We’re very pleased to have excellent teachers in the field of teaching young learners (preschool, kindergarten, and primary) join us for this year’s conference. Of course, there’s our own Zuzka Straková from Prešov who will be doing a 90-min workshop, but then we have three others who are also tops in the field: teacher trainer and materials writer Silvie Doláková from Czechia (yes, that’s a word); one-on-one, after-school specialist (slightly nutty) Barbi Bujtás from Hungary, and Early Childhood Education specialist, author, and home-schooling mom Queenie Tan from Hong Kong. Katka Klemanová from Bratislava is doing her first-ever workshop, teaming up with Queenie, to share her ideas too. And Šárka Miková from Venture Books will also be presenting. We think this is an excellent line up for our teachers of young learners. We hope you agree.
Sylvie Doláková is a teacher trainer (Masaryk University Brno and freelance) focusing on teaching English to children aged 4-15 and students in teacher training. She specialises in teaching English through art and stories, publishes language game books and story-based CDs for children, presents at webinars (rvp.cz, yltsig). She also works as an ELT consultant for NILE, Norwich. email@example.com; http://www.sylviad.cz
Stories as a platform for CLIL (Beginner Primary; Teachers with some experience) Saturday 10.15-11am
Stories are considered a traditional treasure of each culture. The workshop shows how we can use a simple story to cater for all areas of children’s early learning, namely language, maths, science, music, art and craft and physical activities (CLIL), all of them on the base of the story. Children are immersed in the topic of the story in every activity they do and so they do not need long introductory activities and motivation at the beginning of each lesson. In each activity they can absorb and compare global perspective of different cultural backgrounds.
Pronunciation with YLs (and others too!) (A1-A2/ages 3-10; All teachers) Saturday 1.30-2.15pm
Learners may speak English very well, yet if they cannot pronounce it properly, their English is “insufficient”. How can we teach pronunciation to (very) young learners and what do we choose to practise and how? Let them play and gain! This workshop will show various techniques that work for little kids as well as for older learners. Original exercises such as running sound dictation, Phonicolours, Chinese whisper, dominoes, card games, Sound Shopping and Sound Hunt are just a few of the activities that help children master pretty well the unusual sounds of English.
Barbi Bujtás is a freelance EFL teacher, blogger with 16 years of experience teaching in various arrangements and for all range of purposes. Her tag words are DOGME, sensible use of ICT, very young learners, personalisation. firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.facebook.com/BarbisClasses
We’ve grown gen Z, now what? (A1-A2 Primary; All teachers) Saturday 11.10-11.55
These days, kids are different. Come and see my take on how to cope with these lovely little gamers/Z geners/consumers/YouTubers. This is a workshop that hopes to show you how I survived another school year of afternoon classes in a Hungarian small town with ‘kids these days’.
Queenie Tan is an early childhood education specialist who has over 16 years of experience teaching in multilingual school contexts. She also specializes in curriculum development/customization, teacher training and has her own podcast (The Essence of Teaching Podcast) on iTunes. email@example.com; http://www.theessenceofteaching.com
3 fun and effective ways to daily teach your own kids English (Ages birth to 8; All parents) Saturday 11.10-11.55
As teachers, we tend to rely on a standard curriculum when it comes to teaching young children English within the classroom environment. However, it is quite different at home and when it involves our own children. On one hand, we don’t necessarily want to use a structured curriculum at home, but on the other hand, many of us tend to feel disadvantaged without it. In this workshop, you will learn 3 very simple but very effective strategies that are targeted towards helping young children learn English in a fun and casual way. In addition, the three techniques have a wonderful secondary benefit in strengthening the bonding you already have with your child.
Katka Klemanová is an English teacher in Bratislava with almost 20 years of experience who loves teaching. She’s taught all ages, from young learners to adults, and loves the variety. Before her own children entered the world, she taught older teens at Gymnázium Jura Hronca. As a freelancer, she taught adults at various businesses and young learners (aged 3 months to 12 years) at Helen Doron learning centres where she was also a teacher trainer and supervisor. For the past three years, she’s been back in a classroom setting full-time at Spojená škola Tilgnerova where she teaches children in grades 2 to 5, as well as teens in the bilingual program.
3 Simple, Fun Strategies to Increase YLs’ Self-Motivation & Interest (Beginner Primary; Teachers with some experience) Saturday 2.25-5.10pm
Young learners are particularly capable when it comes to learning skills for mastering languages, because this is the time when they are most impressionable and wired to learn effortlessly and quickly. However, this only works when learning conditions and experiences are optimal. This is especially so when those meet their learning and developmental needs. This fun, highly engaging and interactive workshop will demonstrate 3 simple strategies that are easy to use with young learners, enabling you to tap into their natural curiosity, interest and self-motivation and significantly accelerate their learning in the classroom.
Šárka Miková (Slovak Ventures/Pearson) is a former English teacher with almost 20 years’ teaching experience to students of various levels – from preschoolers to adults. She acquired her Master’s degree in English teaching at Charles University, Prague and after several years of teaching at primary school she spent most of her professional career as a freelance teacher working for a language school and teaching her own individual and corporate students. Thanks to the variety of courses, she has taught and organised she became interested in didactics and methodology of ELT and currently exploits her experience as a methodological consultant. Besides her long practical teaching experience, she was also involved in production of teaching materials for video classes. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.facebook.com/SlovakVentures/
Learning without (much) forgetting (A1-A2 Primary; All teachers) Friday 4.40-5.25pm
The correct use of our memory is important for what we successfully learn. Effective learning is dependent on how much our pupils can remember from their English classes. But how does our memory really work? How can you help your pupils remember the most and forget the least with the knowledge of human memory secrets? In today´s session we are going to see in what (different) ways you as teachers may support the memory processes with primary (6 – 10) a lower secondary (11 – 16) pupils and at the same time adapt your lessons to these principles.