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Thursday, May 14
 

7:00am

Registration │ Goodie Bag Pickup
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am
Main Lobby

8:00am

Opening Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

9:00am

Coffee Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Electronic Village / Stands

9:30am

Revolutionizing Education: Building Peace in a Divided World
Limited Capacity seats available

Aziz Abu Sarah shares how education played a major role in his transformation from a radical to a peace builder, and how his educational work in Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, and the United States has helped bridge the gap between hostile communities. Abu Sarah explores how education has the power to heal conflicts, from the geopolitical stage to the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah

National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah

National Geographic
Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer and Cultural Educator, as well as a TED Fellow. He is the co-founder of MEJDI Tours, a social enterprise focused on introducing multi-narrative cultural education and responsible business practices to the travel industry. The company... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

10:30am

Recess │ Cultural Activity
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am
Electronic Village / Stands

11:00am

Encouraging Students to Think: Strategies for a “Growth” Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Most educators agree that student achievement is strongly tied to non-academic skills. Innovation, collaboration, critical, and creative thinking, all contribute to success in learning. This can be especially important in the language classroom, where the learning journey can be very long and motivation hard to sustain.  In this workshop we will look at what we as teachers can do in our classrooms to foster an environment which builds student confidence and autonomy, piques their curiosity, and encourages them to think, take risks, and develop as learners.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Lewis

Gordon Lewis

ELT Strategies
Gordon Lewis founded ELT Strategies in 2019, after 11 years as Vice President, Languages for Laureate Higher Education. From 2004-2008 he was Academic Director of Kaplan English Programs, based in New York City. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of Instructor Training and Development... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

11:00am

Helping Students Get the Most out of Speaking Activities
Limited Capacity seats available

What should be the key features of a speaking activity? This hands-on workshop provides the audience with three key features to teach speaking. I will explain these features and analyze sample activities to see if they have the features. Suggestions on how to change the ones which do not have them will be given. The workshop ends with some reflection and summing up.

Speakers
avatar for Paulo Lira Torres

Paulo Lira Torres

Academic Consultant for Richmond Brazil
Paulo Torres holds a B.A. in English & English Literature, a post graduate diploma in New Educational Technology Tools, and he is currently taking a post-graduation course on Bilingual Education and Cognition. He has been involved in English language teaching for over two decades... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

11:00am

Maps for Multilingual Education Technologists: SAMR and the EdTech Quintet
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1891, the College of Milwaukee used Edison’s phonograph to explore new ways of teaching courses in French and other languages. From that date onwards, foreign language instruction has been an early adopter of new technological tools and approaches. When venturing into new lands, it is wise to take a cartographic toolkit that can help guide learning steps. We will see how SAMR and the EdTech Quintet can be used to this end, helping guide both course design and technology choice, with multiple applied examples along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Hippasus, USA
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over thirty years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

11:00am

Test Development Processes at ETS
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation discusses two aspects of assessment development at ETS. The first is the process we use for designing new assessments. Using the newly designed four-skills TOEIC Bridge tests, we will show how ETS goes about designing a language test. We will also present the processes ETS uses to create new test questions for assessments like TOEIC. What are the procedures that ensure that test-taker performance on the test questions provide useful information to learners, teachers, employers and other stakeholders? We will use the TOEIC Listening and Reading test and the TOEIC Speaking and Writing tests as specific examples of test development procedures. For both ongoing content development for established tests and the design of new assessments we will the applicability of these processes to teaching and the design of classroom assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Philip Everson

Dr. Philip Everson

Educational Testing Services, USA
Philip Everson is currently a Principal Assessment Designer specializing in English Language Learning in the Assessment Division of ETS.  From 2013 to 2018, he served as Executive Director for English Language Learning in the Assessment Division. The English Language Learning area... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

11:00am

Using Culture and Dynamic Activities to Promote Communication in At-Risk Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to integrate culture and dynamic games into your everyday activities with the ultimate goal of promoting output. Specifically geared towards teaching at-risk populations, teachers will identify possible disadvantages students may bring to the classroom and learn how to take on those difficult situations, ultimately igniting interest in otherwise shy language learners. Teachers will play the role of the students as they learn how to increase student interest using dynamic activities and promote communication among students.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Burke

Margaret Burke

Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano - Educational Advising Coordinator
Margaret "Mo" Burke graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with her Bachelor`s in Foreign Language Teaching. She received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and arrived to Pérez Zeledón to assist in English classes at the Centro de Idiomias Universidad Nacional... Read More →
avatar for Andrés Centeno Gutiérrez

Andrés Centeno Gutiérrez

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - San Pedro
Andrés Centeno obtained his B.A. in English at the UCR. In 2018, he began working at CCCN as a teacher. He has also participated many times as a guest judge at EXPOTEC Cedes Don Bosco. In November 2019, he started working with at-risk populations through the Special Development Program... Read More →
avatar for Nills Alessandro Rojas Mora

Nills Alessandro Rojas Mora

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - San Pedro
Alesandro Rojas Mora received his Bachelor’s in English Teaching from the University of Costa Rica in 2018. That same year, he began working for the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano as an English Teacher, teaching adults, teenagers, and children. There, in addition to... Read More →
avatar for Dania Vargas Angulo

Dania Vargas Angulo

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - San Pedro
Dania Vargas is an experienced teacher at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano. She has been working as an Educational Leader and  full-time Resource Teacher at CCCN since 2016. She graduated from The University of Costa Rica with her Bachelor's in English. She is currently... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

11:00am

Where the 21st Century Meets TESOL Professional Development
Limited Capacity seats available

The 21st century has seen much innovation in technology and social media. How can teacher educators and trainers utilize emerging technologies and social media tools to design effective teacher professional development (PD) programs? Based on her research and practical experiences in online distance TESOL PD with English teachers from over 100 countries, the presenter will share her successes and challenges in using 21st century technologies to engage English teachers in effective online learning communities. She will share examples from her global online programs, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), and social media initiatives focused on teaching English to young learners. From real-time to asynchronous interactions, from text-based to video-based communications, the examples shared will illustrate how online TESOL PD can be effective for building communities of practice for English teachers around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin

George Mason University, USA
Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

12:00pm

Lunch Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Thursday May 14, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch

2:00pm

How to Write Good Criterion for Rubrics
Limited Capacity seats available

Choosing a grading tool is the easiest part when assessing productive skills, but writing the appropriate criterion can make the difference between an accurate outcome description of learning or a shallow one. Criterion is drawn from a variety of sources, and if not done through careful reflection, they may result on a generic tool that says nothing substantial and that focuses on mistakes and not on the learning process. On this session participants are invited to double check commonly used criterion and to create new meaningful ones that will benefit them and students.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Rodríguez Soto

Cindy Rodríguez Soto

Universidad de Costa Rica & Universidad Técnica Nacional
Cindy is a passionate educator who truly enjoys everything related to learning and education. She graduated as an English Teacher at UCR and then obtained an M.A in Translation from UNA and a Master's in Educational Administration at UNED. Cindy is currently an ABD doctoral student... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Teaching Kids: Reward Systems and the Use of English in Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting students to use English in the classroom can be one of the biggest challenges when teaching young learners. This presentation explores the potential of implementing reward systems in the EFL class to promote a community of practice in which students monitor themselves and encourage their classmates to use English. Teaching experiences, theories of learning, recommendations, and possible adaptations for different demographics will be discussed throughout the session. There will be spaces for participants to comment and reflect on how they could implement reward systems in their classrooms according to their students’ needs

Speakers
avatar for Andrick Arguedas Hidalgo

Andrick Arguedas Hidalgo

Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano
Andrick Arguedas earned a BA in English teaching from Universidad de Nacional de Costa Rica and is currently studying for a master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language at Universidad de Costa Rica. He has worked as a language instructor for 4 years. Andrick is currently... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Bringing Grammar to Life!
Limited Capacity seats available

In a move toward English language teaching that focuses more and more on rich content, collaboration, and critical thinking, where does grammar instruction fit into the picture? Becoming a proficienct user of language does, after all, include linguistic competence. This workshop explores how grammar can be addressed with content-rich, rigorous instructional tasks (e.g. analysis and discussion of real-world data; problem-solving, jigsaw) that bring grammar to life in real-world contexts. The approach begins by identifying the grammar that would naturally emerge as learners engage in a task. Learner output while completing the task becomes the basis for the grammar instruction; the content and tasks drive the choice of grammar to teach. Several tasks are demonstrated for beginning through advanced levels of instruction. The presenter shares how to help learners notice patterns and demonstrate understanding of the grammar. Audience members take part in the demonstrations, analyze the steps that lead English learners to a better understanding of how particular grammatical forms are used in these real-world contexts, and they reflect on how to apply this approach in their own curricula.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Betsy Parrish is Professor in the MATESOL and TEFL Certificate programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator, writer, and consultant for over 30 years, with experience in the US, Bangladesh, France, India, Russia, and... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Scaffolding and Fair Test Items in Content-Based Instruction (CBI and CLIL)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this two-hour workshop, participants will explore various sources of task difficulty in content-based instruction or CLIL classes. Participants will formulate separate language learning objectives for language and for content and generate and share ideas for appropriate scaffolding. We will then extend these concepts to test items. We will adapt test items so that they are challenging in the ways we want them to be (in connection with the learning objectives) and are not also difficult in ways that are unrelated to the learning objectives.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kara McBride

Dr. Kara McBride

World Learning, USA
Dr. Kara McBride is a Senior Education Specialist at World Learning, based in Washington, DC. She is the home office English Specialist for Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement-2 – a USD$90m, 5-year, USAID-funded program in Lebanon – providing technical... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Talk Moves that Foster Teacher Thinking During Feedback Sessions
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive workshop, we will examine the dominant talk patterns taken up by supervisors/coaches when “giving” feedback in post-observation sessions.  Through role-play and examination of video, we will become more self-aware of our practices and learn new approaches to facilitation that turn the tables so that the teacher “gives” more.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Baecher

Dr. Laura Baecher

Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
Dr. Laura Baecher is Associate Professor of TESOL at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research interests and publications relate to teacher preparation including content-language integration, teacher leadership, the use of video for teacher learning, and practicum... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Vocabulary Activities that Engage and Motivate Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Vocabulary is at the heart of learning a language. This workshop will examine different types of ESL vocabulary and introduce a variety of activities to practice new vocabulary. First, we will discuss different types of vocabulary, including multiple examples of words, phrases, idioms, collocations, and phrasal verbs. We will also talk about the problem of polysemy, especially for beginning language learners. Because students cannot use vocabulary that they do not know well, we will then learn five engaging activities for learning and remembering new vocabulary. The goal of this workshop is for teachers to have more ways to help their students with English vocabulary.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Keith Folse

Dr. Keith Folse

University of Central Florida, USA
Dr. Keith Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida where he teaches in several programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has taught English for 40 years in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, and Kuwait. He has also taught French in... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Beyond Left-Brain: Engaging Our Whole Selves in Teacher Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

Much of the literature on teacher reflection calls on us to engage our logical, systematic minds, as can be seen in the literature on using the experiential learning cycle as a format for teacher reflection. While this has a useful role in teacher-learning, a wealth of learning that can be accessed through accessing collaborative, dialogical exploration, bodily knowledge, listening to intuition and engaging right-brain processes as well. In this session participants will reflect on their teaching through a number of activities that originate in collaborative conversations, kinesthetic activities, intuition and right-brain, presentational knowing.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Susan Scholl Bridgman

Mary Susan Scholl Bridgman

Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Learning
Mary Scholl, a deep believer in learning, empathy, creativity and curiosity, is a senior fellow of the Institute for Collaborative Learning at Centro Espiral Mana in El INVU de Peñas Blancas in San Ramon.  She has been teaching language (English and Spanish) for 30 years and has... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

3:00pm

Riding the Wave in Costa Rica: Getting the Job Done Well in English
Limited Capacity seats available

The ability to use English on the job is no longer a choice but a given currently in Costa Rica.  Today in order to be competitive in the job market, everyone needs to go way beyond their comfort zones into their growth zones, and their communication skills in English, the global lingua franca, need to be honed.  Our government is making a huge commitment to ensure that the Costa Rican children and youth of tomorrow will be bilingual to maintain our regional and global competitiveness. In the meantime, we need to train those who have not received this linguistic edge in the past to meet their challenges today. That’s where ESP (English for Specific Purposes) is critical. This session will help you understand how ESP is key to language training and how to do it.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Smith

Heidi Smith

ESP Language Training and Consultancy Services, Costa Rica
Leading a team of bilingual professionals who specialize in workplace language services for a highly demanding market segment of non-profit institutions, local and multinational companies in Costa Rica has been my privilege since 1985. My company, ESP Language Training and Consultancy... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Coffee Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Electronic Village / Stands

4:30pm

(2) To be announced: Pearson
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

4:30pm

ESP Course Development: Must-Follow Steps
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation aims at providing English teachers who know little about the principles of English for Specific Purposes with clear explanations and the steps to follow when designing and teaching an ESP course. The presentation will be supported not only by theory but also with the experience of the presenter of having designed an ESP course for an interdisciplinary population with a mixed proficiency level profile. Aspects such as the development of the needs analysis, the course design, materials design, student assessment, and course evaluation will be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Daniela Arroyo Sánchez

Daniela Arroyo Sánchez

Instituto Educativo de Formación Integral Montecarlo & Universidad de San José
Ms. Arroyo holds a Bachelor and a Licentiate degree in the Teaching of English from UCR. She is enrolled in the Master’s Program in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language at UCR which specializes in the design and implementation of ESP courses, she is currently waiting for... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Fostering Learner Autonomy Through PBL
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will engage participants by discussing how to foster learner autonomy through Project Based Learning (PBL). Presenters will define and differentiate PBL from diverse teaching pedagogies while providing participants with ideas for potential projects to adopt and adapt into their classrooms. In addition, participants will reflect upon the students’ role in the English classroom by re-thinking how to foster learner autonomy. This means, providing students with the opportunity to decide what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. Thus, building a community of practice in their English class.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Ann Miranda Negrón

Ashley Ann Miranda Negrón

Peace Corps - Costa Rica
My name is Ashley Miranda Negrón, I am 26 years old. I Graduated from the Master of Arts in English Education Program from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez in May 2018. My current occupation is with Peace Corps – Costa Rica as an English Teacher Trainer. My highest education... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Soto Román

Alexander Soto Román

Peace Corps - Costa Rica
My name is Alexander Soto Román, I am 28 years old. I Graduated from the Master of Arts in English Education Program from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez in May 2018. My current occupation is with Peace Corps – Costa Rica as an English Teacher Trainer. My highest education... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Llamadme Ismael: Digital Storytelling as a Cross-Cultural Toolset for Language Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

A language is more than the few hundred to thousand words needed for basic communication - it is a window into the rich life of the cultures that share it, and not least into the stories that they tell. But as anyone who has taken part in a storytelling circle can attest, storytelling is not just about listening - it is also about sharing. How do we bring this sharing into the digital domain, so that language learners can enrich their thinking and understanding through the objects they create? We will explore a cornucopia of approaches, ranging from stories told through simple posters all the way to interactive narrative explorations. Throughout, we will make sure to emphasize practical tools and processes - after all, a story that is too hard to tell is a story that is never told.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Hippasus, USA
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over thirty years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Oxford Presentation by David Weber
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

4:30pm

Taking Games Seriously: Gamification as a Tool for the Modern Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Gamification is the use of game mechanics to increase involvement and participation in non-game contexts. Specifically, gamification can be crucial for the educator, as such a pedagogical tool can encourage and provide incentives for students to engage in the learning process. In fact, gamification has already been successfully implemented in other fields, most notably business, and research of gamification in education has already led to positive results. Coupled with technology, gamification can revolutionize the way in which educators engage with students in the classroom. Therefore, this session will focus on practical methods of gamification and how to implement it in order to produce a more involved student body. In doing so, gamification can reduce the burden on educators by encouraging students to take education into their own hands by properly piquing their curiosity for knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Park

Daniel Park

Peace Corps - Costa Rica, Liceo de Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Daniel Park is a teacher at the Liceo de Nicoya in Nicoya, Guanacaste. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism from California State University, San Luis Obispo, where he has won awards for graphic design and for an article about political corruption. He was awarded a... Read More →
avatar for María Navarro

María Navarro

Peace Corps - Costa Rica
Maria M. Navarro is a Peace Corps volunteer serving in the Canton of Nicoya in Costa Rica. She graduated with Honors from the University of California Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. in both Political Science and History- where she was awarded the A. Russel Buchanan Award for superior... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

5:30pm

Recess │ Cultural Activity
Limited Capacity seats available

Mark • 1 min

Thursday May 14, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Electronic Village / Stands

6:00pm

Reflecting on Our Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Gaining teaching experience as a teacher is not enough to provide automatic professional development, for we do not learn much from experience as much as we learn from reflecting on that experience. Reflective practice involves teachers systematically looking at what they do, how they do it, why they do it, what the outcomes are in terms of student learning, and what actions they will take as a result of knowing all of this information. Thus experience combined with systematic reflection can lead to professional growth so that we can become more effective teachers. In this plenary I discuss what reflective practice is and how it can be accomplished.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas Farrell

Dr. Thomas Farrell

Brock University, Canada
Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include Reflective Practice, Language Teacher Education & Development. He has published widely in these areas. A selection of his books include: Reflective Practice (TESOL... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor
 
Friday, May 15
 

8:00am

Rigor from the Get Go! Embedding Skills for the 21st Century in Curricula
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s world, becoming a proficient user of a language requires effective communication, collaboration, critical thinking, digital competence, and strategies for understanding complex informational texts. How can we embed these 21st century skills into English language curricula at all levels of instruction? In this session, we explore the complexity of the everyday and academic tasks learners need to engage with in today’s world and then experience how to address these skills in English language instruction. We see how educators can add a layer of 21st century skills to any lesson or curriculum through simple modifications to teaching practices and curriculum design.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Betsy Parrish is Professor in the MATESOL and TEFL Certificate programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator, writer, and consultant for over 30 years, with experience in the US, Bangladesh, France, India, Russia, and... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

9:00am

Coffee Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday May 15, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Electronic Village / Stands

9:30am

A Customized Guide on How to Teach Vocabulary to EFL Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Vocabulary is essential in language learning and so should be the instruction of it. Language instructors cater to a wide array of learners from different fields of study and contexts. Hence, the implementation calls for a variation of strategies and methodologies to suit the particular needs of the population that is being taught. This session intends to provide facilitators with tools that ensure the appropriate selection of creative and efficient ways of introducing, implementing and assessing vocabulary. The presenters seek to answer some core questions that often arise when teaching vocabulary: What needs to be taught? , How is it going to be implemented? How to assess the pupils´ mastery of the lexicon? and furthermore, What do teachers want their students to accomplish with the newly acquired words? Teachers will be provided with a helpful guide to customize their vocabulary choice, application and assessment by using easy – to –do drills in order to achieve a significant learning experience.

Speakers
avatar for Lilia Saborío Corrales

Lilia Saborío Corrales

Ulacit Language Professor
She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (UCR), a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration (UMCA), and a postgraduate degree in English Teaching (UMCA). She holds a B.A. in English (UCR) and an Associate degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Mora Gutiérrez

Jonathan Mora Gutiérrez

Curricular Developer at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Jonathan Mora holds a BA in English from the University of Costa Rica and a Master´s degree in English Teaching from Universidad Latina. Starting his teaching experience in 1997, Professor Mora has devoted his academic life working for most private universities and a handful of public... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

9:30am

Planning for Project-Based Learning:  Integrating Content and Language from the End to the Beginning
Limited Capacity seats available

How do communicative teaching approaches, tasks that foster student activity, rich content, and language forms and functions get integrated in the 21st century classroom?  In this session we will walk through a backwards-planning template that streamlines the process, resulting in planned instruction that is motivating, language-rich, and fosters critical thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Laura Baecher

Dr. Laura Baecher

Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
Dr. Laura Baecher is Associate Professor of TESOL at Hunter College, City University of New York. Her research interests and publications relate to teacher preparation including content-language integration, teacher leadership, the use of video for teacher learning, and practicum... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

9:30am

The Cycle of Practice: Learning Technologies and Formative Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

Learning a language is not just about repeated practice - it is also about the feedback loops that inform that practice. Starting from a robust definition of formative assessment, we will see how learning technologies allow us to construct new and powerful feedback loops, ranging from agile in-class peer discussion/instruction setups, all the way to course-long evolving rubric frameworks. A key component of our discussion will be transparency: the most effective formative assessment processes enhance learner metacognitive skills, making it easier for them to learn to learn.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Hippasus, USA
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over thirty years at a range of K-20 educational... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

9:30am

The Zen of Teaching- Transforming and Empowering Your Personal and Professional Life
Limited Capacity seats available

How can teachers cultivate within themselves the power of Zen? The presenter will discuss what Zen is and how teachers can cultivate and put this ancient technique into practice. This ancient technique can be an important part of our lives and one that we can use as a reflective pedagogical-personal tool. Teachers are human beings, and they deserve to have the chance to enrich their working and personal lives. All it takes are a few moments of peace and a little focus.

Speakers
avatar for Clare Goodman M. A. in TEFL

Clare Goodman M. A. in TEFL

Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) - Alajuela
Clare Goodman is a Professor at the Universidad Técnica Nacional in Alajuela. She has her B.A., Licentiate and Master´s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She worked at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano for thirteen years. There she was a teacher... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

9:30am

Three Nightmares from English Grammar
Limited Capacity seats available

All languages have components that are extremely difficult for nonnative speakers to acquire. For example, second language (L2) learners of Japanese have trouble with its three writing systems, L2 learners of Spanish are puzzled by the gender of nouns, and L2 learners of Korean have difficulty with its elaborate system of honorifics. English, too, has its own set of difficult areas for nonnative speakers attempting to learn it. English grammar may seem to have many tricky aspects, so what would the top grammar nightmares for English language learners be? Coincidentally, all three of these grammar difficulties start with the letter P. In this talk, we consider why the top honors should go to the present perfect tense, phrasal verbs, and prepositions. Using contrastive analysis as well as error analysis of student work in English, we will see why these three categories merit this infamous award.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Keith Folse

Dr. Keith Folse

University of Central Florida, USA
Dr. Keith Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida where he teaches in several programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has taught English for 40 years in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, and Kuwait. He has also taught French in... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

9:30am

What’s Your Reading Size?
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine how frustrating it would be to try to buy shoes that aren´t your size even when you know what your size is. Throughout the years, we have tried to buy the wrong pair of shoes for our students; this means, matching readers based on age or grade level rather than their actual reading level. The Lexile Framework for Reading connects readers to appropriate reading materials that will help them grow as readers, hence buying the right shoe for each student. This framework is a scientific way teachers of all levels can use to measure text difficulty and reading ability. The result is two Lexile measures: one for the reader and for the text. When both measures are used, it helps teachers connect books and materials that meet and challenge their unique reading abilities, provides information about students´ abilities, aids and differentiates instruction, measures growth, personalizes learning and predicts success. 

Speakers
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María Isabel Mata Monge

Universidad Véritas
María Isabel Mata is an academic consultant, teacher coach and English teacher with vast experience in the field of English Teaching. She has taught different English programs to students from an early age to adulthood and those whose native language is not Spanish or English. She... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

10:30am

Recess │ Cultural Activity
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday May 15, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am
Electronic Village / Stands

11:00am

Developing Primary English Learners' Visual Literacy for a Multimodal World
Limited Capacity seats available

Visual literacy is a necessary skill for young learners in the 21st century, which is increasingly image and media driven. Primary English language teachers frequently use visuals to make language input comprehensible, but how often do teachers focus on teaching students to interpret images critically and build visual literacy? Simply put, visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from images. The relationship between text and image is an important aspect of learning to read in a language. With increased use of authentic, multimodal texts with photos, illustrations, information graphics, and videos in instruction, visual literacy should be an integral part of English language teaching and learning. Grounded in Yenawine’s (2013) work in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), this presentation will show how to teach visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills in the primary English language classroom. It provides primary English teachers with practical activities that will enhance English literacy instruction and prepare young learners for communication in a multimodal world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin

George Mason University, USA
Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

12:00pm

Lunch Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday May 15, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch

2:00pm

E-portfolios as Self-Assessment Tool: Empowering Students and Developing Autonomy. 
Limited Capacity seats available

Portfolios have been used for a long time as a tool for formative assessment. Adding the digital element provides students with a vivid opportunity to record and reflect on learning. Our job is to help students formulate a rubric, to know when is best to feed the e-portfolio, help them select a sample of work that can prove their progress, and guide them towards autonomy in their learning process.

Speakers
avatar for Ana María Socarrás

Ana María Socarrás

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - Heredia
Ana María Socarrás has been teaching English for 20 years, and each day she is more passionate about it. She is a storyteller, a communicator, a helping hand and a partner in the adventure of curiosity. Helping students discover their abilities to learn the language, reach their... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

2:00pm

Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom: the development of leadership in an educational environment
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers are one of the closest agents in the development of students' values and character due to the crucial stage they are going through when the educational process starts. That is why both teachers and students must improve their leadership in a reciprocal way in order to adapt to future demands related to soft skills and management. 

Speakers
avatar for Mario Alberto Mairena Salas

Mario Alberto Mairena Salas

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - Heredia
Mario Mairena graduated from the UCR in English Teaching and English Teaching for Elementary School. He is currently studying a master's degree in Educational Management and Leadership at UNA. He has worked for 3 and a half years in the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Implementing Reflective Practice in TESOL
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop outlines and discusses how reflective practice can be implemented in TESOL that not only focuses on the intellectual, cognitive and meta-cognitive aspects of practice that many other approaches suggest, but also the spiritual, moral and emotional non-cognitive aspects of reflection that acknowledges the inner life of teachers. The framework that is outlined has five different stages/levels of reflection: philosophy, principles, theory, practice, and beyond practice. Each of these will be explained in detail and participants will be able to practice each in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas Farrell

Dr. Thomas Farrell

Brock University, Canada
Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. His professional interests include Reflective Practice, Language Teacher Education & Development. He has published widely in these areas. A selection of his books include: Reflective Practice (TESOL... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Inclusive Classrooms: Using Universal Design (UDL) to Make Lessons that Engage All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Research has established that neuro-variability is the “norm.” Everyone learns a little different. Most curricula and teaching techniques have characteristics that automatically have present learning barriers to some students. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows educators to minimize frustration and maximize motivation and learning in students. In this interactive workshop, you will experience a simulation of what it is like to have a learning difficulty; you will experience and hear about several examples of UDL activities; and you will work in small groups to generate and share more ways to implement UDL in EFL classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kara McBride

Dr. Kara McBride

World Learning, USA
Dr. Kara McBride is a Senior Education Specialist at World Learning, based in Washington, DC. She is the home office English Specialist for Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement-2 – a USD$90m, 5-year, USAID-funded program in Lebanon – providing technical... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Increasing Teacher Options in Practing Grammar
Limited Capacity seats available

Grammar is a very important part of learning any language, and it is logically a part of all English courses. In some classes, it is explicitly taught; in others, it is done more indirectly. Regardless of the teaching method, students need to do many practices to improve their English knowledge and ability. Although there are many different types of practice exercises, students need to go beyond simple exercises. In this workshop, we will look at 3 different ways to have your students interact with the material in a grammar lesson. The goal of this workshop is for teachers to have multiple options and therefore more variety when presenting the grammar of a lesson, which can in turn create more interesting lessons and may increase student motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Keith Folse

Dr. Keith Folse

University of Central Florida, USA
Dr. Keith Folse is Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida where he teaches in several programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. He has taught English for 40 years in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Japan, and Kuwait. He has also taught French in... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

2:00pm

[2-hr Workshop] Meeting the Demands of Today's World through High-Leverage Instructional Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

The demands of today’s world require that learners engage with complex texts, interpret information presented in multiple formats, extract and use evidence from texts, and build content knowledge. What does this look like in the English language classroom? To meet these demands, teachers can adopt high-leverage instructional practices that promote greater rigor in English language programs. High-leverage practices are those that: 1) scaffold learning; 2) address academic language; 3) promote collaborations; and 4) prompt higher-order thinking. In this workshop, the presenter demonstrates high-leverage practices that provide the supports needed for success, for example, graphic organizers used as while-reading/while-listening tasks to help learners recognize text structure and organize information, language frames to allow learners to express complex ideas clearly, or questioning routines that prompt critical thinking. Audience members participate in demonstrations of high-leverage practices and then practice applying the practices to content they teach in their own settings.

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Betsy Parrish is Professor in the MATESOL and TEFL Certificate programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator, writer, and consultant for over 30 years, with experience in the US, Bangladesh, France, India, Russia, and... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

3:00pm

Empowering the brain: Fundamentals of Neurolinguistic Programming for the EFL class
Limited Capacity seats available

In order to become an effective teacher, one needs to have a solid knowledge of the subject matter and manage all the technical aspects of language and pedagogy/andragogy properly. Nevertheless, there is an essential aspect in TESL-TEFL that is sometimes left behind: the way students feel motivated to learn, and the intrinsic inspiration that makes educational leaders give their best everyday. At this point, the understanding of how the brain works and how people can be encouraged to learn is key to open the door of knowledge and unleash their potential to acquire new information in a multi-sensory experience of interpretation and codification. In this workshop, we will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Neuro-linguistic Programming, and we will interact in the search of strategies to start the journey of mindfulness to promote an enriching experience for both educators and students.

Speakers
avatar for Rony Molina Cajina

Rony Molina Cajina

Academic Coordinator of the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - Heredia
Rony Molina earned a BA in English teaching from Universidad de Costa Rica and a master's degree in educational administration from Universidad Hispanoamericana. He also holds an international TESOL-TEFL certificate from Lingua Edge Training Institute and a diploma in neuro-linguistic... Read More →
avatar for José Miguel Alemán Chacón

José Miguel Alemán Chacón

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano - Heredia
Jose Alemán earned a BA in English teaching from Universidad Hispanoamericana. He is currently enrolled in the Licenciatura in English Teaching Program at Universidad Americana. He also holds a diploma in neuro-linguistic programming and neuro-didactics from Politécnico Superior... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

3:00pm

The Revolution of Comprehensible Input
Limited Capacity seats available

With Krashen's take on comprehensible input (CI) he started a marvelous change in the world of language teaching. Most teachers, while aware of CI and its history, are still grasping onto old content and methodologies. We are going to jump into discussion about how grammar-translation, old-textbooks and content are currently impacting the average classroom and what we can do about it. Incorporating authentic materials both through reading and listening are the main ways that students can fully acquire a second language. Since each language learner has a different learning style, language ability, and interests we will discuss how to differentiate comprehensible input. This is possible by increasing diverse input and paving the way for students to practice outside of the classroom as well through various compelling channels. Together we will explore how to best set up your classrooms for complete and total language acquisition based off of comprehensible input.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Keating

Hannah Keating

US Peace Corps Volunteer
Hanna Keating graduated with college honors from The University of Illinois at Chicago with her degree in the Teaching of Spanish (K-12). She has studied, observed, and taught in various public schools in the Chicagoland area of the United States.


Friday May 15, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

4:00pm

Coffee Break │ Visit to the Publishers
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday May 15, 2020 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Electronic Village / Stands

4:30pm

Breaking the Real Barriers: The Profile of an Inclusive Teacher.
Limited Capacity seats available

Becoming a teacher must come from the heart. Passion, commitment, and innovation are some of the top qualities that enrich any learning experience. As teachers we are tasked with providing the best teaching strategies for the community of students who trust in our art and because of that, teachers need to make sure their art is appreciated by students with disabilities, leading us to develop inclusivity as a way of teaching. The profile of an inclusive teacher is now what institutions, schools, universities, and English centers seek, but more than that, it is what we as teachers and human beings must offer the world so that anyone can learn English.

Speakers
avatar for Fabián Corrales Gutiérrez

Fabián Corrales Gutiérrez

Program Director of Programa Oi2, Costa Rica
Deaf since birth, Fabián Corrales is a living example of how empowerment and teaching can transform our capacities and help us recognize the diverse strengths of learning languages. A graduate with interdisciplinary studies from five different universities in the United States and... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Corcovados 1 Ground Floor

4:30pm

Changing Paradigms in Teacher Education: Communities of Practice as an Empowering Model of Teacher Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers of today need to be life-long learners. Change is exponential and traditional modes of training cannot keep up with the wealth of information the digital age provides. Conversation and communication - learning communities- are replacing the traditional linear pre-service models of training. Increasingly, teachers are learning together "just in time" to solve real-world problems as they arise. In this talk we will look at communities of practice as a framework for continuing professional development and knowledge creation. We will consider the theoretical underpinnings of CoP's and then discuss concrete examples of best practice.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Lewis

Gordon Lewis

ELT Strategies
Gordon Lewis founded ELT Strategies in 2019, after 11 years as Vice President, Languages for Laureate Higher Education. From 2004-2008 he was Academic Director of Kaplan English Programs, based in New York City. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of Instructor Training and Development... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

4:30pm

CLIL in Action: Transforming Theory into Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

What kind of language do learners need in order to work on a CLIL activity? Do they have the necessary linguistic support to enable them to do this? If not, what kind of scaffolding will help them? How about the 4Cs of CLIL - content, communication, cognition, and culture? How can they be integrated? This hands-on workshop provides the audience with ideas on how to develop and use CLIL materials. I will show one CLIL activity and analyze its features with the audience. Participants talk about the language learners need to work on the activity and what kind of scaffolding will help them. They also discuss if the 4Cs of CLIL are present in the activity. Next, participants prepare two CLIL activities and present them. After that, the audience analyze these activities. The workshop ends with some reflection on the advantages of using CLIL materials in class

Speakers
avatar for Paulo Lira Torres

Paulo Lira Torres

Academic Consultant for Richmond Brazil
Paulo Torres holds a B.A. in English & English Literature, a post graduate diploma in New Educational Technology Tools, and he is currently taking a post-graduation course on Bilingual Education and Cognition. He has been involved in English language teaching for over two decades... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Santa Rosa 1rst Floor

4:30pm

Let’s Have Fun with Sounds
Limited Capacity seats available

This lecture-workshop integrates theory and practice to show teachers the difference between basic concepts related to the teaching of phonemic awareness as a key aspect to begin the development of the reading skill. It also includes appealing, fun, and quick activities teachers can use in the classroom to develop such skill. This workshop is mostly suitable for elementary school teachers who want to develop phonemic awareness classes in a fun and practical way.

Speakers
avatar for Jonnathan Elizondo Mejías M. A. in TEFL

Jonnathan Elizondo Mejías M. A. in TEFL

Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)
Jonnathan Elizondo holds an M.A in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a B.A in Primary Education with emphasis in English teaching from the University of Costa Rica. Professor Elizondo is a current candidate to obtain a PhD in Education from Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Cahuita 1 2nd Floor

4:30pm

Oxford Presentation by Martín Caicedo
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Cahuita 2 2nd Floor

4:30pm

TOEIC Speaking Scoring Processes and Rubrics
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation focuses on two aspects of constructed response scoring. First, it will discuss how ETS scores the TOEIC Speaking test and other constructed response assessments in order to ensure fair, reliable, and consistent scoring. We will look at the processes ETS uses to ensure that human raters score each response accurately. Then, by listening to test-taker responses and looking the rubrics ETS raters use to score responses, we fill focus in greater detail on the process of assigning scores to responses. The audience will have the opportunity to practice scoring responses using rubrics. Then, we will discuss the connections between responses, rubrics, and student feedback. The presentation will conclude with a consideration of how rubrics can be used and modified in the classroom to provide ongoing self- , peer-, and instructor-led feedback to students.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bredlau M. A.

Elizabeth Bredlau M. A.

Educational Testing Services, USA
Elizabeth Bredlau is a Senior Director for English Language Learning in the Assessment and Learning Technology Division of ETS, where she oversees test development activities for the TOEIC® Speaking and Writing, TOEIC® Listening and Reading, and Bridge® tests. She has led Propell... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor

5:30pm

(4) Name of Fifth Plenary
Limited Capacity seats available

Friday May 15, 2020 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

6:30pm

Closing Ceremony │ Rossina Bolaños Award
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Friday May 15, 2020 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor

7:00pm

CCCN Jazz Band Concert
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Friday May 15, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor
 
Monday, May 18
 

9:30am

[Webinar] Increasing Students' Oral Practice Through Collaborative Tasks
Limited Capacity seats available

By means of this research I intended to explore the perceptions of a group of students in a fully online Spanish course with the incorporation of collaborative tasks in the course. The research was applied to a group of 30 participants from 5 different language levels. The methodology involved the design of three collaborative tasks according to the participants’ level, and the tools used were a survey, class videos, reflection on task- documents, and an interview at the end. Research question: In what ways did students perceive they benefited more from the collaborative tasks? 

Speakers
avatar for Karina Febres García M. A. in TEFL

Karina Febres García M. A. in TEFL

Laureate Languages Online, Peru
My name is Karina Febres, I’m from Lima, Peru. I have worked as an English and Spanish teacher for more than 20 years in different institutions in Peru and abroad. I have a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a foreign language and applied linguistics from the Universidad Europea... Read More →


11:30am

[Webinar] Who, What, When, Where, Why, and Other Considerations for a Thoughtful Design of Blended and Online EFL Learning Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

Designing the instructional climate for learning to occur in HE courses may not always (or ever) be an easy affair. Even for teachers who have received pedagogical training (not always the case in some areas of study) the type of training they received is/was generally focused on K-12 milieus. Designing instruction for higher education EFL students often proves new and challenging for all and can be especially demanding when both teachers and their students find the format of a course unfamiliar. Blended and/or fully online instruction offer a case in point. This webinar proposes getting back-to-basics and to review (for some) or introduce (for others) a number of fundamental considerations for examination in order to thoughtfully design a meaningful instructional/learning climate.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Johnson Ed. D.

Christopher Johnson Ed. D.

Online Programs for Laureate Languages, Chile
Christopher P. Johnson, Ed.D., Manager of Online Programs for Laureate Languages, has taught, coordinated, and directed university EFL programs in Chile since 1999. He is keen to explore solutions to the challenge of teaching and learning EFL in blended and online formats. In an effort... Read More →


3:30pm

[Webinar] Task-Based Learning in an Online Environment
Limited Capacity seats available

This webinar talks about task-based learning and how task-based learning strategies have been taken to the virtual classroom. The session will begin by summarizing what task-based learning is and go quickly through the stages of task-based learning. It is planned to show some examples of some tasks and how to personalize tasks for different audiences. Personal experiences using a task-based approach online with one on one students will be shared, small groups and large groups and ultimately some of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle

Laureate Languages Online, Tulum, Mexico
Originally from London, England I began my career as an English language teacher and moved my way up to Director in one of the most famous and recognizable English Language schools in Mexico. Subsequently one of the most renowned and prestigious language centers worldwide offered... Read More →


 
Tuesday, May 19
 

9:30am

To be announced
Limited Capacity seats available

11:30am

[Webinar] Enhancing Learner Motivation in the EFL Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

If we want motivated students, we must have motivated teachers! This webinar provides opportunities for participants to explore how to enhance motivation in the classroom. We will first address how to enhance our own motivation as teachers and then explore ways to enhance the motivation of our students. We will anchor the discussions on Dörnyei’s (2001) framework of motivational teaching practice. The framework includes four essential components: (1) creating the basic motivational conditions, (2) generating initial motivation, (3) maintaining and protecting motivation, and (4) encouraging positive retrospective self-evaluation. These four components guide teachers in transforming the language classroom into a powerful learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Neil J. Anderson

Dr. Neil J. Anderson

Brigham Young University–Hawaii, USA
Neil J Anderson is a Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University–Hawaii and the Director of the Center for English Language Learning. Professor Anderson is the author or coeditor of over 50 books, book chapters, and... Read More →


3:30pm

[Webinar] Expanding the VTS Questioning Schema to Widen the Learners’ Cultural Lens
Limited Capacity seats available

In the ELT classroom Art Analysis activities that target critical-thinking skills can be a powerful tool for both language learning and culture learning for all ages. A typical format for such analysis is Yenawine’s Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and its three-question schema: 1) What’s going on here? 2) What do you see that makes you say that? and 3) What more can you find? These three questions provide a solid starting point for observational skill using English as the target language. However, as learners mature VTS confronts the limitation of observations that come from the (mono)cultural lens of the learner and the resultant perceptions and assumptions based on their own culture. As the learner’s language ability grows, the critical-thinking skills need an intentional expansion of the learner’s cultural worldview in order to learn to analyze from a different perspective. Additionally, with this wider cultural lens the learner significantly increases their own self-awareness, the ultimate of critical-thinking skills. This webinar will present a process for structuring Art Analysis activities that has the learner develop critical-thinking skills that recognize the potential for bias and how to grow beyond them.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Ryffel

Carolyn Ryffel

Independent Communication Strategies Trainer, Consultant, and Coach
Carolyn Ryffel, M.A,, is an independent consultant, trainer,  and coach specializing in international business communication where English is the Lingua Franca.  She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance from the Association of Talent Development and a certified... Read More →


 
Wednesday, May 20
 

9:30am

[Webinar] Digital Literacy in the Context of Post-Secondary Education
Limited Capacity seats available

The number of post-secondary students choosing online and hybrid study programs is on the rise. As online education continues to gain popularity, more institutions are joining this trend or increasing their current online offer. While this more flexible and cost-effective modality can widen access to post-secondary education, opening the door to a group of people who may otherwise not have access to this level of education at all, there is yet another barrier which should not be overlooked, and this is digital literacy. For participants to succeed in an online or hybrid program, digital literacy must be taken into consideration from the course planning stage. In this Webinar, we will look at the concept of digital literacy and its implications for online learning in the context of post-secondary educatiion. We will also explore some resources and strategies to support students responding to demands and challenges related to digital literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Dafna Jodeck M. A.

Dafna Jodeck M. A.

Laureate Languages Online, Chile
Dafna Jodeck has a B. A. in English Language Teaching from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and holds an M. A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Playa Ancha, Chile. She has worked as an EFL teacher and manager in higher education institutions and has experience... Read More →


11:30am

[Webinar] Effective Teaching Practices and Teacher Development
Limited Capacity seats available

In this webinar, we will be talking about these topics:  Characteristics of Effective Teachers, types of teaching-learning methods and teacher Development. Thomas L. Friedman refers to a twenty-first century world that is very different from the one in which we were educated. To survive in a new, globally competitive world, today's children need creativity, problem-solving abilities, a passion for learning, and lifelong learning opportunities. Students can develop these abilities through instruction based on Best Practice teaching strategies. Effective teachers display certain characteristics, while ineffective teachers tend to make the same mistakes repeatedly. We will talk about some of the things more effective teachers tend to do right and less effective teachers tend to do wrong. Finally, we will talk about Teacher development which is the process of becoming ‘the best kind of teacher that I personally can be’. To the extent that teachers are regularly asking themselves, ‘How can I become a better teacher?’ ‘How can I enjoy my teaching more?’ ‘How can I feel that I am helping learning?’ they are thinking about ways of developing. They are acknowledging that it is possible to change the way they teach.

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Ancajima Alama

Jaime Ancajima Alama

Universidad de Piura, Peru
Jaime holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education, a TESOL Certificate from Saint Mary´s University, England, a Skills and Principles in Language Teacher Training Workshop Design, Observation and Feedback Certificate from Centro Espiral Mana, Costa Rica and an American Culture and Society... Read More →


3:30pm

[Webinar] Child Cognitive Development and Its Implications for the Teaching-Learning Process
Limited Capacity seats available

Professor Lynn Yerby has been a teacher for thirty-eight years. She has been working at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Costa Rica since 2009 as an English teacher, and curriculum developer. Prior to her move to Costa Rica, Professor Yerby taught U.S. and Latin American history at Cypress College and English at Rancho Santiago College and J.E.I. Language Institute in California, U.S.A. She has worked for Educational Testing Service as a TOEIC writer, and as an essay evaluator/reader for E.T.S. and the College Board (T.O.E.F.L. and S.A.T.). She holds double Masters Degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Costa Rica.

Speakers
avatar for Lynn Yerby

Lynn Yerby

Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano
Professor Lynn Yerby has been a teacher for thirty-eight years. She has been working at Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Costa Rica since 2009 as an English teacher, and curriculum developer. Prior to her move to Costa Rica, Professor Yerby taught U.S. and Latin American... Read More →