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Sarah Mercer - 'Designing language classes and tasks with learner engagement in mind'

 

 

Date and Time:

4 May 2019, 3pm BST

(click on link to find the time for your location or go to http://www.thetimenow.com)

Abstract:

To be learning, learners need to be engaged. Learning needs action and attention. In today’s fast-paced world, everyone finds their attention being pulled in all directions and the struggle to concentrate and keep focus becomes ever more difficult. While there are no easy, quick solutions to the battle for learners’ attention, there are some strategies informed by psychology which help us understand how to design tasks and classes that are more likely to get learners engaged and actively learning. In this webinar, I will explain why engagement is so important for contemporary language educators to understand. The main focus will be on exploring a number of principles and concrete actions that can inform task design to capture and maintain learners’ attention. Without learner engagement, no matter how great your task, learning will not take place. Engagement is the key to successful learning. 

 Bio:

Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including, ‘Towards an Understanding of Language Learner Self-Concept’, ‘Psychology for Language Learning’, ‘Multiple Perspectives on the Self’ in SLA’, ‘New Directions in Language Learning Psychology’, ‘Positive Psychology in SLA’, ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ (Winner of the IH Ben Warren Prize), and ‘Language Teacher Psychology’.

   
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Elie Megan  - 'Building Teacher Communities – GISIG Initiatives'

27 April 2019, 5pm BST 

This webinar will focus on how teachers in Africa are using applications such as WhatsApp to build new kinds of teaching communities where they can meet to share ideas, projects and materials.

We will look at some of the many levels of de-centralisation and showcase initiatives undertaken by GISIG to organise workshops or other events which enable teachers to share local expertise. One of these initiatives is using WhatsApp groups to revitalise teachers associations and motivate teachers in areas where it is difficult for them to attend face to face workshops.

Eric Ekembe will be joining us to live-share his training session with teachers in Cameroon.

Elie Megan will talk about how he set up the WhatsApp group ‘English Workshop’ in Benin.

We will also be joined by other teachers in the region who will share tips, challenges and insights from their own projects.

 

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Sarah Mercer cropped Sarah Mercer - 'Designing language classes and tasks with learner engagement in mind'

4 May 2019, 3pm BST 

To be learning, learners need to be engaged. Learning needs action and attention. In today’s fast-paced world, everyone finds their attention being pulled in all directions and the struggle to concentrate and keep focus becomes ever more difficult. While there are no easy, quick solutions to the battle for learners’ attention, there are some strategies informed by psychology which help us understand how to design tasks and classes that are more likely to get learners engaged and actively learning. In this webinar, I will explain why engagement is so central to understand for contemporary language educators. The main focus will be on exploring a number of principles and concrete actions that can inform task design to capture and maintain learners’ attention. Without learner engagement, no matter how great your task, learning will not take place. Engagement is the key to successful learning.

Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning experience. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including, ‘Towards an Understanding of Language Learner Self-Concept’, ‘Psychology for Language Learning’, ‘Multiple Perspectives on the Self’ in SLA’, ‘New Directions in Language Learning Psychology’, ‘Positive Psychology in SLA’, ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ (Winner of the IH Ben Warren Prize), and ‘Language Teacher Psychology’.

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 Valentina Dodge Valentina Dodge - 'Productivity tools that make work happen'

 5 May 2019, 3pm BST

Join us online on Sunday, 5 May, at 2pm UTC (3pm BST) for a webinar titled, “Productivity tools that make work happen” with Valentina Dodge.

In this webinar Valentina will look at the fluidity of workplace conversations in a post-email era. Goodbye to overflowing inboxes, and hello to new digital spaces where co-workers share ideas, manage projects or comment in real-time. What does this mean for our business students? Rather than teaching them the language or overuse of email, it’s time for smarter messaging. She is going to showcase some of these new channels of communication and illustrate how teams from Tokyo to Tallahassee are using them to spur new dialogues.

Valentina Dodge is Learning Manager at English360, an open platform for blended language learning, designed for private language schools and the corporate market. She oversees pedagogy and works closely with educators on a global scale.

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 TEA TEASIG webinar

14 May 2019 - further details coming soon!

 

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Gabriel Diaz Maggioli small Gabriel Diaz Maggioli - 'Planning, managing and implementing INSETT programmes with experienced teachers in mind'

25 May 2019, 3pm BST

In this webinar we will use a "backward design" mind frame to explore how to plan, manage and implement professional development of experienced teachers. These are a curious crew as they may sometimes feel that, given their expertise, they have not much more to learn. We will address current challenges and explore potential solutions while opening up options for these teachers to really thrive and embrace their passion.

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher, author and consultant. He is currently director of Ludus the Professional Development and Pedagogical Innovation Center at the Catholic University in Uruguay. He is fortunate to be able to share his theories and praxis with colleagues around the world.

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Anja Burkert Anja Burkert - 'Promoting interaction and dialogue in the university classroom'

1 June 2019, 10am BST

It is widely accepted nowadays that interaction and collaboration are essential features of effective classroom learning. In line with this belief, I have established in my university classroom a learning community in which sharing thoughts and ideas plays a key role. Thus, it can be assumed that learners jointly construct meaning and understanding by using language as a means of thinking and learning together (Barnes, 1976; Mercer, 1995).

In this webinar, I will describe my teaching/learning context and the pedagogical approach followed, which is guided by principles of learner autonomy. I will show how I encourage my students to get actively and critically involved in their learning, despite the multiple constraints which exist in my teaching environment. I will particularly address the central idea behind this approach which consists in creating a dialogue between students and teacher and among students themselves. 

Anja Burkert is a teacher of English (and French) at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in language teaching methodology and is especially interested in the promotion of learner autonomy among her students and the use of English for academic purposes. She obtained a teaching award from her university in 2010. In 2008, she joined the committee of the LASIG (Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group) of IATEFL and is currently serving as LASIG showcase and local events organiser. 

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TEA  TEASIG webinar 

18 June 2019 - further details coming soon! 

 

 

 besig logo col no strapline BESIG Online Symposium 

22 June 2019 - Further details to be confirmed shortly

 

 

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 Hom Raj Khadka Hom Raj Khadka - 'Teaching and learning through social networks'

6 July 2019, 3pm BST 

Recently the Internet has come to influence and control our lives. How is this affecting the language we teach? There is already a widespread opinion that the Internet is bad for the future of language. However, from the perspective of technological integration in teaching and learning of English Language, technology has encouraged a dramatic expansion in the variety and creativity of language. Flexibility and resourceful learning is extremely important when considering teaching and learning through using technology. Great motivational and learner oriented resources can be used for interactive discussion so that learners get ample opportunities to develop their capacity for comprehending ideas and information. Moreover, diverse cultural ideas and cross-cultural communication through global participation presents the best opportunities and practice for developing shared culture and is the best way for learning and teaching in this 21st century. Therefore, in this presentation, I will introduce practical classroom activities that will help teenage students to develop all their linguistic skills through social networking apps and websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Edmodo, Youtube, Blogs. Web guest participants will learn how to adapt and use memes, viral videos, live stories, etc. to teach English as a foreign language.

Hom Raj Khadka is an English Language instructor and International presenter. He has presented ample innovative papers in different international ELT associations. He has special competency in  ICT and its integration in English language teaching as model of 21st Century. He did a Master in English and Sociology. He is currently pursuing a post graduate in distance and e-learning .

 

 

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 Ian McMaster small Ian McMaster - ''From Theory to Practice: Using Business English Tips at Work'

3 August 2019, 3pm BST

One of the biggest problems in business English training is getting students to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom into practice in the workplace. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at some of the key communication skills that are needed in the modern business world, and at how we can help students to cross the bridge from the classroom to the workplace — and help them to create an effective learning cycle. We will also look at the relative merits of authentic and textbook language and at their relation to English as a lingua franca.

Ian McMaster is editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly business communication magazine, Business Spotlight (www.business-spotlight.de). He is a former coordinator of IATEFL-BESIG.

 

 

 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

24 September 2019, 5pm BST

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly 

22 October 2019, 5pm BST

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

26 November 2019, 5pm GMT

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Participants Guide:

All IATEFL webinars are presented using the Adobe Connect platform.

To help you get the most out of attending an IATEFL webinar and to ensure your computer is configured properly, we have put together a Participants guide which should cover most of the frequently asked questions. We hope you find it useful.

 

 

 

Past Events and Recordings:

The recordings of the webinars below and the slides used during their presentations can be found in the members' area of the IATEFL website. Please log in using your membership ID and password and then click on "webinars" to access them.

Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom' (March 2019)

Eugenia Carrión Cantón - 'Puppetry and diversity: Unlocking doors to the mind and the heart in the EFL class' (February 2019)

Heike Philp - 'Webinerds' (January 2019)

David Heathfield - 'Bringing the worlds winter folk tales alive in your students imagination' (December 2018)

Kerstin Okubo - 'The forgotten skill: Building vocabulary for spoken production' (October 2018)

Gerhard Erasmus - 'Developing effective classroom language for teachers with lower English proficiency' (August 2018)

Phil Longwell - 'Mental Health Awareness for Employers within ELT' (July 2018)

Margit Szesztay - 'Tapping into the creative potential of groups' (June 2018)

'From crisis to confidence: how language education is helping women in refugee communities' (May 2018) with presentations and discussion from Chris Sowton, Aleks Palanac, Mike Chick, Chrissie Brunton and Shan Sherwan Hussein

Mercedes Viola - 'Inclusive and equitable quality education in ELT' (March 2018)

Elizabeth Bekes and Marcela Carrasco - 'International English and its Implications for Teaching and Learning' (February 2018) The slides from Elizabeth and Marcela's session are available below or via the member area of the IATEFL website.

Richard Smith - 'Research is for teachers? You muct be joking!' (December 2017)

Mike Harrison - 'Visualising your thinking: ideas for using graphic organisers with learners and teachers' (October 2017)

Laura Patsko - 'Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)' (September 2017)

Nicola Meldrum - 'How can technology support and facilitate teacher development?' (August 2017)

Fabiana Casella - 'Once you go global, there is no coming back' (July 2017)

Anthony Gaughan - '40 things to do with a text' (6 May 2017)

Chaz Pugliese - 'Creating Motivation, Creating Learning' (18 March 2017)

Agnes Orosz - 'Practical ideas for teaching mixed level groups' (4 February 2017) 

Daniel Xerri - 'A Myriad Views on Creativity' (3 December 2016)

British Council and focus on Language for Resilience (5 November 2016) - read the associated report on Language for Resilience

Anne Margaret Smith - 'Including dyslexic language learners' (10 September 2016) 

David Little - 'Learner autonomy and its implications for the discourse of language teaching and learning' (20 August 2016) 

Nick Bilbrough -'The (second language) play's the thing' (2 July 2016) 

Valéria França - 'How challenging is it to promote change in the classroom?' (11 June 2016) 

Divya Madhavan Brochier - 'Ten truths (and a lie) about EMI' (14 May 2016) 

Mariel Amez - 'An online journey of self awareness (2 April 2016) 

Sinéad Laffan - 'The Cult of Schwa' (20 February 2016) 

Vicki Hollett and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus - 'How to get started making YouTube videos for your students' (23 January 2016) 

Hugh Dellar - 'Following the patterns: colligation and the necessity of a bottom-up approach to grammar' (26 September 2015) 

Nellie Muller Deutsch - 'Action research to improve instruction and learning' (29 August 2015) 

Andrew Cohen - 'Learner strategies for performing intercultural pragmatics' (18 July 2015)

Dorothy Zemach - 'Self-publishing ELT materials' (27 June 2015)

Charles Hadfield - 'Creative Grammar' (30 May 2015)

Rebecca Oxford - 'Positive Psychology in Language Learning: The Role of Hope, Optimism, and Resilience in Learners' Stories' (18 April 2015)

Jamie Keddie - 'Storytelling in the classroom' (14 March 2015)

Shelly Sanchez Terrell - 'Get Them Speaking & Learning with Digital Icebreakers' (28 February 2015)

Leo Selivan - 'Quizlet: more than just flashcards' (24 January 2015)

Nik Peachey - 'Getting the most out of online video resources' (31 August 2014) 

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto - 'The Lives of English Language Teachers', (19 July 2014)

Jill Hadfield - 'Motivation, Imagination and L2 Identity' (31 May 2014)

Sugata Mitra - ' Questions and answers with Sugata Mitra' (19 April 2014)

Penny Ur -  ‘Using higher order thinking skills’ (22 June 2013)

 

 

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 YouTube-logo-full color You can also find the following recordings on the IATEFL YouTube channel, IATEFLtalks

Fiona Dunlop - 'Accessing CPD' (30 November 2014)

Susan Hillyard - 'Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners' (27 September 2014)

Lindsay Clandfield - 'What's hot, and what's not in coursebooks?' (21 June 2014)

Professor Ron Carter - 'Internet English: the changing English language and its implications for teaching' (26 April 2014) 

Felicity O'Dell - 'Onesies and selfies: keeping up-to-date with new English words and expressions' (22 March 2014)

Mike McCarthy - 'Spoken Fluency Revisited' (22 February 2014) The link to Mike McCarthy's article published in the English Profile Journal can be found here

Tessa Woodward - ‘Enjoying personal and professional creativity’ (31 January 2014)

Scott Thornbury - ''Fossilization: Is it terminal?' (30 November 2013)

Vicki Hollett - 'Learning to speak 'merican (19 October 2013) 

Vicki was kind enough to answer on her blog some of the questions that came in during her session. The link to these can be found here: http://www.merican.vickihollett.com/iatefl-webinar-questions/ 
http://www.merican.vickihollett.com/iatefl-webinar-questions-part-two/

Adrian Underhill - 'The Jazz of Teaching and Learning' (14 September 2013)

Claudia Ferradas PhD - 'Reading across cultures: literature for intercultural awareness' (31 August 2013)

Jeremy Harmer - 'Yes, but why do we need teachers at all' (27 July 2013)

Professor David Crystal - ‘Questions about language with David Crystal’ (25 May 2013)

Professor Crystal also kindly answered questions on his blog which came in during the session. 

You can find those here: http://david-crystal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/26-iatefl-correspondents-ask.html

 

ELT Event Calendar

If you are interested in finding out about other ELT related face to face and online events, why not visit the ELT Event Calendar? This is a website run by Tyson Seburn, joint coordinator of the TDSIG, which crowd sources professional devleopment opportunities from around the world. If you are holding an event which is not yet on the calendar, let him know via the ELT Calendar page.

 


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