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TESOL Colombia’s
ELT Academy

TESOL Colombia’s
ELT Academy

This joint professional development program delivered by academics from National Geographic Learning and Universidad de La Sabana is aimed at providing educators with opportunities to stay up to date, enhance skills and participate in professional development whilst attending the conference.


In-session learning
Attendees can select from four tracks of their interest and, must attend at least three sessions from the same track to earn a completion certificate.
Sessions about the ELTA program will be indicated in the conference´s program.

Certification
Attendees would be able to earn up to three certificates while attending TESOL Colombia: one certificate of attendance and up to two completion certificates (two different tracks). The certificate is awarded by Universidad de La Sabana and National Geographic Learning.

Free of charge
No additional fees will be charged.
Everything is included in the Registration Fee for the conference.

Tracks:

Rediscovering English for
Young Learners
Tips, Strategies, and Best Practices

Using
Technology
to Boost
Outcomes in ELT

Unveiling the paths for
CLIL
implementation

The 3Ms
Motivation,
Methodology,
and Mindset for English Language Learning



Using
Technology
to Boost
Outcomes in ELT

May 27

10:00 - 10:45

Jair Félix

Teach your coursebook online

Simply digitizing what you have always done in your in-person classrooms can leave you and your students feeling frustrated because activities that work in person too often fail to engage students online. The online learning environment is different and so the ways you teach should be different too. In this webinar we will share tips that you can use to create a better online learning environment for your students by:

Using online technology to amplify and transform activities. Moving beyond passive learning by requiring your students to interact and create. Creating quality direct instruction using digital tools. Setting clear expectations and providing the direction and support that your students need to meet them.

During the webinar the presenter will share specific examples using National Geographic Learning’s innovative digital tools that will help to illustrate what these strategies look like when teaching English to learners across levels.

May 28

10:30 - 11:15

Alex Warren

Using technology to encourage face-to-face conversation

Today’s classrooms and today’s learners are more connected than ever. As our learners spend more time engaging with new technology, how can we make sure that the time spent on their devices will lead to better lessons and better learning outcomes? How do we select the right technology tools to improve classroom instruction and motivate learners to express themselves confidently in face-to-face communication?

In this webinar, we will use examples from Learn English with TED Talks to explore how the right technology tools can lead to better comprehension of powerful ideas, and help develop our learners into confident communicators in any situation?

May 29

10:45 - 11:15

John Galindo

Make technology your allied, tools and tricks to make learners get involved

It has always been a challenge to get everyone to participate during virtual sessions. Since the very beginning of this pandemic there is one phrase that has taken more meaning: “reinventing ourselves” … the truth is the teachers have made a wonderful job in discovering novel ways to attract learners’ attention and get them to participate in different activities.

In this session I will share some useful tools I have learned from different teachers throughout Latin America on how they have helped students not only to learn and practice English, but also to develop new skills using technology as a mean to make lessons more meaningful.



Rediscovering English for
Young
Learners
Tips, Strategies, and Best
Practices

May 27

10:00 - 10:45

Luciana Fernandez

Considerations and best practices when teaching english to YL

High quality language teaching is that which develops reading, speaking, listening and writing through classroom instruction and activities based on what research suggests best fosters and enhances acquisition.
High quality teaching is also that which understands how young children learn and how they don´t, for they are natural language acquirers who learn through play-like and engaging activities.
The aim of this presentation is to explore the considerations high quality language teaching embraces and analyze the best practices, materials and resources that aid young learners in becoming users of a foreign language while enjoying the ride.

May 28

10:30 - 11:15

Esther Vazquez

Empowering learners through collaborative learning

Collaborative learning fosters both social skills and cognitive acquisition. In Vygotskian terms, what a child can do in co-operation today, he will be able to do alone tomorrow, if properly assisted. Some kind of collaborative learning should have room in every class since working with others does not only stimulate social interaction and enhance students’ social skills but promotes and facilitates learning. Yet, “for collaborative groups to be successful, they have to be planned, monitored and supported”. (Fisher, 92). It is essential then, to discuss and analyze how to best support and implement collaborative learning instances in our classrooms. In this session, we will go through the benefits of implementing instances of collaborative learning in the English class and we will refer to different possible groupings and share a wide range of strategies to assist our students and enrich and maximize their learning potential in the light of this theory.

May 29

10:45 - 11:15

Amanda Fonseca

Planning for young learners: how to create harmony, sense of construction and meaning on what students are learning.

A planning that reflects our conception of education and the student profile we want to develop, allows us to decide about the best strategies, contents and evaluation tools that will guide us to reach our objectives and at the same time will give purpose and meaning to the young learners learning process.
Getting to know about different planning approaches, types and the objectives behind them are the main aspects of this session.



Unveiling the paths for
CLIL
implementation

May 27

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Luciana Fernandez

Making clil happen in your classroom: keypoints.

What is the relationship between content and language? Is it possible to teach one whithout paying attention to the other one? What is CLIL and what are its underlying principles?
This presentation aims at answering these questions while exploring CLIL best classroom practices.

May 28

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Maria Trapero

Content and language integrated learning: an introduction to CLIL

Content and Language Integrated Learning CLIL is an approach to teaching and learning where subjects like science, social studies or math, are taught and studied through the medium of a non-native language. The experience of learning subjects through the medium of a non-native language is more challenging and intensive as there is more exposure to the language and learners acquire knowledge and skills in different areas of the curriculum.

In this presentation we will introduce teachers to this approach and present ideas to implement it including suggestions for lesson planning, activities, resources and assessment using CLIL.

May 29

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Leticia Moraes

From teacher to CLIL teacher

Going beyond the language itself and moving towards an integration of content and language has become more and more common in English language teaching. This approach has numerous advantages and allows teaching and learning to happen within a clear context, giving a new perspective to the role of English and communication. But what does it mean for the teacher? In this session, we will discuss key aspects that English language teachers should bear in mind in order to deliver a CLIL lesson and not an English lesson with texts about a specific subject.



The 3Ms
Motivation,
Methodology,
and Mindset for English
Language Learning

May 27

10:00 - 10:45 pm

Chia Suan Chong

What if? Motivating Learners in all Classrooms

We know that speaking activities and authentic interactions are an essential part of language practice, but finding the interesting and engaging topics that motivate learners to speak can be challenging. Online teaching poses the added challenge of persuading students, who can now hide behind a screen, to communicate at length in English. The use of stories and hypothetical situations have been an established part of communication skills and intercultural skills training for many years. Asking learners, ‘What if you were in this situation?’ provokes discussions and gets students talking and sharing in ways that improve fluency and encourages personal reflection. This webinar explores how we can use these activities to motivate and engage students in all classrooms.

May 28

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Jair Félix

The 7c’s in Language Teaching & Learning

Today’s students and teachers of English should move beyond the basics and embrace the 7C’s — “super skills” for the 21st century, including sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions; working together to reach a goal — putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work; looking at problems in a new way, linking learning across subjects & disciplines; and trying new approaches to get things done.

This presentation will raise awareness on the importance of those “super skills” and will actively demonstrate how to incorporate them in every teaching and learning practice.

May 29

3:00 - 3:45 pm

Esther Vazquez

Motivate your students and take them to success through active learning: a brain-based approach

Active learning involves students in their learning process more directly and meaningfully and and fosters long-lasting learning. The objective of this workshop is to revisit the benefits of Active Learning and the different strategies that teachers can use in their lesson plans. In this workshop teachers will try and take lots of ideas to include in their lesson plans.

The TESOL Colombia´s ELT Academy (ELTA) is sponsored by National Geographic Learning.