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Demand high for teachers and learners | Jim Scrivener and Adrian Underhill (London, UK)

British Council Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)

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Tuesday 5 March

1830 - 2030 | The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Demand high for teachers and learners -

Practical ideas for making learning visible and engaging your students' full learning potential

Jim Scrivener and Adrian Underhill


 Our initial question is simple: 

  • Is whatever I do enabling students to be challenged to their full human learning capacity?

Demand-High is the beginning of an enquiry. It isn’t fixed or concrete or certain – but it does

take a stand and argue. It isn’t a method or anti-method but it has a view on how any

method is applied. 

Other questions swiftly follow from this starting point: 

  • What is my role in helping them to be fully challenged? How can I tell when this is happening?
  • Have the tasks and techniques I use in class become rituals and ends in themselves? Do I need to shift preoccupation from running a successful task to optimising learning?
  • What small adjustments can I make to optimise the doable demand on the students’ learning processes?  What is the minimum tweak necessary at any point in any lesson to shift an activity into the challenge zone?

This session will introduce key concepts and practical ideas behind Demand-High and

encourage you to relate them to your own experience, whatever your preferred


Jim Scrivener is an ELT author and Head of Teacher Development at Bell. Adrian Underhill

is an independent trainer and consultant. Together they run a website about Demand High:  


Who is this for?

All English Language teachersEFL, ESOL, EAL - from newly qualified to experienced.

Programme (approx.)

1830 – 1900 Welcome and refreshments

1900 – 2000 Demand high teachers and learners, with Jim Scrivener and Adrian Underhill

2000 – 2030 Networking reception


Every seminar is free of charge.

However places are limited.


Have questions about Demand high for teachers and learners | Jim Scrivener and Adrian Underhill (London, UK)? Contact British Council Seminar Series

When & Where

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5AG London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (GMT)

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British Council Seminar Series

The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.

Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.



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The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).

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