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Annual Conference workshop session B

B1 - Andrea Magee
Practical Tips for Joyful Teaching and Learning

Find out what tips and tricks I use in my teaching to engage learners through joy. Research shows that joyful teaching has a profound impact on learning by setting up the brain to retain more, based on experiencing a strong positive emotion. My passion is embracing joy in education by implementing simple, effective strategies and exchanging ideas with other teachers to stay motivated and try new approaches. Taking inspiration from best practices in Finland and beyond, I will share what I have found useful in the primary classroom and hopefully leave you with a smile and something to try as a teacher!

B2 - Urs Kalberer
Teaching reading

In general, reading is primarily tested rather than taught. In this workshop the participants learn how to teach reading using a variety of tasks. We will also look at fluency training, reading aloud and discover alternatives to comprehension questions. The tasks are based on my own teaching with lower secondary classes but can easily be adapted to higher or lower levels.

B3 - Olaf Lenders
Mastering IELTS-style writing tasks

In this workshop I will focus on two typical IELTS-style writing tasks:

  1. Description of a process (based on a diagram)
  2. Short argumentative essay

These writing tasks are used in general English courses as well as ESP courses. They are appropriate for B1/B2 learners. 
We will discuss sample tasks and model texts. Moreover, we will do ancillary exercises to practice specific skills such as paragraph writing and using grammatical and logical transitions. Participants will get an extensive handout.

B4 - Geoff Tranter
Enhancing Strategic Competence

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) describes a number of important communicative and linguistic competences, one of them being strategic competence, which regrettably has received relatively little attention in language training and assessment. The Companion Volume to the CEFR published in 2018 took this area of language learning/teaching a step further by adding detailed definitions of the communicative skill of Mediation and a variety of strategies required for successful mediation. This practical active workshop will focus on a range of strategies with the aim of providing teachers with a portfolio of easy-to-prepare activities that can be used in the classroom to enable language students to acquire such competences, which are of great importance for effective international business communication.

B5 - Pete Kaithan
Digital Transformation in Language Assessment & Learning

We are all aware that the digital transformation process is in full swing, also in the area of language assessment and learning. Two organisations which are involved in the process are Cambridge Assessment English and Speexx. Both organisations have developed state-of-the-art systems which allow them to play a successful part in the digital transformation process in their respective fields. Pete Kaithan will talk about issues such Artificial Intelligence, remote proctoring and auto-correction, all features employed by Linguaskill from Cambridge Assessment and Speexx Language Learning.

B6 - Jasper Kok
Discover “My Languages, A Multilingual Portfolio”
Sponsored by Teachin' EU

My Languages appeals to all four C’s of 21st-century education and can be used in a variety of ways. And above all: It’s fun! This very practical portfolio supports children (8-14) while learning English and makes them aware of their multilingual skills. It is a hands-on portfolio that travels with the child for a couple of years. It functions as a constantly changing document that portrays the child’s language learning progress in a creative way. Other aims of the portfolio are to stimulate a creative thought process and make children aware and reflect on their multilingual abilities. It encourages spontaneous language learning and helps to create mutual understanding. The end result is a personalized, artistic collection of evidence of learning.

B7 - Rob Dean
Techniques with Tablets
Sponsored by Pearson Schweiz

No, not Aspirin, but ipads, Macbooks and laptops... With the increasing prominence of digital software in education nowadays - often referred to as 'BYOD' - many are left wondering how we can sensibly incorporate the use of such technology into the communicative classroom. What are the likely problems with the shift to digital? How can we overcome them? What are the opportunities that the use of technology presents? Are there times in the lesson when we should not use technology? This lively workshop will attempt to answer these questions and more, as we demonstrate a selection of ready-to-use ideas that make the most of students using screens in class.