Monday, September 4, 2017

TESOL MTh Welcome Back Event

Tesol Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece invites us to celebrate the beginning of the school year with an event filled with ideas and inspiration.
Chrissie Taylor, Paschalia Patsala and Eirini Gamvrou are ready to boost us with positive energy and creativity for the forthcoming year.

Speaker: Chrissie Taylor
Titlie: Raining Cats and Dogs

What have cats and dogs got to do with grammar in context, vocabulary development and using language? This talk is not going to be about idioms but about how to bring language and structures to life through theme context.

Speaker: Paschalia Patsala
Title: Picturing Public Engagement: Its relevance to education, its impact on society.

Educational institutions have recently started adopting a more outward-looking orientation; the focus on dialogue and exchange—complementing knowledge transfer—is nowadays one of the greatest challenges in education. This presentation will demonstrate how developing a strategic approach to Public Engagement enables educational institutions in the area of foreign language teaching to rediscover their roots as active contributors to positive social change, and acquire great educational benefits by enhancing the overall impact of the foreign language teacher’s vocation. 

Speaker: Eirini Gamvrou
Title: Reading and Writing in on-line and off-line environments.

This session will focus on reading and writing in reading book clubs which seem to regenerate in on- line environments.  
Reading and writing practices of two Greek on- line communities will be presented and juxtaposed with similar practises of off- line book clubs which operate at school or independently.

        Programme for the day:
  • 10:00 Arrivals 
  • 10:15 Intro by Chair 
  • 10:30-11:30 Chrissie Taylor  (Intro by Linda Manney) 
  • 11:30-12:00 Coffee break 
  • 12:00-13:00 Dr Paschalia Patsala  (Intro by Maria Theologidou) 
  • 13:00-14:00 Dr Irene Gamvrou  (Intro by Maria Sachpazian) 

About the speakers:

Chrissie Taylor is a teacher and teacher trainer with Study Space
She has worked for many years as a teacher with the British Council,  Mandoulides High School and as a trainer with Study Space, teacher development centre. Now she enjoys contribution to training and teaching to keep involved in what she loves doing.

Dr. Paschalia Patsala is the Head of the English Studies Department of The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College, and a Lecturer of English Language and Linguistics. 
She holds a PhD in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MA in Theory of Lexicography and Applications and a BA in English Language and Literature (Major: Linguistics)—both from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She is currently attending a PGCert in Learning and Teaching from the School of Education, as well as a PGCert in Clinical Neuropsychology, of the Department of Psychology—both from the University of Sheffield.
Dr Patsala has approximately 15 years of teaching experience, having taught in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes of various European and American Universities. 
She has also occupied several administrative positions in educational institutions, serving mainly as the Head of English Language Departments. 
In addition to her engagement with education, Dr Paschalia Patsala has pursued a career as a Lexicographer and Editor, having worked in a number of dictionaries and volumes published by Greek and foreign publishing houses.

Eirini Gamvrou holds a PhD from School of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Other studies: 
Faculty of Arts, Dept of Modern Greek Studies, AUTh (1996)
MA, Dept of Modern Greek Studies, AUTh (2000)
MSc, Interdisciplinary Studies’ Programme, Faculty of Arts, AUTh (2006) 
PhD, Faculty of Education, AUTh (2017)
She is a teacher  of Modern Greek Language and Literature. She is married and a mother of two children. 

About the venue:

The Auditorium of the Central Library of AUTH is located next to the Main Aula and the the Karathanasi Building of AUTH and opposite the entrance of HELEXPO. On a Sunday morning it will be easy to find parking in the area. 

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