Personality Types in the Classroom


Why is it that Aisha never talks during group work? Why does Sultan always need me to tell him what to do? And why do they both insist on completing their projects at the last minute? These are questions we have all probably asked ourselves during our teaching careers, and the answer may be quite simple: Personality. This workshop presents the Jungian theory behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) with the aim of raising awareness about how the theory can be applied in the ESL classroom through the use of simple and engaging activities and resources. It will highlight the findings of several research projects which have used the tool in a career and engineering context, address some criticisms of the MBTI tool and present activities you can use in the classroom to help students understand their differences. The workshop argues that in order to help ESL students reach their full potential, teachers should provide a balanced curriculum to foster development of students' weaker cognitive functions. The workshop will conclude with a brief extension of how personality theory impacts on team dynamics and conflict styles before providing a list of resources both teachers and students can access to identify their type.

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Ronald H. Jones, The Petroleum Institute, UAE

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Conference: IICLLDubai2016
Stream: Individual differences

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