MATEFL's summer event was held on Saturday, 24th June 2023. at AClass Academy of English Malta, Pembroke . This was the first face-to-face multi-session event we have held in 4 years. All events during that time were held online due to the pandemic. The sessions were as follows:
Elizabeth Camilleri: How to Use Your Coursebook Creatively!
Liz will run a workshop on motivational use of the coursebook including a very “hands-on” session based on collaborative learning, the aim of which is to encourage teachers to think outside the box, discuss sections of course books, share ideas and reflect on good practice.
Kevin Spiteri: A Byte-Sized Guide to AI in Language Teaching
Dive into the AI-verse of language learning, unravel the potential of smart chatbots, and get hands-on with the tech. We're transforming English teaching, making it not just efficient, but effectively futuristic. Welcome to the future of language education, where your classroom meets AI.
Jean Sciberras: Dictation Rebooted: Jazzing Up Language Learning with Engaging Activities.
In this 90-minute workshop, Jean presents a variety of dynamic dictation activities that boost students’ listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Discover why dictation deserves a comeback to the EFL classroom and explore practical adaptations the foster learner-centred, motivating, and communicative classwork. Join us to revive the power of dictation for engaging and empowering language learning.
Jean Theuma/ Rebecca Portelli: Teaching Skills to Young Learners
an Theuma/ Rebecca Portelli: Teaching Skills to Young Learners Jean and Rebecca will run a joint session that is divided into various skills. Rebecca will cover ideas for teaching writing, including an interactive session where the teacher is introduced as the expert writer, modelling tasks and scaffolding texts. Jean will explore engaging activities aimed at getting students to speak.
Sigo Gatt: Empowering Language Learners through Chat GPT
This hands-on workshop is an engaging session focused on utilizing Chat GPT, an advanced language model, to enhance language learning. Participants will practice constructing definition sentences and explore prompts like: vocabulary inquiries, translations, idioms and more. With adaptable variations for different proficiency levels and children, the workshop aims to foster your learners' linguistic growth through interactive exercises. To access Sigo's presentation go to https://onlineteflteacher.talentlms.com/ and log in using these credentials: username: MATEFL and password:ChatGPT
Matt Done: Making grammar more real
Rules can be an important starting point when it comes to mastering new grammar. However, while some students are good at understanding rules and passing tests, they might struggle to turn what they know into real life communication. This session offers some practical tips on how we can bridge this gap, and make the ‘real life’ value of the grammar we teach clearer and more accessible to our students.