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IATEFL Day 1 Sessions

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The following videos and session details come straight from the IATEFL – British Council website, adding them here for my readers to access via the links to the website or watch here and leave their comments, thank you. The videos are not in the order of appearance, but haphazard according to my own viewings. 

ELT Journal Debate

Presenter(s): Peter Medgyes and Alessia Cogo

Session detailsEnglish as a Lingua Franca (ELF) is interesting for researchers, but not important for teachers and learners
Has English has become the global lingua franca, there has been a lot of discussion of, and investigation into, the varied ways in which it is spoken around the world, and by different groups of speakers. But is such variation in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) relevant to the ELT classroom? Is what we have learned about ELF important for English language teachers and learners? These two speakers will debate the issues.

Outside in: bringing new technology perspectives to ELT

Presenter(s): Geoff stead, Donald Clark, Paul Driver, Yvonne Rogers

Session detailsWe talk a lot about technology in ELT but the gap between what we do, and could do, is becoming a chasm. A panel of technology experts, bringing experiences from outside the ELT world, will discuss trends such as machine translation, artificial intelligence, chatbots and future workplaces. Their perspectives will challenge our current thinking, and help us consider future possibilities.

British Council Signature Event

Presenter(s): Moderator: Catherine Walter, Syrian Refugee Stakeholders
Session detailsLanguage for Resilience

The report examines the role that language can play in enhancing the resilience of Syrian refugees and host communities. The ‘Language for Resilience’ report was commissioned in response to the unprecedented effects of the Syrian refugee crisis and brings together information gathered though interviews with refugees, host communities and those working to support them, with lessons learned from past and on-going British Council language programming in conflict and post-conflict areas. Key practitioners and Syrian refugee stakeholders will share their thoughts on the role of language in enhancing the resilience of individuals and communities affected by crisis.

Building fluency and comprehension in dyslexic readers

Presenter(s): Julia Koifman
Session details: Building fluency and comprehension in dyslexic readers

This talk focuses on teaching dyslexic students reading comprehension and improving their spelling, speaking and writing skills. It explores ways to activate the inherent strengths of the dyslexic mind and deals with modern and effective methodology proposed by Israeli Association for LD People.

Writing methodology texts: bridging the research/practice gap

Presenter(s): Scott Thornbury
Session detailsWriting methodology texts: bridging the research/practice gap

How do methodology writers mediate the gap between researchers and practitioners? In this talk, Scott Thornbury explores the way a number of writers perform this bridging function, and how these principles informed the writing of The New A-Z of ELT.

Not again? A new revised edition of Practical English Usage

Presenter(s): Michael Swan
Session detailsNot again? A new revised edition of Practical English Usage

Micheal will recapitulate the principles behind the best-selling Practical English Usage (OUP) and explain why a fourth edition is needed. He will describe the many updates and additions and show how the material has been restructured, so that the book constitutes not only a usage guide, but also a complete learners’ grammar.

A.S Hornby Educational Trust Scholars’ presentation

Presenter(s):  Sagun Shrestha, Oumar Moussa Djigo, Noel Franco, Maricarmen Gamero, Komila Tangirova, Jayantha Ratnayake, Tran Phan, Mirian Fuhr, Saifa Haque, Julius Onen Okot Daniel, Betelhem Tsehayu, Mehdi Gholikhan
Session detailsFactors influencing English language teacher motivation

Teacher motivation plays a key role in teachers’ engagement in professional development and in the quality of their practice in the classroom. As a result, understanding motivation is essential to helping teachers deal effectively with the challenges they face. The Hornby scholars will bring their wide range of knowledge and understanding of different educational contexts to explore this crucial issue.

Making pronunciation an integral part of your classroom practice

Presenter(s): Mark McKinnon, Nicola Meldrum
Session detailsMaking pronunciation an integral part of your classroom practice
How much pronunciation work takes place in the average EFL classroom? Many teachers would admit that a lot less goes on than they would like. It makes sense that without sufficient mastery of pronunciation, being understood and understanding others is virtually impossible. In this talk, Mark McKinnon and Nicola Meldrum will cover practical ideas on how to fully integrate pronunciation into classroom work.
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Author: Nives Torresi

Nives Torresi is a Teacher of English as a foreign language; English Drama; Business English and English Exam Preparation (Cambridge FCE). Nives also translates from Italian to English (with a specialization in Business Manuals, Historical archives and Medical papers), works as Interpreter and Mediator for Business negotiations. Currently also teaches online via interactive learning platform for Business English courses and Language tutoring. Participates actively in online Teacher Training or development courses such as M4T Moodle for Teachers, Teaching with Technology, Learn to Blend and Flip with Technology, Action Research Projects to improve Instruction and Learning. Moderator in the Moodle courses for M4T EVO 15; M4T EVO 16 - TEFL2YL EVO 16 Recent online live webinar Presentations include: - The "One Foolish Monkey" series on History of Blogging with co-Teacher Tom Hodgers - CO15 - Connecting Online live Conference - "Understanding Pair Teaching in Micro Teaching Online" with Tom Hodgers. - Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG: 2015 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" an After school English language learning project. 2016 - "Play, Learn and Grow Together" a Pre-school English language learning project. - MM7 Moodle Mooc 7 by Integrating Technology - M4T moodle for teachers - Live Webinar presentation "Teaching and Learning Along the Way" November 16, 2015 - EFL Talks - Answers webinar February 20, 2016 "Using a Board Game in the EFL classroom" - EFL Talks - TERMS "PODCASTS" - MM9 co-Presenter with Thomas Hodgers "Teaching Online with Moodle" - MM9 Panelist on Digital Badges Discussion - HeartELT project - contributing author letter "W" - EVO Moderator Training 2014; 2015; 2016 - TEFL2YL EVO 2017 Session moderator and presenter "Board Games in the EFL Classroom" CO 17 Connecting Online live Conference Presenter with Tom Hodgers "Teamwork Online" - 2016-2017 Business English Conversation Course - a 36 hour course for industrial Engineering firm.

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