Connect, Grow, Thrive

Annual Conference workshop session C

C1 - Jeanne Darling
Writing - Skill or Craft?

Instinct might tell us that the ability to write builds on the mastery of first speaking and reading and therefore comes last in the developmental sequence of literary skills. After all, does it make sense to introduce writing before children can form letters, have some sense of phonics, and read, let alone before they have mastered spelling, punctuation and grammar, all of which factor in producing a final piece of written work? Let’s take a new perspective and begin by asking "What is writing? What purpose does it serve? Does real writing only happen after prerequisite skills have been mastered?" And let’s look at a different way to tackle the teaching of writing by looking at resources for offering dynamic writing experiences in our classrooms.

C2 - John Hughes
10 practical ideas for Business and General English exam preparation
Sponsored by National Geographic Learning

Join me to try out a variety of practical activities which balance the need for exam skills training with language learning. The talk includes reference to my new edition of Success with Business (BEC) as well as a collection of classic and new ideas to help you prepare your students to pass any Business English or General English exam or test.

C3 - Gemma Louise Webber
Stepping into CLIL
Sponsored by Istituto Zaccaria dei Padri Barnabiti (Religious Institution in Milan, Italy)

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an educational approach where content learning is taught in an additional language, in my case in English. Quoting Professor David Marsh, “CLIL makes bilingualism in mainstream education a realistic and achievable aim”.
After almost 20 years of teaching English as a Foreign Language, I have found myself teaching CLIL in a private school. At present, I am teaching Geography in Lower-secondary, and Geography as well as Art History in Upper-secondary.
I would like to share with you my experience and the changes I have had to make to my teaching beliefs and techniques order to meet the lesson aims both in terms of teaching practice and materials writing.

C4 - Laurie Theurer
Swisstory: an entertaining way to learn from Swiss history
Sponsored by Bergli Books

This will be a presentation of my middle grade book titled Swisstory: The Untold, Bloody, and Absolutely Real History of Switzerland. Swisstory delves into the usual topics taught in Swiss schools—from pre-history to modern day—but dares to go a few levels deeper; revealing some of the more gruesome and uglier truths about Swiss history. I will share some sections of the book and reveal ways in which educators can use Swisstory to discuss with their students where humans have—and most importantly have not—learned from historical mistakes. We will compare these parts of the book to current situations and ask the question, "How are things the same and different in our world today?"

C5 - Ozgen Bagci Cervo and Jasper Kok
Unlocking Potential with TOEFL Family of Assessments
Sponsored by Goal Testing

In most English classrooms, there are wide gaps in students' proficiency levels. Teachers run the risk that students feel lost and disengaged. They are challenged to meet the needs of individual students and to create motivating learning opportunities.
In this workshop, you will experience firsthand how to pinpoint your students’ strengths and weaknesses and get the support you need on your journey to build up a strong foundation for language teaching. Having an accurate and detailed understanding of your students’ English language skills enables you to make a solid start and guide your students to reach their full potential.
Additionally, one of our ambassador schools in the Netherlands will share their story including practical suggestions on personalizing English language education.

C6 - Nalan Atabek
Digital Tools for Differentiation
Sponsored by Goal Testing

An increasing number of diverse students in classrooms is one of the main challenges of today’s educators. Having students from different backgrounds, cultures, areas of interests, levels of experience and knowledge makes it seem like a never-ending struggle. However, using digital tools to differentiate in the classroom can help save time while better meeting the needs of all of the learners. In this workshop, you will find digital resources and solutions that will help you create a differentiated environment. Suggestions and idea-sharing will be present to implement digital solutions to serve for diverse learning needs, styles and differentiation models.

C7 - Sylvia Goetze Wake
Sustainability and climate change: what is our role as educators?
Sponsored by University of Lausanne

This workshop will follow a “world-café” format, with carousel small groups creatively exploring questions such as:

  • How can we incorporate “sustainability” in our teaching in a meaningful and relevant way?
  • What sustainable practices can we encourage in our classrooms, institutions or at conferences?
  • How can our personal choices and attitudes influence our students?
  • Could ETAS create a “sustainability” Special Interest Group?

Rather than listening to a presentation, you will actively participate in collaboratively generating ideas and actions. If you think these questions are important, come and benefit from engaging with other teachers…by putting our heads together we will see what emerges!