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 Carol Lopes

Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom'

 

 

Date and Time:

2 March 2019, 3pm GMT

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

Abstract:

Most textbooks present an anglo-centric, male dominated, middle class utopia” (Luke Prodromou, 1988) – This is the starting point of our discussion, as a way to provoke thought: how far have we come in the last 30 years? More and more we discuss the status of English as a lingua franca, but has this impacted the way we include diversity in our textbooks and classrooms? During the first part of the presentation, I will give some definitions of diversity and briefly discuss the concept of critical intercultural education. I will also invite participants to reflect upon who the people responsible for incorporating diversity in ELT are and its importance for our practice. Finally, I will dedicate the second part of the presentation to showing some steps that have been taken in order to help incorporating diversity in books developed for the Brazilian K-12 market and we will also discuss strategies for the classroom. All the ideas that will be presented can be replicated in different contexts.

 Bio:

Carol Lopes has been working in ELT since 2002. She holds a BA in Languages and started her career as a teacher in private language schools before she moved into publishing. She is currently the Editorial Coordinator of StandFor.

   
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Future events and SIG webinars    

 TEA Rudi Camerer and Glyn Jones - 'A CEFR Special – The new Companion Volume highlighted'

 19 February 2019, 5pm GMT

TEASIG's first webinar of 2019 offers two presentations aimed at teachers and testers with the chance to learn a little bit more from two speakers actively involved with the new CEFR Companion Volume.

The CEFR is part of our everyday language and has been since 2001 and is available in 40 languages. Recent evolutions and development of assessing languages within socio-cultural contexts has necessitated a fresh look at the original illustrative scales with descriptors for mediation, reactions to literature and online interaction, to produce versions for young learners and for sign languages, as well as to develop more detailed coverage in the descriptors for A1 and the C levels. The net result of this evolution is the CEFR Companion Volume. It has been particularly welcomed by those concerned with online interaction, collaborative learning and mediating text, as well as the importance that policy makers attach to the provision of descriptors for plurilingualism/pluriculturalism.

Rudi Camerer, who specializes in intercultural competence will look at some of the innovations that set apart the CV from the older scale: Firstly, no ‘NATIVE SPEAKER’ appears anywhere in the document. So the question of standards needs to be discussed. Secondly, the new approach connects with social-constructionist approaches and treats processes of meaning-making as MEDIATION. Rudi will examine the descriptor scales and assess the challenges test developers may have in defining valid test constructs and test procedures. 

Secondly Glyn Jones will report on research currently being undertaken that aims to replicate an important aspect of the research project (North, 2000) which led to the calibration of the CEFR descriptors. Glyn intends to revisit some of the original calibration estimates in his work, as well as to extend the procedure to descriptors that were not calibrated in the original study, including some of those in the new CEFR Companion Volume.

The two presentations will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session moderated by TEASIG's Neil Bullock which will give attendees the chance to question Rudi and Glyn on any emerging comments and thoughts.

Rudi Camerer directs elc-European Language Competence, a consultancy based in Frankfurt/Main and Saarbrücken. His professional background is in adult education and language testing. He is one of the two official translators of the German version of the CEFR-CV.

Glyn Jones is a freelance consultant in language learning and assessment. An EFL teacher by background, he worked extensively in the fields of Self Access Learning and Computer Assisted Language Learning before specialising in assessment. He has worked as a test development manager for two major awarding bodies. He is currently studying for a PhD in Linguistics at Lancaster University.

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 tdsig-logo-transparentbg  TDSIG Web Carnival 2019 - 'Developing Development'

23 February 2019 from 1pm GMT 

What does Teacher Development look like in 2019? It’s very easy to talk about ’21st Century’ TD, but what does this actually mean? To this end, TDSIG invites you to join us for our fourth Web Carnival where we will look at how past approaches or initiatives to TD may be reworked for current contexts or how new ways of developing may be brought about. Our #tdsigcarnival consists of:

  1. A live online event – with four sessions led by ELT professionals from around the world
  2. Blog post contributions from you!
  3. Short 30-60 second videos from you!
  4. Tweets from you!

Sessions include presentations from:

Duncan Foord: A coaching approach to teacher development

Yasmine Atwa: Students’ needs based Professional Development

Ferhat Karanfil: Local TD opportunities bringing success and achievement in Turkey

Irina Malinina: From the Lab to the Classroom. A Project for English Teachers.

For more information, timetable and recordings from previous TDSIG Web Carnivals, head to the TDSIG website

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 ESOL high res 300 Scott Thornbury - ESL: An ecological perspective

 28 February 2019, 6pm GMT

Dogme (or Teaching Unplugged) shares with a number of other methodological options the belief that a grammar-driven, coursebook-based approach sits uncomfortably with the needs and learning dispositions of immigrants, refugees and other communities loosely bundled together as ESL learners. What do these methodologies share that might suit them to this sector? In this webinar I will look at a number of the methodological options that have been proposed – which I will loosely characterize as ‘ecological’ – and invite you to evaluate them in terms of your own experience, needs and values.

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IATEFL Webinars   
Carol Lopes Carol Lopes - 'Diversity and inclusion in materials and / or the classroom'

2 March 2019, 3pm GMT

Most textbooks present an anglo-centric, male dominated, middle class utopia” (Luke Prodromou, 1988) – This is the starting point of our discussion, as a way to provoke thought: how far have we come in the last 30 years? More and more we discuss the status of English as a lingua franca, but has this impacted the way we include diversity in our textbooks and classrooms? During the first part of the presentation, I will give some definitions of diversity and briefly discuss the concept of critical intercultural education. I will also invite participants to reflect upon who the people responsible for incorporating diversity in ELT are and its importance for our practice. Finally, I will dedicate the second part of the presentation to showing some steps that have been taken in order to help incorporating diversity in books developed for the Brazilian K-12 market and we will also discuss strategies for the classroom. All the ideas that will be presented can be replicated in different contexts.

Carol Lopes has been working in ELT since 2002. She holds a BA in Languages and started her career as a teacher in private language schools before she moved into publishing. She is currently the Editorial Coordinator of StandFor.

 

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 Rob Szabo Rob Szabó - 'The synthetic vs. analytic syllabus dichotomy in business language coaching online' 

3 March 2019, 3pm GMT

In this talk, Rob takes you through the process of product diversification at an EdTech firm raising questions and confronting dilemmas along the way. Attend, and get your teeth into some tricky issues.

Rob Szabó is an educator, writer, speaker and manager based in Cologne, Germany. Interests: Systemic Functional Linguistics, evidence-based TEFL, design thinking.

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 marisaupstream Marisa Constantinides - 'CPD for New Teacher Trainers'

9 March 2019, 2pm GMT

From teacher to teacher educator is a career move that many teachers find themselves contemplating and/or pursuing, some as a natural next step to their ELT career and some as a result of relevant studies at postgraduate level. Once ‘in the field’ though, there is little there to help the new/novice trainer with their continuous professional development. In this talk, I hope to share some ideas and available resources to help new trainers who may feel isolated and lack opportunities for further development in their local context.

Marisa Constantinides is a TEFL Teacher Educator and runs CELT Athens, a Teacher Development centre based in Athens, Greece. She trains teachers face-to-face as well as online; her courses include the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA (which she also offers online) and a new range of Moodle courses on ICT for ELT, ELT Management and Young Learners. She is a founding moderator of the ELTons finalist #ELTchat on Twitter. She has worked on the IATEFL LTSIG committee and volunteered as a workshop organiser on a variety of TESOL EVO's. She is on Twitter as Marisa_C.

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ESP2  Kevin Knight - 'The ESP Project Leader Profiles – Implications for Program Quality'

16 March 2019, 1pm GMT

Freidenberg, Kennedy, Lomperis, Martin, and Westerfield (2003, 2014) share nine effective practices for workplace language training that include the need for persuasive communication with stakeholders. In view of such “best practices,” how do ESP project leaders communicate to create successful programs? The fifty (50) ESP Project Leader Profiles published on the blog of TESOL International Association feature ESP practitioners and researchers who were leaders of ESP projects on six different continents. Responding to interview items adapted from Knight (2015), the leader in a profile defines leadership and provides an account of his or her leadership communication in a successful ESP project. Through the lens of best practices in workplace language training, the presentation focuses on the “keys to success” of ESP projects as shared by the leaders in the profiles, and the implication for program quality is discussed.

Dr. Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) of TESOL International Association (TESOL), he has served as Chair, English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and ESPIS community manager. He is currently editor of ESP News (the ESPIS newsletter). He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the TESOL board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones. For additional information, please see The Leadership Connection Project (https://leadershipconnectionproject.wordpress.com/).  

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 TEA Further details to be confirmed shortly

19 March 2019, 5pm GMT

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 IATEFL Webinars Sarah Mercer 

4 May 2019, 3pm BST 

Further details coming soon!

 

 TTEd GY Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

25 May 2019

Further details to be confirmed shortly

 

 

 IATEFL Webinars  
 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 .

 

 IATEFL Webinars  
 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.

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)

 

 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel

 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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