Connect, Grow, Thrive

Annual conference workshop session A

A1 - Carol Waites
Learn in a live webinar about digital tools for higher level learners

The session will introduce grammar tools, such as grammarly and similar, vocabulary tools, such as web concordancers, tools to measure readability of written texts, a tool that measures typical writers’ faux pas, and translation tools. It will also be suitable for those preparing students for higher level exams as the tools boost autonomy.

This workshop will be delivered as a live webinar with everyone present to give a hands-on experience of how to deliver and receive webinars.  You will have the choice of watching the delivery live or you may join online with your own laptop in the same room.

A2 - Lee Shutler
Vocabulary Games
Sponsored by Hilderstone College

Quite simply, we will explore activities that can steer us away from the course books and encourage students to engage, and play, with vocabulary.  We will also consider how we can go beyond one-dimensional uses of words and go deeper with meaning and communicative fluency. This will be an active workshop. Be ready to take part!

A3 - Will Rennie
A Stranger in a Strange Land: Risk-Taking for Success

Confidence plays a great role in effective communication, but if students are not guided beyond their comfort zone, they may never succeed in fully developing this to participate in the English-speaking world to their satisfaction.  This talk covers the importance of risk-taking, fostering a conducive environment in which to explore it, and examples of activities allowing students to do so.

A4 - Heather Johnson
What I would have liked to know as a new teacher

Are you new to teaching and wondering if it is ever going to get easier? Are you still having CELTA-worthy palpitations when standing in front of a class? Looking for a few tips to make your first few years of teaching run a little more smoothly? Then this workshop is for you! Come and find out how long it’s going to be before you start re-using some of your teaching material, or whether you are ever going to get to grips with the grammar terminology. This workshop will hopefully give you some oomph as you continue to grow with your students.

A5 - Urs Kalberer
Four digital tools

The workshop is targeted at teachers who are open to trying out digital tools in their classroom. There will be a short presentation of each tool followed by some experimenting and trialling. Please BYOD! We will wrap up the workshop with some ideas on how to include the tools in our teaching practice. 
The four tools are:

  • Vizia for creating video quizzes
  • Insert Learning. A toolbar that can be added to any webpage
  • Backchannel Chat for real-time discussions.
  • Heads Up Charades. Speaking game for groups or pairs.

A6 - Rob Dean
Soft Skills for Success: The 21st Century Adult Classroom
Sponsored by Pearson Schweiz

There was a time when it seemed sufficient for a language classroom to involve grammar and little else. Of course, this was not sufficient, as it often resulted in learners completing a course with a profound knowledge of grammar, but completely unable to communicate. Fortunately, things have moved on, and in the modern day much more consideration is given to what our learners need to achieve by using language in work or leisure situations – soft skills. This session will look at ways in which we can develop these soft skills, including leadership, teamwork, problem solving, flexibility and interpersonal skills at the same time as developing language skills. The session will be illustrated with material taken from Pearson’s new 'Roadmap' course.

A7 - Guy Walker
Turning passive students into participative actors in their language learning

The old adage ‘You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’ could apply to some of the students in our English language classes. Many learners stubbornly refuse to participate, to get actively involved, or even simply to cooperate. Often, the reason is not a lack of interest - indeed, in many cases, students have even opted to attend the class. Based on action research, this talk will explore the causes underlying this attitude. It will then propose effective strategies to help transform students into active participants, and even actors, in their language learning.