Date(s) - 28 Sep 2019
Haus der Wirtschaft
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ELTAS & Klett Anniversary Conference
Teaching and learning English in Stuttgart
Klett & Cambridge University Press 35 Years/ELTAS 30 years
28th September 2019
Haus der Wirtschaft
Enjoy a day of interesting workshops and networking (and it’s even free of charge!)
9:45 – 10:00 Welcome Address ELTAS & Klett
10:00 – 11:00 Louise Green
Task-based Learning. More or less
Task-based Learning as a recognised methodology finds its place within the communicative language teaching framework. However, as its title suggests, the task takes centre stage. Most teachers will have used task-based activities in their classes, to a lesser or greater degree, probably without even having been aware that they are doing so.
In the planning stages of the Heads Up series, Mark, Richard and myself were keen to address the real needs non-native English speakers had in becoming operational in the language. Between our scores of years as teachers, trainers and examiners we came to the collective decision that unless learners learnt by doing, they learnt very little at all. Our choice fell on TBL/Task-based Learning methodology because it focuses on both accuracy and fluency in spoken English.
This talk will look briefly at the theoretical framework of TBL and then will move on to show how it can be used and adapted to fit almost any EFL teaching situation. I will share my own experiences of TBL lessons which can follow the TBL framework in a more or less orthodox way. Once the trainer has been converted, the sky’s the limit and lessons become instrumental, stimulating and motivating, for both the student and the trainer.
Louise Green is co-author of the Heads Up, Spoken English for business series and author of Cult Holiday 1 and 2 for secondary school students. Based in Milan, with the British Council and International House, she has been a Speaking Examiner for all the main suite Cambridge English exams and other top international certifications for the last 20 years. She has taught and trained for over 35 years in France and Italy. Never one to shirk work, on a typical day, she would go from singing “The Wheels on the Bus” with pre-schoolers in the morning to public speaking workshops for businesses in the afternoon. What goes on in the learning world interests her and she is a regular contributor to online magazines with her ideas. She’s currently preparing post-diploma students in practical English skills in a college of Higher Education and running language and methodology training courses for companies and schools. She can be contacted via her website: www.mindoor.eu
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break 1
11:30 – 12:30 Patricia de Griese – Sponsored by Eltas
Many of us may find it challenging to deal with conflict proactively because we lack fundamental conflict management and resolution skills. Conflict is a natural part of our lives, and, probably, we learned the strategies we do have before the age of 7. This workshop will offer a range of tools and useful skills to help you handle conflict more effectively.
What is conflict? What are the common causes of conflict? How do we navigate the intersection of logic and emotion? How can we avoid argument traps?
This highly interactive and experiential session will give participants a chance to: identify argument traps, avoid destructive communication patterns, detect potential escalation, work through differences in a respectful manner, learn the steps to conflict resolution and the tools to build and maintain close connections.
Patricia de Griese has a post graduate degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, she is a Certified Trainer, Certified Systemic Coach, Workshop Designer and Facilitator and a NLP Master Practitioner
Patricia works with multinationals and public organizations around the world. Her interactive and brain-friendly workshops cover: teacher development, accelerated learning techniques, cross-cultural awareness, emotional intelligence, ESL, stress and time management, presentation, negotiation and communication skills.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw
Personalising business topics and getting learners to talk
Giving learners plenty of speaking practice and increasing their professional self-confidence is one of the main goals in the Business English classroom. Experience how Real Business English fulfils this goal by trying out some of the activities aimed at encouraging learners to talk about their jobs, departments and worklife. We will be working with material developed with input from real international companies and dealing with topics commonly found in companies in various industries. We will also discuss how to generally personalise business topics so that they are relevant for all students and why this approach is so motivating for learners.
Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw became a freelance English trainer and examiner in 2004, after working for an international company for many years. She specialises in Business English, teaching regularly in companies in the Limburg area, also offering workshops and Experience English Days in her own training rooms. Apart from being involved in many test development projects, Suzanne works as materials writer and editor. She is the author of the teacher’s book for Real Business English.
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break 2
15:30 – 17:00 Leo Selivan
Revising, recycling and revisiting lexis
While most teachers understand the importance of teaching vocabulary in chunks, they often need more practical tools. The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to provide fresh ideas on how to revise and recycle lexical chunks your learners come across. Be prepared for a wide variety of activities suitable for different levels, ages and learning styles. No time to plan your lesson? There will be some “last minute” solutions which require a bit of thinking on your feet. And do not forget to bring your scissors – you might have to do some cutting!
Leo Selivan has been involved in ELT for 15 years in various roles: teacher, examiner, teacher trainer, senior teacher, materials writer, e-moderator. He considers himself fortunate in three respects: (1) starting his ELT career with the British Council; (2) having Penny Ur as his Master’s thesis supervisor; (3) getting to work on his book Lexical Grammar (CUP, 2018) with Scott Thornbury. His other professional writing credits include articles in Modern English Teacher, EFL Magazine, Guardian Education, Humanising Language Teaching as well as his own aptly-named blog Leoxicon (http://leoxicon.blogspot.com).