Connect, Grow, Thrive

2019 PD Day Workshops Session C

C1 - Andrew Walkley - Repeat after me. I will revise what I have taught every lesson!
Sponsor: Pearson Schweiz AG

Repetition and memorization seems to have become a rather outmoded aspect of education, but in this workshop I will argue you that it is an essential part of language learning and needs to be a central part of our method and planning, but also within that we need to also consider how we can deepen students understanding. I will show a number of activities that involve repetition and revision covering different aspects of teaching and learning, that you can apply in a variety of classes.

C2 - Tim Black - Digitising the coursebook for the secondary level II classroom
Sponsor: Independent

Has IT in the classroom reached tipping point? to which I argued yes. I now wish to show in this workshop a practical demonstration on ways to digitalise your coursebook for the classroom and for my demonstration, I will be using New Gold First 2018 and participants can BYOD. The course book can be presented and interacted with digitally with tools such as: PowerPoint, scanning, inserting, hyperlinking, snipping, mp3 and more. For student interaction, we will look at downloading and sharing files, digital pens, OneNote and pdf editing. Finally, for homework and student administration we will look at the Learning Management System (LMS) which comes with the coursebook.

C3 - David Kaufher and Ben Hoyt - Open Forum: What are the needs of teachers as workers?
Sponsor: Independent

This will be neither a workshop or a presentation but an open group discussion about the employment needs of English teachers in Switzerland. English teachers, especially freelancers or those working for private schools, face unique challenges in their professional careers. What are yours? A report will be written to summarise the talking points of the forum and recommend further actions, if any.

C4 - Lee Shutler - Making questionnaires stretch students
SIG: TTD; I & CLIL; YL & Teen
Sponsor: Hilderstone College

There are often questionnaires in coursebooks, or we, as teachers, invent our own. However, they are often presented, and then, performed in a fairly flat way. This workshop will explore and share ideas to make the questionnaire more dynamic - in creation, execution and participation. Most importantly, we will share ideas on what we do after the students have completed the exercise. Be prepared to participate!

C5 - Amy Diederich Jost - Field Notes from the Jungle - 6 Months of Teaching in Thailand
Sponsor: Independent

Take a load off, sit back, and relax as I share my experiences of teaching and living in Thailand with you. My visual presentation outlines personal, professional, and cultural field notes taken during my post as an English teacher in Southeast Asia from October 2018 to March 2019. An ''experienced'' teacher, I worked alongside young professionals with whom I shared some surprising similarities, in addition to our expected differences. So my talk offers something for everyone. Come and learn what it's like out there in the jungle at the moment while taking a virtual trip with me in the process.

C6 - Beverly Todeschini - Classroom Quizzes and surveys
Sponsor: Independent

Whether students raise their hands to answer questions or use mobile devices, the use of quizzes and surveys to elicit and assess students prior and current knowledge is common practice in our classrooms. PLICKERS, a low tech application might provide an alternative to your current practice. PLICKERS allows one to create quizzes and surveys which will stimulate your students' participation and motivation from primary to higher education. After a brief demonstration, participants will create quizzes together on various themes and test out the application. Please BYOD.

C7 - Alex Warren - Keeping it Real – the benefits of real-world content in the ELT classroom
Sponsor: National Geographic Learning

As educational theorist John Dewey once noted, “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” Therefore, if you want your English – or any subject for that matter - lessons to be effective, engaging, motivating, then having real world, authentic and relevant content is absolutely vital. In this interactive session we’ll look at the benefits that using real world, global content has on the learning process and how, using appropriate texts, images and video content, we can develop tasks that arms students with the necessary skills to be successful outside, as well as inside, the classroom.

C8 - Kristy Kors - It's the way that you say it': Developing verbal and non-verbal communication skills
SIG: TTD; SCT & TE; I & CLIL; YL & Teens
Sponsor: Express Publishing

The success or failure of real life communication is often decided by non-verbal factors. If our learners are to interact confidently and effectively, they must be aware of the impact that their tone of voice, body language and appearance will have on their audience. In this session we look at practical ways we can help our learners improve this often-neglected aspect of communicative competence.