"Performance Awareness in a Diverse Society: Reflections on Identity"
Could you tell us a few things about your presentation and how it relates to this year’s Convention theme?
Our talk-workshop is mainly based on a project called #ProjectFound which is designed and introduced by Christina Chorianopoulou. It is an on-going process, a long-running project that is shaped according to our learners’ interests, thoughts and ideas and nothing could be more practical than that. Not only because of the opportunity to use language in different and natural contexts but also because language process goes beyond specific structure, set of rules and standard language. Language becomes synonym to negotiation. In our talk-workshop we are going to demonstrate how SLA theories could be applicable in language learning environment through a series of practical activities and performing techniques.
Briefly tell us a few things about yourself as a professional.
I have done studies in English literature and linguistics and I have been specialized in Drama and British Theatre in England. I have been teaching English for over sixteen years both in private and public sector. Right now, I am doing a Master's degree course in "Language Education for Refugees and Migrants” and I am working as a substitute language teacher on Secondary education.
Is “keeping it practical” an important part of present day EFL classrooms? Why, do you think, this is?
Of course it is! Actually it is in great demand because theory can be understood through practice. And our learners’ needs for a meaning context is becoming more and more vital.
Are there problems when new practices are applied in the classrooms?
It depends on the classroom environment and on how learners can identify with new practices and learn through them. In a multicultural learning environment for example new practices should reflect the variety of the leaners’ backgrounds in order to be effective and cultural misunderstandings would be avoided.
Has it become easier or more complicated to teach English these past decades?
I would say that it is definitely more challenging and demanding. It involves a combination of skills and deep knowledge of the subject in order to be successful and effective.
What is one piece of advice that has been a beacon for your teaching over the years?
Be open to new challenges and opportunities and never hesitate to test your limits and try out new things. Keep being educated.
How important is CPD (Continuous Professional Development) in the teaching of languages?
Very important! It is like opening new doors to knowledge and life-long learning. It is an opportunity to improve ourselves.
What do you find demotivating as far as teaching is concerned?
It is difficult to tell. Maybe when our profession sometimes keeps us away from family and friends (either because of distance or long hours).
What is one of the things you will not forget from past TG Conventions?
The feeling of being a big family. I think this warm atmosphere is unforgettable.
IF you could one piece of advice to new Educators in the field of ELT what would it be?
Don’t hesitate to be exposed, to gain experience, to explore, to experiment. And keep networking and socializing.