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20th Annual TESOL Greece – Athens College Event
6 February, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
20th Annual TESOL Greece – Athens College Event
"Introducing Sustainability in ELT: Raising Awareness, Involving Learners"
*New & Lapsed Members Registration Deadline: February 3rd, 2022*
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10.30 - 10:45
Welcome - Opening Remarks
Dr Joanna Nijakowska
10:30 – 11:45
“Towards Sustainable Foreign Language Learning with Neurodiverse Learners”
Summary: Sensitivity to individual differences and learner variability should be a driving force for educational decisions aimed at making foreign language learning more sustainable for all learners. These decisions concern teaching and assessment practices that remove barriers to foreign language learning by making it accessible to diverse learners.
Joanna Nijakowska is a University Professor in the Centre for Foreign Language Teacher Training and European Education, University of Warsaw, Poland. A teacher trainer, specialist in foreign language acquisition and didactics, psycholinguistics and learning difficulties.
Marianthi Giannakopoulou holds a Master of Education in Inclusive Education & Teaching Students with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) (University of Birmingham, UK), a BA in English Language and Literature (National Kapodistrian University of Athens) and a BA in Social Work. She has been an English Language teacher since 1995. She holds the position of a learning specialist at Athens College Elementary School, where she has been designing and implementing the programme of differentiated instruction for students with LDs since 2011. She has been running the Environmental Club in her school since 2017 and has been a member of the HSPN (Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature) and the ECO – Schools Committee in Greece since 2019. She is currently attending a postgraduate course in Environmental Education and Sustainability (National Kapodistrian University of Athens).
12:00 – 12:45
How to Give Your Lessons a Sustainability Twist
Summary: Sustainability is a term that undoubtedly goes hand in hand with education. Yet many teachers seem reluctant to bring this important issue to their classes. Some worry that they may not be experts in environmental issues while others feel they cannot afford to deviate from the syllabus. But is time spent on creating a better future for all a “waste” of time? And does one have to be an expert to understand that this simply involves making the right choices day in day out? The purpose of this presentation is to provide teachers with practical tips on how to integrate the 17 UN goals of sustainable development into their teaching and raise young learners’ environmental awareness in an effort to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Faye Kafetzopoulou holds an MA in Media and Communications from the University of London, Goldsmiths College, and a BA in English and Greek Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has also successfully completed postgraduate courses on Leading Inquiry Based Development run by the University of Cambridge and on Differentiating Instruction, focusing on Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in Greece and the UK and since 2008 she has been teaching English at Athens College Elementary School, where she is currently Head of the English Department. She is also a Cambridge English Examiner and has attended a number of seminars, lectures and workshops in the field of English language teaching.
12:00 – 12:45
Beyond Sustainability: Regenerative Teaching
Summary: Sustainability is great, but keeping things as they are is not enough. We, our students and the planet need more. In this talk, I’ll explore what I mean by regeneration for teachers, students and material. I’ll share some activities that my colleagues and I have used and some practical tips on how we can reimagine, recreate and regenerate the field of English language teaching.
Michael Robbs is a Business English teacher, teacher trainer and communication coach with almost 30 years of experience.
12:45 – 13:15
13:15 – 13:30
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Eleni Svoronou is an author and creative writing teacher and is currently the Environmental Education Officer for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greece. Ms. Svoronou received her MSc degree in Heritage Management from the University of Birmingham and has written over 16 fiction and nonfiction books for children and youth and has coordinated creative writing classes in major institutions in the field of Literature. She is a researcher in the area of ecotourism, facilitates community projects on sustainable development, and designs environmental education materials for teachers and students of primary and secondary education and adults.
13:45 – 14:30
Climate change: From Awareness-raising to Active Citizenship
Summary: In this workshop, we will experience a step-by-step educational process leading from understanding the phenomenon to action. The ability to take action at a personal and collective level is a key skill of active citizens. We can help our learners develop this skill and put it to practice right away!
13:45 – 14:30
Developing Agency, Voice and Action in Our Students: A Case Study on Sustainability
Summary: One of the most important goals of educators today, is to instill awareness in their students and to nurture young people who are informed and active. In order to achieve this goal, we need to stir their interest, awaken their creativity, and help them realize their own power when they engage and act! This presentation showcases a project that, hopefully, did exactly that: the creation of a news exposé on Climate Change, by a 6th grade class. Join us to find out how the kids researched, wrote about, and presented on camera different aspects of Climate Change and its effects on our wellbeing.
Mary Efthymiou has been an English teacher for the past 25 years, 16 of which at Athens College. Before that, she had dipped her toes in different trades, such as concert, documentary and TV production, graphic design, and the theater. This experience, along with her background in Media Studies, have provided her with an array of teaching tools that render her school life quite stimulating, albeit a tad hectic!
Summary: Schoolhouse World and the Real World? By the year 2050, microplastic will be found in all types of marine life.
Let’s not squander our learners’ precious energies on the tiny-postage stamp sized world of the fact-based classrooms. It is of cardinal importance to assist students in ELT bridge the gap of the real world and acquire the indispensable skills that will make them citizens of the World of the Future and sensitize them towards Sustainability and environmental issues. The implementation of a Differentiated PBL Educational Scenario to help reduce the use of plastic. The formation of groups according to the MIDAS (Multiple Intelligence Developmental Assessment Scales) in Elementary School EFL classes, at the threshold of High School, are in essence part of the MIDI Program PhD research of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, which will be presented to justify how crucial it is to veer into practices that ameliorate not only the learners’ potential, but also augment their engagement and motivation.
Intelligence goes way beyond test scores and since Educators have long realized this and the need to move away from scholastic classrooms per se, what is more than evident is to embrace the developmental needs of young learners who should not be deprived of contact with the huge, exciting, amazing real world unfolding in front of their eyes and it is out there to be discovered (Thomas Armstrong, The Best Schools).
Maria P. Zaphiropoulou
14:45 – 15:30
Can Educators Instill Eco-friendly Values – Is It Feasible or Not?
Maria P. Zaphiropoulou holds a BA in English Language and Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MA in European Studies and International Relations, Reading University, UK. She also completed Advanced Studies in EFL, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a course of English and Social Studies at the University of Lancaster, UK. Being a fluent speaker of French, she succeeded in passing the exams and enrolled in the French Department of Athens University after having completed Sorbonne III focusing on Poetry and Theatre. Maria received credits from Bowie State University, Maryland for her Master’s in Education and has been teaching English as a Foreign Language and Literature in an International School for more than 20 years. Being a mother of two wonderful adept teenagers, having worked as a counsellor, translator and writer for various publishing companies, Maria was fortunate to have excellent professors, Dr. Bessie Dendrinos, mentors, Mr Rompapas and Mrs Clio Castrinoyiannis former TESOL chairperson, administrators and colleagues throughout her life. Being a fervent lifelong learner, has attended various seminars and conferences, not only connected to EFL, Learning Difficulties, Gifted Children, Psychology, Learning Approaches, Life coaching, Living Values, Unesco Programs, but also Drama Techniques and Acting. She is a PhD candidate, Athens University and currently working on her research on Differentiated Instruction, Project Based Learning and Multiple Intelligences in the EFL classroom. She has applied PBL and MI for more than a decade in order to increase her students’ motivation and acquisition of the Foreign Language. At the moment she is really proud to be among the Educators of the English Department of HAEF teaching English and Literature and expanding the horizons of her learners as well as maintaining their mental and overall well-being.
14:45 – 15:30
Summary: A metaphorical look at the ‘sustainability’ and ‘resilience’ in different contexts. Discussion on how language teachers’ leadership requires working with the intangible to create a protective atmosphere for all personalities. Practical suggestions for preparing our online sessions with concerns about safety, security and care, resulting in enhanced participation and involvement.
Suzanne Antonaros holds a B.A. degree in Spanish and an M.A. degree in TEFL from San Francisco State University. She is the co-director of EDUCATIONAL & TRAINING CONCEPTS, Athens, Greece and has co-authored a number of books for EFL professionals. She has had extensive teaching, teacher training and materials development experience. Suzanne has been teaching English online to teens and adults for last 7 years. A founding member of TESOL Greece, she has served on its Board for more than one or two terms.
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