My name is Riah Werner. I am an English teacher and teacher trainer, with experience in the arts, social justice and locally contextualized pedagogy. I am currently a PhD Student in Language and Literacies Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and Co-Chair of TESOL’s Social Responsibility Interest Section. Here you’ll find information about my teaching, teacher training, publications, presentations and projects. I also keep a blog, which I primarily use as a Reader Response Journal (RRJ), to document my thoughts about the books and articles I’m reading. If you’d like to know more about me and my work, please read my bio, check out my CV or get in touch.
I have taught everyone from 3 years to adults, everywhere from public high schools to private elementary schools to extracurricular settings to a vocational college, on four continents. I have taught everything from private lessons to classes of fifty students, from general academic English to Content-Based Instruction musical theatre classes. I have taught in technologically… Continue reading Teaching
As a teacher trainer, my goal is to help the teachers I work with develop interactive and student-centered teaching approaches that are appropriate and effective in their local contexts. I draw on my own classroom teaching experiences, many of which involve teaching large classes with limited resources in the developing world, as well as my own training,… Continue reading Teacher Training
On this page you will find the articles and teaching manuals I’ve published, as well as my master’s thesis. You can also find my writing on ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and Google Scholar. Drama for Social Justice: Embodying Identity and Emotion in ELT In this thesis, the author makes the case that drama is a powerful tool for… Continue reading Publications