Rachel Appleby has taught English for the British Council and International House in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia and Hungary. She focuses on adult learning, Business English in-company, and for nine years worked on the BA and MA programmes at ELTE University, Budapest. She has also recently been involved in preparing school-leavers for applying to and studying at university in the UK.
Rachel is a CELTA trainer, and tutors on EMI (English Medium of Instruction) courses for the British Council for Higher Ed. staff. She has run training for British Council staff in Management, Recruitment, Presentation Skills, and Customer Service. She is also a qualified British Council online trainer.
Rachel is co-author of a number of successful course books, including the Business One:One series and International Express, and has written several teachers’ books for the new Navigate and Business Result series (OUP). She is also co-author of Macmillan’s The Business (Advanced).
Workshop (60-minute session)
Improve your surfing skills – or how to ride the waves of positive washback
Both teachers and students often get stressed about exams and perceive a disconnect between learning and the way that achievement is assessed. In an ideal world, the two stages form a single continuum, where both can potentially affect the other to its advantage. When the exam involves real-life tasks, preparation is much less of a chore for the teacher and, additionally, more fun for the student – hence the beneficial washback effect on teaching. In this workshop, we will see some practical ideas for how you can seamlessly build exam preparation into your lessons every day.