40 years TESOL Greece

Bill Bowler

Day: Sunday Time: 11:15-12:00 Room: PLATON (10th Floor)

Extensive Reading: Supporting Students into ER In the Internet Age

Bill Bowler

This 45 minute Workshop Presentation will explore different classroom techniques for getting today’s young learners – so used to the internet and multimedia – into Extensive Reading. Considering the choice of text, and offering supportive pre-reading, while reading and post-reading activities will be covered in a practical ‘in nutshell’ way.

Keywords:Young Learners, Extensive Reading, Flipped Classroom

Bill Bowler is a freelance ELT author, and trainer, based in Alicante, Spain. He is passionately interested in Extensive Reading.

Bill Bowler's Interview

Who is Bill Bowler? What is the single characteristic that you want most people to know about you?

Bill Bowler is a trainer who takes the potentially complex and makes it simple and clear and (hopefully) fun!

How is your presentation connected to the umbrella topic of the conference of “The 5 Ts of TESOL: Teach, Train, Transform, Transcend, Trust”?

For me, the 5 Ts make a continuum which, in my presentation, link to extensive reading (ER). Out of Teaching experience comes Training expertise which, when Transferred to Teachers, can Transform personal practice. Transcend and Trust are elements over which a trainer (or a teacher) has no direct control. However, if the first part of the process has been smooth in my presentation, then I Trust that the methodology I share will Transcend the ‘nuts and bolts’ and become more than the sum of its parts. Techniques that work in practice are Trusted by Teachers!

Which is your favorite T? Teach, Train, Transform, Transcend, or Trust, and why?

Transform is my favourite T. To share an idea which can have a transformative effect: it’s a bit like a cognitive relay race, passing the Olympic flame of understanding down a line of thoughtful runners.

What does TESOL Greece mean to you?

A breath of fresh air. This event, organised by TESOL Greece, will be my first time in Athens, and in Greece, too. After some months preparing for, undergoing and recovering from foot surgery, it will be good to be out in the world again.

What are your expectations from the 40th TESOL Greece Annual International Convention?

I expect to find the exchange of teaching ideas and experiences stimulating and fun. I expect to find Greek food very tasty! 😉

If you could send a wish to TESOL Greece, which becomes 40 this year, what would it be?

Happy birthday, TESOL Greece! Life begins at 40!

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