the speaker’s sense of humour.”
“Someone telling you it is ok to step away from the traditional teaching methods.”
“Barry’s lively persona and energy and the focus on the written word rather than pictures.”
“Great to network with colleagues.”
“Lots of new ideas to take back to my department.”
“Barry Smith – inspirational!”