From 2009 onwards, we will be inviting ELT experts to share and discuss with us their experiences in teaching English in our workshops. You can download the related handouts or watch the workshop videos.
This workshop guides participants to reflect on what is and is not happening in their classrooms in terms of making language learning relevant for their learners, in their teaching situation, and with their materials. It will demonstrate a variety of activities that can be used to present and practice vocabulary and grammar which will lead to greater opportunities for 'real'communication between learners.
This workshop aims to raise teachers' awareness of the valuable role of errors as a learning tool. The relationship between "fluency and accuracy of spoken English" is one many teachers have thought about. In the workshop, the trainers will consider when to correct spoken errors and will introduce different correction techniques.
In this workshop the trainers will explain and show the differences between formative and summative assessment. They will then focus more closely on formative assessment. Teacher participants will be asked to take part in the discussion and to explore the question, “What are the benefits of formative assessment?”
This workshop aims at building the confidence of teachers in finding ideas for, and using, managed repetition activities, or drills, which are not simple repetitions but have ‘added value’. This ‘added value’ can include any or all of choice, interaction, fun, or personalisation and makes the drills meaningful, in that the students are supported in understanding and expressing their own meanings.
In this session the trainers will take the participants from opening the coursebook to having a lesson prepared. To demonstrate an effective lesson the trainers will write a lesson plan for the session including aims and identify stages as moving through the session. The goal is to let the participants choose a part of the coursebook and plan a lesson from this. Each participant will have a copy of the lesson plan for the session and will therefore be able to follow and recognize the stages of an effective lesson.
This workshop explores how to encourage students'participation and autonomy by creating supportive atmosphere. By actually learning communicative English in a fun and stimulating environment, students will not only be more motivated and learn more, they will actually be better prepared to pass the national exams as well.Moving from theory to practice, the trainer will come up with a series of ideas and fun activities which participants can implement in their classes.
Listening is one of the most important English skills. This workshop aims at building confidence in teaching listening and helping students to develop good listening skills. It will focus on how to develop listening skills considering three stages: pre-listening, whilst listening and post-listening.
This session will demonstrate several Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) techniques and show how teachers can adapt these to the reforms in the English curriculum in Hong Kong. CLIL has methodologies and techniques which can be relevant and interesting to all English teachers across China.