Virtual Round Table Web Conference

VRT1 Holistic teaching & learning

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VRT1 Holistic teaching & learning

Time: April 22, 2012 from 8:30am to 10am
Location: presentations
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Event Type: presentations
Organized By: Heike Philp
Latest Activity: Apr 22, 2012

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Sunday, 22 April 2012 - 8:30am GMT | 5:30pm Tokyo | 1:30am
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Parallel Sessions (90 min)


Marisa Constantinides
CELT Athens
Defrag Language Learning

Standard practices in the Foreign Language classroom is to present language in fragments or smaller chunks which may one day be successfully synthesized to form a coherent whole in the learner's mind, hopefully resulting in fluent output. Research and experience have proved this inadequate. In this talk, I will be looking at activities involving technology which promote holistic learning and motivate the learners to acquire language through collaborative and meaningful projects using a variety of Web 2.0 tools.

Bio

Marisa Constantinides, Dip.RSA, M.A. App Ling, Teacher Educator, Materials Writer, CELT Athens (for more info see the comment box below)


Berni Wall

RLI-Gapfillers
Mentoring
Mentoring is a practice that has long been recognised in the teaching profession as very valuable. With today’s overloaded teaching schedules, fast pace and getting to grips with technology, teachers can quite soon become overwhelmed and frustrated. Mentoring can help to guide teachers through these turbulent times whether a teacher is newly qualified or experienced but facing new challenges. In this short presentation I want to look at the value of mentoring and present a mentoring solution that can fit in with any timetable, time zone or teaching challenge.

Bio

Berni Wall has been an English language teacher, teacher trainer, examiner and mentor since 1977. She has taught University, Further and Higher Education, as well as 6 years of Primary school. She has also worked as a teacher trainer and as an English Language Examiner. Berni set up her own English language training business in 1995 delivering corporate language training for large multi-nationals SMEs and government agencies. (More in comment box below)

 

Bruno Andrade

Humanizing the Use of Technology in ELT

If a teacher places an iPad on a student's desk, does it make him/her smarter? Recently there seems to be a mad race to insert technology in language classrooms at any cost.The common belief is that since our students will depende on technology to have a successful business life, they need to be in contact with technology as much as possible.  (More see comment box below)

Bio

Bruno has been teaching English in Brazil for over 10 years. He is interested in ways of applying technology to the curriculum but mostly to humanize it, in order to reach the whole student. He has been recently awarded the Learning Technologies Scholarship for the IATEFL conference in Glasgow, 2012. He is an active blogger and avid reader.

 

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Comment by Heike Philp on April 19, 2012 at 9:19pm

Marisa Constantinides 
CELT Athens
Defrag Language Learning

Standard practices in the Foreign Language classroom is to present language in fragments or smaller chunks which may one day be successfully synthesized to form a coherent whole in the learner's mind, hopefully resulting in fluent output. Research and experience have proved this inadequate. In this talk, I will be looking at activities involving technology which promote holistic learning and motivate the learners to acquire language through collaborative and meaningful projects using a variety of Web 2.0 tools.

Bio

Marisa Constantinides, Dip.RSA, M.A. App Ling, Teacher Educator, Materials Writer, CELT Athens 
A teacher, teacher educator and materials writer, Marisa Constantinides is the head of CELT Athens, established in 1993, offering teacher education courses including Cambridge CELTA and DELTA courses face-2-face and online. She has a strong presence in Social Networks, moderates #ELTchat, a weekly discussion on Twitter (recently nominated for an ELTons award in Innovation in Teaching Resources) and maintains a number of blogs (TEFL Matters, Discourse Matters, ELTchat.com, Teaching & Learning Languages). She has published materials for young learners as well as for B2 and C2 level classes. 

Comment by Heike Philp on April 16, 2012 at 12:00pm

Bruno Andrade

Humanizing the Use of Technology in ELT

If a teacher places an iPad on a student's desk, does it make him/her smarter? Recently there seems to be a mad race to insert technology in language classrooms at any cost.The common belief is that since our students will depende on technology to have a successful business life, they need to be in contact with technology as much as possible. Others argue that technology should be used as a motivator since ""all"" students are into technology. In fact this rationale may lead to unsatisfactory impacts on our students' learning process.
What teachers fail to see is that the role of technology in class must take a more humanistic approach in order to be effective and meaningful. What teachers fail to see is that the role of technology in class must take a more humanistic approach in order to be effective and meaningful. If technology does not reach to the whole student we may be misusing it. The use of technology for the sake of using is de-humanizing and does not add to the learning experience. Language students already face a strong sense of anxiety and apprehension when dealing with the new language. Technology may pose as yet another source of anxiety. Thus if overtly used, students may experience a double shot of anxiety hendering the learning experience. If the use of technology does not reach the whole student we may be misusing it. Using technology for the sake of using is de-humanizing and does not add to the learning experience. 
In this talk I shall propose reasons and ways of humanizing technology in language teaching. Through lecture and questions, participants will be invited to rethink their beliefs concerning technology and will find support on how to make it more humanistic."

Bio

Bruno has been teaching English in Brazil for over 10 years. He is interested in ways of applying technology to the curriculum but mostly to humanize it, in order to reach the whole student. He has been recently awarded the Learning Technologies Scholarship for the IATEFL conference in Glasgow, 2012. He is an active blogger and avid reader.

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