49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
Manchester Central, Manchester, UK
PCE: 10th April 2015
Conference: 11th-14th April 2015
29th January 2015: Earlybird booking deadline - book now
Gaming and Gamification - a Win-win for Language Learning
2nd IATEFL LTSIG &TESOL CALL-IS Web Conference
Karenne Sylvester: Honey Coated Peas vs Chocolate Covered Broccoli, Part 2
Karenne explores the cognitive and psychological benefits afforded through the use of Gamified Language Educational E-tivities in the classroom.
Educational Technology & Global Issues
An IATEFL LTSIG & GISIG event
Episode 1: Distrusting educational technology?
In episode one Philip Kerr interviews Professor Neil Selwyn, author of Distrusting Educational Technology and other books.
Conference: Digital ELT (Ireland) 2014
A joint event between IATEFL LTSIG & and the Marketing English in Ireland Association (MEI) with support from ELT Ireland
Keynote speakers: Gavin Dudeney, Dr Nellie Deutsch and Sylvia Guinan
Plenary recordings are now up on site along with copies of the presentations.
Visit the conference website http://www.digital-elt.eu/
49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
11th-14th April 2015, Manchester Central, Manchester, UK
LTSIG Pre-Conference Event: 10th April 2015
Technology in Action
As we continue our journey into the new millennium, social media is abuzz with the sounds of educators declaring their love for technology in teaching. Alongside their growing assertions that “technology brings teaching to life” and “learners need technology to engage in the task”, the range of technology available and the opportunities it affords for the modification and redefinition of how we teach, also seems to be growing day by day. However, although these rapid developments should indeed be embraced and celebrated, in order for teachers to understand the whats, hows and whys of the available technology, it needs to be exemplified; a lack of lucidity leaves even the most “tech savvy” teacher feeling overwhelmed and bewildered.
This year’s LT SIG Pre-Conference Event aims to shed a very practical light on the wealth of information on using technology in language learning that we encounter daily. Real teachers will show what they do in their classes, and present case studies showcasing “technology in action”.
The morning comprises three of our plenary speakers, Agnes Kukluska-Hulme, Liliana Simon, and James Thomas, putting forward their ideas and experiences on a range of technology related topics. Their talks will guide and inform participants in areas such as mobile and blended learning, and error tagging software. The afternoon offers the LTSIG’s first technology showcase event. Through a series of mini-demonstrations aimed at all levels, experienced teachers will show practical examples of how they are using technology with their learners. You will be invited to try out the tools being presented and to judge their value for yourselves. The PCE will be closed with a plenary by Diane Slaouti related to Technology and Professional Development.
Regardless of your level of experience with technology, the day’s practical “showcase” promises to be a unique learning, sharing and networking experience for all.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there
Register for Manchester 2015 at https://secure.iatefl.org/registration/conf_reg_login.php
Don't forget: 29th January 2015 is the Earlybird booking deadline
In the run up to IATEFL Manchester 2015, we will be posting interviews with people presenting at our SIG day and PCE. We start with the winner of this year's LTSIG Diana Eastment Scholarship
LTSIG Diana Eastment Scholarship Winner
Click here to find out more about the scholarship
Could you please introduce yourself?
I am a Teacher of English Language and Literature graduated from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. I have worked as an English teacher in private and public institutions in primary, secondary and university levels. I’ve done a Master on Technology applied to Education. I’m a Lecturer in English Language at Universidad Nacional de La Plata and the designer and coordinator of the online pre-introductory English course called “e-dacta” at UNLP. I’m the administrator of the UNLP e-learning platforms: WEBUNLP and Aulasweb and coordinator of the Distance Education activities of the Department of Modern Languages, UNLP. In 2011 I worked as the English Area coordinator of the Argentinian Programme “Conectar Igualdad” (One Laptop per Child) for secondary schools in the Province of Buenos Aires. I have participated in national and international congresses on Language Learning and Learning Technologies, published a book called DACTA and obtained a scholarship at UNLP on Teaching online in 2008 and a 3 month fellowship at the Open University, UK in 2009. I also coordinated ICT conferences at the UNLP and published several papers about how students interact when using a L2, the presence of the L1 and integrating LT in the classes. I have delivered several courses, seminars and teacher training sessions on Learning Technologies for teachers at ADULP/UNLP and the Ministry of Education of Buenos Aires. In 2012 I was the facilitator of one of the British Council summer schools called e-sharing and in 2013 worked as teacher trainer in Plugged In & Connected Roadshow organized by the British Council in Argentina. Since 2013 I have worked as e-moderator for the Chile British Council CISELT courses. I have also worked as an ICT & English Language Consultant for the “Plurilingual and Intercultural Educaction Programme”, Ministry of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina where I designed the “Digital Corner” for teachers of English.
How can this scholarship help you to develop professionally?
The IATEFL congress will be a great opportunity for me to meet experts on the field of Learning Technologies and the teaching of English as a foreign language. I will certainly learn a lot from these professionals who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise. I will be able to observe and compare how we are working with the LT in my country and the rest of the world. New projects usually germinate in these spaces.
When and how did you start using technology with your students?
In the 1990’s I started little by little using technologies with my students: the word processor first of all and then interactive CDroms, later the internet and then the Web 2.0 interactive web. In 2008 I was given the opportunity to develop and coordinate an online course for my Faculty at Universidad Nacional de La Plata: a distance course for the pre introductory English courses using the University e-learning platforms called e-dacta.
Has technology helped you to become a better teacher? If so, How?
I don’t think I have become a better teacher, but what I strongly believe is that when we teach with the support of the new technologies, we open doors to our students. They get engaged so easily that they don’t even realize they are learning a language. I cannot think of a lesson plan without the presence of LT.
What do you think are two ‘next big things’ in learning technology?
The big things to come are the little steps towards the acceptance of the use of cellphones and tablets in the schools. If theses gadgets are not accepted in the schools, the integration of new the technologies will be delayed.
What’s your Manchester 2015 session about?
My talk will deal with a project called Digital Corner, which was created for teachers of English Language to help them integrate LT in their lessons. Digital corner is a special e-place for primary and secondary school English teachers who can find motivating e- activities triggered by the content developed in the "Cuadernos para el Aula de Inglés" coursebooks . The Digital Corner and the coursebooks were specially created for teachers of English of the Province of Buenos Aires by the Programme called “Programa de Educación Plurilingüe e Intercultural”, Ministry of Education of the Province of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The e-activities suggested by “Digital Corner” involve the “students learn by doing” principle (Dewey,1897) and sharing their work online. The four skills are present throughout the e-book: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Cultural awareness is present in the stories, games, legends, songs and rhymes taken from a diversity of aboriginal cultures that meet in the Argentinian classrooms.
What aspects of the conference are you looking forward to?
I am looking forward to listening talks about mobile learning and any other topic related to new programs or apps that enhance Foreign English language teaching.