Wednesday, February 15, 2017

24th TESOL Macedonia Thrace Annual Convention Sponsors

We would like to thank our dear sponsors for their valuable contribution and help. Without them nothing could have been possible to happen. Their generosity gave us the opportunity to turn our ideas, thoughts and dreams into reality and led the 24th TESOL Macedonia Thrace Annual International Convention to a great success. Without this huge support, we would not have been able to reach our goals and make this Convention special and bright! Thank you once again.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meet Our Pleanry Speakers - Marina Mattheoudakis

Prof Marina Mattheoudakis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds an MA in TEFL/TESL from the University of Birmingham, UK and a PhD in Lexicology from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has taught English as a foreign language for 10 years in all levels of education and she has been a supporter of TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece all these years. Her plenary is on Sunday 12/2 at 11:30 and it's entitled ''ELT in Greece: What has actually changed?" Join us The American College of Thessaloniki

Meet Our Plenary Speakers - Leo Selivan

Leo Selivan, Teacher and Teacher Trainer at the British Council Tel Aivi is and Blogger. Leo has written for Modern English Teacher, the Guardian Education, EFL Magazine and was guest editor of the special issue of Humanising Language Teaching devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Lexical Approach, which is his main area of expertise. His plenary is on Saturday at 15:10 and is entitled: ''Misapplied Linguistics.'' Leo's follow up session is on Sunday at 15:10 and is entitled ''Writing in L2: From grammatical mistakes to lexical opportunities''. Join us at The American College of Thessaloniki

Meet Our Pleanary Speakers - Marisa Constantinides

Title: Creative teaching, creative learning

The potential for creative thinking is present in all learners. This presentation aims to point out opportunities for making this part of our design including activities that have the potential of developing the different facets of this composite aspect of the human intellect. Creative thinking facilitates problem solving and discovery learning and can enhance language acquisition. In this interactive presentation I will demonstrate a number of language activities encouraging different aspects of divergent production, singly and in combination.

Marisa Constantinides is a teacher, teacher educator, and ELT author, Director of Studies of CELT Athens.

Meet Our Plenary Speakers - Sugata Mitra

Join TESOL Macadonia Thrace Pre-Conference Event on Friday 10th February at 21:00 at the The American College of Thessaloniki Bissell Library. 
The title of this first plenary is The Future of Learning.

Sugata Mitra is professor of educational technologies at Newcastle University in the Department of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Prof. Mitra is also the winner of the TED talk prize in 2013. 

Seventeen years of experiments with children's education takes us through a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, they can achieve educational objectives on their own, can read by themselves. Finally, the most startling of them all: Groups of children with access to the Internet can learn anything by themselves. The mechanism of this kind of learning seems similar to the appearance of spontaneous order, or ‘emergent phenomena’ in chaotic systems. From the slums of India, to the villages of India and Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Sugata's experimental results show a strange new future for learning.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Meet Our Seakers - Milena Tanasijevic​

Saturday 11 February 2017
Title: Research in Practice

The talk introduces first steps into research in ELT. It will outline when theory and practice meet and encourage colleagues to investigate their own teaching context which can help them make informed decisions when evaluating their teaching context. It will outline the stages and basic tools and instruments used in ELT research.

Meet Our Speakers - Tatiana Jancic

Sunday 12 February 2017
Title: Talk Show Games

This is a dynamic workshop where participants will practice how to use and adapt talk show games.
They can be played by students of all levels and used to check vocabulary items, lesson facts or general trivia.
They are great for:
1. Overcoming fear from speaking English in the class, 2. Increasing student participation,
3. Helping students build their self-confidence.