Connect, Grow, Thrive

2019 AGM Workshops Session E

Sunday, 13.00-14.00

Halina Kaptsiuh

Listening skills: Let's get way from pre-teaching, listening for gist and detail

In this workshop you will learn a different approach to teaching listening. It helps to let students see listening as a real life activity, not as an exercise in the lesson which will, consequently, scaffold their confidence in their listening skills and make them better listeners.

Ben Hoyt

Lesson + lesson + lesson = syllabus Is this the best way?

Every course has a structure, but how much is planned from the start and how much just happens by chance? How much of our planning do we delegate to a coursebook and how do we integrate outside materials in a coherent and meaningful way, especially when we have external goals or requirements? How can we comprehensively catalogue our library so we can access all of our materials when needs are identified? In this workshop, we’ll look at a few frameworks for course planning and needs’ analysis and then share our own solutions to this common conundrum.

Stephen Lander

Machine Translation: How good is it really? Can it be used in class?

Machine Translation (MT) is now freely available online and some, including EFL materials writers, claim its quality is very high. This interactive workshop examines how modern online MT systems work and how well they translate from German, French, and Italian into English. It concludes with a discussion as to whether and how MT might be used in the EFL classroom.

NOTE: Please bring your laptop to this session.

Dewi Williams

A joke a day keeps the doctor away

The use of jokes, jingles and rhyme not only adds a little light relief to a lesson but is also a good way of exposing the students to collocations and natural language. In this workshop we will look at ways of using jokes, rhyme, etc. in the classroom.

Rachael Harris

How to develop Positive Discipline with Teens and Young Learners

Positive Discipline is an approach based on Alfred Adler’s philosophy (later published in a book by Jane Nelsen). It results in a kind but firm attitude built on mutual respect and cooperation. This workshop will present tangible, practical tools that can create a positive working environment and help solve problems in the teen and young learner classroom.

Jason Chan

English as a Lingua Franca in Higher Education: cosmopolitanism and Issues of Injustice

To explore questions of injustice, this talk will first look at cosmopolitan ideas of language and citizenship, followed by an investigation into two potential instances of injustice that arise from the use of English as the lingua franca in higher education.  It is the goal to arrive at a more insightful position of what cosmopolitanism and the examples mean for English language learning and teaching in higher education after considering the issues in question with regard to the cosmopolitan approach to justice.

Ruth Benvegnen

The power of music, rhythm and song for learning language at any age

This will be a hands-on, noisy workshop that promotes the use of music and rhythm for teaching English as a foreign language. Participants will put grammar and vocabulary into chants and raps, look at how to work with authentic songs and generally be shown how to include more music, rhythm and songs in their own classrooms. The idea is that everyone hopefully goes away with concrete ideas for musically motivating the following week’s classes. For teachers of YLs and adults of A1 to B2 levels.