Connect, Grow, Thrive

2019 AGM Workshops Session D

Sunday, 10.45-11.45

Tim Black

Has IT in the classroom reached tipping point?

The talk aims to look at the use of IT in the Swiss state school system and the impact this has upon teachers and the way they teach. The presentation draws upon the speaker’s personal experiences over the last 10 years. Having looked at the current situation we discuss what actions we teachers can and should take.

Paul Dummett

Look up, look down, look forward, look back, look again

Our minds work principally in images. Not only are we highly receptive to new images (vision), we also carry with us a bank of interesting images that reflect our experiences (visualization). Working with NGL Life has taught me that images and mental imagery are highly generative resources in language teaching. This workshop presents six thoughtful classroom activities using vision and visualization which aim to stimulate deeper learning.

Jason Chan


in a time where celebrities, influencers, and even political leaders care little about dotting there is and crossing their ts, how should tefl practitioners cope?! their are clearly no straight forward answers to this question but one thing is 4 sure, english is an ever revolving beast and its not the first time this sorta language apocalypse has happened (rap and double negation anyone??) in this talk we will explore the post-twitter world of tefl, what implications there r for english learners, and how esol professionals can navigate the changing landscape.

Lee Shutler

Repetition of Language - is it really dead?

The word "repetition" is often seen as "dirty" in EFL. It gets connected to "old" methodology like drilling. This workshop will look at how we can re-invent repetition in fun, dynamic and interesting ways. We never say anything once in life, so why should we restrict ourselves in the language classroom?

Marzia Marcelli

Classroom activities for Young Learners

The seminar is designed for YL teachers who would like to spice up their YL classes using fun and interactive activities and to promote enjoyment while preparing their young learners for Cambridge YLE exams. The attendees will have the chance to experience the activities first-hand and to then discuss how these could be used in class at different levels.

Markus Jürgen Dietz

Teaching grammar lexically

Michael Lewis published his groundbreaking work in 1993, and the ‘Lexical Approach’ has been around ever since. But does it make sense to teach grammar lexically? And what does it mean? In this workshop we will explore what opportunities the approach offers for the teaching and learning of grammar in the classroom and outside of it.

Urs Kalberer

Listening activities for elementary and intermediate levels

It should not be difficult to realise the importance of listening when we consider that it occupies about 45 per cent of the time adults spend in communication. This is significantly more than the other skills. Yet, for all its importance, students (and even teachers) often fail to give listening the attention it needs. This workshop focuses on ways to teach listening and presents activities ready for classroom use.