Helbling Festival Autumn 2021
Boost Your Online Teaching Skills
For English Teachers of Young Adults and Adults
• 5 Days • 5 Speakers • 5 Workshops
OCT 19 TUE
OCT 20 WED
OCT 27 WED
NOV 3 WED
NOV 4 THU
TIME : 10:00 -11:00 (Mexico City, Panama)
11:00 -12:00 (Costa Rica, Nicaragua)
A mixtape for teachers - making the most of music in the classroom
19 October Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 am
Music and songs can be powerful tools to motivate students and make language learning more meaningful. In this workshop we'll look at how coursebooks and teachers have used them over the years, share our own experiences, and compile a (play)list of diverse practical classroom activities.
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
It Makes You Think!
20 October Wednesday 10:00 -11:00 am
“Tell me … and I’ll probably forget.
Show me … and I might just remember.
Involve me and make me think … and I’ll understand.”
(Quote - somewhat amended - from Chinese Confucian philosopher, Xum Kuang 312-230 BC)
If we agree with Xum Kuang, then what kinds of activities can help us to really involve students and get them thinking in different ways? Can we do this in the virtual classroom as well as the real one? And, if we decide that it’s a good idea to encourage thought-provoking exercises as much as possible, how can we facilitate our students’ thinking and make it easier for them to become more thoughtful? This workshop hopes to begin to answer some of those questions!
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.
27 October Wednesday 10:00 -11:00 am
Koen Van Landeghem
Skills That Matter
ELT programs traditionally focus on developing linguistic competence at the expense of sociolinguistic and pragmatic competencies. English language requirements are included in study programs all the way up to university, and the big buzzword is “employability”. Beyond linguistic competence there is a need to cultivate skills that align with what employers look for. In other words, there is a need to carefully balance accuracy, fluency and exam skills with those “other” skills that set our students up for success in work and life. In this session we will look at activities that explicitly and implicitly integrate soft skills awareness and practice with communicative competence and cultural fluency.
With a background in psychology Koen has a special interest in experiential coaching and he is passionate about change and innovation in language teaching. He has been involved in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and is a frequent speaker in ELT conferences in Mexico and abroad. Koen has worked in nearly every area of ELT publishing and is currently the director for Helbling English in Mexico and Central America
Online crowd control – doing pairwork and groupwork remotely
3 November Wednesday 10:00 -11:00 am
It is commonly accepted good practice to get students to work together, but it is an area that some teachers struggle with even in the physical classroom. Setting up, monitoring and keeping students on task in groups can be even more challenging when done remotely. In this practical session we will look at a variety of ways of running these kinds of activities – starting with open pairwork or groupwork before looking at a variety of short activities that can be done in breakout rooms during a one-hour class.
Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers. His latest work is as lead author on the new Helbling young adult course Studio. You can find out more about him at his website www.lindsayclandfield.com
Beating Loneliness in Times of Isolation
4 November Wednesday 10:00 -11:00 am
We all know how it has been these last long months. Shut up in our houses and apartments, sometimes with a partner or family, sometimes alone. In work the normal chaos of live classrooms has been replaced by long hours (for students as well as teachers) staring at the screen, isolated, disengaged, demotivated.
Well no, often no! Zoom (teams etc) has come to the rescue of those with some kind of broadband connection. At their best teachers have risen to the challenge and shown the most beautiful and amazing creativity to create appropriate tasks and community. Even when there has been no connectivity, people have reached out and made the uncomfortable world a better place. This talk will look at things that have been done, things that can be done and things that should be done. English language teaching with heart - like it always has been at its best!
Jeremy is an award-winning ELT author and teacher trainer. His publications include courses for adults - Jetstream series and teachers’ resource books. Jeremy has taught in the UK and Mexico and online (for the MATESOL at the New School, New York). He has travelled extensively working with teachers around the world. Away from ELT, Jeremy is a musician and spoken word performer.