We are delighted to announce the next MATEFL event to be held on Saturday, 30 November 2019 at Ace English Malta, Level 4, Bay Street Complex, St. Julian's from 09:15 to 13:15 (doors open at 08:15) - access from main entrance or from side entrance near car park. The link to register online and pre-book the two sessions you would like to attend is as follows: https://tinyurl.com/y3jpdbgu The workshops are as follows: Choose 1 from each sessions.
First Session - 9.30 - 11.00
Alan Marsh: Six of the Best (repeat session) Here are six ideas for focusing on and practising language points in the classroom. What do they have in common? They involve an element of creativity, they’re all templates that can be used with other language points, they’re all linked to the practice of other skills, and learners find them highly effective and engaging – and so do teachers!
Corinne Vella: Teaching 1-1 students? How and why it’s not scary! (repeat session) Has your DOS approached you about 1-1 students? Do you find the prospect scary? Intimidating? Unwelcome for some reason you cannot pinpoint? During this session, I will share with you an amalgam of tips, helpful insights into understanding your students and their needs, and suggestions as to how you can cater for your unique student’s needs. This sessions is targeted at teachers who are just starting to teach 1-1 students.
Marilou Mifsud: Let’s Motivate our Students to Participate more in Class This workshop will look at using effective activities in a language classroom, encouraging students to interact with each other in English and motivating them to participate in the lessons and benefit as much as possible. There will be an engaging discussion on how this can motivate us as teachers.
Pam and Tiffany Borg: Teaching and Student Well-being through Mindfulness in the Classroom Anyone who says that teaching is not stressful has never taught! Letting stress and the minutia of teaching creep into your life is a recipe for burnout. Research evidence suggests ‘mindfulness’ as an effective tool to support teacher wellbeing. We will look at how mindfulness can benefit teachers and students, as well as apps and tools to help manage stress.
Peter Hotton: Teaching Tenses Without Rules This workshop is being offered to provide training in the use of 'Language is not Mathematics', a unique new approach to teaching English tenses. The session will include an overall description of the approach followed by hands-on practice of using LINM to teach tenses through the speaker’s aspect of time.
Second session - 11.30 - 13.15
Alan Marsh: Hot Stuff! This session offers several creative, engaging techniques for teaching ‘hot stuff’ – verbs and other non-literal phrases: multi-word verbs, delexicalised verbs, phrasal verbs, idioms. Each technique will be demonstrated practically and serves as a template for teaching any such ‘hot stuff’.
Joe Aquilina: IPA Friend or Foe? What if…. we can send our students back with a 100 percent cure for their pronunciation issues? The daunting IPA chart holds the key to a quick fix. It can help us diagnose and also provide the right medicine. What techniques do you use? I will be happy to share what works for me! Expect out-of-the box solutions.
Kevin Spiteri: It’s all Fun and Games – Learning Language through Play In today’s information and activity-intense world, engagement is one of a teacher’s biggest challenges. We take a look at the importance of the fun factor in class through a series of hands-on activities and games. We will reflect on what we have experienced and see what the dangers are, if any, of having too much fun in class.
Niki Stokes: How to Teach Presentation Skills A commonly chosen business English skill, and often the most feared by learners, is how to present. This skill isn't always easy to teach, as many students have been presenting for years and think they 'know it all', while others really struggle with presenting in English. In this interactive workshop, I'll provide some useful tips and ready-to-use, engaging activities.
Sigo Gatt: Cut & Paste, Trim & Merge your Classroom Materials In this interactive workshop, we will discover free online tools which can enhance and/or tailor existing classroom resource or be creative with introducing authentic text, exciting and motivating visuals, listening material and audio-visual material. We will also discuss how this can enrich our students’ learning experience, making it more motivating.
There will be a book display by Merlin Library and refreshments will be available from various Bay Street outlets during the break. Members free of charge – membership for 2020 €20 available at the door