EdYOUfest, proudly associated with Millfield Enterprises
We are delighted to welcome EdYOUfest to Millfield School. In collaboration with our valued partner Gallery Teachers we intend to make this a memorable and enriching experience for all participants. I look forward to meeting you here.
EdYOUfest is a festival for ELT teachers, who come together each year to learn and grow, in a supportive atmosphere with fellow educators from over 20 countries across the globe.
We welcome teachers of English as well as content or subject teachers* who have connections with their language teaching colleagues. Our aim is to dismantle barriers, encourage communication and to foster real collaboration between all involved in this branch of the teaching profession.
Our first event was in Genoa. Since then we've held events in Palermo and Paris. This year we'll be based in the English town of Street, Somerset, very near to the ancient pilgrimage place of Glastonbury. We're planning an exciting line up of presenters, and, as ever, EdYOUfest is a workshop-based event.
*Participants need to have a minimum B2 English language level.
Plenary:"Spoken Grammar: Defining It and Teaching It"
In alphabetical order..
Studying is boring. Course books are dull. Can I get a break from this monotony? Of course, you can! Let’s play games!
Playful activities provide access to another world, one that is typically safe from the consequences of the “real” world. They allow players freedom and control to create new identities and interact with both the environment and other people in novel and surprising ways. They can also create a sense of fun and enjoyment, removing some of the stresses and pressures that are often associated with formal education, and allowing learners to engage with the game activities in a relaxed and light-hearted manner. Games benefit adult English learners as much as they do younger age groups. The help to build up class cohesion, raise energy levels and most importantly, provide a framework in which learners are motivated to produce target language.
This workshop will focus on the adaptation of popular TV games and quizzes in order to use them in the classroom to make students’ produce language and, at the same time, assess their progress avoiding the stress and frustration of traditional tests. Warning! This workshop contains fun activities which may be suitable for participants eager to play games and have fun.
The prime aim is to educate pupils/students to become independent learners. Conventional teaching does not do this; in fact it hinders this aim. Years ago, before the internet, learners had to be given information (taught) because this information was not readily available to them. Unfortunately, this still happens in most schools around the world and learners are ‘force-fed’ information with no time to learn. Also teachers and schools are still judged on this old system, something which prevents them ‘breaking out of the shackles’.
My workshop explains the nonsense of most current educational systems and suggests a way forward utilising the internet and cloud storage. I shall explain the advantages of flipped learning and the use of twiducate to complement this flipped learning.
Here is a link to all the info needed before the workshop:
Lobna Ben Nasr
Because the use of music and songs in the classroom stimulates positive associations to the study of a language, songs are used in a contextualized learning environment to motivate learners and engage them with the maximum exposure to the target language.
In this workshop, we will try out Kolb's experiential learning model to design and shape different task-based, autonomous and collaborative learning in order to make teachers explore smooth ways and authentic-like situations in EFL classes, through songs lyrics.
This workshop will seek to suggest how to design interactional activities based on songs lyrics to maintain the learners' attention and motivation throughout the EFL lesson using concrete examples.
One of the key components of second language acquisition is to give importance to both accuracy and fluency. An issue that has created a heated debate. While some researchers argue that learners have to be accurate, others claim that they have to be fluent and no need for learning forms and rules to produce the language. As for the third view, it is for striking a balance between both accuracy and fluency, as both of them are essential to promote L2 learning. Whether to focus more on accuracy or fluency depends on learners' needs and course objectives. There is a general agreement that to promote accuracy corrective feedback should be an integral part in teaching.
This interactive workshop will explore some of the research and theories dealing with the issue of accuracy and fluency in the English language classroom.
It will also shed light on some motivating activities that may help teachers to find the right balance between them through designing communicative tasks and providing feedback on grammar mistakes.
Participants will be asked to share ideas and exchange their teaching experiences that can be brought back to the classroom and implemented immediately to enhance learning.
A series of practical activities designed to raise learners’ awareness of different aspects of pronunciation – sounds, stress, intonation and sounds in contact.
Charisma is that invisible magnetic element which attracts people to us and makes people want to follow us and work with us. Without charisma it is very difficult to establish rapport, build good relationships and get your vital message across.
Contrary to popular belief, people are not born charismatic; some develop it naturally through upbringing, education and environment, some people have it in abundance but are not aware of how useful it can be, and sadly some people simply have no charisma at all
The good news is that charisma can be learnt and once acquired, it can help both teachers and students to achieve the success they deserve.
Lots of teachers have come across the Cuisenaire Rods but many are unsure how to use them. My 2 workshops will show very practical examples of their use in:
1) learning a language from zero and
2) creating/eliciting a story.
The two workshops will be delivered just like lessons so that participants can experience how the Cuisenaire Rods stimulate and generate language.
Although heavily influenced by Silent Way, these are not Silent Way demonstration lessons.
An English Speaking Club bridges the gap between learning English and applying it to achieve personal and professional growth.
This interactive workshop will demonstrate the most effective, classroom tested techniques to make learning more meaningful and enjoyable. The participants will feel the crucial difference between the conventional teaching and the learner centered approach of the club. Through participation in "club sessions", teachers will learn how to harness students' enthusiasm and intellect to achieve better results and to reduce workload. It is not theory, it is the quintessence of ten-year practice.
Truth is untruth insofar as there resides within it the reservoir of the, as yet, unrevealed
Intercultural communication and the reasons students study and teachers teach. Looking at received wisdom on methods, skills and how we divest them of cultural agendas while promoting inclusion and diversity. We’ll shake the native teacher fallacy and see what elements of gender, age, race and cultural bias fall out.
We often hear in class: “PUT THAT PHONE AWAY!” and “SPEAK ENGLISH!”. Both typify some concerns in the EFL classroom underlying the disconnect between teacher and taught, and a skewed educational compass that points to a North that has moved.
There will be shouting, throwing things and probably some sweeties.
A workshop on presentation skills for non-native speakers
In this workshop, we’ll be exploring what exactly presentation skills are and why your students need them.
Peace education is not officially included in primary or secondary school curriculum in most countries. Language and content teachers are able to incorporate it into their classroom practices or into extra-curricular activities. This workshop will show participants how to introduce the concept and aspects of peace to young learners and teens through interactive activities. It also offers hands-on activities on how to enable learners not only to understand the aspects of peace but also to embrace them. Participants will gain knowledge about what aspects to teach, what stages to follow, and what their students are expected to produce.
Neurolanguage coaching goes one step beyond “language coaching” adding the practical application of “neuroscientific principles”. Participants would be introduced to the seven underlying principles of neuroscience pervasive in Neurolanguage coaching and learn to recognize the potential emotional brain triggers that cause learners to freeze or go into fight or flight. If a learner is in fight or flight, he or she will be unable to learn.
Participants will understand also how coaching principles and a brain-friendly approach greatly influence how we act and react as educators and will be provoked into reflecting on own behaviours and practices to really make them more learner focused and develop a more learner centric process. In essence, what are the differences between a teacher and a coach and how to teachers transform into coaches? Coaching is not just about “having a chat”, it is in fact a complex and steered conversation leading the learner to definite outcomes and provoking insights along the way.
Once we’ve decided on a syllabus of spoken grammar items that might be useful to our students, how can we actually bring them into the classroom so that learners, if they choose to, can incorporate them into their own conversations? Short, naturalistic dialogues are, I believe, the key. In this practical workshop, I’ll explore how, with a selected group of items, we can use dialogues to raise awareness of the grammar and meaning of the features; to check understanding through gap-fills and transformations; to act as models for freer practice in pair work and role plays. Throughout the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to generate ideas and create activities.
When teachers are asked to describe classes of teenagers, they often use negative adjectives such as ‘challenging’ or ‘difficult’. Most of us have stories to tell about ‘nightmare’ classes but teaching teenagers can also be really rewarding and energising.
Recent research into the brains of teenagers has shed light on why they behave in certain ways and challenged some of the typical stereotypes associated with teenagers. This interactive workshop will explore some of the research and theories of motivation. Building on from that, we’ll try some activities designed to engage and motivate teenagers to learn in the English language classroom.
The task-based approach has been applied by teachers around the world for decades – and it is still taught at most (if not all) pedagogical universities and teacher training courses. And rightly so, because the approach does work. However, as it is often confined to the classroom, its power to push learners out of their comfort zones into the areas of real challenge (i.e. learning) diminishes. This workshop will focus on a few tried and tested ideas about how to make the most of the task-based approach by taking it to the extreme.
After your day of workshops and plenaries, it's time to settle down to the EdYOUfest evening activities. Each evening is designed for fun and creativity.
‘Keep on Running’… this was our starting point for EdYOUfest; an event that we envisage teachers enjoying the opportunity of playing an active part and not simply being a passive audience.‘Keep on Running’ is still the path we want to follow…Thank you to Millfield Enterprise for hosting EdYOUfest 2018, for making it our special home for those four days, where all of us will enjoy the fantastic facilities and the support of the enthusiastic staff. See you soon at EdYOUfest and if you can’t join us this time, don’t worry we’ll be streaming a lot of great moments!
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