ELC Webinar Series

 

We’re delighted to announce that Pharos University is starting a PD initiative “ELC Webinar Biweekly Series”.

 

Our speakers who are experts in ELT for many years aim to deliver effective and fruitful sessions for you all. They volunteer to pass on their knowledge. These webinars are free of charge and designed for all English teachers working in mainstream education. Our webinars are different as they are not just a presentation! All participants will go away with new and applicable ideas. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each day of webinars they attend.

 

See you in March!

2022 March PUA Webinar Series
Date Subject Time Speaker Zoom link
March 8th, 2022 Going round in circles – how I stopped noodling and flipped teacher training courses 1:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

 Judith Hudson     Done
March 17th, 2022 Effective Teaching Strategies for Authentic Classroom 5:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

 Ibtesam and Shiao-wei Chu     Done
March 24th, 2022 Digital Natives Navigating the Virtual Classroom 2:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

 John Michael Link below

 

 

Digital Natives Navigating the Virtual Classroom

John Michael

March 24th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvceqgpjMrGdASlvdxa1h37MTMlzuj6ds_

 

The presentation is based on the teaching and learning practices for ESL/EFL digital natives taking online courses. Specifically, the presentation will navigate through a series of virtual activities integrated in a three Is lesson plan. It will highlight appropriate teaching and learning applications and tips on their usage. In addition, the session will provide students’ authentic feedback on their synchronous teaching and learning experience and how learners view their own performance as digital natives in a virtual classroom.

 

 

Who are the speakers?

 

John Michael

John Michael Villar Faller holds degrees in English (Leyte Normal University) and International Management (University of Liverpool). He has taken courses for Doctor of Arts in Language Teaching and received a certificate from the British Council – Muscat on the training for IELTS Trainers. He has been an ESL / EFL mentor for two decades in various countries such as the Philippines, Oman, Bahrain and Vietnam. He has presented papers and facilitated workshops in international conferences and published research articles in international journals of reputable academic indexers such as Scopus, DOAJ, BASE, EBSCO and ERIC. His passion for research led him to serve as Senior Paper Reviewer of various international conferences held in Asia and North America.administrator at the elementary and pre-college levels for 25 years in Kuwait and specialized in ESL. Her blog, podcast, and book focus on the importance of feeling a sense of belonging. Ilene strongly believes in bringing communities together with her focus on professional belonging; learning and collaborating in a professional setting.

 

 

Going round in circles – how I stopped noodling and flipped teacher training courses

Judie Hudson

March 8th, 2022 @ 1:00 pm Egypt’s time

 

The webinar will start with a short and honest review of my ELT journey as a weaver of knowledge and experience; participants may be encouraged to do the same. There should be ample time for questions and some suggestions for change.

The session should be suitable for teachers at all stages of their careers as well as wannabe English teachers.

Judith Hudson

She has been an English teacher and trainer since 1976. She enjoys trying out new ideas and is learning about approaches that don’t look like teaching. Her special interests are promoting fun pronunciation, using Cuisenaire Rods and generally helping teachers become the best teachers they can be.

 

Effective Teaching Strategies for Authentic Classroom

Ibtesam and Shiao-wei Chu

March 17th, 2022 @ 5:00 pm Egypt’s time

 

The presenters will begin by discussing the challenges both ESL and EFL instructors and students face in the distance learning environment, including low learning motivation, comprehensible input, short concertation, lack of interactions between students-students and teacher-student, lack of practice opportunities, overcoming shyness and lack of confidence. They will then share various teaching techniques meant to help learners overcome their learning barriers. The presenters will also introduce several online tools meant to support learners’ individual learning needs. Participant-educators should find the techniques and tools useful and adaptable to their own classrooms.

 

Ibtesam and Shiao-wei Chu

Ibtesam Hussein has an earned doctorate in Language, Literacy and Technology from Washington State University, and a master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language for Business Communication from Penn CIBER Institute. She works as an ESL faculty and academic advisor at the University of Idaho (UI). She has taught EFL courses for six years in Benghazi, Libya.

Shiao-Wei Chu is a creative, collaborative, reflective and proficient educator who loves teaching English language learners of all ages. She is originally from Taichung, Taiwan. Shiao-Wei received her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) with an emphasis in creating a new paradigm in ESL teachers’ professorial development from College of Education at University of Idaho (UI). She has her M.A. in TESOL from Chaoyang University of Technology in Taichung, Taiwan. She also holds an academic certificate in Human Resource Development from UI, and K-12 teaching certificates from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.

 

ELC Webinar Series

 

We’re delighted to announce that Pharos University is starting a PD initiative “ELC Webinar Biweekly Series”.

 

Our speakers who are experts in ELT for many years aim to deliver effective and fruitful sessions for you all. They volunteer to pass on their knowledge. These webinars are free of charge and designed for all English teachers working in mainstream education. Our webinars are different as they are not just a presentation! All participants will go away with new and applicable ideas. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each day of webinars they attend.

 

See you in April!

2022 April PUA Webinar Series
Date Subject Time Speaker
April 12th, 2022 Practising Grammar and Vocabulary in the Write Way 12:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Lucie Cotterill
April 14th, 2022 Drama Activities to Teach Advanced Spoken Communication Skills 9:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Walton Burns
April 21st, 2022 Asset-based teaching approach 10:00 A.M

(Egypt’s time)

Dr. Ilene Winokur
April 28th, 2022 Strategies for Teaching Content to English Learners 9:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Sara Levitt

 

Practicing Grammar and Vocabulary in the Write Way

Lucie Cotterill

April 12th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkf-2srDsjHNWyNlPw8bPHmM2BCJB35VaR

 

In this practical and interactive workshop, we will examine different types of writing tasks, and look at the benefits of including writing tasks in lessons.  We will be exploring some engaging writing activities which can work with a range of class sizes, both online and offline, and there will be the chance for you to share ideas and experiences with fellow teachers from around the world.

 

 

Drama Activities to Teach Advanced Spoken Communication Skills

Walton Burns

April 14th, 2022 @ 9:00 pm Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdOisrj8sEtd8o5jlX_b7-7WeHlWBuSuP

 

Our teaching materials rarely address the wide range of communicative tools that we use when we speak beyond grammar and vocabulary.. Effective oral communication requires the use of intonation, rhythm, volume, body language, and more. It also requires an understanding of context! In this workshop, I’ll share some simple engaging drama activities that help raise students’ awareness of these often neglected communication tools.

 

Asset-based teaching approach

Dr. Ilene Winokur

April 21st, 2022 @ 10:00 am Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElce6trDsiGNU0xxhpvXBbTJnIvn37oR3U

 

Dr. Winokur will explain the importance of an asset-based mindset on supporting a sense of safety and belonging in our students that’s essential to their learning and achievement. She will also share practical ways to change our mindsets, so we can support all of our students to succeed.

 

 

Strategies for Teaching Content to English Learners

Sara Levitt

April 28th, 2022 @ 9:00 pm Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd-uoqz8oG9WogHiv6fh_BiBrTDoasyBU

 

Join this interactive session to explore strategies that can be used to serve English Learners in the mainstream classroom.  A balance of supported content instruction and opportunities to develop and practice academic language is required for English learners to be successful. Discover new ways to present content when students have varied levels of English proficiency. Explicit vocabulary instruction, experiential learning practices, and highly interactive tasks will be discussed. Walk away feeling validated by your use of current strategies and armed with some new tricks!

 

Who are the speakers?

 

Lucie Cotterill

Lucie is a teacher, academic manager, and teacher trainer based in the South of Italy, where she works for IH British School Reggio Calabria as Director of Innovation. She has been in ELT for 20 years, during which time she has taught a range of learners and has held various academic management roles. Lucie is also the DoS Community Coordinator for IH World and tutors on the IH OTTI courses which form part of the IHWO Diploma in Academic Management. She is a member of the AISLi Educational Committee and has also recently joined the committee of the IATEFL Inclusive Practices and SEN SIG as Social Media Coordinator. She is a local tutor for the DELTA Module 2 and a Cambridge English Speaking Examiner. In her free time, Lucie is a puzzle enthusiast who loves walking in nature and watching stand-up comedy.

 

Walton Burns

Walton has been teaching since 2001 when he joined the Peace Corps as an English teacher in the South Pacific. Since then he’s travelled and taught Kazakh oil executives, Afghan high school students, Saudi royals, and Vietnamese video game champions! He started Alphabet Publishing as a self-publishing enterprise but it quickly grew. We specialize in creative and innovative language learning resources that are a bit outside the box. All our materials are 100% teacher-created, classroom tested, and student-approved!

 

Dr. Ilene Winokur

Dr. Ilene Winokur has lived in Kuwait since 1984 and is a professional development specialist supporting teachers globally including refugee teachers. Ilene has been active in learning innovation for over 35 years, is an expert in professional development, and passionate about narratives related to belonging. Prior to retiring in 2019, she was a teacher and administrator at the elementary and pre-college levels for 25 years in Kuwait and specialized in ESL. Her blog, podcast, and book focus on the importance of feeling a sense of belonging. Ilene strongly believes in bringing communities together with her focus on professional belonging; learning and collaborating in a professional setting.

 

Sara Levitt

Sara Levitt is an educator who has a passion for working with teachers and administrators to better the educational experience for all learners. She is the founder of SJL Educational Consultants and teaches graduate courses at Walsh University, Ohio Dominican University, and Muskingum University in Ohio. Described as funny, dynamic, and engaging, Sara creates a learning environment that benefits teachers with different levels of experience. She specializes in English learners and is particularly adept at supporting diverse populations as well. Sara is a past president of the Ohio TESOL Board and currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communication.

ELC Webinar Series

 

We’re delighted to announce that Pharos University is resuming its PD initiative “ELC Biweekly Webinar Series”.

 

Our speakers who are experts in ELT for many years aim to deliver effective and fruitful sessions for you all. They volunteer to pass on their knowledge. These webinars are free of charge and designed for all English teachers working in mainstream education. Our webinars are different as they are not just a presentation! All participants will go away with new and applicable ideas. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each day of webinars they attend.

 

See you in June!

2022 June PUA Webinar Series
Date Subject Time Speaker
June 9th, 2022 Writing Language Objectives 7:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Nikki Ashcraft
June 14th, 2022 Teaching and Assessing Integrated Skills: using the CEFR Mediation descriptors 12:00 P.M
(Egypt’s time)
Thom Kiddle
June 30th, 2022 Meaningful, aopen-access multimodal writing tasks in language learning classrooms 3:00 P.M
(Egypt’s time)
Chaoran Wang

Writing Language Objectives

Nikki Ashcraft

June 9th, 2022 @ 7:00 PM Egypt’s time

Link to register:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcu-spjgsGtNMOc9U-kKDO4YfOGdRc5bo

 

In this webinar, I will introduce approaches to incorporating open pedagogy in language classrooms. Open pedagogy, also called OER-enabled pedagogy, refers to teaching and learning practices that allow students to “revise, remix, redistribute, retain, and reuse (5R)” the content (Wiley & Hilton, 2018). Open pedagogy gives language learners the opportunity to engage with meaningful and active language learning because students are able to co-create new knowledge through authentic tasks. In this webinar, I will firstly introduce the development of open pedagogy. Then I will discuss relevant classroom practices and examples of how open pedagogy is implemented in class. Finally, I will be sharing specific and practical strategies and resources for designing meaningful, open-pedagogy class activities and assignments to support English language learners’ reading and writing development that involves multimodal writing tasks.

 

Teaching and Assessing Integrated Skills: using the CEFR Mediation descriptors

Thom Kiddle

June 14th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm Egypt’s time
Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuduigpz4qE9HBVy7aoTBnEZiOOCXv_IzC

 

This session will challenge the traditional paradigm of teaching and assessing language skills as separate constructs, and reflect on how a focus on integrated skills can and should be so much more than setting up opportunities for practice. We will look at how the expanded focus on Mediation in the CEFR Companion Volume (2018 & 2020) can support this focus on integrated skills and empower the language teacher to develop real-world competences in their learners, underpinned by development of grammar and vocabulary knowledge and use.

 

 

Meaningful, aopen-access multimodal writing tasks in language learning classrooms

Chaoran Wang

June 30th, 2022 @ 3:00 pm Egypt’s time

Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdu2vqTgiGdSTBOIUIPJJU3yLlmmfOwya

 

In this webinar, I will introduce approaches to incorporating open pedagogy in language classrooms. Open pedagogy, also called OER-enabled pedagogy, refers to teaching and learning practices that allow students to “revise, remix, redistribute, retain, and reuse (5R)” the content (Wiley & Hilton, 2018). Open pedagogy gives language learners the opportunity to engage with meaningful and active language learning because students are able to co-create new knowledge through authentic tasks. In this webinar, I will firstly introduce the development of open pedagogy. Then I will discuss relevant classroom practices and examples of how open pedagogy is implemented in class. Finally, I will be sharing specific and practical strategies and resources for designing meaningful, open-pedagogy class activities and assignments to support English language learners’ reading and writing development that involves multimodal writing tasks.

 

Who are the speakers?

 

Nikki Ashcraft

Dr. Nikki Ashcraft is an Associate Teaching Professor in the online M.Ed. TESOL program at the University of Missouri, USA. During her career, she has taught Englishand trained teachers in the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. She has held various leadership positions within TESOL International Association. Her book, Lesson Planning, was published by TESOL Press in 2014

 

Thom Kiddle

Thom Kiddle is Director of Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), Chair of the Eaquals board of trustees, and a founding director of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online. He has worked with language learners, teachers, trainers and testers for over 25 years in many contexts around the world.
 

Chaoran Wang

Chaoran Wang earned her PhD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University Bloomington, USA. Her research examines technology-enhanced language learning through the intersecting perspectives of language studies, sociocultural theories, and educational technologies. She is a Multilingual Writing Specialist and an Assistant Professor of Writing at Colby College, USA.

ELTTed Talk Ireland 2021

Presenter:

Mahinour Ragheb, ELC Academic Coordinator
Mahinour presented on Using AudionBooks in Class. During the presentation, Mahinour focused on two objectives: to introduce teachers to the idea of using audiobooks in class, and how to integrate audiobooks in lesson plans.
Mahinour discussed how most students do not read any more, due to various reasons. To begin with, some students find reading difficult. Furthermore, students are not sure of what to read. Finally, films and T.V shows have replaced books. Mahinour talked about how teachers could motivate students to read through incorporating audiobooks in ELT classes, and how audiobooks are suitable for children, young learners and learners with additional needs. She explored different ways of exploiting audiobooks in ELT classes. At the end of the talk, attendees learnt how to design an activity where students create play/skit after listening and perform them to the class.

 

Workshop overall aims:

1.To introduce teachers to the idea of using audiobooks in class

2.How to integrate audiobooks in lesson plans

 

Brief description of your session:

Most students do not read any more, due to various reasons. To begin with, some students find reading difficult. Furthermore, students are not sure of what to read. Finally, films and T.V shows have replaced books. Teachers could motivate students to read through incorporating audiobooks in ELT classes. Audiobooks are suitable for children, young learners and learners with additional needs. This talk will explore different ways of exploiting audiobooks in ELT classes. At the end of the talk, attendees will learn how to design an activity where students create play/skit after listening and perform them to the class.

 

Link to your presentation:

 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1k2Qneqp4MXyKT3XuGJDRHBjxgb_mqnBPMaEtfG1vMkk/edit#slide=id.p1

ELC Webinar Series

We’re delighted to announce that ELC Webinar Biweekly Series” is back for the winter season!

Our speakers who are experts in ELT for many years aim to deliver effective and fruitful sessions for you all. They volunteer to pass on their knowledge. These webinars are free of charge and designed for all English teachers working in mainstream education. Our webinars are different as they are not just a presentation! All participants will go away with new and applicable ideas. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each day of webinars they attend.

See you in November!

 

2022 November PUA Webinar Series

 

Date Subject Time Speaker
November 14th, 2022 Effective Material Exploitation   7:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Elena Kapshutar
November 21st, 2022 SOFLA®  – Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach   3:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Dr. Helaine W Marshall
November 28th, 2022 Video-based Instruction in a nutshell   6:00 P.M

(Egypt’s time)

Dr. Ahmed Shaaban

 

Effective Material Exploitation

Elena Kapshutar
November 14th, 2022 @7:00 P.M (Egypt’s time)
Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdOGvrT0rEtDmb8yx_zz8nlqNRb3nA6zb

 

During the one-hour webinar we are going to reflect upon what materials we use, how we work with them, and how we can exploit them more effectively to facilitate the learning process for our students. We are also going to talk about adaptation techniques that could be used in the classroom and in preparation for the classes. Eventually, another burning question will be considered: why do we rely so heavily on the materials? What can we do to change this situation? How compatible are these alternatives with real-life teaching and to what extent do they help our learners?
SOFLA® – Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach

 

Dr. Helaine W Marshall
November 21st, 2022 @ 3:00 pm Egypt’s time
Link to register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMocumrrDwrEtEM33s2FEBzfRiVtbgYvnd7

 

SOFLA® is an 8-step learning cycle for synchronous online flipped instruction that provides structured, multimodal, interactive experiences to support all learners. Learn how to implement this approach effectively to create fertile spaces for engagement and success in your online classroom. Resources provided.

Video-based Instruction in a nutshell

Dr. Ahmed Shaaban
November 28th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm Egypt’s time
Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlcuCsrzgoHtwf0olDl7zxUC-5Yexz5otv

 

Video-based learning literally refers to learning experiences facilitated through video. With its ability to combine camera footage, animation, graphics, text, and audio, videos create a multi senSor, it becomes a challenge for teachers to find and develop creative and effective ways to engage and educate the Digital natives. Teachinggeneration Z, those who are born in the modern technological era and are very adept in using technology, requires different approaches, methods and materials in teaching. The presentation is just a brief to shed light on video-based instruction.

 

Who are the speakers?

Elena Kapshutar

I have been teaching English and German since 2010 in almost all the possible environments and settings – university, high school, private language school, teacher training centers etc.

I am a teacher trainer who also worked as a methodologist, ADOS and DOS in 2017-2022. At the moment, I’m a full-time CELTA tutor based in Türkiye. I’m a life-long learner who believes in education as the main social lift.

 

Dr. Helaine Marshall

Dr. Marshall is Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs at LIU Hudson, NY, USA. She teaches courses in linguistics and multicultural education in face-to-face, blended, and synchronous online formats. Her research interests include: culturally responsive-sustaining education, SLIFE, and instructional design. Her most recent book is Meeting the Needs of SLIFE: A Guide for Educators, 2nd ed., co-authored with A. DeCapua and F.L. Tang. Dr. Marshall has developed a model of online flipped learning, and her most recent article on that topic is “Fostering Teaching Presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach,” with I. Kostka, TESL-EJ.

 

Dr. Ahmed Shaaban

Dr. Ahmad Shaaban Abdelgawad is a university lecturer of English, teacher trainer ,an expert with 25 years in TESOL, Cambridge CELTA certified and a PhD holder in Curriculum and TEFL instruction, Helwan University.
He has performed and accomplished different roles and tasks starting from teaching, mentoring, training and assessment. Regarding training, he trained many teachers online and f2f. Furthermore, he was in charge of establishing and running the English Language Centre in one of the biggest educational companies in KSA implementing a standardized language skills framework. As a presenter, he shared in some symposiums and conferences like ILACE 2021 and others outside Egypt. He has successfully published research topics in TEFL focusing on integration of technology in ELT and oral skills.