speakers

TESOL-SPAIN 42nd Annual National Convention
8-10 March, 2019 - Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Ciudad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias

Speaker Presentation Proposal Form 2019: DEADLINE: Now closed. 

 

Plenary speakers are now confirmed. Click on their name below to read their abstract and biodata.

Opening Plenary

JJ Wilson
Saturday Plenary

David Marsh
Closing Plenary

Teresa Ting

JJ Wilson

Abstract
Sky’s the limit: six lessons from an unlikely place

In 2007, 600 homeless people took over an unfinished tower block in Caracas, Venezuela, and developed a thriving community. By using the four Cs – communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration – they bettered their lives and showed what can be achieved with great leadership against enormous odds. Together, we will examine what educators can learn from this story, with a particular focus on creating educational communities in the 21st century. 

 

Biodata

JJ Wilson is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA. He teaches classes in ESL Methods, Linguistics, Publication, and Creative Writing. He has co-authored several ELT courses, including Total English, and Speakout, which won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union prize and was shortlisted for an ELTons award. His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, also won an English Speaking Union prize. JJ writes fiction under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson. His novel, Damnificados, won three awards, and was included on Oprah’s Top 10 list. JJ has lived in 10 countries and trained teachers in 30. 

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David Marsh
Abstract

English Language Teaching & Learning: Change of age or age of change?  


We face a window of opportunity. Experience from early childhood of living with integrated technologies influences how this current digital generation processes and uses information.  These technologically astute young people are increasingly generating their own contexts for and habits of learning.  The speed of this is outpacing how we are responding in English language education.

We need to match the current generation leap with a complementary English language education leap.  To achieve this we need curricular design that combines deep learning of knowledge alongside ability to manage 21st Century competences. This leap involves breaking the barriers that we, as English language teachers, recognize, and can transcend. These barriers include the tyranny of the textbooksstandardized language testing, and lack of teacher empowerment in delivering what we can achieve against what we are expected to achieve.
 

Biodata:

David Marsh has contributed to the development of education in Finland over 25 years, alongside being involved with developing transformative educational processes in Asia, Europe the Middle East and North America.  He co-launched Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in the 1990s, has contributed to over 150 publications, and received 5 degrees from the United Kingdom, Finland and Spain. He is currently developing competence-based English language learning pathways that combine CLIL with transversals across the curriculum. These are being developed to enable change management in historically low-attainment contexts. His current work-in-progress is The Children of Cyberspace: Towards a New Understanding, due for publication in 2019.

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Teresa Ting

Abstract

Dreaming, Learning and Educating…with the Brain in Mind

Education acts on the brain. When learners can easily comprehend complex and abstract content that is presented through a foreign language, real learning on a local scale can become realistic dreams on a global scale. Here, we will see how and why, done well, CLIL very naturally prompts educators to move towards a way of instructing that is much more compatible with how the brain likes its information, thus enabling learning (and big dreams).

 

Biodata

Teresa harnesses knowledge regarding how rats’ brains learn in laboratories (holds PhD in Neuroscience) to design materials for teaching complex content to students in classrooms. CLIL-materials she developed received the 2013 ELTon’s Award. These materials and their theoretical underpinnings have been used in CLIL teacher-training courses (Pilgrims, Bell, Universities of Vienna, Madrid etc.) and developing additional CLIL-materials (e.g. in the CUP “Talent” series, 2018). She is a tenured Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Calabria, Italy.

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