Teaching English in the Age of Digital Culture
PerioadaSâmbătă, 28 Mai 2016 - Sâmbătă, 28 Mai 2016
Program09:30 - 18:00
LocațieColegiul National Gheorghe Sincai Bucuresti, Calea Serban Voda 167
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Digital tools are common in ELT classrooms and curriculums, yet their value is frequently debated. Some teachers are enthusiastic about new technology; others feel threatened by it. Some teachers are indifferent to digital tools; others simply don’t know how to use them.
Should we abandon the methods that helped us learn? Can we teach grammar digitally? How do we test our digital learners? Should we mix the old ways with the new? How can we achieve the right balance between traditional and digital approaches?
This conference will address these questions, and many more. Its aim is to empower teachers to blend new technology with more traditional teaching materials and methods that still work, even in our fast-moving, digital age.
Engaging the Digital Natives – Jenny Dooley
Our learners are growing up in an environment where they take technology for granted. This has not only affected the way they do things, but possibly how they think about things as well. In this session we shall explore the challenges of teaching this new generation of learners and to look at some of the tools that are available to us to help us with this task. It is indeed brave new world, and an exciting one as well.
The Value of Testing – Jenny Dooley
Testing is an inevitable part of a student’s life. Whether it is a weekly spelling test, state exam or international exam, they are an integral part of any educational system. Partly this is because, for people outside the classroom, tests are possibly the only way of understanding what goes on inside, and there is no denying that the results of major exams can have an effect on a learner’s future.
In this session we will take a closer look at testing theory. We will examine it to better understand the purpose behind specific testing methods. It is hoped that by doing this teachers will be helped to understand how to help learners not only pass exams and tests, but improve their language skills. It is also true that the more learners are familiar with what lies ahead in a test, the less they are likely to be intimidated by it, and can look on a test not at as something to fear, but as an opportunity to show what they know.
I think, I feel, I learn – Jenny Dooley
In this session we will try to understand the thinking processes of students, based on their age and cognitive development, and identify them according to Bloom’s taxonomy. We will discuss some of the most common thinking types within the higher and lower levels of thinking and see how we can use EFL activities to help students practice the target language in a creative and inspirational manner. The speaker will also demonstrate how learners can also be intrigued to develop their emotional intelligence, again through the usage of EFL activities.
Transforming Tests – Nick Michelioudakis
Although we have to use tests in class, we can ‘tweak’ them so that students find them interesting. This session aims to demonstrate four easy-to-use techniques which can both motivate learners and help them do better in exams. Requiring minimal preparation, all of them can be used in class tomorrow.
Practical Tips for Teaching Grammar – Jenny Dooley
This session will focus on the practicalities of teaching grammar in the average classroom. We will examine three possible sources of grammar input: 1) a course book; 2) a grammar book; 3) the interactive whiteboard. We will look at how grammar may be presented, practised, and how to ensure our learners have understood.
The Power of a Puppet Theatre as an Educational Tool – Jenny Dooley
Animate your book characters with the fairyland puppet theatre. The use of a puppet theatre can be a motivating and inspiring way to learn, practice or revise the target language in a fun way. Bringing stories to life with the use of puppets encourages learners to use their imagination and creativity, thus enhancing the development of their cognitive skills. In addition, the puppet theatre can be a powerful educational tool for learners with minor difficulties in communication. Even the shyest child may feel comfortable practising new language and acting out dialogues ‘behind’ a puppet.
Why and How to Use [CLIL] Readers in Class – Nick Michelioudakis
There are readers and then there are readers. CLIL readers belong to the latter category. The one students will want to read. This talk aims to answer practical questions like: How should we use them? What is the right level? How can we get our students interested?
Pathway to Literature – Nick Michelioudakis
The content is top; timeless pieces of classical literature. But how can we use them in class? How can we exploit their motivational potential to the full? How can we encourage students to engage with the texts so as to want to read these books themselves? Come and see.
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- To register, please click the “Inscrie-te” button!
- The deadline for registration is May 10, 2016
- As the event is sponsored by Express Publishing and Uniscan Grup Educational, there is no fee to attend the seminar
- Coffee break – sponsored by the organisers
- Lunch – 1 hour free time
- Dinner is optional and will take place at a restaurant together with the trainers. Participants will need to cover their meal expenses. To reserve a seat for dinner, please book your place with one of our ELT representatives by May 10.
- Suggestions for nearby places where you can have lunch:
- KFC / McDonald’s – Magazinul Unirii (one metro station from Gheorghe Sincai College)
- Cuptorul cu lemne (pizza & more), Calea Serban Voda nr. 155
- La Bucur Restaurant, Str. Gheorgeh Sincai 1-1A, http://www.labucur.ro
- Suggestions for accomodation:
If you need accommodation, you can book a room through booking.com. The following hotels have underground access so as the Conference venue can be easily reached:
- Hotel Sir Gara de Nord http://www.hotelsirgaradenord.ro/
- Hotel Basarab http://www.hotelbasarab.ro/
- Hotel Ibis Gara de Nord http://www.ibishotels.ro/hotel-ibis-bucuresti-gara-de-nord
- Hotel Sir Orhideea http://www.hotelsirorhideea.ro/
- Hotel Cantemir http://www.hotelcantemir.ro/
We look forward to welcoming you to the Express Publishing Conference in Bucharest on May 28. Together, we will explore and discover how we can make teaching and learning in the digital age more appealing for teachers and their students.
If you have any questions, please call or e-mail to our offices:
Uniscan Grup Educational
Offices: 021.224.50.80; 021.224.50.26
Cristina Lepadatu: 0733.300.906; firstname.lastname@example.org
Anca Mocanu: 0733.300.901; email@example.com
Lucia Merisan: 0733.300.909; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariana Vilsan: 0733.300.907; email@example.com
Nicoleta Ropar: 0733.300.908; firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Michelioudakis- Trainer
Nick Michelioudakis (B. Econ., Dip. RSA, MSc [TEFL]) has been active in ELT for many years as a teacher, examiner, presenter and teacher trainer. He has travelled widely and presented in many countries. He has written extensively on Methodology, though he is better known for his ‘Psychology and ELT’ articles which have appeared in numerous newsletters and magazines. He is particularly interested in student motivation as well as Social and Evolutionary Psychology. He often shares comedy clips for students on his YouTube channel (‘Comedy for ELT’). For articles or worksheets of his, you can visit his blog at www.michelioudakis.org
Jenny Dooley- Trainer
Jenny Dooley is a graduate from the University of Wales, Swansea and holds an M.Ed (Masters in Education). She has been a teacher, a teacher trainer and an author in the EFL field for more than 15 years. She has travelled extensively, delivering seminars and holding workshops in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. She currently holds the position of Director of Studies in one of the piloting schools used by Express Publishing and is also the president of a center which runs Cambridge ESOL Exams. On a practical level she has been actively involved in the creation of children’s’ theatre groups which aim at stimulating young learners’ imaginations while enhancing their English language learning. She is currently involved in the development of material for young learners and is a prolific author whose name is associated with numerous Express Publishing titles.