Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meet Our Speakers - Jean Linehan & Ana Tripkovic

Speaker: Jean Linehan
Title: Read to me! Reading aloud is allowed.
In this workshop, we will discuss the many benefits (linguistic, academic and emotional) of reading aloud to students.  Next, looking at several available books, we explore ways reading aloud is used to make connections to other subjects, topics and real life issues.  Finally, we will read excerpts from the chosen book modeling best-practice read aloud techniques.

About Jean: MA International Education/ English Language Fellow Belgrade,Serbia

Speaker: Ana Tripkovic
Title: Learning tools for captivating learners
In this dynamic and practical workshop teachers for students of all ages will find some interesting ideas about using popular online tools for engaging students in creative activities. The participants will try out some of the activities and get a list with ideas that could be used in their classrooms.

About Ana: PhD ELT methodology/ Teacher, Teacher trainer, interpreter/ Serbia

Meet Our Speakers - Dina Dobrou & Bobby Zlatkov

Speaker: Dina Dobrou
Title: Dream it. Be it. The Power of the Human Brain in Education
When it comes to teaching and learning, one tool is of utmost importance: the brain. Do we know how it works and how it can be used for optimal results? In this experiential workshop you will attend a sample lesson of what it feels like to be able to harness the power of the brain and you will discuss the learning and Professional Development opportunities that derive from it.

About Dina: DipTrans, CELTA, EFL Teacher at British Council Greece

Speaker: Bobby Zlatkov
Title: Read ON
Encouraging students to read is a grand thing and maybe I am expected to give a universal recipe for this. Unfortunately, this is virtually impossible. 
Instead, I am going to share 5 very simple ideas which some of you may have already thought about, but which are tried and tested and which you will find useful for your classes.

About Bobby: CELTA & DELTA, senior teacher and teacher trainer, Sofia, Bulgaria

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Members Registration Form for TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece

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Meet Our Speakers - Christina Chorianopoulou & Cory Koby

Speaker: Christina Chorianopoulou
Title: Learner Voices: The Ears Peeled Project 
How do I sound in English? And does it matter? The Ears Peeled Project has some answers; it was co-designed with learner groups and has assisted them in overcoming fears and improving skills, while helping them find their own voice. The workshop will take participants through the collaborative design process, its multi-level tasks and the (often unexpected) outcomes. 

About Christina: Christina is an English language educator, a blogger & Editor for TESOLGreece, email:, Social Media: @kryftina

Speaker: Cory Koby
Title: Proven Results of an Ambitious Extensive Reading Programme
Over a two-year period, all first and second-year students in our English department are involved in a dedicated extensive reading (ER) program in which they are required to read a minimum of 540,000 words to earn a passing grade. The presenter will demonstrate the specific methods and approaches employed to motivate learners to achieve highly successful outcomes. Benefits of an ER-specific LMS called XReading will be demonstrated, including student reading verification and convenient data collection.
About Cory: MA ELT/ Assistant Professor/ Miyagi Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Meet Our Speakers - Alexandra Valtzidou & Eirini Triantafyllidou

Speaker: Alexandra Valtzidou
Title: English Language Learners with Learning Differences: Who are they?
ELLs with learning difficulties (LD) represent an large part of the school population. Yet statistically they are often under-identified as sometimes the  characteristics of typical ELLs look similar to the learning differences experienced by students with LD. The current presentation will focus on how ELL students with LD differ from typically developing ELLs in several areas of language development and skills.

About Alexandra: BA Psy., BA. S. Ed, MSc L.D./ Learning Specialist/ Thessaloniki/ Greece

Speaker: Eirini Triantafyllidou
Title: My experience in UK-Based Summer Schools - Teaching multicultural classes, mixed ability classes
Many of the strategies , methods used in Summer Schools  might help teachers to get all students, active or reflective learners  to get involved to the whole procedure, create conditions that enable learners of various learning preferences and personalities to contribute and learn.

About Eirini: Business, General English Teacher, Senior Teacher/ Programme Manager Uk Summer Schools

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Meet our Speakers - Effie Kyrikakis & Despina Kalaitzidou

Speaker: Effie Kyrikakis
Title: Global Projects – Shaping a Connected World

Hear your heart beat fast. See the eyes of your students sparkle with anticipation! Feel the rush of excitement as you prepare to delight!  Why will a Global Project benefit your class? How can it be implemented into the curriculum? What projects can you participate in?

This interactive professional talk promises to be a discovery journey of sorts! Be there!

About Effie: Global Educator/ Change Agent/ Winners Education International Program Facilitator

Speaker: Despina Kalaitzidou
Title: Using Drama in TEFL: Human Rights Activities
Drama is one of the most creative and effective strategies in language learning, especially when context is provided. This workshop will be focused on Human Rights Education and will provide the students with the opportunity to practice their speaking skills, along with their creativity and imagination. The learning objectives are: to practice speaking skills, to develop awareness of human rights, to develop team building skills, to develop sensory-motor skills and coordination,to develop their imagination and creativity.

About Despina: BA English/ MA Literature / MEd Drama in Education / Teacher / Drama Facilitator /Thessaloniki

Meet our Speakers - Rina Krasniqi & Erëza Mehmeti

Speaker: Rina Krasniqi
Title: Let’s Ice-Break
Are you a teacher who constantly worries over breaking the ice with new students you meet every year? Do you feel stressed out, anxious, and clueless about where to begin? If YES, attend this workshop and help yourself and your students pave way for a better year! Carefully chosen and multiple stirring icebreakers will be presented which will be highly beneficial during your classes with different age ranges. These gripping activities will undoubtedly foster emotional comfort in class, will keep them interesting and fun, and most importantly will help students get acquainted and build rapport.

About Rina: MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL/ English Teacher

Speaker: Erëza Mehmeti 
Title: Practical Application of Game-Based Learning/ Play. Learn. Grow.
Children enjoy learning while playing. Keeping students engaged in lessons can be a great challenge for teachers. Game-Based Learning creates a comfortable environment and provides opportunities to acquire knowledge. By using games in the classroom both learners and teachers benefit. Young learners will consider learning to be an enjoyable experience whereas teachers can collect information on students’ progress.

About Erëza: MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL/ Teacher, Teacher Trainer/ Prishtina/ Kosovo