Top 10 Reasons to Go to IATEFL Chile IV Regional Conference 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Go to IATEFL Chile IV Regional Conference 2013

First things first. On the 28th and 29th of May, I’ll be heading to THE BRITISH COUNCIL – IATEFL CHILE WEEK -Universidad San Sebastian- for 2 Great Public Talks. Will you be there, too? It’s not too late to register.

Digital Literacies: From Theory to Practice
19.00 hrs
Aula Magna: Universidad San Sebastian – Av. Bellavista 7
Free of charge
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28 MAY:
Technology in ELT: to be used cautiously, critically and selectively

Dame Penny UrO.B.E.
Penny Ur is not a technophobe: she loves her Kindle and uses Moodle a lot with her students. But… There’s a tendancy to see technology as intrinsically good rather than as a means to an end. Does it improve language learning? Or motivation? Does it do this enough to justify
it’s use?”

In this talk, Penny will discuss the use of ICT (TICs) together with commonly used procedures in computer based language learning in the light of the most recent research and will critically examine the contribution of such developments to the English teaching/learning process.


29 MAY:
Public Talk – Gavin Dudeney

Digital Literacies: From Theory to Practice
Gavin Dudeney

This talk examines how the traditional ‘three rs’ (reading, writing and arithmetic), long considered the cornerstones of basic literacy/numeracy, have changed as we advance into the digital age. We will discover what it means to be digitally literate, explore the new types of literacy that have emerged alongside the advent of Web 2.0 and analyse why it is important to work with these literacies on a daily basis in our teaching.

We will then progress from the theoretical framework to look at how teachers can put it into practice in the classroom. Taking real-world examples of classroom techniques and mapping them on to easy-to-use technologies, I will show how teachers can easily address the new literacies of the younger generation without relying too heavily on technologies themselves, or significantly changing their current methodologies or teaching approach.

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Here are my Top 10 reasons for being a participant:

10. You can experience some of the local culture and cuisine.

9. You’ll get some freebies, such as the traditional raffle prize, catalogs and other literature, and possibly some food if you attend a reception.

8. You can check out the latest publications in the Exhibit Hall and seek guidance in your search for the materials that will help you the most. And you can get Penny and Gavin to autograph copies of their latest books that you bought!

7. You can meet teachers with similar needs and interests by attending and networking.

6. You can visit with friends, relatives, family members.

5. You can get a feel for the current trends and hot topics. You’ll do this by talking to publishing reps. reading through the schedule, listening to speakers, and participating in discussions.

4. You can meet new people. Something I enjoy immensely are the chance encounters. I like chatting with whomever is next to me while I’m standing in line for coffee, cookies, or just checking out all the English Language Teaching resource materials and catalogs. I like when the crowd somehow brings me to sit with strangers and I find those strangers to be open to conversation. Some of these chance meetings turn into more meaningful relationships. For example, I had a conversation with Ms. Theresa St. John at IATEFL_TESOL Chile 2010 joint conference, which inspired my latest book, “Second Language Acquisition: Language, Culture & Identity, for English Language Learners Worldwide” which is now FREE for 5 days on Amazon. Imagine if I hadn’t met Theresa, there would be no book for me to share with you! So, get it now while it’s FREE for 5 DaysWednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I know you will enjoy the book, so read this book now!

3. You can meet old friends and colleagues. This is so important to me because work has a way of isolating teachers, not bringing us all together, but each one of us goes into our very own classrooms, alone. This is an opportunity to come together, to share, and we should take full advantage of it. I truly enjoy real facetime with people. It reconnects us in an important way, more than we can ever imagine.

2. You can learn something new. Everything is set up for us to learn from and help one another. We love to teach, but how often do we get to focus on our own learning with such intensity?

1. You will feel united with other teachers by a common bond of brotherhood and sisterhood, something so strong and powerful it’s almost magical. I find it terribly exciting to be in the company of so many others who share my passion for teaching English.

I love the fact that we can be united by a common interest and a common goal, to be the best possible teachers we can possibly be. It fills me with a sense of solidarity and pride. Yes, I am proud to be a teacher, and I know you are too. We shape the future by what we do today.

I hope to see some of you soon. I will do my best to share some of my observations with all of you post event, here on my blog.

And yes, for those of us in Valdivia, patiently waiting for the IATEFL Chile 4th Regional Conference, these exact same ten reasons are my Top Ten (10) Reasons to go to IATEFL Chile IV Regional Conference! Though I do not plan to be there with you in person, you can be sure that my thoughts and best wishes for an absolutely incredible and amazing learning experience will be with you throughout the extraordinary conference that has been planned for you. Enjoy the unique opportunity to the maximum!

Warm Regards,
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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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