||Welcome and Introduction
by Leona Svobodová Máslová
(Head of Teacher Training at AKCENT IH Prague)
Danny Norrington Davies
Working with emergent language
About Danny and his session:
I am a teacher and teacher-educator working at International House
London. My first book, ‘Teaching grammar: from rules to reasons’ was
published by Pavilion in 2016.
I enjoy speaking at conferences and giving workshops, and along with
emergent language and teacher education, my interests in ELT are
grammar, materials design, visualization and memory and creativity. When
I’m not teaching or training, I’m up on my allotment planting and
A focus on language is an essential part of many classes, and this can
be provided in response to what learners say during interactions and
communicative stages. Using examples from my classes and observations of
teachers at different levels, this talk looks at ways in which teachers
respond to emergent language and explores the beliefs that underpin
their choices and techniques. We will then look at ways in which you can
develop your ability to notice and respond to emergent language in your
classes and explore how and why you might do so.
Next, a threesome of experienced teachers and teacher trainers talking about what they have learnt from online teaching!
Three sessions to choose from
Speakers and sessions:
1. Alžběta Polišenská
About Alžběta and her session:
I have taught English since 1993. I received Trinity Licentiate Diploma in ELT in 1998 and I have been involved in teacher training since 2001. I’m based in Brno and work on CELTA courses in Brno and Prague. If I’m not travelling between these two places, I like hiking, photography, listening to music or sometimes just staying in and reading.
2. Chris Bain: How Covid-19 influenced my teaching beliefs
About Chris and his session:How Covid-19
influenced my teaching beliefs: While a global pandemic has essentially
put a pause on "normal life" for the past 12 months, I've had time to
re-address my long-held teaching beliefs and, through observation and
discussion with myself, my teachers and my students, re-formulated in
surprising way what I value most in 'teaching', 'learning' and 'best
practice'. In this session, we'll look at some of those changes, and how
they impact not only my own personal experience as a teacher, but the
wider teaching community as a whole, and how we can draw some positives
from what has been an extremely challenging time in everyone's lives.
I am a CELTA- and Delta-qualified English language teacher with nine
years' experience working in the UK, Central Europe and East Asia.
Currently the Assistant Director of Studies for Young Learners at
AKCENT, I am also a Cambridge Speaking Examiner, IHCYLT tutor and
frequent conference attendee and presenter and perhaps, most
importantly, a German, Japanese and Czech student.
3. Jaime Lilley: Writing lessons: 100% better onlineAbout Jaime
and her session:
I moved to Prague from Los Angeles in 2005, and have been teaching ever since. I did both my CELTA and DELTA at AKCENT, and I’ve been a CELTA tutor since 2009, and a DELTA tutor since 2012. Nowadays, I split my time between teaching and training, and it’s the most enjoyable work I’ve ever had: I’m always learning and experimenting, and no two days are ever the same, but the best thing about it is the relationships with students and trainees. I really can honestly say that I love doing my job. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, and I enjoy photography, traveling, yoga and spending time with my husband and son.
Online writing lessons have been a revelation for me during this period
of online teaching. They've been more productive and collaborative, and
more effective than ever before in developing a range of writing skills
in my students, and the craziest part? Students have been enjoyin them!
I'll show you some of what I've been doing, and we can consider how to
carry these approaches forward when we all return to the classroom one
||a repeat of all three sessions
|| Lunch Break
This next block consists of six 20-minute sessions in which you can
learn about AKCENT’s teachers‘ top favourite activities that can be used
both online and face to face.Activity Carousel I
I’ve been in Akcent for ages. At first I studied here, then I became an English teacher, did my DELTA in 2001, had 3 kids and now they study here and I still teach English… I like sewing and making jewellery from polymer clay.
||Activity Carousel II
Hanna Szoltyszik: Polishing up grammar accuracy
I have taught English for 9 years now. I have lived and taught in Poland, Germany, then I moved to Prague, 4 years ago. I did my DELTA at Akcent and have recently started my adventure with teacher training. One of the things that I really like about my job is that it works both ways: not only I teach the students, but also I can learn so many things from them. In my free time I love travelling and meeting new people.
Kieran Joyce: Fun techniques to get your students talking
Kieran Joyce is a CELTA trainer and teacher for IH Prague. 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.
An informal wrap-up of the conference with coffee and biscuits (in small
groups). Sharing what we have learned and what we can apply in our
Lead by: Leona Svobodová Máslová,
I have been involved in teaching and teacher training since 1995, in Hungary, Russia, South Africa and the Czech Republic. At Akcent IH Prague I oversee the Teacher Training Department and work on CELTA, DELTA and TKT courses. I am a CELTA assessor, which means I also get to travel a fair amount and see other CELTA centres in the region. My main free time activity is being a mum, but I also like reading, watching films, skiing and playing badminton.
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