The last, but not least, of the young learners workshops on offer at SKA 2015!
Júlia Stehliková (British Council, Slovakia)
Pair work for young learners? Why and how? (YL: absolute beginners) Saturday, Workshop G
Is pair work possible in the YL classroom? Is it a good idea for children to work in pairs? Is it relevant? This workshop will focus on the advantages of doing pair work with primary learners and explore ways of introducing it to our YL classroom, while bearing in mind the potential problems. We’ll look at some hands-on activities to take straight to the classroom which will help us master pair work with our young students in the future.
Júlia has been teaching English for ten years, during which she has taught a wide range of courses for young learners, teenagers and adults from four to sixty four. In September 2014 she joined the British Council as a teacher for classes of all age groups. Before that she spent three years at International House Bratislava working as the YL (Young Learners) Coordinator. She’s a certified Cambridge English examiner for young learner exams YLE Starters, Movers and Flyers, and has completed an International House World Organisation course in teaching young learners and teenagers IHCYLT. She’s interested in YL teacher training and development. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Barfield (USA)
Integrating Roma culture into English language learning through Children of the Sun (YL-teens: A1-B1) Saturday, Workshop G
Sue will present teaching strategies that promote better understanding of Roma culture, using her two new tri-lingual (Slovak, English, Roma) children’s books (Children of the Sun) based on a Roma folktale and illustrated by Roma students. All participants will receive free copies of the books, audio CD and Teacher’s Manual with additional classroom lessons.
Sue is Professor Emeritus at Montana State University-Billings. She has been an educator for over 42 years, including teaching and guidance counseling in K-12 settings and nearly 20 years in teacher education at the university level. She has twice been a U.S. Fulbright Scholar; first for the Ministry of Education in Chile and again for the University of Prešov in Slovakia. Since 1990 Sue has conducted program evaluations for dual language/immersion programs in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and Chinese. She has also been a Principal Investigator, Project Director, and Faculty Advisor for several U.S. Department of Education grants that increased the number of Native American teachers in Montana. Having visited, and often worked or presented in, over 35 countries, her area of interest is the integration of culture into English language learning. SBarfield@msubillings.edu
And a 90-min Friday workshop with Barb Hoskins!
Creative teaching for 21st century learners (Friday, Workshops A & B)
There’s a lot of talk these days about including 21st century skills in language classes. What are these skills, and do they have any place in a language class where teachers have limited contact time, and the priority is, still, to teach English? In our workshop, you’ll learn teaching techniques to help your learners become strong English users and also critical and creative thinkers. By making every moment of class time count, you can help your students succeed – on exams and in future jobs. You can build both the traditional four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and the 21st century 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) in every class.