6 NOV 2020 - 17:00 CET HALF MARATHON FOR LANGUAGE EDUCATORS
Get valuable insights into how to stay connected with your learners; how to harness, foster, and promote learner autonomy; and what influences a student's reading choices, and how you can focus on them to encourage them to read more.
1. Rachel Paling will Introduce George Kokolas and Katerina Mandathaki with a confession from George and Rachel about our summer goals (10 mins) 2. Katarina Mandathaki - Staying Connected while Disconnected (50 mins)
Many teachers already teach online in an effort to maintain the communication we value in our classrooms. Social interaction is important, but what true learning requires is human connection. Can we preserve the humanity of learning experiences while dependent on digital technology? Well, when there’s a will, there’s a way! 3. Rachel Paling - Neurolanguage Coaching and Learner Autonomy (35 mins) Using principles of neuroscience in practical steps plus professional coaching principles, structure, and brain-friendly coaching conversations educators can really harness, foster and promote learner autonomy. Empowering learners really propels any learning process, leading to potentially faster and more effective ways of learning. This talk will bring some insights into how to really assist learners to take the reins in their learning process. 4. George Kokolas - Read and Let the Others Study (50 mins)
Many generations of students were raised with the motto “You have to read a lot.It’s good for you”. Nowadays, educators, academics, and teachers always add extra reading materials and programs to curriculums, with the objective of exposing students to more language input and the hope of boosting their language skills. However, we tend to forget that when it comes down to reading, it's not about the quantity but the books that we really like to read.
Book-worms do not simply devour as many books as they can but as many books they freely choose and like. The speaker will try to define some of the main reasons that influence our students' reading choices and how we can focus on them so as to make them read more. Special emphasis will be given on the reading choices of the new generations and why non-fiction/CLIL readers may be more suitable for the students of today. A general overview of the benefits of extensive reading will also be made.