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English language teaching professionals in Greece

On 12 March 2023 the FLF will take place in Athens, at the Royal Olympic Hotel. Attended by hundrends of ELT professionals, the spring FL Forum offers an array of talks and workshops. It is a unique opportunity to meet with leading trainers, practicing teachers and publishers.
 
The FLF is not just a book exhibition. It is an event where teachers come to develop professionally and network with their peers.
  
Looking forward to seeing you.

Plenary Speakers

Maro Theodoraki

Η Μάρω Θεοδωράκη γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στην Αθήνα μέσα σε μια δημοσιογραφική και μουσική οικογένεια. Σπούδασε Πιάνο στο Εθνικό Ωδείο, αποφοιτώντας με Άριστα παμψηφεί, Τραγούδι, Φωνητικά στο Πρότυπο Πειραματικό Ωδείο, Μουσικοκινητική Αγωγή και Σεμινάρια Φωνητικής Δραματουργίας. Από το 1998 διδάσκει υποκριτικό τραγούδι σε δραματικές σχολές και στο Αμερικάνικο Κολλέγιο (Deree). Έχει συνθέσει μουσική για το θέατρο και έχει επιμεληθεί μουσικές παραστάσεις, συνεργαζόμενη με σκηνοθέτες όπως οι Π. Ζούλιας, Γ. Αρμένης, Θ. Μουμουλίδης, Ν. Χαραλάμπους, Ν. Μπουσδούκος, Α. Γύρα, Ν. Καραγέωρ­γος, Κ. Φανουράκη, Στ. Γούτης κ.ά.

Η Μάρω Θεοδωράκη είναι γνωστή και για τη συγγραφική της δράση, έχοντας στο ενεργητικό της πάνω από 50 παιδικά βιβλία, αποσπάσματα των οποίων περιλαμβάνονται στα σχολικά βιβλία.

Michael Robbs

Michael Robbs has been teaching English in Greece for almost 30 years. He has an MA in TESL/TEFL and has co-authored 7 English teaching books. For the past 18 years he has been teacher training and teaching Business English on-site, on-line, and in-house, with the Hellenic American Union and Hellenic American University in Greece. He was the 2007 – 2008 Chair of TESOL Greece.

Alan Maley

In his long ELT career Alan Maley has seen a lot: blackboards turning white (and now computerized), the emphasis on reading, repeating and memorizing being replaced by the communicative approach, which challenges the notion of grammatical accuracy as the main goal of language teaching, teacher-centered classes, student-centered classes, silent classes, active classes, black-and-white coursebooks becoming colourful and now like glossy magazines, many teaching methods rising and falling like suggestopedia, the invasion of Internet in our life and in education, digital tools being developed and used… to name just a few. 

What has ignited him, in the last decade, is creativity, one of the most exciting concepts that currently inform ELT. Creative language teaching is generated, in some way, in every classroom in every country. Each time a language teacher enters a class, a silent experiment in hope and creativity is taking place: hope that the lesson will make a difference to at least one of their learners; creativity in that teachers strive to give the lesson something of their own that goes beyond imitation or compliance.

Sponsored by Burlington Books

Thom Kiddle

Thom Kiddle has a Master’s degree in Language Testing from Lancaster University and the Cambridge Delta. He is the Director of NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education). His role at NILE involves strategic and organisational management, training and consultancy in a range of areas including testing and assessment, learning technologies, materials development, and language teaching methodology.

Maro Theodoraki

Η Μάρω Θεοδωράκη γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στην Αθήνα μέσα σε μια δημοσιογραφική και μουσική οικογένεια. Σπούδασε Πιάνο στο Εθνικό Ωδείο, αποφοιτώντας με Άριστα παμψηφεί, Τραγούδι, Φωνητικά στο Πρότυπο Πειραματικό Ωδείο, Μουσικοκινητική Αγωγή και Σεμινάρια Φωνητικής Δραματουργίας. Από το 1998 διδάσκει υποκριτικό τραγούδι σε δραματικές σχολές και στο Αμερικάνικο Κολλέγιο (Deree). Έχει συνθέσει μουσική για το θέατρο και έχει επιμεληθεί μουσικές παραστάσεις, συνεργαζόμενη με σκηνοθέτες όπως οι Π. Ζούλιας, Γ. Αρμένης, Θ. Μουμουλίδης, Ν. Χαραλάμπους, Ν. Μπουσδούκος, Α. Γύρα, Ν. Καραγέωρ­γος, Κ. Φανουράκη, Στ. Γούτης κ.ά.

Η Μάρω Θεοδωράκη είναι γνωστή και για τη συγγραφική της δράση, έχοντας στο ενεργητικό της πάνω από 50 παιδικά βιβλία, αποσπάσματα των οποίων περιλαμβάνονται στα σχολικά βιβλία.

Michael Robbs

Michael Robbs has been teaching English in Greece for almost 30 years. He has an MA in TESL/TEFL and has co-authored 7 English teaching books. For the past 18 years he has been teacher training and teaching Business English on-site, on-line, and in-house, with the Hellenic American Union and Hellenic American University in Greece. He was the 2007 – 2008 Chair of TESOL Greece.

Alan Maley

In his long ELT career Alan Maley has seen a lot: blackboards turning white (and now computerized), the emphasis on reading, repeating and memorizing being replaced by the communicative approach, which challenges the notion of grammatical accuracy as the main goal of language teaching, teacher-centered classes, student-centered classes, silent classes, active classes, black-and-white coursebooks becoming colourful and now like glossy magazines, many teaching methods rising and falling like suggestopedia, the invasion of Internet in our life and in education, digital tools being developed and used… to name just a few. 

What has ignited him, in the last decade, is creativity, one of the most exciting concepts that currently inform ELT. Creative language teaching is generated, in some way, in every classroom in every country. Each time a language teacher enters a class, a silent experiment in hope and creativity is taking place: hope that the lesson will make a difference to at least one of their learners; creativity in that teachers strive to give the lesson something of their own that goes beyond imitation or compliance.

Sponsored by Burlington Books

Thom Kiddle

Thom Kiddle has a Master’s degree in Language Testing from Lancaster University and the Cambridge Delta. He is the Director of NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education). His role at NILE involves strategic and organisational management, training and consultancy in a range of areas including testing and assessment, learning technologies, materials development, and language teaching methodology.

Plenary Sessions

The Workshops

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Creative Writing for Teachers and Learners.

We will start by discussing the unique nature of creative writing and how it differs from the kind of factual, expository writing we usually teach. I will then briefly outline the benefits which creative writing can bring to both teachers and learners – in terms of language, life and learning. We will then spend the rest of the workshop exploring some simple but effective activities for writing poems. If time allows, we may also suggest some ideas for creating stories too. Bring paper. Bring a pen. Bring your whole self along!
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Exploring Practical and Free resources and Ideas for Language Teachers. 

In this workshop, I will explore some of the resources available free to all language teachers in the NILE Membership Area – from a collection of videos to dozens of teaching and training ideas, to good practice guides for online education, to a unique CEFR tool – all areas which tie into the plenary and provide practical, free, resources and ideas for teachers.

Book
Exhibition

Visit the book exhibition and talk to publishers, ELT Associations, examination boards and online service providers.
The list of exhibitors will be available in February 2023

The Venue