Pre-conference event for Global Issues SIG in Szczecin 16th September

GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

Pre-Conference Event

16th September 2016

Crossing borders in a world of differences.

GLOBAL ISSUES SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP Pre-Conference Event will deal with concepts of similarity and differences. How do these ideas translate into understanding of the world around us?

6 trainers and 4 sessions will lead the participants through gratefulness, understanding of cultural differences, drama and current controversial topics.

The aim of these Friday morning sessions is to inspire teachers to raise global issues within EFL classes, deepen the understanding of controversial topics and explore the “humanistic” factor of compassion to the less fortunate ones and gratitude for what we have.

The event will be also a chance to get first hand experience of some practical tasks to be used in the classroom first day after the conference.

The event is divided into two sessions and each of them split further in two parts. This will hopefully give participants the feel of dynamism and leave them inspired for the rest of the busy conference day.

1st session: 9:00 – 10.30 10-day grateful project and how to see people in people.

Part A: 10-day grateful project – the power of images, a communication bomb, endearing lessons (around 45 mins.)

Abstract: There are lots of projects on offer and numerous topics to discuss in your course books, but the one we are going to talk about will change your and your students life. The only thing you need is a mobile phone, instagram and a will to get involved. We hope to show you how being positive about life can permeate to ELT and the other way round.

Trainers/ lecturers: Monika Izbaner defended her doctoral thesis in 2014. Her research interests include methodology and technological innovations in teaching, public speaking and debationg and also British literature, politics and visual arts. She is passionate about designing her own ELT materials. She has published several major articles devoted to creativity in ELT, Scottish culture and current trends in popular culture.

Hanna Zięba is a lecturer at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz in the Department of Foreign Languages. Apart from teaching full-time students she also finds satisfaction in working with Erasmus students and teaching at the University of the Third Age. Her other professional affiliation is with Centrum Edukacyjne Lemon House where she teaches different age groups at all levels. She is especially interested in materials design, modern technologies, and psychology.

Part B: So different, yet so alike – how understanding differences makes us humans(around 45 mins.)

Abstract: A practical session on how mastering the language of similarities and differences may bring a deeper understanding of humanity. Examples of how culture and media may teach us to be more human, simultaneously helping develop crucial skills in changing multicultural societies.

Trainer/ lecturer: Marcin Stanowski is a psychologist, trainer and a teacher at Czacki High school in Warsaw. As an avid Moodler and and IT enthusiast obtained European Language Label Award. Several times was a grant holder of Comenius and RELO programmes. Marcin is also Global Issues Special Interest Group Coordinator and runs a blog at http://superteachers.pl. 2nd session: 11:00 – 12.30 Global Issues and Drama for better understanding

Part A: Global issues in an EFL classroom (around 45 mins.)

Abstract

The world is in a crisis, or even is multiple crises: climate change, income inequalities, water wars, refugees, overpopulation, poverty and hunger, child labour, just to name a few. Yet, what makes into the news does not make so easily to the classroom. What is studied by specialists does not easily get into our minds. In this workshop I would like to tackle the most urgent of the global issues and show how to incorporate them in the lessons of English.

Trainers/ lecturers: Aleksandra Zaparucha has an MA in Geography (1989) and English (2001) gained at the Nicolas Copernicus University (UMK) in Toruń, Poland. A teacher of both for 18 years, including CLIL programs. She has co-operated with Field Studies Council, Geographical Association and British Council at various events, courses and publications. She is the author of a series of three lower secondary workbooks for bilingual Geography, published by SOP Oświatowiec and nominated for the ELTon Award in the category of Local Innovation in 2014. For the last 9 year she has been a freelancer, delivering training to English and subject teachers in Poland, as well as numerous countries in Europe and Asia. She is a regular contributor to Geografia w Szkole and The Teacher.

Part B: Drama as a means for raising difficult or controversial topics. (around 45 mins.)

Abstract: Have you ever thought of introducing contemporary issues in your lesson plan? Are you at least a bit into acting? If yes then come and take part in our workshop, where we would like to share with you our idea on drama lessons in this respect.

Trainers/ lecturers: Daniel Starski – graduate of Warsaw University, political science dept, bilateral exchange programme with NorthEastern Illinois University in Chicago and SWPS. 6 years teaching in public schools, 12 years overall. Also interpreter at conferences and for two years affiliated with Busines English Magazine as an author. Currently English teacher at XXVIII Kochanowski high school in Warsaw”

Jolanta Żeromska – graduate of English Philology at the University of Łódź and Geography at Akademia Pomorska in Słupsk. 21 years of experience in high school education, experience in translations and 11 years cooperating with the local OKE. Currently teaching English at V Zbigniew Herbert high school in Słupsk. Interested in innovation in education.

Jak zaczęła się moja przygoda ze stowarzyszeniem IATEFL Polska…

Ehh NKJO, szkoda, że ich nie ma już. Byliśmy tam, bo chcieliśmy. Nieść kaganek oświaty, albo po prostu zarobić dobre pieniądze w prywatnych szkołach. Ci co byli tam z przypadku, szybko zmieniali studia, a jeśli nawet wytrwali do końca, to bardzo sobie chwalą przygotowanie językowe. Tak mnie naszło na przemyślenia. Bo wakacje. Bo przeglądałem papiery sprzed lat i natknąłem się w jednym z zeszytów z NKJO w Ciechanowie na wzmiankę o IATEFL.

15 lat temu, w maju chyba, w malowanej na szpitalną zieleń sali spotkałem Danutę Sitkowską i zobaczyłem na jej biurku torbę z charakterystycznym logo stowarzyszenia IATEFL. Nie wiedziałem co to jest, ale zobaczyłem, że taką samą torbę ma Peter Whiley. Oczywiście zapytałem o IATEFL moją nauczycielkę pisania i mojego nauczyciela Culture Studies, i opowiedzieli mi wtedy o tym, jak po skończeniu kolegium nie stracić wiatru w żaglach. Jak zdobywać pomysły i jak dzielić się zasobami. Wtedy nie było jeszcze zbyt wielu możliwości na dokształcanie się. Można było ewentualnie pojechać na Comeniusa, ale w Polsce oprócz nielicznych ODNów nie było lepszego miejsca na Teacher Development jak na wydarzeniach organizowanych przez IATEFL. Nie dołączyłem wtedy, bo pomyślałem sobie, że to takie elitarne stowarzyszenie dla khm, khm bardziej doświadczonych nauczycieli. Oni mieli około 40, a ja dopiero przestałem być nastolatkiem. Poza tym, umówmy się, to jest ciężka praca, tworzyć materiały, publikować, organizować spotkania. Jako 20- latek miałem ciekawsze rzeczy do robienia 🙂

Dopiero kilka lat po skończeniu NKJO, odezwał się do mnie Peter Whiley i zapytał, czy nie chcę przyjechać na warsztaty Music and Drama SIG i stworzyć stronę www tego SIGu. Spotkaliśmy się na Dworcu Centralnym i pojechaliśmy WKD (około 20 osób) gdzieś pod Warszawę do prywatnego domu, gdzieś w lesie. Mocno dorośli ludzie, a bawiliśmy się jak dzieci, odgrywaliśmy Natvity Scene, dzieliliśmy się wiedzą i pomysłami. Atmosfera NKJO wróciła na chwilę. Od tej pory, wiedziałem, że chcę bardziej zaangażować się w życie stowarzyszenia. Mimo, że to praca za darmo, na rzecz innych nauczycieli. Pomagałem przy stronie www, kwestiach związanych z ICT. Zacząłem jeździć na konferencje. Od 10 lat z każdej wracam zainspirowany i z torbą konferencyjną IATEFL pełną pomysłów, książek, materiałów. Moje koleżanki widzą logo IATEFL i pytają, co przywiozłem z kolejnej konferencji.

 Teraz jest znacznie łatwiej zdobyć inspiracje i materiały. Instytucje szkoleniowe dla nauczycieli wyrastają jak grzyby po deszczu. Korzystam z ich szerokiej oferty, ale i zdobywam niesamowite pomysły na stronach www i na FB. Teraz jeżdzę na wydarzenia IATEFL Polska trochę bardziej po to, żeby spotkać ciekawych ludzi i porozmawiać o tym, jak uczyć lepiej.

Jaka zaczęła się Wasza przygoda z IATEFL Polska?

Let your fire burn.. IATEFL Slovenia, Saturday 5th March 2016

It has been a lovely Saturday here in Topolsica. I learned so much and met fabulous professionals. Thank you all for allowing me to present my ideas here in this beautiful spot where the inspiration is born.image
Below you may  find my presentation from IATEFL Slovenia Conference:
Let your fire burn… PPT
And here is a handout for some of the tasks presented: Let your fire burn- handout.
See you soon at another workshop somewhere in ELT world.

Looking forward, looking back!

I am reclining on the bed in our Budapest place and reminiscing the weekend, listening to Slim Dusty’s Looking forward, looking back, the theme song of the conference.

25th IATEFL Hungary Conference has come and gone… Three wonderful days spent on learning and meeting people. I have been to several conferences for teachers, yet this one was like a family meeting. The atmosphere created by fabulous organisers, the unique location of the Department of English Philology in Budapest, amazing sessions of renowned educators got me thinking of the way I develop as a teacher and teacher trainer.

When Peter Medgyes started IATEFL Hungary I was 10 years old. These inspiring people, whom I have just met, have  been catering for students’ and teachers’ needs for 25 years. They have worked hard to ensure the quality of teaching English. They inspired teachers in all the countries around. Their dedication is stunning. The number of hours devoted to organisation of the event is countless. The multitude of events they initiate every years is impressive. Conferences, planting trees events, taking care of environment,  Learnathon… And they do it with such a great style, trying to satisfy all the needs of members or participants.

What am I doing for other members of my community. Am I doing my best to inspire other teachers?

 This post is to express my deepest gratitude to all of the officials and members of IATEFL Hungary and participants of the Conference for creating the opportunity to learn and share ideas in such a friendly atmosphere. Special thanks go to Nóra, Beatrix, Laszlo, Aniko, Anna, Frank and Barbara. I am also so much greatful to have met Debbie, Zsuzsa, Angelos, Fazli, Magrit, Susanna, Zita and so many others! It was great to talk to you! I learnt a lot from you!

High five to Hanka and Bartek, my amazing teammates! It’s grand presenting with you!