Here is an interesting debate to come out of the recent IATEFL conference which does not involve Sugata Mitra.
I’ve just got back from my first IATEFL Conference, in Harrogate, still feeling elated from the buzz that such big conferences always produce. It’s been great to meet up with so many people I’ve only seen online before, and make new friends. It’s also been great to attend so many fantastic talks and workshops.
I’d like to thank everyone who came along to my session on exploiting video in the classroom. As promised, here is the link to the powerpoint of my presentation. The video clips used are in the same folder, just in case the links in the presentation don’t work. I hope you find it useful.
Write-ups for some of the activities included in the session can be found in the following posts:
Dubbing exercise (Armstrong and Miller RAF Pilots)
A great post on why we should.attend conferences.
I’ll tell you why, if you are someone who is wondering if ELT conferences are worth it. Worth the money (and very often it is teachers who self fund to attend). Worth the time (you may have to use annual leave to attend, or give up a weekend).
I’ve had teachers say to me ‘I don’t need to attend trainings/conferences any more, I’ve been teaching 10/20+ years’. In every way, these are the teachers who need to attend conferences and training the most (and it shows in their teaching, obviously)! And who have the most to gain from attending a conference such as, say, the IATEFL conference coming up next month in the UK (and see here for the online sessions).
So, why bother?
First of all, teacher development is for you and benefits YOU. It’s not something to do for your school (though the school undoubtedly benefits…
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This year’s IATEFL Conference will take place from 2nd to 5th April in Harrogate. I will be presenting on Friday 4th April at 2:35 in Hall Qe. I am looking forward to meeting up with friends and colleagues, and to taking part in this fantastic conference.
The talk I will be giving is ‘Exploiting video in the language classroom’, which is based on a post I wrote for this blog in collaboration with the TESOL Spain e-Newsletter, which you can access here. The workshop explores different techniques we as teachers can use to exploit video in our classrooms in order to motivate our students, rather than simply putting on a film and expecting them to be content. I hope to see you there!
It’s been a hectic week, with TESOL Spain last week in Madrid and now TESOL Greece here in Athens. This is just a quick post to publish my powerpoint form this afternoon’s closing plenary. More to come soon.
JA: I come from Greece, where I live and work. I have worked both as a private and a stateschool ELT teacher for about 25 years teaching mainly teenagers. I have also worked as a part-time teacher trainer for state school teachers. I believe in education as a dynamic force and I have a passion for learning as well as teaching. In my opinion, learning as a lifelong process can be achieved in unlimited ways, inside and outside of a classroom; I really enjoy teaching and being taught by my students and my colleagues, either through observation, or interaction and collaboration. I find attending and presenting at conferences a wonderful opportunity to learn, reflect and share ideas, especially if you have the chance to present together with a colleague.
JD: I have been a teacher of English and the Social Sciences…
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I am an experienced teacher, teacher educator and conference presenter and run CELT Athens, a teacher development centre based in Athens and online that trains teachers from around the world. You can read all about me here and here and in all sorts of other places but here is my chance to say that I am even more passionate about my job now than when I started and I truly love to watch teachers develop and reach their true potential. These days, I do lot more work online, both training and presenting and I am very active in social networks where I volunteer a lot of my time for many ELT teachers’ free continuous professional development, both on Facebook as well as on Twitter.
2. Tell us a bit about your session…
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