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14th July , 2.00pm/4.30pm - Pre-Conference Institute: Culture and Creativity: Literature and Intercultural Language Education
Speakers: John Corbett, Malu Sciamarelli, Nella De La Fuente
How can we encourage our learners to use their language skills to become reflective, cultural explorers? One way is to use literature, creative writing and performance to stimulate learners’ imagination, curiosity and sense of wonder about the world.
Literary texts past and present challenge learners with different worlds of possibility, while creative writing helps learners develop skills of description while fostering lateral and critical thinking.
Combining classes in online intercultural communities across the globe also adds the possibility of writing and presenting work for international audiences. This PCI session will demonstrate and discuss the use of literature and creative activities to explore culture, and participants will take away practical ideas for classroom use and course development.
15th July, 9.45am – Talk: Digitally-enhanced primary classroom activities
Speaker: Vicky Saumell
In this talk we will look at different ways in which technology can help teachers and students to spice up traditional and more creative tasks for the primary classroom. We will examine speaking tasks, telling stories and creating videos through web-based tools and mobile apps.
15th July, 9.45am – Talk: 37 years pedagogical bugbears
Speaker: Paul Seligson
As a regular observer and trainer throughout Brazil, I continually see teachers fall into the same ‘traps’ again and again. In this lively, highly practical workshop, I’ll share my observations and suggest a series of simple pedagogical ‘tweaks’, which can easily improve our day-to-day teaching. Largely ranging on aspects of inherited, habituated practice and class management, areas in focus will range from ‘golden oldies’ to more ‘high-tech’ options like digital books and e-boards.
15th July, 11am – Workshop: Thinking hats and other garments to develop critical literacy
Speaker: Nella De La Fuente
Critical Literacy demands not only looking at issues from different perspectives but also being able to look at them with different EYES. In this workshop we will present, try and discuss activities and materials easily adaptable to different teaching contexts to develop that ability in our ESL/EFL students.
15th July, 2.25pm - Plenary: Shakespeare lives in the English language
Speaker: Chris Lima
Shakespeare is undoubtly the most famous and celebrated English writer. His work has been translated into almost every language, his plays are performed by theatre companies around the world, and he is the author with the largest number of Hollywood film scripts to his name. Yet, it has been argued by many that his language and writing style are ‘too difficult’, ‘too old-fashioned’ to be of relevance to both native and non-native contemporary speakers of English. Understandably, such perceptions create considerable resistance to bringing Shakespeare to the ELT classroom. In this talk, I will look at the extent to which the English we use today is permeated by Shakespeare’s language, discuss reasons for its perceived difficulty, and argue for an approach to the teaching of Shakespeare that explores the dialogic relationships between his work, his language, and our understanding of the world around us. I will argue that Shakespeare’s language is at the same time easier and more difficult than our preconceptions, and that understanding where the source of the challenge lies can help raise learners’ language awareness, increase their ability to deal with unfamiliar grammar and vocabulary, and contribute to their confidence to use language creatively.
16th July, 9.45am – Commercial Presentation: How students get language from a coursebook
Speaker: Jeremy Harmer
Students get language in several ways. They can mime written and spoken text for useful and interesting language that crops up. This talk looks at the different ways that coursebook activities can help students engage with words, lexical phrases, grammar and functions, and make them engaging, memorable and long-lasting.
16th July, 2.25pm - Plenary: A personal view of ELT past, present and future
Speaker: Paul Seligson
After 38 years TEFLing, I’d like this time to share with you my personal journey, observations and guesses about the future of ELT. All sorts of issues are trending in our profession but we should put them into context.
17th July, 11am - Workshop: Game jamming with learners of English
Speaker: Rose Bard
How can we bring teenagers’ voice into the teaching game? By creating a space for game design and play where student work on tasks that make sense to them while resourcing to English will develop language knowledge and skills as well as fostering collaboration, communication and a community of learning.
17th July, 4.15pm - Expanding Horizons Talk: The grammar catchers helping students get language for real
Speaker: Jeremy Harmer
In the environmental world we have carbon capture and fog catching, ingenious ways of getting what we want from the atmosphere. Surely we can do the same for students by helping them capture language from the world around them, the texts they read, the conversations they interact in and the language they encounter.
After discussing reasons for an ecological approach to language capture from the atmosphere, this talk will suggest ways of encouraging it!