Sunday, 22 April 2012 - 8:30am GMT | 5:30pm Tokyo | 1:30am
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Adobe ConnectPro room (enter as guest)
Parallel Sessions (90 min)
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.
Marisa Constantinides, Dip.RSA, M.A. App Ling, Teacher Educator, Materials Writer, CELT Athens (for more info see the comment box below)
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.
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)
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)
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.