The final two workshops we’d like you to know about are from two entirely different categories: continuing professional development (CPD) and using humour to teach. We’re thrilled to have both of them.
George M. Chinnery & Gergo Santha
What’s in it for me? A complete guide to RELO for teachers (CPD) Friday, Workshop A
The Regional English Language Office (RELO) for Central and Southeastern Europe, based in Budapest, offers a range of programs and resources for both teachers and learners of American English and culture. During this session, participants will be introduced to RELO’s teacher exchange programs, some of our teacher training programs and grant opportunities, as well as a wealth of free books, journals, games, mobile apps, and audiovisual materials for educators and students.
George is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) for Central and Southeastern Europe, based in Budapest. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Faculty Development at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. Outside of the government, he has also taught, trained and administered language programs in academic and corporate and settings, including the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the McDonald¹s Corporation. George has been an English Language Specialist, a Senior English Language Fellow, a Shriver Peaceworker Fellow, and a Peace Corps volunteer, and has worked in Turkey, India, El Salvador, Russia and Romania, as well as in the U.S. His professional interests include the creative integration of technology in language teaching. ChinneryGM@state.gov
Gergo is the Regional English Language Office Assistant. He supports the Regional English Language Officer (RELO), whose portfolio includes 17 countries in the Central and Eastern European region. He tracks grants and RELO projects region-wide. He assists with the coordination and administration of a wide range of programs by the US State Department’s Office of English Language Programs including, but not limited to, the English Language Specialist Program, the English Language Fellow Program, the English Language Microscholarship Program, the E-Teacher Scholarship Program, the “American English” webinar series, and in the distribution of materials and resources for learners and teachers of English. He provides assistance to local English language competitions, and delivers presentations at national and international conferences in the region. SanthaG@state.gov
And 90 minutes with Péter Medgyes learning how to use ‘Humour in the ELT Classroom’, Saturday, Workshops D & E)
Humour is the yeast of life and the best medicine. This workshop invites participants to express their views on the role of fun and laughter in ELT, and share their ideas and experience with the rest of the group. Whenever the dialogue creaks to a halt, I’ll throw in activities meant to be funny AND linguistically useful.