Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2013

Bringing Body and Mind into English Education


  • Dates: 3rd February – 17th March 2013
  • Times: Dependent upon venue
  • Speakers: Karen Frazier, Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, Kaj Schwermer, Setsuko Toyama, Craig Wright and Julia Chang, Marco Brazil, Robert Peacock, Nathalie Reverchon, Ben Shearon

How can I teach English in English? I teach the way the teacher's book says, so why don't things work as planned? I've tried so many kinds of activities but my students don't always engage. I want my lessons to be more active rather than routine. If you worry about any of these things, then we have some workshops for you.

From effective phonics instruction and activities that you can use in the classroom right away, to teaching other subjects through English, the Oxford Teaching Workshop Series will give you what you need. We have put together a stimulating series of workshops with activities using gestures, movement and songs suitable for learners of different ages. Move your bodies and minds with experienced teacher trainers who will leave you without a doubt as to how these ideas will work in your lessons.

Whether you are already a teacher of English, or thinking about starting out, all are welcome to attend this year's exciting Oxford Teaching Workshop Series. It's free; so don't delay, book your place today!

Benefit

Pre-register today and receive an Oxford Phonics Word alphabet poster when you come to the workshop!

Information Exchange Bulletin Boards available at each event!

Coming to the workshops is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and information with other teachers! Oxford University Press will provide an Information Exchange Bulletin Board at each venue on the day of the workshops for teaching-related information such as announcements for local study groups or job openings.




Workshop Presentations


Let Puppets Bring Language to Life for Your Students, Karen Frazier

Puppets have a universal appeal and can encourage real communication in a classroom. They can reduce stress and make young students more willing to talk. They can bring an element of fun and humor to language learning. Discover how puppets can bring language alive by helping you introduce and review language, by getting your students talking, and by tapping into a variety of learning styles!


Making the Most of Chants and Songs, Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina

Chants and songs can be a memorable part of your English classes. Adding movement to them makes learning even more engaging. Discover how you can make the most of chants and songs in your curriculum. Use them to develop essential skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learn how they can contribute to positive attitudes and values among your students.


EFL literacy instruction: six secrets of success, Kaj Schwermer

Effective EFL literacy instruction at the outset of a child's education can often mean the difference between lifelong learning or lifelong frustration. While many effective materials and methods have been created, few have been developed with the specific needs and goals of Asian EFL learners in mind.

The presenter will share activities, songs, and stories from a new, simple yet effective, step-by-step approach to EFL literacy instruction developed and classroom tested right here in Asia.


Activities Galore! - Involving Children as Whole-Beings, Setsuko Toyama

This workshop is a pot-pourri of activities, songs, and chants that will help teachers involve young learners as whole-beings. Join as a child to enjoy the fun session and take home 26 ideas as a confident teacher.


5 E's to Teaching Excellence, Craig Wright and Julia Chang

The daunting task of learning English is made much less intimidating for our students when they have the right strategies to tackle the task. Craig and Julia will share the secrets of how you can achieve the "5 E's to Teaching Excellence" in your classes. They will show how you can help your students learn vocabulary and master reading, while improving their listening, speaking, spelling and writing. Come along with us to discover the secret to achieving all of this and more, using a special magic elixir…


Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes, Marco Brazil

One of the most important skills we can teach our students is how to become better thinkers. In this presentation, Marco will demonstrate critical and creative thinking activities appropriate for children from beginning kindergartens to fairly fluent six graders, and everyone in between. He will also demonstrate simple techniques to add a thoughtful twist to familiar activities or coursebook lessons. So, put your thinking caps on and join us for fifty minutes of fun brain exercise!


Songs and Chants for Engaging Classes, Robert Peacock

In this workshop we will look at how to keep all students involved and really make the language stick with fun songs and chants. We will see how actions and mime can be incorporated with songs to keep the whole class following along and singing their way to excellent English!


Oxford Reading Tree in the Classroom, Nathalie Reverchon

This interactive workshop will give you an overview of the methodology behind the reading scheme as well as demonstrate practical techniques for using these readers with your students in the classroom.


The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How?, Ben Shearon

First published in 1985, the Oxford Reading Tree has grown into a wonderful teaching resource with over a thousand books, CDs, workbooks, guides, and online resources. In this presentation Ben Shearon will explain why reading is so important for children learning English and introduce a step-by-step guide to designing an effective reading program for young learners.

Karen Frazier | Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina | Kaj Schwermer | Setsuko Toyama | Craig Wright and Julia Chang | Marco Brazil | Robert Peacock | Nathalie Reverchon | Ben Shearon

Karen Frazier (Co-author, Let's Go)

Karen Frazier earned a degree in Speech, with an emphasis on Speech Pathology and has a Master's degree in Linguistics. She has over 30 years' experience working with English language learners in the U.S. and Taiwan, as an ESL/EFL teacher at various levels. She has also conducted teacher-training workshops in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the U.S. In addition, she has been an advisor for international students of all ages and their families.

Karen is very interested in helping equip all ELT students with the language, confidence and other skills they need to be successful in an English language environment. She is co-author of Let's Go, one of the world's best-selling English courses for children, published by Oxford University Press.

Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina (Co-authors, Magic Time and Everybody Up)

Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina have created songs, chants, and movement activities to build English language skills in young learners.

Using a "multiple intelligences" approach, they have co-authored Magic Time and Everybody Up, both by Oxford University Press. Kathleen has recently created the children's song "Skeleton Dance" on iTunes.

Kaj Schwermer (Co-author, Oxford Phonics World)

Kaj Schwermer, co-author of the recently published Oxford Phonics World is renowned for his very active and entertaining presentations. He is currently teaching at Suma Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Kobe and is the owner of Eureka Learning Studio in Osaka.

Setsuko Toyama (Co-author, English Time; Visiting Professor, Keiwa College)

Setsuko Toyama is the co-author of the best-selling English Time series and the English Time Pack for Elementary Schools. Setsuko is a visiting professor at Keiwa College, conducts teacher-training seminars at Tsuda College Open School and works closely with elementary school teachers of PEN (Primary English in Niigata).

Craig Wright and Julia Chang (Co-author, Oxford Phonics World)

Teachers love Craig Wright's interactive and engaging training sessions – complete with sound effects!

With over 20 years of English teaching experience in Asia, Craig is a co-author of Oxford Phonics World, the new children's phonics series from Oxford University Press. He is the author and series editor of Dolphin Readers (Oxford University Press) and with Julia Chang, is the author and editor of a children's bilingual dictionary for The Commercial Press called Young Learners' Bilingual Dictionary.

Craig is a popular, experienced presenter, teacher trainer and materials developer. He has conducted many successful teacher-training seminars and presentations in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. He has also conducted teacher training sessions by invitation from the Ministries of Education in Vietnam and China.

Julia Chang is a co-author of Oxford Phonics World, the new children's phonics series from Oxford University Press. She is an experienced, well-known and respected personality in the field of English Language Teaching. She started out as an English tutor while majoring in English at Taiwan National University. After graduation, she became an English teacher and opened her own language school. Having gained considerable experience in teaching English, she joined Oxford University Press Taiwan as a teacher trainer, working her way up to General Manager. A further seven years later Julia formed her own English Language Teaching consultancy and has been working on publishing, materials development and teacher training throughout Asia.

Marco Brazil (iETC Training Director / iTDi Associate)

Marco Brazil has been teaching children and training teachers for over fifteen years. He is the training director of (iETC) Institute Of English Teaching To Children and an associate at (iTDi) International Teacher Development Institute. His current project the Mabuhay Classroom Teacher Workshop is an attempt to share his experiences with his fellow teachers here in Japan. Marco runs his own English school for children the SMARTKIDS CIRCLE. He specializes in making children's English class FUN and EASY through games.

Rob Peacock (Oxford University Press)

Rob Peacock currently works at Oxford University Press. He has spent many years in Japan teaching to students of all ages as well as providing teacher support and workshops. His lively and informative presentations come with plenty of practical ideas for active classes.

Nathalie Reverchon (Oxford University Press International Training Manager)

Nathalie Reverchon is a teacher and trainer from the UK. Her university studies in Teaching and Linguistics led her on to teach in Sri Lanka, Jordan, Switzerland and Afghanistan. She has worked with the Ministries of Education in these countries to support teachers implementing curricula in English. More recently she has been developing training and support resources for teachers at Oxford University Press.

Ben Shearon (Tohoku University)

Ben Shearon is a lecturer at Tohoku University with twelve years' experience at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in Japan. He is also educational advisor to Nika JHS/SHS and Cambridge English in Sendai. Ben's research interests include language acquisition, curriculum design, independent learning, extensive reading, and Japanese English education.

February: Fukuoka | Okayama | Osaka | Tokyo

March: Yokohama | Nagoya | Saitama | Sapporo | Tsukuba | Sendai


Sunday 3rd February 2013 - Fukuoka - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Tenjin Crystal Bldg. 3F, Dai Hall (A+B), 4-6-7 Tenjin, Chuo-Ku, Fukuoka-Shi, Fukuoka (4 min. walk from Subway Kuko Line Tenjin Sta. East Exits 9 or 10)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Ben Shearon
11:40-12:30 Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes by Marco Brazil
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 EFL literacy instruction: six secrets of success by Kaj Schwermer
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: Kinokuniya Fukuoka
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Saturday 16th February 2013 - Okayama - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Okayama Convention Center 4F, 407 Kaigishitsu, 14-1 Ekimoto-Machi, Kita-Ku, Okayama-Shi, Okayama (3 min. walk from JR Okayama Sta. Chuo Kaisatsu Exit)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Ben Shearon
11:40-12:30 Let Puppets Bring Language to Life for Your Students by Karen Frazier
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 5 E's to Teaching Excellence by Julia Chang and Craig Wright
Supported by: Maruzen Okayama
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Sunday 17th February 2013 - Osaka - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Chisun Hotel Shin-Osaka 4F, Kaigishitsu No.3 (ABC), 6-2-19 Nishinakajima, Yodogawa-Ku, Osaka-Shi, Osaka (5 min. walk from JR Shin-Osaka Sta. Central Gate, 3 min. walk from Subway Midosuji Line Shin-Osaka Sta. Exit 7)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Ben Shearon
11:40-12:30 Let Puppets Bring Language to Life for Your Students by Karen Frazier
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 5 E's to Teaching Excellence by Julia Chang and Craig Wright
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: Kinokuniya Osaka Umeda
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Sunday 24th February 2013 - Tokyo - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Aioi Nissay Dowa Sonpo Shinjuku Bldg. B1 Hall, 3-25-3 Yoyogi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo (10 min. walk from JR Shinjuku Sta. South Exit)

10:30-11:20 Oxford Reading Tree in the Classroom by Nathalie Reverchon
11:40-12:30 Let Puppets Bring Language to Life for Your Students by Karen Frazier
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 5 E's to Teaching Excellence by Julia Chang and Craig Wright
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: Maruzen Marunouchi
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Saturday 2nd March 2013 - Yokohama - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Yokohama World Porters 6F, Event Hall A, 2-2-1 Shinko, Naka-Ku, Yokohama-Shi, Kanagawa, (5 min. walk from Minato Mirai Line, Bashamichi Sta. Exit 4, 5 min. walk from Minato Mirai Line, Minato Mirai Sta. Exit 5, 10 min. walk from JR & Subway Sakuragicho Sta.)

10:30-11:20 Oxford Reading Tree in the Classroom by Nathalie Reverchon
11:40-12:30 Songs and Chants for Engaging Classes by Robert Peacock
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 EFL literacy instruction: six secrets of success by Kaj Schwermer
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: Kinokuniya Yokohama Minatomirai
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Sunday 3rd March 2013 - Nagoya - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Nagoya AT Bldg. Nagoya Sun Sky Room 2F, Room A, 1-18-22 Nishiki, Naka-Ku, Nagoya-Shi, Aichi (3 min. walk from Subway Fushimi Sta. Exit 8)

10:30-11:20 Oxford Reading Tree in the Classroom by Nathalie Reverchon
11:40-12:30 Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes by Marco Brazil
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 Activities Galore! - Involving Children as Whole-Beings - by Setsuko Toyama
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: MARUZEN Nagoya Sakae
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Saturday 9th March 2013 - Saitama - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Omiya Sonic City B1, Exhibition Hall 5, 1-7-5 Sakuragi-Cho, Omiya-Ku, Saitama-Shi, Saitama (3 min. walk from JR Omiya Sta. West Exit)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Oliver Bayley*
*We regret that the original presenter will not be able to attend and apologize for any convenience.
11:40-12:30 Songs and Chants for Engaging Classes by Naoko Ashikawa*
*We regret that the original presenter will not be able to attend and apologize for any convenience.
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 Activities Galore! - Involving Children as Whole-Beings - by Setsuko Toyama
14:40-15:30 Making the Most of Chants and Songs by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
Supported by: Royal Books
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Sunday 10th March 2013 - Sapporo - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Sapporo-Shi Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan 3F, Kenshu-shitsu 301, 13 Chome, Kita 1-Jo Nishi, Chuo-Ku, Sapporo-Shi, Hokkaido (5 min. walk from Subway Tozai Line, Nishi 11-chome Sta. Exit 1)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Richard Attwood*
*We regret that the original presenter will not be able to attend and apologize for any convenience.
11:40-12:30 Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes by Marco Brazil
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 EFL literacy instruction: six secrets of success by Kaj Schwermer
Supported by: Kinokuniya Sapporo
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Saturday 16th March 2013 - Tsukuba - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

Tsukuba International Congress Center 2F, 201 Chu Kaigishitsu, 2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba-Shi, Ibaraki (10 min. walk from Tsukuba Express Tsukuba Sta. Exit A3)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Ben Shearon
11:40-12:30 Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes by Marco Brazil
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 Activities Galore! - Involving Children as Whole-Beings - by Setsuko Toyama
Supported by: Royal Books
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Sunday 17th March 2013 - Sendai - View the map for this venue | Download the Programme

TKP Garden City Sendai Hall A-1, AER 21F, 1-3-1, Chuo, Aoba-Ku, Sendai-Shi, Miyagi (4 min. walk from Sendai Sta. West Exit)

10:30-11:20 The Oxford Reading Tree: Why, What, When, Who, How? by Ben Shearon
11:40-12:30 Critical Thinking and Creative Learning in Children's English Classes by Marco Brazil
12:30-13:30 – Lunch –
13:30-14:20 Activities Galore! - Involving Children as Whole-Beings - by Setsuko Toyama
Supported by: Maruzen Sendai AER
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