18. Konference AKCENT IH Prague proběhne online

v sobotu 15.5.2021

18th AKCENT IH Prague Conference Programme
15 May 2021, online

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction
by Leona Svobodová Máslová
(Head of Teacher Training at AKCENT IH Prague)
9:15-10:15 Plenary
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 growing vegetables.

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:
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.

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.

3. Jaime Lilley: Writing lessons: 100% better online

About 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 day.
11:20-12:05 a repeat of all three sessions
12:05-13:00 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


Chris Emmerson

Anna Kopecká
About Anna:
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.

Sarah Jeffery
14:10-15:10 Activity Carousel II


Lukáš Milka

Hanna Szoltyszik: Polishing up grammar accuracy
About Hanna:
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

About Kieran:
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.
15:20-16:00 Coffee Chat
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 teaching contexts.

Lead by: Leona Svobodová Máslová,
About Leona:
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.
16:00-16:30 Feedback and raffle
16:30 The End

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