Doors open at 8:30 am, at which time you can for the day and already have a first look at the publishers' stands.
At 9:00 am the event will begin in earnest with a welcome speech by the organising team.
Keynote speech: Pete Sharma
This keynote looks at what the research says, then classifies the many reasons why teachers and schools choose to blend. It identifies the challenges and offers a simple formula to ensure success, including an innovative, systematic framework for teachers looking to blend. The speaker will illustrate the talk with examples of tools and resources from the Oxford Online Practice platform (Oxford University Press). Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the complex, flexible concept of Blended Learning.
Following the first keynote speech of the day, there will be time to grab a quick coffee or to browse the many stands in the main auditorium before getting ready for the first round of workshops.
Groupe A – Atelier 1 – Practical ideas for blending in the language classroom (Pete Sharma)
This workshop focuses first on a description of how teachers can blend face-to-face classroom teaching with online practice in the following areas: grammar and vocabulary / the receptive skills of listening and reading / the productive skills of speaking and writing / pronunciation.
Secondly there will be an exploration of how using online materials can help both teachers and students deal with mixed skills’ levels / absenteeism / learner preferences and encourage learner independence.
Groupe B – Atelier 2 – The Art of the Question (Mike Turner)
Teachers ask hundreds of questions every day, but this is often done in an intuitive way. Through a variety of discussion, peer-sharing and practical activities, this workshop explores the skilful use of questions to guide our students’ learning. We will consider: why and how we use questions in the classroom, the types of questions that are appropriate to different tasks, how to formulate questions in a skilled way, how we can foster learning by using questions, strategies to support learner responses, some fun activities we can use with leaners to help them practise and develop their own use of question and response.
Groupe C – Atelier 3 – Essay Writing as a Teachable Skill (Daniel Redinger)
In this workshop, participants will learn to identify the desired outcomes for a given essay and to extract teachable skills (e.g., analysis, evaluation, structuring thought processes, writing in appropriate register, etc.), design active and cooperative teaching and learning activities that allow students to develop the targeted skills, construct effective mark schemes, and implement student-friendly mark schemes as an effective tool for self and peer assessment.
Groupe D – Atelier 4 – Teaching and Motivating Mixed Ability Classes (Michelle van Toorn)
Amongst teachers globally, there is a growing need for material on teaching mixed ability classes and stimulating active class participation. Using examples from the Cambridge University Press secondary course THiNK, a course geared towards aiding teachers in these areas, we will explore new possibilities and materials that can help overcome these obstacles. Examples are taken from the range of free downloadable worksheets on different levels for vocabulary, grammar, and literature. In addition, we will look how you can incorporate this extra material in your classes in a practical manner.
Teachers will leave this workshop with new free tools they can use the very next day in class. They will have new handholds for dealing with different levels in one class, and will have learned more about how to encourage active student participation.