Expert professional development from leaders in the industry
The Oxford ELTOC 2017 will provide a series of discussions on the latest pedagogical theory and how to apply it to the classroom. Speakers will include members of the Oxford University Press Expert Panel, authors of various Professional Development publications, experienced teacher trainers and Oxford’s team of Asia Educational Services Managers.
Meet the speakers
Mindsets of the language learner: Can they be changed? | Friday 24th March | 9:15–9:45 & Sunday 26th March | 9:50-10:20
In his presentation, Adrian will discuss Fixed and Growth Mindsets, and how they can affect the attitudes of language learners. He will suggest various simple skills language teachers can bring to their lessons to strengthen the learning atmosphere in their classrooms.
Adrian Leis is a full-time tenured Associate Professor at Miyagi University of Education in Sendai, Japan. Originally from Australia, he has now been teaching English in Japan for close to 20 years at various academic institutions. He obtained his Ph.D from Tohoku University and his main fields of research are L2 learning motivation and computer-assisted language learning.
Encouraging today’s Young Learners to read extensively | Saturday 25th March | 15:50-16:20
Bill's session will offer practical tips on motivating today’s young learners to read at length. He'll suggest how to bring communication skills into extensive reading lessons in order to give variety, and how to assess reading in a rounded, learner-friendly way.
Bill Bowler is an author of ELT materials and teacher trainer who has trained teachers of English in over 50 countries around the world. He has worked with Oxford University Press as trainer, editor and author for more than 25 years. He is passionately interested in extensive reading, having authored a number of graded readers himself and edited many others. With his wife, Sue Parminter, he worked as a series editor for over 15 years, developing and establishing the Dominoes reader series published by OUP.
Extensive reading: what is it, and what is it good for? | Sunday 26th March | 13:50-14:20
Catherine's session will look at what extensive reading is, and what it can and can’t bring to the second language classroom, and how teachers can use it to help their learners.
Catherine Walter is a researcher, a teacher educator and a materials developer. She has written a number of award-winning ELT books since the 1980s as a co-author with Michael Swan, and she is the Series Adviser for the new Oxford University Press adult course series Navigate. Catherine has recently retired as an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford, and she continues her research, focused on second language reading and writing, as an Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College Oxford. Catherine is a UK Higher Education National Teaching Fellow, and in 2016 she was honoured at the British Council ELTons with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has a strong interest in equality and diversity in education. She is also a world champion veteran powerlifter.
Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina
The Power of Creativity in the ELL Classroom | Saturday 25th March | 9:50-10:20
How 21st Century Skills Help Build English Language Fluency | Sunday 26th March | 9:15–9:45
In ELL classrooms, the development of 21st century skills offers many opportunities to build language fluency. This session will look at ways in which critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration among English students can boost receptive and productive English skills.
Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina are American ELT authors and teacher-trainers who have taught young learners in Japan for 25 years. They are co-authors of Magic Time, Everybody Up, and Oxford Discover, courses for young learners published by Oxford University Press. Kathleen and Charles are active teachers who promote an inquiry-based approach to learning, where students develop English language fluency as they discover the world around them.
Exploiting Video in the ELT Classroom | Saturday 25th March | 11:15-11:45
Academic Speaking in an EMI World | Sunday 26th March | 11:15-11:45
How to Integrate CLIL Activities into your Lessons | Friday 24th March | 11:50-12:20
Connie will be running two sessions at the event; one to discuss the role of questions to foster critical thinking, the way to set up discussions to provide proper scaffolding, and the language strategies students need to develop to engage in Academic Discussion. The other will explore ways of exploiting video for engaging language learning, and learn about useful apps to work on video projects on iPad.
Connie Baqués is an Educational Services Manager at Oxford University Press. A graduate of the University of Saint Andrews (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Connie has worked as a Teacher of English, Academic Manager, Project Manager and Teacher Trainer since 1987. She has taught a wide variety of courses including General English, Exam Courses (YLEs, IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE and BEC) and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). Since 2006 Connie has provided in-house training for teachers, Academic Managers and Directors of Studies in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Connie is a Regional DELTA Tutor, a Cambridge UCLES Speaking Examiner and an IELTS Examiner. Connie’s passion is the use of technology in education, specifically how technology can help teachers to address the specific needs of their learners, to keep them motivated and to maximize learning.
‘Signals from the future’: the power of visualisation | Friday 24th March | 15:50-16:20
Many students are locked into a fixed mindset that limits their potential for growth and learning. Ed's session looks at some simple awareness-raising and visualisation activities which promote a growth mindset for learning based on embracing challenges and valuing improvement.
Edmund Dudley is a teacher trainer, materials writer and teacher of English with more than 20 years of classroom experience. Based in Budapest, he has extensive experience of teaching EFL at both primary and secondary levels. He has worked with teachers of English from around the world as a freelance teacher trainer, and as a tutor at the University of Oxford’s ELT Summer Seminar, held at Exeter College. He is the co-author of OUP’s Mixed-Ability Teaching (with Erika Osváth).
The Reading Bridge: From Classroom Support to Extensive Reading | Sunday 26th March | 11:50-12:20
Extensive Reading (ER) is beneficial for ELLs, but how do we get our students onto the ER path? Elizabeth's session looks at the motivating factors of comfort, choice and enthusiasm for ELL readers and considers materials and classroom methods for supporting broader, out-of-class reading.
Elizabeth Edwards has a Master of Education in TESOL and a CELTA qualification. For 8 years, Elizabeth has taught English language learners in South Korea, Canada, the UAE and Malaysia. She has taught young learners through to adults in a range of learning environments, and is currently focusing on teacher training and English Language Teacher Development in Vietnam and South-East Asia. Elizabeth Edwards is an Educational Services Manager for Oxford University Press in Vietnam.
With A Pinch of Salt (21st Century Skills) | Sunday 26th March | 15:50-16:20
Gareth Davies is a writer, teacher, teacher trainer, and storyteller. He has been in the ELT industry for 21 years teaching in Portugal, the UK, Spain and the Czech Republic. Between 2002 and 2007 Gareth ran a Trinity CertTESOL course in Prague and since 2005 he has worked closely with Oxford University Press, delivering teacher training and developing materials. Gareth has contributed material to a range of titles including Solutions, Headway, Business One:One and Business Result. Gareth is also an author of fiction and is interested in seeing how story-telling and creative writing can be useful tools for the language classroom.
With the threat of information overload, how can we encourage our students to cast a critical eye over the information they receive. Gareth's talk will look at some teaching techniques that can help out students become better critical thinkers.
Strategies for Teaching with Technology | Friday 24th March | 9:50-10:20
In today’s world of English language teaching, few would deny the need to integrate technology into our classrooms. The debate is not whether we should use technology, but how, when, and how much. Gordon's talk will present a 21 century framework which captures the needs of teachers and students and enables all stakeholders to work together to achieve optimal learning outcomes.
Gordon Lewis is Vice President, Languages for Laureate Higher Education, based in Princeton, NJ, USA. He earned a B.S. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and an M.S. from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey , California . From 1991-1999 he ran a language school for children in Berlin, Germany. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of Instructor Training and Development for Berlitz Kids in Princeton , New Jersey . From 2004-2008 he was Academic Director of Kaplan English Programs, based in New York City. Gordon has served on the committee of the IATEFL Young Learners Special Interest Group and served as an editorial board member of ELT Journal. He is co-author of Games for Children and Grammar for Young Learners and author of The Internet and Young Learners, Teenagers, and Making the Most of Technology, all published by Oxford University Press.
English Medium Instruction (EMI): A Growing Global Phenomenon | Sunday 26th March | 15:15-15:45
Julie's session will look at how universities around the world are racing to become international, preparing students to compete in a global world. Internationalisation usually means teaching undergraduate courses through the medium of English. So who is responsible for teaching students English?
Julie is Director of EMI at Hertford College, University of Oxford, responsible for teacher Professional Development in English Medium Instruction around the world.
Stretch your brain! : Fostering a growth mindset in young learners | Saturday 25th March | 14:25-14:55
Fostering a growth mindset is a long journey in itself and requires commitment. In Julie's session, we will explore some creative, yet simple strategies teachers can use to model and help students build and grow their mindsets in the young learner classroom.
Julie Hwang is an Educational Services Manager for Oxford University Press Korea. Her diverse experience includes teaching English at various levels ranging from preschool to adults, as well as developing textbooks for young English learners. Julie studied English Education at the graduate level and her recently published titles include songbooks for young learners. One of the most exciting things she finds about her work is meeting new teachers and sharing a wealth of creative ideas and lessons.
3D CLIL Projects for English Language Classrooms | Friday 24th March | 13:15-13:45
Language teachers are often looking for motivating project work for their language lessons. This webinar presents a wide range of content project ideas and stresses the need for thinking about three dimensions of CLIL lessons: conceptual, procedural and linguistic.
Keith Kelly is a freelance education consultant based in Bulgaria. He is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, and founder and coordinator of the Forum for Across the Curriculum Teaching (FACTWorld - www.factworld.info). He has been working as a freelance education consultant since August 2003 on education projects mainly focusing on the teaching of content through the medium of a foreign language. Keith is co-creator of TrashedWorld (www.trashedworld.com) a schools' internet platform for investigation exchanges based on the topic of waste in our lives.
Using Extensive Reading to Improve Speaking Skills | Friday 24th March | 10:25–10:55
How to Integrate CLIL Activities into your Lessons | Friday 24th March | 11:50-12:20
Many teachers are attracted to content-focused teaching, but are not sure how to integrate it into their language-focused courses. Mark's webinar will share a simple way to organize lessons so that they effectively balance language, content, and thinking skills.
Mark Richard is a Taiwan-based trainer with eighteen years’ ELT experience in East Asia and Europe. He has taught all age groups in various schools and government agencies. As Oxford University Press’ Educational Services Manager, he regularly presents at TESOL conferences, and is a certified trainer for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy. He loves to fill his students’ minds with curiosity so that they work hard without realizing it and think for themselves.
Neus Lorenzo Gales
21st Century Skills: Learning for the unknown | Friday 24th March | 13:50-14:20
Education is challenged by the rapid changes in an increasingly digital world, where the Internet of Things interacts with human and artificial intelligences. A major change of focus is promoted by OECD and UNESCO 2030 proposals with 21st century skills, based on cognitive processes and attitudes for interaction more than static knowledge acquisition.
Neus Lorenzo (PhD) is Inspector of Education in Barcelona, Spain, and co-founder of The Transformation Society. She is an expert in training and learning theory, and has been involved for 20 years in research and thought leadership around educational innovation, teacher training, language policy, education and technology, leadership, and school management. She is the former head of the Foreign Language Teaching Service of the Catalan education ministry (Spain), and has developed international plurilingual projects across Europe and with other countries. Dr. Lorenzo is a published author for Oxford University Press and others, and she is a trainer and consultant for a number of Catalan foundations and universities. You can also follow Neus Lorenzo on Twitter @NewsNeus
Reading Fluency Matters: how extensive reading develops better learners | Saturday 25th March | 13:15-13:45
Reading in English is challenging. Without fluent EL2 reading skills, students will struggle in English based subjects. Encouraging students to read extensively for pleasure develops the reading fluency and automaticity which allows students to focus on learning, not just understanding.
Nina Prentice is a secondary English teacher, teacher trainer, researcher and author with a particular interest in Extensive Reading and its impact on general literacy and language learning. With Oxford University Press over the last 15 years, she has worked on reading programmes in Jordan, Italy and Poland. Now in its sixth year, the Italian project, Read On!, nominated in 2016 for an ELTons award, aims to help learners and teachers read their way to better English. She is currently collaborating in a research project with OUP to develop a test to measure reading fluency.
Practical Educational Technology for Primary English Classes | Friday 24th March | 14:25-14:55 & Sunday 26th March | 10:25-10:55
Many teachers are enthusiastic about technology (or are being encouraged to use it). However, there are challenges to beware of! We will look at issues to avoid and approaches to take to ensure effective technology use in the primary classroom.
A graduate of the University of Birmingham (England), Oliver has taught a wide variety of students at the kindergarten, primary, secondary and adult level. In his more than 20 years spent living and working in Asia, he has created and delivered Professional Development workshops and seminars for thousands of teachers in countries across the region. He has a keen interest in the effective use of collaborative educational technology in the EFL classroom, and is currently studying to become a Google Certified Educator.
Real CLIL for language learning, using the 3 Dimensions of Content | Saturday 25th March | 13:50-14:20
Language students need to be convinced that the thematic content they are being asked to understand and produce is actually the objective of their learning. They want to be assessed on their ability to do things with language. That’s the key.
Phil Ball works mainly for the Federation of Basque Schools, based in San Sebastián in Spain. He is a CLIL materials writer and teacher-trainer and has been closely involved with the award-winning Basque project, ‘Eleanitz’. He has been involved in several European-based CLIL projects, and has written a wide variety of CLIL-based textbooks for the Basque and Spanish social science and English language programmes. He co-designed the new ‘CLIL Essentials’ online course for the British Council and works as a trainer for NILE. He is the co-author of the new book about CLIL, ‘Putting CLIL into Practice’ (Oxford University Press 2015) and his CLIL textbook series for the Basque curriculum was nominated for the ELTONS Innovation Award in 2016.
Richard R. Day
Extensive Reading and Language Learning | Friday 24th March | 11:15-11:45
This keynote introduces extensive reading and how it may be used to help foreign language learners learn to read and to help them increase their vocabulary knowledge, and improve their writing, speaking and listening abilities.
Dr. Richard R. Day, professor, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, is the author of numerous publications, particularly on second language reading. Among his publications on second language reading is Bringing Extensive Reading into the Classroom (co-author). Professor Day is the co-editor of the online scholarly journal, Reading in a Foreign Language (www.nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl), and co-founder of the Extensive Reading Foundation (www.erfoundation.org).
Engage teenage learners with cross-curricular activities | Saturday 25th March | 10:25–10:55
21st century skills for student success in the secondary classroom | Saturday 25th March | 11:50-12:20
Rob is doing two sessions at the event; one is a practical session in which he'll look at a variety of activities designed to develop students' communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills, as well as providing opportunities to improve global awareness. In the other he'll be reviewing the benefits of cross curricular study and illustrate those benefits through a range of activities designed to engage and motivate students in the secondary classroom.
Rob Peacock works at Oxford University Press as a full-time Oxford Teachers' Academy-certified teacher trainer. He has spent many years in Japan teaching to students of all ages as well as providing teacher support and workshops.
Robert S. Kim
How advanced e-Readers can effectively improve English acquisition | Saturday 25th March | 9:15–9:45
Robert's session will look at how tecgnology is transforming coursebooks and readers, and how to help students and teachers learn and teach English with less effort. He'll be looking at several technical features applied to Oxford University Press ELT books together with the pedagogical intentions that underpin them.
Robert Kim is the CEO and Founder of iPortfolio Inc., a Korea based technology company focusing in eBooks and education. iPortfolio is the major eBook technology partner for major Publishers, such as Oxford University Press in UK, World Book in US, and RHK(formerly Random House Korea) in Korea.
Robert Kim has spoken in numerous international events in regards to digital publishing and digital contents convergence. To name a few, he was one of the key speakers covering topics such as “Digital Contents in a Smart World” at Frankfurt Book Fair, “From Paper to Digital” at the publishers conference hosted by the Publishers Association of Thailand, and “A View on Korean M-Learning Market” at the e-Learning International Conference in Korea.
Robert Kim is the advisor for National IT Promotion Agency(NIPA), Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and held the position of Vice Chairman of the Korea eLearning Industry Association. He graduated from Seoul National University (Bachelor Science).
Mindsets – A spring into action for learners and teachers | Saturday 25th March | 15:15-15:45
Sarah's session will consider mindsets as being a core prerequisite for agency and engagement. We discuss the need to accompany a growth mindset with strategic knowledge and a will to learn. We reflect on both learner and teacher mindsets.
Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at the University of Graz, Austria, where she is Head of ELT methodology and Deputy Head of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities. Her research interests include all aspects of the psychology surrounding the foreign language learning and teaching experience, focusing in particular on issues of self and identity. She is the author, co-author and co-editor of several books in this area including ‘Exploring Psychology for Language Teachers’ written together with Marion Williams and Stephen Ryan published by Oxford University Press (Winner of the IH Ben Warren Prize).
Vanessa Reis Esteves
Developing 21st century skills into the primary classroom | Friday 24th March | 15:15-15:45
At the event Vanessa will take a look at how to introduce and implement a questioning mindset in the primary classroom that naturally develops children’s critical thinking skills and encourages them to communicate their ideas with each other.
Vanessa Reis has worked in English language teaching since 1996 as a teacher, teacher trainer and author. She is a well-known specialist in Young Learners and runs training on behalf of schools, universities, and publishers. She is also a popular presenter at international teachers’ conferences around the world. Vanessa also writes features and articles for many journals and magazines, including English Teaching Professional and Modern English Teacher. She is currently working on her PhD in 21st Century Skills and Learning.