IH Barcelona ELT Conference 2005

2010 English Language Teaching Conference for teachers of English to Adults, Children & Business students

Barcelona, February 2005

Plenary sessions

RobinBest practice in ELT: a doctor-patient analogy

Keynote Plenary
Robin Walker (Escuela Universitaria de Turismo de Asturias)

We want to do our jobs well. This is only natural since we are professionals, and one part of this implies doing our jobs to the best of our ability. But is it enough to say at the end of each day "Today I did my best."? Is it possible that our best, however, sincerely given, might not be ideal for the situation we are teaching in? Is it possible that what is our best and is perfect for one class, is our best but a disaster with another? Other professions think this is possible and try to set up guidelines for their members in order that best performance equals 'optimum' efficiency for each situation. Taking the British Medical Council's guideline document 'Good Medical Practice' as a starting point, this participative session tries to set up similar guidelines for ELT.

Biodata • Robin has been teaching English in Spain since 1981 and currently works at the Escuela Universitaria de Turismo de Asturias. He has been involved in teacher education since 1983, collaborating in particular with state teacher education centres, Oviedo University, and OUP España. His specialist interests are pronunciation, ESP and teacher education. He is the Special Projects Officer of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, and Vice-president of TESOL-SPAIN.

Vicki AndersonBest practice in ELT: what about the patients?

International House Plenary
Roger Hunt (International House Barcelona)

Encouraging autonomy in language learners has been politically correct for many years now, but how many of our learners actually become autonomous? (I for one know students who have been studying at the same school for as much as eleven years.) Perhaps if they are not sick we shouldn't try to impose a cure? In this session we will describe and discuss approaches to teaching which take account of preferred learning styles (including those favoured by the more autonomous learner!)

Biodata • Roger is Director of Education at International House Barcelona. He was previously Head of Teacher Training at International House London. He has worked in English language teaching and teacher training in many parts of the world for longer than he now wishes to say.

Other sessions

Speakers, in alphabetical order, and their sessions

Vicki AndersonX-Raying the Patient: diagnostic activities for students

Vicki Anderson (IH Barcelona)
When teaching a class, you should start from what students already know and build on it. But what DO they know? This workshop will focus on activities that enable you to find out what your students know or can remember about a particular language area (structure or vocabulary) as well as serving to create a need for that language which YOU, the teacher, can satisfy.

Biodata • Vicki is a teacher trainer on both CELTA and DELTA courses at IH Barcelona. She is co-author, with Robert Campbell, of the iT's magazine publication '365'.

Brian BrennanThe Common European Framework and what it means to you

Brian Brennan (IH Company Training, Barcelona)
Happening now at a continent near you, the one thing you can be sure about with regard to the CEF is that it's going to play a larger and larger part in the way we talk about language competences, yet many of us in the profession are still unsure of what it actually is. This information-based session aims to strip away some of the mystique surrounding it by giving you a comfortable tour of how the CEF is organised and how it can be a hugely useful tool in our everyday practice, whether we're teaching in-company, at academies, in state education, designing courses, writing exams and a long, long etcetera.

If you're interested in describing what people do and/or can do with language, especially second or third languages, this has something for you.

Biodata • Brian is Language Training Manager at IH Company Training, Barcelona. He has taught in Spain, Greece and Britain. His work over recent years has largely been in the area of Business English, and has included writing Internet-based courses, teacher training, materials creating and course development, competence-based assessment for the European Commission, oral examining for UCLES, reporting for publishers, review writing for Modern English Teacher and translating for the Sitges Film Festival.

Dramatisation (Primary)

Simon Gillow (IH Barcelona)
Mention 'drama' and most YLs teachers will turn pale at the thought of the dreaded end-of-term play. Long hours trying to rehearse overexcited children who can't remember their lines... But maybe a more helpful description is 'dramatisation' - the idea that language can be brought to life in personal ways; ways that bring language to life for learners. Furthermore, dramatisation fits in well with the wider concerns of primary education such as the development of the child socially, personally and physically. This sessions looks at the why, when and how of using dramatisation techniques in the primary English language classroom.

Biodata • Simon has given a number of sessions on issues related to young learners as well as adult learners and is a CELTYL teacher trainer.

Revision and Recycling with Teens (YLs)

Simon Gillow (IH Barcelona)
Revision and recycling is always an issue with teenage learners. At this stage of the year exams may be round the corner, motivation may be low, interest may be flagging and there are still five weeks till the end of term. This session will look at revision and recycling from a practical point of view and give suggestions, activities and materials to use with your teen classes.

New Media and Text Models for Teaching?

Jáem Heath ÓRyan (IH Barcelona)
Our text media are lagging behind the times. Letters, postcards, and formal letters are no longer a priority. Students need help with text message, chat, and cursory "stringed" messages for email, blogs, etc. In this session, we will look at the language use in some authentic examples of these text types produced by NNS and proficient speakers, ways to analyse the language for teaching purposes, and techniques for bringing new text media into the classroom.

Biodata • Jáem is a CELTA teacher trainer at IH Barcelona and also trains worldwide as a freelance trainer.

Ms Conceptions: Gender and identity in online contexts

Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney (The Consultants-E)
The area of IT and computing has typically been seen as a male preserve, as part of a 'masculine culture', not least because of the way in which the field has developed historically. However, to what extent is this true of the field of ELT, a profession dominated by women? And in the rapidly developing world of ICT in ELT, what role can the teacher trainer play in ensuring that traditional gender inequalities are not reinforced through the use of new technologies?

This talk will explore the issue of gender and technology, with an emphasis on the role of the teacher trainer to highlight and deal with these. We will look at how gender and identity is constructed in classroom contexts, and how this translates into the online world. We will also consider teachers and teacher trainees' views on gender issues in online contexts.

Biodata • Nicky has been involved in EFL teaching and teacher training for the last 17 years, both face to face and online. She is currently Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E, an online training and development consultancy.

Biodata • Gavin has extensive EFL teaching and training experience, both face to face and online. He is author of 'The Internet and the Language Classroom', and Project Director at theconsultants-e.com.

Roger HuntBuilding Characters by Predicting Pronunciation

Roger Hunt (International House, Barcelona)
A practical demonstration of ways in which tape transcriptions can be used to improve students' awareness of English phonology and to improve their listening skills.

Fun & Games (Primary)

Angela McClenaghan (Merit School, Barcelona)
"Games are fun and children like to play them...Games add variation to a lesson and increase motivation by providing a plausible incentive to use the target language...They bring the target language to life." Vary your repertoire - this practical talk will be looking at a variety of games and activities for the Young Learners classroom.

Biodata • Angela has been teaching English in Spain for five years, where she has specialised in primary and pre-primary teaching. She is head of the Young Learners department at Merit School Barcelona is also a teacher trainer for the Oxford University Press in Spain. This is her second year speaking at IH Conference.

Gerard McLoughlinGuided discovery approach

Gerard McLoughlin (International House, Barcelona)
A workshop looking at the relevance of the idea of 'noticing' ie: getting students to notice features of language and work out grammar rules. We'll look at the theory and the practice through examining different tasks and you will have the opportunity to try out your own task design.

Biodata • Gerard is currently a teacher trainer at International House Barcelona and has extensive experience as a Cambridge CELTA course tutor in many parts of the world. He has been involved in English language teaching and training for over twenty years and has taught in Italy, U.K., Yugoslavia, Egypt, Spain, Mexico and New Zealand.

Making Stories come to life with primary learners

Emma Mohamed (Frederic Mistral)
Ages 6-11. Everyone loves a good story, especially children. This practical session will look at some of the reasons for using stories with primary learners and different techniques for bringing stories to life within the language classroom. It will include activities based on well known children's stories as well as exploring how to maximise the types of stories commonly found in course books.

Biodata • Emma is a qualified British Primary school teacher and TEFL teacher. She taught in primary schools in Britain before coming to Spain. Since coming to Spain, she has been working in academies, specialising in younger learners. She has given a number of workshops to teachers of younger learners in Spain and she also co-wrote the Teacher's Guide for the primary coursebook Cool English 4. She currently teaches English in the Frederic Mistral primary school in Barcelona.

Teen 'dis-ease'

Francesca Pelli (IH Barcelona)
Having recently entered the unknown (for me!) world of teaching Young Learners, as an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, I was determined to my best. However, after being in the classroom with these highly individual, yet similar beings, I began to doubt whether my best practice was enough. I was surprised and dismayed at the highly emotional reactions I experienced when dealing with these wonderful kids.

In this workshop, I hope to diagnose common symptoms when dealing with teens, looking at the reactions and finding some remedies for all of us who have had "teen dis-ease".

Biodata • Francesca is a CELTA trainer and teacher at IH BCN and has worked at International House in Johannesburg, London, Cairo and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She has mainly taught adults and has recently been introduced to the world of Young Learners.

Teacher talk/ caretaker talk: input+1 in the classroom

Peter Redpath (Freelance, Santiago de Compostela)
In this session we will identify the features of spoken interaction that parents/carers instinctively use with children to develop their first language and consider how far these features are applicable in the language classroom. This will be followed by a practical workshop.

Biodata • Peter is at present working as a freelance teacher trainer and trainer trainer attached to the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Most recently he has been designing and providing teacher training courses in the Middle East and writing coursebooks for 8-10 year-olds.

Using Cameras

Graeme Reid (Net Languages & IH Barcelona)
Ever felt like making a film with your students? Or even better, getting your students to make a film themselves?

This introductory workshop will give you some activities to get your students comfortable using cameras in class. The object is to get the students using the cameras, as opposed to you, the teacher, filming them doing something (e.g. role play, reading etc).

If the students have to plan and make small movies about the subjects they learn in class, making a film makes them look at learning in a completely different way.

Biodata • Graeme has been teaching EFL for eleven years and has conducted teacher training courses around Eastern Europe, Spain, Kazakhstan and India. He now works for Net Languages and IH in Barcelona making educational and teacher training videos and conducting workshops on integrating technology into the classroom.

Lesson Planning as Process

Steve Roberts (Freelance, Barcelona)
In this session I aim to look at lesson design as a creative process, hoping to break or at least crack the excessively product-oriented mould in which it's generally cast, and using two simple tools to create and develop plans based on topics, texts and tasks, from the initial brainstorm to the fully developed version. We'll focus on making the most economical use of time, to enable quicker, easier and more efficient lesson design, and we'll also discuss 'self-planning classes' and the contributions that students can make to the planning process.

Biodata • Steve is a freelance teacher, trainer and writer living and working in Barcelona. He teaches mainly professionals and university students, as well as training on Trinity and CELTA courses, and has also worked in Britain and France. His special interests are materials-light teaching and lesson planning.

Student Centred Teaching in the Primary Classroom

Abi Watson (IH Barcelona)
We all know we should put the learners first in our teaching, particularly with younger learners, but it's very easy to fall into a 'book based routine'. This session will remind us about ways of emphasising student centredness in the primary classroom in order to maximise motivation and make use of the children themselves as resources.

Biodata • Abi has been teaching English since 1999 and has specialised in primary and pre-primary teaching. She now works at both International House and The British Council Young Learners Centre in Barcelona. She completed the CELTYL course four years ago and passed the DELTA in June. This is her fourth year speaking at the IH Conference.

 

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