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Schedule

Saturday 3/4/2021

10:00-10:40

Keynote Presentation

My school in a snapshot: Online tools for 360 feedback (for teachers, DOS and School Owners)

How can we diagnose strengths and weaknesses in our schools? How can we conduct action plans to address the weaknesses and promote our strengths? How can we know if our school identity and philosophy are communicated to our target audience? Is word of mouth enough to promote our services?

In this talk, we will explore practical tools we can use to get a 'snapshot' of our school and we will discuss how we can use them to improve ourselves. 

-       Maria Davou, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Researcher

10:40-11:05

National Geographic Learning

New Close Up: PREPARE LEARNERS FOR SUCCESS – IN THE CLASSROOM, IN EXAMS AND IN LIFE

New Close-up help learners get closer to the world through dynamic photography, video and real-world stories from National Geographic. Relevant, global topics, paired with a comprehensive four-skills syllabus, promote the key language and life skills they need to succeed in all exams, in the classroom and in their future careers.

- Eftychis Kantarakis, Teacher Trainer – National Geographic Leaning - Greece

11:05-11:30

Express Publishing

New Norms, New Tools: A Unique LMS Platform for Flexible Teaching!

At a time when blended learning is the new norm, there is a growing need for a successful combination of print and digital material that supports teaching in a flexible way. Express Digibooks is the only gamified, digital ELT platform that facilitates effective teaching in class, online or offline! Track students’ progress, communicate effectively with parents, motivate learners and bring your classes into the future!

Nikolaos Anagnostou, Area Manager

11:30-11:55

Burlington Books

Burlington Luke & Myla

Burlington Luke & Myla our exciting new three-part coursebook series for A-C classes is packed with exciting adventure stories with 3D animation, real world information and multimodal learning opportunities. It is accompanied by free interactive webbooks for use online when the need arises.

- Sophia Goundi, Senior Teacher Trainer, Burlington Books

11:55-12:35

Keynote Presentation

Back to the old normal?

For many of us, the sudden move to online teaching (as precipitated by the global pandemic) has forced us to re-assess many of our basic principles and beliefs with regard to education, and second language education specifically. As we look forward to returning to face-to-face classrooms in the near future, what have we learned from the experience of ‘remote teaching’? How can the experience of teaching online inform our classroom practices? What is it about classroom teaching that we should celebrate? And why should we resist attempts to minimise its importance?

-       Scott Thornbury, Teacher Educator & Author

12:35-13:00

York Press

Keeping in touch; how to overcome social distancing barriers in our communication with clients

The pandemic has forced FLS to close their physical premises and transfer their existence online, where their teachers teach in semi-isolation. Communication strategies and opportunities which we took for granted are now luxuries we can’t afford. What are the challenges that lack of communication can bring about regarding our associates’ security and our clients’ loyalty? In this session, we will discuss alternative methods via which we can keep the channels of communication open to maintain our market share, support our staff and keep in touch with our clients.

- Maria-Araxi Sachpazian BA education / RSA dip/tefl (hons) is the Owner and Managing Director of Input on Education and a Lecturer in the English Studies Department of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College. She has been heavily involved with the running of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece and volunteers on the IATEFL Membership Committee.

13:00-13:25

Express Publishing

The Revised Michigan ECCE & ECPE, May 2021: Aim for Success!

The new exam specifications, the new tasks and assessment criteria and the brand new Express Publishing Coursebooks & Practice Tests to help prepare students for exam success, in class, online or offline!

- Katerina Mantadaki, Senior ELT Educational Consultant for Express Publishing

13:25-13:50

Burlington Books

Revised ECPE Honors

Revised ECPE Honors, the best preparation course for the Michigan ECPE, is now fully up-to-date with the new specifications. Great new features include a brand new writing syllabus and documentary videos for each unit. It is accompanied by free interactive webbooks to support online and autonomous learning.

- Sophia Goundi, Senior Teacher Trainer, Burlington Books

14:00-14:50

Burlington Books

Webinar: Burlington Mindset B1, B1+ and B2

Burlington Mindset B1, B1+ and B2 is the ideal exam preparation coursebook series for mixed ability classes. It contains engaging tasks and topics which challenge students to stretch their cognitive abilities. The series is fully up-to-date with the ECCE 2021 changes!

- Anne Leventeris, Seminar Dpt Manager, Burlington Books

13:50-14:30

Keynote Presentation

Picture-telling: using stories from images
 

Images speak to us. They give rise to outbursts of emotion, thought and curiosity. They bring back memories and remind us of experiences we have had. In an instant, an image can spark an imaginary narrative in the mind. And importantly, there are many situations which require putting these visual narratives into words. In this practical session, I would like to share some original "picture-telling" ideas and activities for the communicative language classroom.

 - Jamie Keddie, Teacher trainer, OUP author, founder of LessonStream

14:30-15:20

MM Publications

MAKING A HABIT OF WRITING

  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

…so if we wish to help our students build strong writing skills, we must develop instructional strategies and classroom practices that instill the habit of writing. As habit is second nature.

Mpaka Maria, MM Pubications

15:20-15:45

New York College

Site-Specific Language Education: Learning in the Museum

This talk will envision a post-pandemic educational landscape and specifically the needs that could emerge to create off-line, site-specific learning experiences. It will discuss the types of affective and aesthetic activities that could be organized using local museums as sites of language learning.  The aim is to reconnect students and educators with language that emerges in a material space and because of our encounter with artworks in an gesture of balancing a language education of digital overload.   

- Dr Sylvia Karastathi – Head of the English Department, New York College

15:45-16:40

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed language education?

It’s been a year now that, due to the pandemic, schools closed and teachers turned to online teaching.

  • What were and still are the many challenges teachers and students face?
  • What will language learning look like in the future?

Panelists: Zafi Mandali (Athens), Myrsini Verdouka (Paros), Elizabeth Veliou (Lamia)

Moderator: Cathy Salonikidis (Kozani)

 

 

Sunday 4/4/2021

10:00-10:55

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Special Education Needs students in an online learning and teaching environment

Panelists: Agapi Dendaki, Xenia Konstantinopoulou Tyna Constantopoulou

Moderator: Dimitris Primalis (Athens)

10:55-11:20

Pace Ahead

Thrive Globally – Enhance Your Employability Skills by acquiring intercultural competences. The Centre for Global Engagement /Coventry University in partnership with PACE ahead Greece

Acquiring Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC) is of paramount importance and prepares globally-agile citizens that work effectively in multicultural environments and teams.The Centre for Global Engagement is unique in the UK Higher Education landscape for its sector-leading provision of a comprehensive range of internationalization programmes to adults above 18.

PACE ahead Greece intends to become the link between Greece and Coventry (West Midlands ,England ) for individuals(university students or employees mainly in the private sector who are not able to travel to join programmes like the Summer Schools ,The Global Leaders Programme and the World Languages( 30 languages online, EUROLTA teacher training).

Sponsored by Coventry University and PACE

-       Paraskevi Komninou is the Project Manager  for PACE

11:20-11:45

Burlington Books

Burlington Luke & Myla

Burlington Luke & Myla our exciting new three-part coursebook series for A-C classes is packed with exciting adventure stories with 3D animation, real world information and multimodal learning opportunities. It is accompanied by free interactive webbooks for use online when the need arises.

- Anne Leventeris, Seminar Department Manager, Burlington Books

11:45-12:25

Keynote Presentation

Find Your Own Voice - Inspiring Young Learners to Speak Their Mind

Teaching young learners how to speak is no easy task. It’s actually one of the greatest challenges both students and teachers must face together. Finding the courage to speak in front of the other students, while also using the correct pronunciation is in itself a huge undertaking. When will the student be able to start a conversation in class while also feeling confident to do so?

 - Katherine Reilly, Author & Educator

12:25-12:50

Express Publishing

Hashtag English: Assisting flexibility, maximising learning! #English!

A newly created, exciting course for A-B-C classes, designed to meet the new teaching and learning needs of 2021. #English is ideal for blended learning and accompanied by tried-and-tested digital tools that allow teachers to use it in class or online and make their lessons memorable!

Speaker: Jenny Dooley, Author

12:50-13:15

Burlington Books

Revised ECPE Honors

Revised ECPE Honors, the best preparation course for the Michigan ECPE, is now fully up-to-date with the new specifications. Great new features include a brand new writing syllabus and documentary videos for each unit. It is accompanied by free interactive webbooks to support online and autonomous learning.

- Anne Leventeris, Seminar Department Manager, Burlington Books

13:15-13:55

Keynote Presentation

Unravelling the mystery of classroom based assessment

 Assessment- Evaluation- Testing; three key terms that cause confusion to the teachers. During this session, we will explore the main differences among them; however the main focus of the presentation will be on assessment. Firstly, we will explore the characteristics of the effective and student- centered assessment. Then, a short reference will be made to formative and summative assessment and we will delve into what to assess and how to assess our students differently by providing plenty of hands-on examples. Finally, we will try to answer the question “do we and our students need to be assessed?”.

 - Tanya Livarda, Teacher

13:55-14:20

Express Publishing

My Edutainment World: A holistic approach to teaching English and life skills to preschoolers

Imagine being a child again, imagine discovering an ideal and magical learning environment. Imagine a learning process that sparks your imagination, takes your creativity to the next level, releases incredibly beautiful emotions and feelings while learning English and life skills in the most exciting, entertaining and playful way. Welcome to my Edutainment World!

- Myrsini Verdouka, Teacher, FLS Owner

The Flibets: A new learning galaxy for preschoolers! Take your pre-primary learners to an amazing new world of learning through exploration and play!

- Athena Apotsi, ELT Educational Consultant

14:00-14:50

Burlington Books

Webinar: Burlington Mindset B1, B1+ and B2

Burlington Mindset B1, B1+ and B2 is the ideal exam preparation coursebook series for mixed ability classes. It contains engaging tasks and topics which challenge students to stretch their cognitive abilities. The series is fully up-to-date with the ECCE 2021 changes!

- Anne Leventeris, Seminar Dpt Manager, Burlington Books

14:20-14:45

Oxford University Press

How to achieve fluency for your learners

Most English language learners aim to achieve fluency in the language. But what do we mean by ‘fluency’ and how can we help our learners improve it? This presentation will examine the nature of fluency and identify practical ways in which effective fluency practice can be incorporated into language lessons. There will be a focus on oral production, and need for learning language chunks and the prioritisation of pronunciation work. Attendees will leave with useful ideas that they can put to immediate use in their classes.

- Mark Osborne, OUP

14:45-15:10

QLS

Synergy of Quality Language Schools since 2002 in Greece.

QLS will be presenting its vision, the unique –multi award winning -educational programs and actions that enrich the curriculum of  its member schools.  The presentation will demonstrate how  the power of cooperating with excellent colleagues, has given to all QLS member schools a competitive advantage in the Language School field in Greece.

How can your language school be a QLS member? Join us to find out.

- Joanna Scarligou, QLS

15:10-15:40

Keynote Presentation

Is teaching online going to be the new normal?

It has become obvious that online teaching is here to stay. We’ve all had to adapt to planning and delivering online lessons, and we are gradually becoming aware of the fact that even when the pandemic is long gone, we may still have to make more extensive use of online teaching tools and platforms than before.

In this presentation, I will argue that even though online teaching can be beneficial, there are still vital aspects of teaching and learning that necessitate at least some face-to-face contact. I will then look at ways in which teaching online and teaching face-to-face can be combined, so that we can get the best of both worlds in the post-pandemic era.

- Alexander Makarios, Teacher Trainer

15:40-16:05

Andrew Betsis ELT

LTE - New International Exam: Αναγνωρισμένο από ΑΣΕΠ και Ελληνικό Δημόσιο μέχρι και επίπεδο Γ2.

Similarities and Differences with TOEIC. Reading and Listening the only compulsory papers.

To LanguageCert Test of English (LTE) είναι ένα τεστ στην Αγγλική γλώσσα που μετράει το γνωστικό επίπεδο του υποψήφιου στις δεξιότητες Reading και Listening. Η Πιστοποίηση γλώσσας LTE μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί για την επίδειξη ενός γενικού επιπέδου γνώσης Αγγλικών, αλλά και για πιο συγκεκριμένους σκοπούς όπως στην εργασία ή στην εκπαίδευση (ως προϋπόθεση για εισαγωγή ή αποφοίτηση από εκπαιδευτικό ίδρυμα).

- Lawrence Mamas, Andrew Betsis ELT

16:05-16:30

British Council

IELTS - Your Addvantage with the BC.

- Cliff Parry, Academic Manager, British Council

16:30-17:05

Keynote Presentation

How good does your English have to be?

Not too many years ago it was generally accepted that the English spoken by ELT professionals had to be of a very high level, sometimes described as ‘native-like’. These days, however, standards and norms are not as unproblematic as they used to be: English no longer belongs to its ‘native speakers’, ELF is a reality, learners do not necessarily (or usually!) aim for high levels of accuracy, and even the standards of accuracy or appropriacy are not as clear as they once were.

In this presentation, I will discuss what kinds of may still be relevant as well as what kinds of knowledge ELT practitioners need in the context of English taught as an international language. I will also explore ways in which the language proficiency and, perhaps more importantly, language awareness of ELT practitioners can be developed to meet contemporary demands.

- George Vassilakis, Teacher Trainer and Author

 

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