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IATEFL Conference Highlights Event – FREE!!!

APIBB would like to invite you to a unique event: we will be meeting  on May 19th, from 9.30 to 12.30 to watch some of the sessions from past IATEFL conferences. We will be also sharing the powerpoint presentation and handouts that were provided at the original sessions. This event is FREE, but registration is necessary. Please contact us to sign up for this fantastic opportunity to see some fantastic presenters in action!

We have selected two workshops and a plenary, all on the topic of material design.  Here are the details:

Creating interesting language exercises, and making language exercises interesting

(By Penny Ur)

In this workshop we shall look at some grammar, vocabulary and spelling exercises, discuss what makes them more – or less – interesting, and explore some strategies that can add interest to the boring ones. The aim is to equip participants with some ‘practical principles’ for creating and maintaining interest in essentially form-focused procedures.

Writing your own materials: plusses and pitfalls

(Workshop by Lucy Palmer)

Are you looking to supplement the course book, prepare an ESP class or take the first steps towards getting published? Then this workshop is for you. We will be taking a hands-on approach, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a range of teaching resources, making improvements to them and exploring the theoretical issues underpinning our decisions.

Supporting the teacher as innovative learning designer

(Plenary by Diana Laurilliard)

Teachers who wish to update and upgrade their teaching by using learning technologies have some difficult issues to confront, and we have to recognise that teachers deserve far more help with discovering how best to exploit digital methods. The presentation starts from the premise that only teachers have the knowledge, experience, and appropriate context for developing the new forms of pedagogy made possible by digital learning methods. Effective use of learning technology will not come about unless teachers are at the helm of innovation.

In the context of TEFL, digital technologies can enhance the learning experience in so many different ways – through analytical tools, online communication through text, audio and video, multimedia presentations, digital games, virtual reality environments… almost every type of digital technology can enhance some aspect of language learning. There is so much language teachers could do with technology-based innovation. But this is a huge demand on teachers: to discover how to use new types of technology, which are changing continually, alongside delivering more and better teaching also demanded of them. The presentation will argue that we need to pay more attention to supporting the teacher as innovator, and will propose the kinds of tools and resources that are needed to help the language teaching community develop this new specialised knowledge and skill base.

About Diana Laurillard: Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, leading externally-funded research projects on: i) developing a learning design supportenvironment for teachers, and ii) developing software interventions for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia. This work relates closely to her roles as Pro Director for Open Mode learning, and as afounder member of the Planning Board for the cross-institutional Centre for Educational Neuroscience (IOE, Birkbeck, UCL). Previous roles include: Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills,where she developed the first cross-sector e-learning strategy on; Harnessing Technology; Pro-Vice-Chancellor for learning technologies and teaching at The Open University, Visiting Committee on IT at Harvard University and previously worked on the Technology Enhanced Language Learning programme. Current roles include: Royal Society Working Group on Educational Neuroscience, Boards of theObservatory for Borderless HE, Supervisory Council for Fern Universitaet in Hagen, Governing Board ofthe UNESCO Institute for IT in Education. She has given many international keynote addresses, published in many academic journals and books, andher book Rethinking University Teaching: A conversational framework for the effective use of learningtechnologies (2002, RoutledgeFalmer) is one of the most widely cited in the field.

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2 comments to IATEFL Conference Highlights Event – FREE!!!

  • Sánchez Mariana Estefania

    Hi.I would like to join the IATEFL Conference.I’ll be waiting for your reply.Thanks very much.Sánchez Mariana 33120543

  • admin

    Dear Mariana: Please contact us by e-mail or phone to enrol, or just come on Saturday, we’ll be waiting for you!

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