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Leona has been a teacher trainer for nearly two decades (mostly
in Prague and Budapest, but she also travels around Europe as a Cambridge CELTA assessor). She works with both novice and experienced teachers and in her training work she is especially interested in the power of self-reflection.
Plenary presentation on teaching teenagers - Helping Teens to Think beyond Language
Latest studies into the teenage brain reveal why adolescents are prone to risk-taking, but at the same time have amazing potential for change and social adaptability. For educators, this offers excellent opportunities to build strong language skills while at the same time challenging their teenage students to think beyond language, with an emphasis on critical thinking, values and self-esteem – ensuring academic and lifelong success.
In this session, Herbert will demonstrate how language learning for teenagers can be made more memorable by engaging students in real-life thinking tasks aimed at developing their self-esteem and critical thinking skills.
Herbert holds a Ph.D. in ELT Pedagogy, was Professor of English at the Teacher Training University in Graz, Austria and is a well-known plenary speaker at numerous international conferences. He was also President of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. For more than three decades, Herbert has done research into the practical application of findings from cognitive psychology and brain research to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Herbert has co-authored numerous course books as well as articles and resource books. His latest resource books are Teaching Young Learners to Think and Activities for Very Young Learners. His course books include Super Safari (for pre-primary), Quick Minds and Super Minds for primary students, Think for teens, and Empower for adults and young adults.
What does it entail to have a foreign teacher at school. We will be looking at the process of getting the teachers as well as at problems the newly arriving teachers have and what problems schools have with them.
Helena has been with AKCENT IH Prague for many years and in various roles. At the moment she is interested in Teaching Writing, Teaching Speaking and Teaching for exams.
Brilliant Drills: fun with pronunciation practice
This session is aimed at teachers of Young Learners who would like some practical and low prep activities to motivate their students to drill and practice new language. The session will outline a series of activities and techniques which necessitate spoken production and can be easily adapted to be used with a variety of different language points.
Hayley did her CELTA in IH Dublin before moving abroad. She began her teaching career in Akcent IH Prague four years ago and has continued teaching here to date. While at Akcent she completed the IH VYL, IH CYLT, LAC and BET courses, as well as DELTA modules 1 and 2. She has experience teaching all of the levels, age groups and class types that Akcent cater for.
Developing Autonomy in a Student-Centred Classroom
/ɑːˈtɑː.nə.mi/ the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled by anyone else.
Increasingly in the education and job market, people are being asked to become more and more autonomous. This isn't something that happens overnight; we don't wake up with the skills to be an autonomous student/employee/person - it's a learned behaviour. In this session, we will look at how we can help prepare our students (particularly teenage students preparing to embark on University studies) to be autonomous individuals, through creating a student-centred learning environment where they come to rely less and less on the teacher for all the answers.
Chris is a DELTA qualified English teacher with eight years experience in Central Europe and East Asia teaching a wide range of ages and levels. Having spent some years away in various other places, he is happy to be back in the beautiful city of Prague. Having worked on EAP courses at a number of UK universities, it has become obvious that the higher education system is becoming more and more focused on autonomous learning, hence the motivation for this session.
Preparing young learners and teenagers for tomorrow’s world: Developing executive brain functions in ELT
In order to be able to succeed in a fast-changing world, we need a fundamental set of mental skills or ‘executive functions’ that enable us to plan, focus and juggle multiple tasks successfully. These skills have been defined as flexible attention, working memory and inhibitory control. The bad news is that (as far as we can tell from current knowledge), nobody gets born with those skills. The good news is that they can be developed in the course of a child’s education. In this session, Herbert will discuss what educational managers can do to help language teachers contribute to the development of the child and teenager’s executive functions so they can utilize their cognitive potentials more effectively, have more fun learning and so become better language learners.
you ever walked into a café and noticed several tables with pairs of
people leaning over an English textbook? One-to-one lessons in cafés
appear to be a common teaching context for private language lessons
these days. And as it is a café and the tempation is to chat. Chatting
develops fluency, so that's useful. The background noise might even
reduce some of the student's anxiety. However, most students (and
teachers) would probably like to gain more. This seminar will look at
some suitable techniques and activities for such classes.
Using films and videos in English lessons
watches films, series and videos… so this workshop is focused on using
authentic audiovisual materials in an Elish Classroom. Apart from being a
real listening task, the materials can be used for a variety of
purposes from setting the context for teaching or practising grammar to
giving the students a reason to talk.
Anna used to attend
English courses at AKCENT IH Prague and when studying English and Czech
at university she started to teach here part time. She has been working
at AKCENT as an English teacher for 18 years. She did her Delta in 2001,
worked on preparing the TKT course and later she became an oral
examiner for the Cambridge exams. According to her words she is enjoying
her job a lot!
Praise is good, right?
In this workshop I will be looking at the way we give feedback to our students (and ourselves) on tasks. Is it more about results or the effort? How does it affect confidence and future performance in the language classroom and beyond?
I have been freelancing as a teacher and teacher trainer since moving back to my native Budapest. In the UK, I worked extensively with in-service English teachers from all over the world, designing and delivering thematical professional development courses. These days I split my time between examining, CELTA training and teaching.
Fun writing activities for teens
Encouraging teens to write in English is often difficult. When we give them a writing activity, they sometimes ask if they really have to do it and want to know why.
In this session, we will look at ways to make writing fun, engaging and meaningful for them. I'll show some techniques and activities that I’ve used with my learners.
Kieran is a CELTA trainer and teacher for IH Budapest. Over the last 20 years he has taught and trained in South America, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. In addition to EFL teacher training, he has extensive experience in state school teacher training and professional training.
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Using literature in the language classroom
In this session we will look at and try some of my favourite
activities that are based on fiction, poetry, drama and other
genres of literature to see examples for how teenagers'
language skills, creativity and critical thinking can be
developed through such materials. Participants will be
encouraged to brainstorm about how they would adapt and
incorporate bits and pieces of literature in their lessons and
also to share their own ideas and dilemmas.
I did my masters degree in teaching English language and
literature and was a secondary school English and Hungarian
language and literature teacher for 12 years and a teacher
trainer for 3 years in Budapest, Hungary. I also spent a
year teaching literature and drama in a Californian high
school on a Fulbright grant. After doing my DELTA modules 1
and 2 at IH Budapest last year, I started looking for new
teaching challenges and that's how I started working at
Akcent this year.
Supporting adult English language learners with dyslexia
Pupils with dyslexia usually get a lot of support in their basic and secondary education. There are, however, adult learners whose symptoms were either very weak in their early years or were not recognised in the course of their compulsory education. Such students tend to struggle when learning English, which is often a requirement for a number of working positions, and as a result they may cause uncertainty in their English teachers about their professional skills. In an attempt to address this issue, this session will briefly review symptoms of dyslexia and demonstrate how teaching techniques relying on multi-modality can help adult learners with dyslexia learn English.
Dana has more than 25 years experience of teaching English. She is a teacher trainer on Cambridge DELTA Modules, CELTA and TKT courses and an oral examiner for Cambridge exams. She also trains Czech English teachers on a BA programme at AKCENT College s.r.o. in Prague.
We will explore the power of Yes and which allows us to be free and creative not only in improv but also in life. Games we'll be playing aren't just for theatre but you can use them in your classes for practising English as well or just as an icebreaker at the start of a class.
Filip is an actor, an improviser and a teacher. He started doing improv as a hobby over ten years ago, but it is transforming into his profession. First, he studied drama and education at the JAMU in Brno and now he’s studying authorial acting at the DAMU in Prague. He focuses on both teaching and performing improv. He uses improv as a safe space to learn from one's mistakes. He also taught English through games in tandem with a native speaker at ZŠ Školní in Braník, Prague, for one
"But I can't draw!" The draw of drawing in class.
Drawing is a motivating tool for the EFL classroom, even for those students (and teachers!) who claim they are unable to draw. Together we will doodle our way through activities which can be used for revision, practice, clarification, and the generation of all kinds of discussion. The activities can be adapted for all levels and ages; after all, drawing isn't just for kids.
I've worked at Akcent since 2014. I did my CELTA in Budapest and have taken modules one and two of the DELTA. I have taught all types of classes during my time at Akcent; skolka, kids, teens, adults, company, one-to-ones, exams...everything! Now I have predominantly adult courses on my schedule. With regards to working with teachers, I've observed teachers, been a course tutor on the LAC, worked as a DoS at a summer school in the UK (and survived British Council inspection year!), spoken at conferences and given workshops.
Learning beyond the limits of methodology: supporting holistic, lifelong learning in lessons
We all know that our role in our learners' English lives is helping them get to a point where they are free of us, and can continue to develop on their own. This talk will present some ideas about how to make your teaching supportive of this kind of development.
Jaime has been teaching English in Prague for 13 years. Currently, she divides her time between teaching her students and CELTA and DELTA training.
Theatre: Improv Show by Filip Karda & Co.
A three-man (45 min) improvised performance. What could possibly go wrong? Come and enjoy this improv show which focuses on the use of English by regular Czech guys. They all speak English but it isn’t flawless. Despite that fact they are able to create fun stories which (mostly) make sense...
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