What do you say to your class after you have introduced yourself? Clearly,this depends on the level,age,even the culture,etc. of your students; but what is/should be the (main) aim of this first encounter? What are your,or the school's (institution,organisation) stated/agreed aims- if any? In one school,for example,the management encourages new students to take a VAK* test in order to identify their learning styles as the very first activity. Another school director insists that each class agree on some ground rules before the start of teaching. Some teachers use the first lesson to introduce themselves,and some simply say "Open your books"! What do YOU do? Why? Find out what else you could do; it may change the way you make a first impression forever.
A two-decade teacher and researcher of English language working with undergraduates,graduates and post-graduates of art and English studies,Dr. Alireza Ameri has been experimenting with this language in the capacity of faculty member,head of department,vice-dean of research,supervisor,advisor,examiner of a host of creatively themed qualitative theses at IAU,South Tehran Branch,and paper and workshop presenter at national and international academia. He hopes to seek ways to alternative pedagogy. He is also a published poet and translator and word experimenter.
Title: ELT Bricolage: Delectable Drums and Coy Conundrums
There are certain postulates and praxes in English Language Teaching that can varnish or tarnish its façade and content,of which stakeholders need to be cognizant. Experiment and experience betoken the fact that ELT through symposia like IATEFL is annually exuviating for betterment; however,there are untold issues,both happy and sad,in areas of teaching,learning,assessment,research,and professional development that call for heed. To give such perspective a holistic tint,it is quintessential that we ascribe interdisciplinarity to our guild through concepts drawing on ethics,art,and literature to be able to fairly respond to domestic and global requisites.
Angellos Bollas (MA in ELT) completed his CELTA and Delta at CELT Athens in 2014. As of July 2016,he is an approved CELTA Tutor. Other than teaching and training,he enjoys being a member of IATEFL Conference Commitee,participated in and co-moderates #ELTchat weekly discussions on Twitter,and presents in various conferences around the world. He is a PhD candidate at Leeds Beckett University researching the effects of heteronormativity on LCBTQ students' motivation.
Title: Writing an International CV 101
Having worked in a variety of ELT-related roles,I have realised that there is one thing most English language teachers are not good at: advertising themselves. In this presentation,participants will evaluate the effectiveness of some real examples of CVs sent to international organisations,they will be presented with a comprehensive Dos and Don'ts guide,and they will also evaluate the effectiveness of each other's CVs,suggesting ways to make them more attractive. Participants of all roles,level of experience,and backgrounds are welcome to attend. Don't forget to bring a hard-copy of your CV with you.