1. Chuck Sandy
Motivating Ourselves and Others
What is motivation? What does motivation look like and feel like? Where does it come from? How can it be nurtured and sustained? How can we motivate ourselves? How can we take something that is invisible inside of us and make it visible in such a powerful way that it shines through all we do? Together we'll explore these question before considering how to activate and drive motivation in our students and our colleagues. Before the end of this session we'll share an understanding of what motivation is and isn't, and you will have learned more than a few tools, techniques, and activities to help you manage your own motivation levels, as well as the motivation levels of your students and colleagues. At the end of our time together, I will give you a secret strategy for increasing anyone's motivation. Then I will ask you to try it out and share your results with other teachers around the world.
2. Steve Money
Culture - the 5th language skill.
This presentation will convince you why, and how, we must integrate culture in our ESL classes. We will check with current research on this issue, be inspired by some cultural gurus, look closely at 2 textbooks (viz. Solutions and Got It) and review teaching materials and techniques that will help our students to bridge cultural differences. You will leave this presentation with sample texts, tools, tests, and tips that will help your students increase their CQ (Cultural Intelligence).
3. Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
Terrific Ways to Teach Children
Barbara will demonstrate simple techniques you can use to make your lessons more effective, and more fun. Whether you are using a coursebook or your own materials, teaching large classes or small, teaching young learners or learners who are young at heart, you'll leave with ideas to use in your own lessons. We'll also look at what we know about the way children learn language to explain why these techniques work. Come prepared to participate, and to have fun!
High Tech Ideas for Low Tech Classrooms
Many teachers have computers and Internet at home, but do not teach in classrooms with reliable access to either. The Internet is full of high tech ideas for language teaching and it’s easy to feel left out if you teach in a low tech classroom. This workshop will demonstrate simple, innovative ways to work around a lack of Internet access, and even lack of a computer, in order to use technology tools to enhance your lessons, and to help your students connect with other students around the world. We’ll look at some collaborative projects language teachers have created with their own students, kindergarteners through teens, and you’ll leave the workshop with practical ideas to take back to your own classes.
4. Eric Kane
The Learning Power of Music
As young children, we all sang and danced along to music naturally. Why? Because it’s fun!
As teachers, we can use the natural love of rhythm and song in our classrooms. Difficult-to-teach language aspects such as pronunciation and intonation are learned naturally and easily. Music can be used to teach, review or just add a fun transition or break! And...it makes classroom management easy!