Helbling Spring Festival 2023
Teacher Training On-line Workshops
For English Teachers of Young Adults and Adults
• 5 Days • 5 Speakers • 5 Webinars
APR 17 MON
APR 18 TUE
APR 19 WED
APR 20 THU
APR 21 FRI
TIME : 10:00 -11:00 (Mexico City, Panama)
09:00 -10:00 (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala )
TEACHING GRAMMAR CREATIVELY
17 April Monday 10:00 -11:00 am
Ever since languages were first taught there has been a tension between conformity, on the one hand, and creativity, on the other. That is to say, learners need to conform to the systems of the language that they are learning – the grammar and phonology, etc. At the same time, they need to be able to use these systems as a resource to express original meanings: they need to be creative. In this talk I aim to show – with practical examples – how it is possible to resolve the tension, and how these two strands – conformity and creativity – can be interwoven into the curriculum, the one supporting the other.
Scott Thornbury has taught and trained in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. Until recently, he taught on an online MA TESOL program for The New School in New York. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, including Teaching Grammar Creatively (with Herbert Puchta; Helbling). He is also a trustee of the Hands Up Project, which promotes drama activities in English for children in under-resourced regions of the Arab world.. His website is www.scottthornbury.com
GETTING INTO AND MAINTAINING!
A Resourceful State
18 April Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 am
There is a Spanish proverb that goes:
Si no eres bueno para ti mismo, cómo puedes ser bueno para los demás?
The more resourceful we feel, the more effective we will be in whatever we’re doing,
In both our personal and our professional life.
This session will revisit some simple tried and trusted strategies we can use on a daily basis to help ourselves feel more able to cope with whatever comes our way.
So this session is, first and foremost, for you, the teacher. And … you might well enjoy sharing these ideas with your students too!
Jane has taught English and trained teachers all over the world. Three times winner of the ESU Duke of Edinburgh Award for her ELT courses and books for teachers, she has also written readers, children’s stories, BBC radio and video material as well as innovative personal development books for teachers. Jane is also an international NLP trainer, a stress management consultant and a Pilates instructor.
FEEDBACK FOCUSED PLANNING
19 April Wednesday 10:00 -11:00 am
Feedback needs as much planning as input. Input is often easily planned using the teacher’s notes in the set course materials, such as Studio. However, it is the teacher’s responsibility to manage the feedback on exercises, tasks and on the learners’ production.
We might argue that feedback is as vital to the lesson as input is. So, ask yourself this question: Do you spend more time planning input than you do feedback?
Feedback is where we help learners correct, consolidate and reflect on their learning. Feedback Focused Planning means a consistent inclusion of what, how, when and who will be involved in feedback at every stage of a lesson so students keep progressing and moving forward with confidence and clarity.
In this webinar, we'll explore and try out some ideas for making feedback more deliberate, effective, engaging and efficient, and also we’ll explore the concept of feeding forward!
Nicola Meldrum has been involved in ELT since 1999. She's written various methodology articles on topics such as teacher development, lesson planning, and pronunciation. She is also the author of Studio teacher books and has written ELT course materials for many different contexts. She has worked as a teacher trainer on certificate and diploma level courses. She's currently working as a learning designer for a start up called FlipTalk and writing a book on lesson planning.
Creating the Optimal Experience
20 April Thursday 10:00 -11:00 am
Koen Van Landeghem
Students come to our classes from different backgrounds, with different experiences and expectations. They live in a world which has rapidly changed in the past few years. More than ever teachers face a challenge to make learning engaging and purposeful so that students stay focused and feel happy about their efforts and their results.
In this session we will take a closer look at some of the principles that underlie the Psychology of Optimal Experience, and illustrate these with some practical activities and ideas that help engage students and move your classes into a Zone of Optimal Performance.
Koen has a background in psychology and is a certified organizational coach, who specializes in Change Management and Leadership programs. His passion is to help bring out the best in people and their organizations. He has applied this passion in ELT as a teacher and teacher trainer. With this vision Koen was the director for several publishers over the past 25 years and he worked with them and with institutions to incorporate and embrace blended learning solutions. He is currently Director for Mexico for Helbling Languages, a post-google company that embraces innovation and optimal experience in education.
A VIDEO PLAYLIST FOR TEACHERS
21 April Friday 10:00 -11:00 am
At the 2021 Autumn Festival, we looked at ways to use music and song with our students. This time we focus on video and how to get the most from video both inside and outside the classroom. In this practical workshop we’ll explore ways of using ‘authentic’, ELT, and student-created videos. I’ll also share my experience of creating video material for language courses.
Robert has worked as a teacher, an ELT magazine editor, an author, and musician. He has written secondary and adult courses as well as several graded readers. He’s the winner of a Learner Literature Award and has developed and produced audio and video material for many ELT courses. For more information visit www.robertcampbell.info