Workshops: Teens/Adults – part 1

Another of the workshop categories this year, because so many of us teach in secondary schools and language schools, is teaching teens and adults.  Here are just four of what’s on offer in just three weeks’ time.

Candy Fresacher (Austria)Candy2008

Finding your students’ strengths: The job interview (BE: B2) Friday, Workshop B

At any time, it is great for your students to be able to tell others about what they do well. Through the topic of a job interview, this can be the first step. This workshop will explain more about what kind of strengths students might have and look at the VIA Strengths which can give your students more ways to look at themselves in a positive way and get experience to prepare them for the job interview.

Candy, an American living in Austria for the past 35 years, has been teaching at various vocational colleges in Vienna for the past 23 years. In the past years she has become involved in teacher training as part of her position on the board and as Chair of TEA (Teachers of English in Austria). She has also edited their ELT News, a journal designed to disseminate information about new teaching trends and ideas to teachers of English in Austria and abroad. She has presented in Beijing, Manila, USA and throughout Europe as well as published a number of articles including, for example, in the online site Humanizing Language Teaching.

Mark Andrews (SOL – UK)

What’s in a name? The power of vocabulary choice (teens/adults: B1-C2) Saturday, Workshop H

‘Refugee’ or ‘migrant’? Apart from teaching grammar, English markteachers have the opportunity to develop young adults’ linguistic and cultural awareness. By working with texts and pictures on a topic which is relevant to everybody living in Europe today, not only does a learner’s vocabulary range increase and their reading and critical thinking skills improve, but potentially they are able to interpret the information they hear with more clarity and respond to it with more humanity. Participants in this workshop will actively work with materials on current events learning how to use such materials with their own students.

Mark has been living and working in Central/Eastern Europe for 35 years, 12 as an ELT methodology teacher and advisor with the British Council (Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, & Hungary) and 15 as a teacher trainer at the Department of English Applied Linguistics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He is a big supporter of IATEFL-affiliated associations in the region and coordinated the IATEFL Hungary Culture and Literature Special Interest Group for 5 years. He is now a teacher trainer, EFL teacher on student courses, and course and materials developer for SOL (Sharing One Language). He’s taught summer schools every year since 1991, and this year has taught in Serbia, Finland, Slovakia, Croatia, Montenegro, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and England. He also taught the 2014 and 2015 SO(U)L camps in Slovakia. When he’s not doing ELT things, you’ll find him swimming in lakes, the sea, rivers, pools or wherever.

Angelos Bollas (Greece)

angelos bollas

An image Is worth… all language skills and systems (teens/adults: C1-C2) Friday, Workshop A

This workshop focuses on different ways through which teachers can exploit images in class to help their learners develop all language systems and skills. By the end of this workshop, teachers will have explored different activities for a variety of levels and ages through a series of hands-on tasks in which they will experiment with and evaluate the effect of tasks with images. Emphasis will be given on tasks with images that help learners prepare for language exams.

Angelos (Cambridge Delta, MA ELT) is based in Greece, the UK, and online. He is responsible for learning technologies and teacher training at an educational institution in Greece. He is interested in online education and CPD, as well as pre- and in-service teacher training. In his free time, he blogs, participates in and co-moderates #ELTchat weekly discussions on twitter, and connects with language educators around the world. He is an iTDi Blog contributor and is @angelos_bollas on Twitter. 

Louel Ross Calleja (CZ)

Language correctness: Black and white? Or a myriad shades of gray? Louel Ross Calleja(teens/adults: all English levels) Saturday, Workshop F

Most of us believe that error correction plays a crucial role in boosting our students’ developing linguistic system. For this reason, we painstakingly remind them to avoid using ‘Czenglish’ expressions as much as possible. But has it ever occurred to you that, maybe, just maybe, some of the items we have been stubbornly and categorically referring to as ‘errors’ may actually be part of a vast gray area of acceptable – if unlikely – language?

Louel is a former medical biologist/university lecturer of biology who realized that his heart did not belong in a science laboratory but in a language classroom. Originally from the Philippines, he has been teaching English in the Czech Republic since 2008. He currently teaches a wide range of advanced courses – conversation, general English, business English, CAE and FCE preparation courses, as well as English for Specific Purposes. He says that although teaching so many different courses is very demanding in terms of lesson preparation, his “inner geek” loves it as it gives him plenty of opportunities to learn new things. He also says that by making the classroom a venue for intercultural dialogue (he is proud of the fact that he has taught students of 25 different nationalities), he has gained a deeper insight into his students’ psyche.


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