Bio's - Speakers

Anna Loseva (IATEFL YLT SIG)

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Invited Session - International Conference 2015

Exploring World Cultures, Learning More About Your Own

In light of English being a lingua franca, it makes sense for teachers to equip learners with the knowledge and skills necessary for cross-cultural communication that students might be having in their future. How can we address this need? In this session, the presenter will detail the elements of a culture course for high school students in Tokyo, which emphasizes a critical approach to viewing cultures. Participants will be invited to put themselves in students’...

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto (IATEFL YLT SIG)

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Creative Teaching for 21st Century Learners

There’s a lot of talk these days about including 21st century skills in language classes. What are these skills, and do they have any place in a language class where teachers have limited contact time, and the priority is, still, to teach English? In our workshop, you’ll learn teaching techniques to help your learners become strong English users and also critical and creative thinkers. By making every moment of class time count, you can help your students succeed – on exams and...

Boyoung Lee (이보영)

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

English Education in Korea, Now and Onward

As it is widely recognized that teaching English in a cross-cultural context raises a number of challenges, the difficulties faced by both native and non-native teachers of English in Korea's EFL setting run the gamut, ranging from language itself to culture gaps in addition to what seem to be socio-cultural factors unique to Korea, such as “parents.” Since the demand on Koreans for higher communicative skills in English is being heightened, it is imperative to look into those...

Chuck Sandy

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Opening Plenary Session - International Conference 2015

Seeing Beyond the Dichotomies That Divide Us 

Unplugged or plugged in, tech or no tech, data-driven or descriptive, humanistic or evidence-based, teacher-centered or student-centered, motivated or unmotivated, success or failure? Because we know it’s almost never either/or, but almost always some combination of both and then some, false dichotomies like these are blinders that divide us. Rather than draw lines or take sides, I’ll build a circle by sharing ideas and activities that might help us see beyond the...

Curtis Kelly

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Adopting Inquiry-Based Learning Pedagogies into ELT

Inquiry-based learning is similar to task-based learning, possibly even a subset of it. In an inquiry-based approach, learners are given a task, but also expected to seek information on how to solve it. It is the inquiry part, figuring out what questions to ask and then looking at information sources to answer them, that makes this methodology so effective. Traditional methods rely on simple information transmission and memorization, and so the learning of it tends to...

David Valente (IATEFL YLT-SIG)

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

An Intercultural Approach to Creativity in the Primary English Classroom

This interactive talk explores how teachers of primary-aged learners can use intercultural materials and activities to enable children to develop their creativity and English language skills. Ideas will be presented in relation to best practice in primary ELT and illustrated with practical and engaging examples, which have been used successfully in classrooms throughout the East Asia region.
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Glenn Stockwell

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Transforming Language Teaching and Learning with Technology

The range of technologies available to language teachers and learners has increased dramatically over the past several years, providing both with a diversity of options that can be both exciting and challenging. As new technologies appear, they bring with them possibilities regarding what can be achieved both inside and outside of the classroom, but it is often difficult to keep up with the range of technologies that become available. In addition to this, the...

Jon Nordmeyer

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Inquiring into Writing: Building on Learners’ Strengths

An asset-based approach to instruction builds on learners’ strengths and helps students to take ownership for their learning. Differentiating instruction builds on individual students’ creativity, proficiency levels, and background knowledge. This not only develops academic language but also critical thinking skills. Using the WIDA English language development framework, participants will explore a writing activity at different proficiency levels.
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Kalyan Chattopadhyay (IATEFL YLT-SIG)

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Critical Language Awareness in Teacher Learning

Critical language awareness has added a new dimension to teacher learning. It brings to consciousness teachers’ critical awareness of language use. It is this awareness that helps teachers to evaluate, adapt, and write teacher learning materials. It also engages teachers to use language critically to achieve their own objectives.

This talk will demonstrate, through a sequence of activities, how critical language awareness develops in teacher trainees’ and teachers’...

Ken Beatty & Craig Lambert

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Featured Session (via Webcast) - International Conference 2015

Education in Flux: Using Tasks to Your Advantage Online and in the L2 Classroom

In the past decade, online education has matured from plain-text chat rooms to flipped classrooms featuring multimedia video sessions in which students have opportunities to participate in live lectures, review them, network with teachers who are working all around the world, present their work, and get live feedback from their professors and from other teachers working in diverse contexts. Even live lectures by professors become...

Robert S. Murphy

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Sunday Plenary Session - International Conference 2015

The Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning

Are you interested in Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), but are not sure about the benefits? In this session, you will learn to be confident about IBL, learn how to implement neuro-based IBL pedagogy, and learn about cutting-edge doctoral research in neuro-education. Neuroscience is finally catching up with Dewey and Vygotsky, and the results are amazing! This plenary session will (1) provide neuroscientific facts that all language teachers should know and take to heart, (2)...

Sara Davila

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Featured Session - International Conference 2015

Bring the 21st Century into the English Language Classroom

The message being communicated across all areas of education is that there is a growing need to bring 21st century skills into the classroom. Without these skills, learners will be left unprepared for the challenges and opportunities that will arise throughout the course of their life. The essential question, however, is what skills should EFL teachers focus on, and how can we engage our learners, at every age, to build this skill?

Across sources, most...

Steve Iams

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Invited Session - International Conference 2015

Story Slam: The Potential of Performed Stories in ELT

A story slam is a live event in which participants tell short, autobiographical stories to the audience without the use of notes. These events are an outgrowth of the popularity in North America of poetry slams and other spoken word performances. Each event has a theme to which participants’ stories should connect. This session will explore the possible benefits of incorporating story slams into the language classroom.

Part presentation of the relevant academic...

Virginia Parker (IATEFL YLT SIG)

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Invited Session - International Conference 2015

Teenagers: Why Are They Like That? And What Can I Do About It?

Why are teenagers always so difficult? Adolescent learners present unique challenges to teachers in the L2 classroom, but there are reasons why this is so and solutions to every problem. This presentation will focus on recent research on exactly what makes teen learners tick, and how, as teachers, we can use this information to improve both our teaching and learning, and our classroom management.
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