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Workshop Descriptions

Teenage Classroom Management
This workshop looks at practical suggestions to manage a group of teenagers or pre-teens in order to make learning more effective. Not only do we look at problem situations and how to deal with them, but also consider different ideas to manage classroom issues better. We will discuss and give examples of useful games and activities which work well with this age group, and trainees will have the opportunity to try some of them out. Although the title of the workshop refers to teenagers, many of the suggestions and examples also work well with young learners.

Teaching Exam Classes
This workshop begins by providing trainees with a brief overview of different exams and their relation to the CEFR. It exposes trainees to different types of tasks that exam students need to be prepared for, as well as how to prepare the students. Trainees will receive lots of tips for the teacher as well as for the students, and plenty of ideas on useful and relevant activities to make the teaching of exam classes interesting and effective.

Error Correction
As well as considering the importance of error correction, this workshop looks at practical ways of correcting errors more effectively using a range of techniques in order to assist the learners to combat their problems. Trainees will also have practice in listening to errors and discussing how to correct them.

Teaching Individuals
Teaching individual students can be harder than people think, so this workshop looks at how to work with individual students such that they get the most out of their lessons. We will consider analysing the needs of the student, as well as how to keep the lessons communicative and student-focussed. Trainees will also receive ideas for activities that work well with individual students, and the opportunity to discuss typical problems that occur with individual stduents and their solutions.

Teaching Vocabulary
This workshop focuses on different approaches to teaching vocabulary and a range of techniques that can be used to teach different lexical areas. We will also consider fun activities and practical ideas to make it more interesting and diverse in the classroom, as well as techniques to help students record and remember new words more effectively.

Teaching Business English
Teaching Business English to students often seems daunting and boring, and there are many myths surrounding the teaching of this area. This workshop will help teachers to overcome any fears and learn the facts about teaching Business English. We will consider how to adapt materials to suit the classroom as well as deal with common problems with business groups and how to deal with them. No lesson is complete without games and activities, and Business English is no exception so we will provide some example of useful classroom ideas.

Advanced Methodology
Although not completely advanced, this workshop considers key aspects of teaching methodology: eliciting, drilling and giving instructions. We will consider appropriacy of instructions, how to make them clear and how best to concept check students' understanding of them. We will look at different opinions of drilling and various techniques on incorporating drilling into communicative lessons. We will also consider the advantages and disadvantages of eliciting and why the advantages tend to outweigh the disadvantages.

Teaching YLE Classes
We would like to encourage more of our young learners to take the Cambridge YLE Exams (Starters, Movers, Flyers) given the latest trends, but teachers are not very familiar with the format and skills tested by these exams. Additionally, since we do not offer an entire course dedicated to preparation for these exams, teachers must be able to adapt general English courses to include exam skills. This workshop will familiarise teachers with the format of the exams and ways to incorporate preparation for them into their regular Young Learner classes.

Presenting Grammar
It is important to provide teachers with the ability to present grammar effectively, as this is what our students expect. This workshop will explore different presentation methods and attitudes towards grammar while maintaining the need for productive activities after the presentation. The contents of the workshop also include planning, phonology and presenting grammar to young learners.

Teaching Mixed-Ability Classes
This workshop is designed to help teachers who aren't sure how to deal with mixed-ability classes. Teachers could potentially create problems by focusing their attention on the stronger students and ignoring the weaker ones. As a result, the weaker students lose confidence, don't improve and often withdraw from the course. The aim of this workshop is to show that all classes are mixed-levels/abilities and to teach how to plan for mixed classrooms so that all students are challenged. Teachers should also be more aware of different learning styles, and how this affects the ability of the learners.

Teaching Students with Special Educational Needs
Sometimes standard classroom management techniques are just not sufficient in maintaining the focus and productivity of the learners. It is important for a teacher to recognise if a child in their class does require special consideration. This workshop provides practical advice for achieving positive results with students who have concentration, behavioural or cognitive disorders.

Using the Interactive Whiteboard
This workshop shows teachers how to use the Interactive Whiteboard effectively to enhance the learning process for students in their classes and the teaching process. Teachers will be shown a variety of activities which they can reproduce in their own classes for use with an Interactive Whiteboard.

Teaching Young Learners and Teens
Teachers commonly panic when assigned young learner or teenage classes – especially when the class in question is an individual. Part of this panic comes from a myriad of situations which can be presented, for example unfamiliarity with the coursebook, lack of experience in supplementing, and how to gear individual lessons towards supplementing existing group lessons. This workshop is designed to train teachers to more effectively plan for various young learner classes.

Senior Teacher Workshops

Phonology for the Teacher
Although the use of phonetics and phonology is critical in the teaching and practice of pronunciation, it is an area in which teachers frequently have low confidence and, as a result, it is often neglected. This workshop focuses on several important aspects of phonology, beginning with the commonly-used phonetic symbols and moving on to various other aspects of connected speech including intonation, linking, elision, and other features of natural spoken English while also discussing the merits of teaching such features. While looking at the aforementioned areas, we will use some fun activities which can be adapted by teachers when teaching pronunciation in their own classes.

Developing Productive Skills
Teachers often fail to fully develop speaking and writing skills in the EFL classroom. Teachers may not comprehend the difference between controlled language practice and oral fluency practice. Teachers believe that they are encouraging production when, in fact, they are just extending the practice of a particular grammar or vocabulary item. Many teachers also neglect writing skills in general English classes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide teachers with the necessary tools to fully exploit productive skills so that they maximise student production in writing and speaking and explore how to truly develop oral fluency.

Developing Receptive Skills
This workshop focuses on how experienced teachers can be sure to fully develop reading and listening skills in the EFL classroom. Full development of receptive skills enables learners to better understand the content contained in the text or audio script. We will explore how to fully exploit listening and reading material in the classroom to maximise student comprehension and production whilst avoiding pitfalls which minimise their effectiveness.

Technology in the Classroom
Teachers often say that they want to use technology in the classroom but find the prospect intimidating due to either unfamiliarity with the technology itself or being unsure as to how to integrate it into the lesson in general. This session will help teachers to gain confidence in the use of technology and also provide them with some practical ideas and tips on how to successfully implement the use of technology to supplement their courses.

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
A potential paradigm shift looms in the manner in which TEFL lessons are conducted. Digital resources have been available for several years, but more courses are attempting to shift to blended learning. Are we ready to facilitate such courses? Although the same amount of material is covered in same amount of time, the students will be in our classrooms much less. Teachers must be able to manage the learning progress using a digital platform, called a Learner Management System (LMS). For those students who will continue with more traditional course, this workshop will explore ways that teachers can exploit digital material both in class to enhance effective learning and outside of class to promote learner autonomy.

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