less. Teach more!
By Pearl Nitsche
Target: All - Teachers of all levels
Theme: Classroom management
We talk and talk ... and often we are frustrated
because our students aren't really listening. Learn how to manage the classroom
and get your students' attention nonverbally so that you can use your voice
to do what you became a teacher to do - to teach!.
Pearl Nitsche is an American, who has lived and worked
in Vienna, Austria for over 30 years. She has specialized in nonverbal
management techniques and brain friendly learning. She is a communication
trainer, a trainer of teachers and trainers, foreign language facilitator,
international conference speaker and author of three books.
Pearl Nitsche KG
Camera, Photostory3: Let's Create Digital Stories
By Duysevi Miyar
Theme: Integration of technology into the curriculum
Make the curriculum come alive with project based
learning using Photo Story 3! Let's learn how to create a digital story
with PhotoStory 3 in four easy steps and see samples of how to use and
integrate Photostory 3 into your curriculum.
Duysevi Karan-Miyar is an Educational Specialist in
Instructional Technology and Distance Education. She is a Curriculum
Development and Support Specialist at the Division of Bilingual Education
in Miami Dade County Public Schools District. One of her main interests
includes designing projects that integrate technology into the curriculum.
Miami Dade County Public Schools
Management Through Cooperative Games
By Gladys Nora Contrafatto & Carolina Miraval
Target: Anyone interested
Theme: Classroom management/games
Our students need cooperative games to experience
the full range of human interaction. Play is fundamental to development.
With this type of games, people play with one another rather than against
one another. They play to overcome challenges. The games are designed so
that cooperation among players is necessary to achieve the objective set.
In the process, they learn in a fun way how to become more considerate,
more aware of how other people are feeling and more willing to operate
in everybody’s best interest. As a result, we have a class of leaders
being in charge of their learning process.
Gladys N. Contrafatto is a graduate
teacher of English from INSPT (UTN), language III lecturer and Master
Practitioner in NLP applied to education. She is Head of the English
department at Lujan de los Patriotas School. She has worked as a language
teacher at all levels for twenty four years now. She is the co-founder
and Academic Director of UpHill Idiomas. She is co-creator and author
of five Teacher’s Resource Packs, Cooperative Tools and books for
the teaching of English at all ages and levels applying NLP Cooperative
Learning and Multiple Intelligences in the classroom through games.
Carolina Miraval is a graduate teacher of English
from INSPT (UTN). She has taught General and Business English
for almost 20 years at school, international firms and has trained
people of all ages and levels. She is the co-founder and commercial
director of UpHill Idiomas. She is co-creator and author of five
Teacher’s Resource Packs, Cooperative Tools and books for
the teaching of English at all ages and levels applying NLP Cooperative
Learning and Multiple Intelligences in the classroom through
speaking skills with multisensory games!
By Agnes Chavez
Target: All teachers
Theme: Speaking methodologies
This unique teaching methodology incorporates
a multi-sensory approach to learning a second language. Through art, music
and games, the diverse learning modalities of your class are ad- dressed
and children develop reading, writing, comprehension and oral language
skills. Interactive, research-based strategies and activities will be demonstrated.
Preschool through 5th grade.
Agnes Chavez is a Cuban-American artist and curriculum
developer and has worked as an educator since 1988. She started an after-school
program for teaching Spanish to children called Sube Learning Language
thru Art, Music & Games. It was then developed into a full curriculum
and is being used nationwide in the US. In 2004 Sube was adapted to teach
ESL or EFL students.
Fossilization in Speaking and Writing
By Cori Weiner
Target: Teachers of varying experience
Theme: Speaking and Grammar methodologies
In this session, the speaker recommends concrete
ways to help students get 'unstuck' in speaking and writing. Specifically,
difficulties in grammar and vocabulary are addressed. Creative correction
techniques are explored for issues particular to the individual student
and the class as a whole.
Currently an ESL instructor at Boston University,
Cori Weiner holds an M.A. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of
California at Los Angeles and a B.A. from Cornell University. Drawing
on her experience learning Russian, she has given talks on her creative
techniques both at home and abroad.
By Hilda Fanta-Scheiner
Target: Experienced teachers and
What is it that leads to success, professional
top results and the fulfillment of financial dreams? The lecture presents
interviews with leading personalities of economy, sport, religion, politics,
jurisdiction,... revealing the core of these personalities' strategies
to have become leaders in their fields.
Hilda Maria Fanta-Scheiner, Professor of English,
Neuropedagogy and Communication at the University College of Teacher
Education, Adj. Professor at Alps-Adriatic University and at University
of Applied Sciences, CEO of Institute of Communication for Technical
English for Managers.
University College of Teacher Education
to Promote Critical Thinking in ELT
By Deanna Gamel Hochstein
Theme: Critical thinking
In this workshop, participants will explore activities
and underlying theory as a means of facilitating critical thinking in the
ELT classroom. The handout will include demonstration activities as well
as a list of web resources.
Deanna Hochstein is a senior member of the faculty
of the American English Institute at the University of Oregon. Her most
recent focus has been online delivery of teacher training courses including
critical thinking and Shaping the Way We Teach English as well as intercultural
communication for international students.
University of Oregon
Links We Often Miss: Teaching Whole Language
By Leandro Paladino
Target: Teachers of All Levels and
Theme: Language Methodology
The temptation is always easy to compartmentalize
our job: teaching grammar on the one hand, vocabulary on the other, pronunciation
on yet another line. Coursebooks do not always help, as they may fail to
focus on linking these areas - let alone on enriching the language-learning
process with useful notions from Discourse or Pragmatics. This practical
workshop will suggest ways and tasks to teach language as a whole - including
games, songs and film. After all, if our coursebook doesn't do the thinking
and linking for us, then surely it's up to us to do so?.
Leandro Paladino has been teaching English in Argentina
for 20 years, and has run a private EFL school for more than 15. A graduate
from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, he is currently writing his thesis
for the Master's in English Language with Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos
Aires. Leandro teaches English Grammar II and English Language IV in
I.S.P. Terrero, La Plata, and he has delivered numerous workshops on
areas such as ELT Management, Phonetics and Phonology, and Language Awareness
for English professionals.
TIME…a shared & relaxing experience for little kids
By Grace Bertolini
Target: Young learners' teachers
Theme: story telling
Have you ever wondered how to use stories in an effective and creative way with the little ones? This interactive workshop introduces participants to everyday hands-on material, effective techniques and attractive and useful activities to enrich your classes. It highlights the teacher’s baggage of knowledge for Young Learners at the pre-literacy stage. If you are teaching children, and would like to turn your Story Time into a shared experience of fun and relaxed time, don’t miss this session full of ideas and energy!
has been involved in EFL teaching for over 25 years as a teacher of all
levels and Primary and Kindergarten Headmistress at prestigious bilingual
schools. She is lecturing nationwide and abroad on Teaching Young Learners
effectively and Handling students conflicts. At present , she is the Head
of the English Department of Grupal Educational Trips, with Full Immersion
in the Language Programs and Academic Consultant for Peace Education and
Institution: Creative Teaching
By Omar Fara
Target: Teachers of writing or general
Theme: Writing methodologies
Classroom activities must have two basic characteristics:
they must be an effective tool to introduce or practise the language, and
at the same time, they must be motivating so that the students enjoy doing
them. Would you like to start the new school year with a pack of challenging,
surefire, ready-to-use activities? If your answer is “YES”,
come to this workshop and learn how to develop and put into practice activities
which not only cater for students of different ages and with different
levels of English, but also aim at involving them in situations which will
lead them to use the language naturally. During the presentation the participants
will work with videoclips, songs and games.
Omar Fara is a graduate from instituto Patagónico
del Profesorado de Inglés (IPPI). He has been teaching English
for over 20 years. He taught Grammar I at IPPI between 1988 and 1990.
Since 1990 he has been the director of Pembroke Lab Centre, an English
institute in Trelew, Chubut. He has delivered presentations in Argentina
and Uruguay. He is currently doing an MA in English Language with the
University of Belgrano. He is also working on materials development and
the use of technology in the classroom.
Pembroke Lab Centre.
in the EFL Classroom: The Holywood Advantage
By Silvia Laborde
Target: Teachers of children, teens,
adults at all levels
Theme: Classroom practices, technology, skill
We might all agree that authenticity is lurking
outside the door of any ESL classroom, but not EFL. Does that mean that
those of us in EFL contexts should give up on the concept altogether? Certainly
not! This workshop will explore how using movies (from DVD and Internet)
can help us redefine authenticity in our own unique way by exploiting the
Lic. Silvia Laborde holds a TEFL degree from Alianza
Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos, a degree in Education from UCUDAL University,
and a postgraduate degree in Educational Management from ORT University.
Aside from teaching, her posts have included Materials Writer, Teacher
Educator, Methodological and School Coordinator and at present Academic
Director of Alianza Pocitos-Punta Carretas. She is a contributor to the
TESOL series Authenticity in the Language Classroom and Beyond. She is
currently an editor for a professional publication in Asia and a member
of the Standards Committee at TESOL International.
Wikis: A Powerful Administrative Tool
By Joshua Belknap & Cynthia S. Wiseman
Target: Program Administrator, Language
Theme: Technology and Administration and Education
Wikis, quick and easy-to-create interactive websites, can provide an important resource for English instructors both in and outside the classroom. Wikis provide a platform for student-interactive reading groups, online English writing and grammar activities for students, printable tutoring materials, and student-generated discussion boards. Wikis also serve as a repository for supplementary materials for teaching and learning that faculty and students can easily access and utilize. The presenters will showcase various examples of interactive wikis and demonstrate how to create these useful websites using free software.
Mr. Joshua Belknap has served as Director of the ESL
Language Lab at Borough of Manhattan Community College of City University
of New York for 8 years. Using Wikis he has created a rich online resource
for the Developmental Skills Department that is used by staff, students,
and teachers alike.
Cynthia S. Wiseman, EdD, is Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan
Community College of City University of New York. She has been using
wikis and online instruction in the classroom for the last 13 years.
Guide to Successful Online/Hybrid Classes
By Deborah Healey
Target: Schools with or considering
online and hybrid classes
Theme: Technology in Education
Growing use of the Internet by students brings possibilities and challenges for teachers. Many face-to-face courses have online components, and many schools are offering or considering fully online courses for their students.
This session will highlight what teachers should be aware of when adding Internet components to their courses.
Dr. Deborah Healey teaches distance education courses
at the University of Oregon. A former Director of Oregon State University's
English Language Institute, she is currently Chair of TESOL's Technology
Standards Task Force and a contributor to A Handbook for Language Program
Administrators. Her doctorate is in Computers in Education.
University of Oregon
emotional intelligence in kids? Really? How?
By Cynthia Goldbarg
Target: Coordinators with little
or vast experience and trainers of trainers.
Theme: Professional Development/Teacher Training
The IQ (intelligence quotient) ruled the world until the EQ (emotional quotient) took its throne. Now we know that there is a completely different way to be smart - and this one really counts! Can we prepare our children to be emotionally intelligent? Can we develop our own emotional intelligence as adults? Yes to both! Join this session and discover how to get the job done!
Cynthia Goldbarg holds a Master’s Degree in
Education Management from the George Washington University and she is
the Director of Cynergy Group, a consulting firm specializing in education
and leadership. She has extensive experience as a trainer in the United
States (over half of her career) and in her native Argentina. She is
passionate about inspiring organizations and professionals to strive
for excellence; and she has delivered training for teachers, directors,
public administrators and officials of foreign governments. Cynthia defines
herself as a native argentinian in love with Washington DC, a geek wannabe,
a music lover and a lifelong learner.
Institution: Cynergy Group,
By Laura Lewin
Target: manejo eficaz del aula
Theme: docentes y directivos
tiempo disciplinando a tus alumnos que enseñando? ¿Querés
menos stress en tu aula y en tu vida? ¿Querés
alumnos mas motivados y más comprometidos? Entonces
esta charla es para vos!
La idea es brindarte
herramientas y recursos para mejorar la disciplina en el
aula. Y cuando mejora la disciplina…mejora el aprendizaje!
Laura Lewin heads ABS International. She is the President
of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference of Professional
Development for Teachers of English and Administrators, an event held
in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and the USA. She is also the editor of
EMO (Educational Management Online), an e-zine that reaches over 98,000
ELT professionals on a monthly basis. Ms Lewin pursued studies in translation
in Argentina (UADE) and TESOL in the USA (University of California).
She is an internationally recognized consultant and speaker and for the
past fifteen years she has been involved in teaching training: she has
given workshops for teachers and for ELT Managers in Argentina, Brazil,
Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece and USA. Laura has
recently been invited by Nova Southeastern University (USA) to deliver
online programs, and is writing her first book on educational management.
By Adriana Méndez
Target: ELT Managers and Coordinators
Are you a Good Communicator? Do you get your
message across appropriately? Are you aware of the enormous impact you
have when you teach? Do you know exactly what your communication style
is? What about your students'? If you want to know the answers to these
questions, come and share this workshop!
Adriana Méndez is a graduate teacher of INSP
(Lenguas Vivas) Master Practitioner in NLP ("Primera Escuela de
PNL"). Técnico in NLP - Tertiary level degree from ICP (Instituto
de Capacitación Profesional). Director of "Adriana Méndez
Consultora" devoted to training in English and Human Communication
(Spanish and English) since 1989 in leading companies.
Adriana Méndez Consultora
for Understanding in the EFL Classroom
By Andrea C. Sorondo Pérez & Elena M. García Paullier
Target: Everybody interested Theme: Planning
What does Teaching for Understanding involve?
How can we design instruction to promote understanding and student engagement?
This presentation will provide opportunities to examine beliefs about teaching
and learning, explore meaningful ways to teach EFL and engage in the design
of instructional units to promote real understanding in the classroom.
Andrea Sorondo is a graduate English
teacher and cooperating teacher who works at Instituto J.M. Campos and
Escuela Superior P.Blanes Viale. She is also a P.A.D. (Profesor Articulador
Departamental) in Soriano. She has sixteen years teaching experience
at secondary schools and has been working on pedagogical orientation
Elena García Paullier is a teacher,
teacher trainer, and cooperating teacher who works at Liceo Solymar
1, Instituto de Profesores Artigas, and CIARM (Uruguayan Navy).
She has coached TfU courses from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
She has over 20 years teaching experience at high school and
Institution: Teachers' Pedagogical
DELEX (Departamento de Lenguas Extranjeras).
Literary Journey into ESL: Fostering Proficiency Through Reading”
By Cynthia S. Wiseman
Target: Teachers of ESL Reading and
Writing at all levels
Theme: Reading Literacy
The reading brain is a system of circuitry established
through active reading, a challenge in today's e-world even in the L1.
The presenters will demonstrate a model for L2 reading groups that establishes
synapses of the L2 reading brain through multiple activities, including
wikis, online activities, and PPT presentations.
Cynthia S. Wiseman, EdD, has been teaching ESL reading
for 35 years at all levels. Her doctoral dissertation focused on assessment
of second language writing examining the performance of test-takers.
She is interested in the integration of reading and writing in ESL teaching
and learning, particularly as it relates to assessment.