Date and Place:
David Spencer – Plenary: Bringing Life Skills to Life: Things today’s teenagers need to know
Workshop: Keep Calm and Carry On: Tips for managing and motivating teens
Teresa Doguelli - Plenary: ‘Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!’
Workshop: Grammar for Pleasure
Anna Hasper – Plenary: KEYS for Engaging Young Learners
Workshop: Activating Literacy Skills for Young Learners
Plenary - Bringing Life Skills to Life: Things today’s teenagers need to know
The basic concept of teaching Life Skills is simple - that our responsibility as educators is not only to help our students to learn English but also to prepare them for the challenges of life in the 21st Century. This talk will look at why the teaching of Life Skills is so important for teens, which life skills our students really need, and, arguably the most important question and the one that concerns teachers the most, how we can actually incorporate the teaching of Life Skills into our classes. To this end, the talk will include a number of practical activities, approaches and teaching materials.
Workshop - Keep Calm and Carry On: Tips for managing and motivating teens
Whether it’s the start, middle or end of the school year, it’s always a good time to step back and think calmly about the best ways to manage and motivate our Secondary students. This session will take a positive look at some of the most common issues that we face with classes of lively adolescents and will suggest both general approaches and concrete classroom activities that can help to create a positive atmosphere, including ‘getting to know you’ activities, activities to help deal with mixed abilities, and also some warmers and coolers. Finally, we will examine what teenagers think makes a great teacher.
Plenary – ‘Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!’
This lyric taken from the famous Pink Floyd song “We Don’t Need No Education” is known by many but understood by too few in the world of TEFL. In this interactive presentation, we will look at how a teacher can gradually release total control of the teaching/learning process by adapting the activities in the course book to include methodological variations which can change an English class from a roomful of disengaged, obedient, passive recipients to a warm, human, active place of holistic growth and development.
Workshop - Grammar for Pleasure
The words grammar and pleasure are not often seen side by side. Throughout the history of English Language Teaching, grammar has been seen by teachers and learners as a painful but staple necessity and has been taught with professional solemnity and rigour. Research since the 1970s into how learning takes place, however, has focussed increasingly on the importance of the affect i.e. emotions, especially pleasure and happiness, in aiding the learning, acquisition and retention of knowledge and skills. The increased focus on the importance of play and the critical role played especially by dopamine, a neurotransmitter, one of the chemicals that is responsible for transmitting signals in between the nerve cells (neurons) in the human brain, have fuelled further the need to merge physiological and psychological dimensions with the pedagogical one to make learning effective and permanent. This lively and interactive presentation will focus on how these findings can be put into practice with examples from Macmillan’s English World.
Plenary - KEYS for Engaging Young Learners
English language learning is starting earlier and earlier, but does starting earlier necessarily mean that English is easier to learn? This session will revisit how YLs learn and address how EFL teachers can take advantage of the characteristics of young learners. We will focus on taking a holistic approach to language learning and enhancing students' engagement through active learning such as the use of games, activities and tasks. By providing engaging, varied and task-based activities teachers can develop children's language learning as well as manage lessons more effectively.
Workshop - Activating Literacy Skills for Young Learners
It is often unclear how we as language teachers fit into the literacy development process of our young learners. In this workshop we will have a closer look at literacy and what it means before we will explore the literacy journey in the context of language learning and our role. We will focus on how teachers can take advantage of young learners’ characteristics and interests by choosing a developmentally appropriate approach to literacy teaching, enhancing literacy through the use of visuals, TPR and stories.