he 2019 XVII IH Spring Conference will be one of the most important Uruguayan ELT events, and it will focus on The Learner’s Voice. It will feature a number of extremely enriching talks on current education-related issues focusing on helping learners find their own voice by personalising their learning experience and establishing meaningful connections for life. 

“Connection and Community in the language classroom.”

Building positive relationships between the students is one of the building blocks for creating a healthy classroom environment. Despite this, however, it is rarely addressed in course books or curriculums. This session will provide practical ideas for integrating group-formation activities into lessons with the aim of dealing with problems such as motivation, confidence, interest, and the learning needs of the individuals within a class.

Claire Venables spent a decade teaching in Europe where she obtained her Trinity DipTESOL at Oxford TEFL. She has a wide range of experience as a teacher, teacher-trainer, Director of Studies and materials writer. Since moving to Brazil in 2011, she has been involved in the creation and implementation of language programs in schools, teaching training courses, and is an active member of the National English Teachers’ Association (BRAZ-TESOL). She is a board member of two special interest groups (VOICES for Women and Young Learners and Teens) and the Director of Active English.

“Critical Makersadvancing learning through inquiry and experimentation.”

This presentation seeks to contribute to understanding both critical thinking and the maker culture. Inquiry-based learning is becoming increasingly embedded within curricula, aided by the trend on bilingual education. We want students to think more and experiment, whilst learning from possible mistakes. We can embrace the opportunity and tackle issues using higher-order thinking skills and design thinking through the use of projects and engaging topics. We will begin with a task that invites us to examine our own unique ways of processing information, and then use this as a springboard to explore practical teaching principles to foster the right environment for critical makers.

Alex Tamulis is the academic coordinator for Macmillan Education. He has been involved in ELT since 1998, teaching at various language schools and also working as a translator for MTV Brazil. A CPE and CELTA holder, he´s got a B.A in social communication and a B.A in linguistics from the University of Sao Paulo.

“Giving learners a voice through meaningful projects.”

In this session, we will explore the use of projects to give learners a voice. We will analyse the benefits of doing this, particularly the concept of agency. We will look at different ideas and examples of projects for all ages and levels and how they can become a means for students’ expressions of their sometimes neglected opinions and perspectives. We’ll hopefully reach a consensus on how projects can contribute to a more meaningful learning experience.

Vicky Saumell is an English teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a degree in Spanish – English Literary and Technical Translation, a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL and a degree in Educational Technology. She is co-author of Teacher Development Interactive: Preparation for the TKT (Pearson), and series consultant for English in Common (Pearson). She is a freelance materials writer and presenter. She is a committee member of the IATEFL LTSIG and IATEFL PubsCom.

“Developing Global Citizenship through English Language Teaching.”

‘Think global, act local’ is a world-famous slogan that has been attributed to Sir Patrick Geddes, the Scottish biologist who was also an innovative thinker in urban planning and education. The words are part of a legacy which has influenced education for global citizenship today.

This presentation focuses on how to help students develop awareness on the wider world and their own role as a world citizen through English language teaching. It looks at the three essential areas required to develop global citizenship traits including global knowledge, global skills and global values.

The presentation showcases different activities and demonstrates how language teachers can integrate global citizenship into their English instruction.

Jair Félix, National Geographic Learning Senior ELT Academic Consultant for Latin America, has a B.A. in TEFL from Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa in Mexico and a Post-Graduate Degree on Teachers’ Development from The College of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth, UK. Jair has been involved in language teaching and teacher training for over 22 years and has conducted workshops on various topics such as lesson planning, discourse analysis for language teachers, action research, educational technologies, and 21st century skills, among others.

Jair holds a Diploma in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (DipTESP) and the E-Tutoring Certificate from the British Council. He is a frequent presenter at ELT conferences throughout Latin America.

“The Magic of helping our students sound beautifully natural in English: Pronunciation FEST.”

Bridging the gap between the I-still-get-that-look-when-I-open-my-mouth phase and the what-I-just-said-didn’t-raise-an-eyebrow ultimate aim is not easy. However, it is perfectly achievable if teachers guide their own students through the process in the right way. For this, we don’t have to always put all our eggs in one basket, but fill as many baskets as possible with as many eggs as we can ever get hold of. Join Chris for this interactive session and walk out a proactive assistant to your learners-all; primary, secondary and tertiary level ones.

Chris is an ELT Professional in Argentina, Australia and UK for over 25 years. Senior Director of Studies at Kensanglia Schools of English, Buenos Aires. Has vastly lectured in a large number of countries in Europe and Latin America on ELT Pedagogy, Advanced Language for teachers and English Phonetics and Phonology since 1997.

He has been involved with the Anglia ESOL Examinations Testing Services since 1996. Is the Anglia President within the Ibero-American Network. Holds the Cambridge/RSA Certificate and Diploma inELTA.
Main interests: “Evolution of and Changes in Spoken English”, “Diversities of English Accents” and “Teacher/TrainerTraining”.

Now he divides his time between TEG English Portsmouth in England, where he works as a CELTA Trainer, and Anglia ESOL Examinations in Latin America and Spain, where he has the role of President of the company. He has been an EFL Lecturer at Chichester College, UK and a Facilitator/ Interlocutor in UK for several exam boards for Skills for Life Examinations. Has delivered the Phonology Modules of LSC Skills for Life Quality Initiative Professional Development Programme in UK.

He has been a Senior Speaking Assessor and Speaking Assessor Trainer for Anglia ESOL Examinations since 1997.

“Disciplina positiva en el aula y en casa”.

Taller para padres y educadores sobre lo que implica una disciplina asertiva, donde se puedan poner límites en forma que cuiden el vínculo con el niño.

Lorena Estefanell es Psicóloga clínica graduada con mención de honor en la Universidad Católica del Uruguay. Tiene una maestría psicoterapia cognitiva (Universidad de Valencia) y otra maestría en organizaciones y comunicación (Ucudal).

Es Psicoterapeuta cognitivo comportamental egresada de Suamoc, lugar donde también realizó la especialización en niños y adolescentes. Realizó entrenamientos como terapeuta en Terapia cognitiva centrado en esquemas (Argentina), en terapia EMDR (CEPTRA) y realizó el entrenamiento en terapia de parejas y familias en el instituto Gottman (Argentina).

Autora del capítulo de “Hostigamiento escolar” del libro “Convivir”- Dr. Ariel Gold- Editorial Planeta.

Se desempeña como profesor adjunto de alta dedicación en el departamento de psicología clínica y de la salud de la Universidad Católica, teniendo a su cargo las cátedras de evaluación clínica y psicoterapia cognitiva. Realiza supervisiones de las prácticas clínicas a nivel de grado, postgrado y maestría. Fue coordinadora de la tecnicatura en acompañamiento terapéutico; directora del departamento de psicología clínica y coordinadora de la maestría en psicología clínica cognitiva. Actualmente dirige la maestría en adultos, parejas y familia de la facultad de psicología.

Es consultora internacional de CMI Interser (consultoría internacional en negociación y manejo de conflictos) participando en actividades de capacitación en temas vinculados al manejo del tiempo, toma de decisiones y solución asertivo de conflictos. Ha realizado capacitaciones en organizaciones públicas y privadas tanto en Uruguay como en América Latina y España.


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