40 years TESOL Greece

Fotini Komninou & Dr Athanasios Karasimos

Day: Saturday Time: 11:15-12:00 Room: OMIROS (10th Floor)

Podcasting: Authentic Input and Original Output

Fotini Komninou
Athanasios Karasimos

The use of podcasts, as a supplementary self-study tool, in EFL teaching to improve upper-intermediate level learners‚ their listening and speaking skills by providing students with authentic input and engage them in self-generated podcasts for a real audience.

Keywords: Technology, Podcasting, Authentic Input, Listening Skill, Speaking Skill

Fotini Komninou, Med in TESOL, non-native EFL Teacher interested in educational web/app technologies and gamified learning, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dr Athanasios Karasimos, Professor in Computational Linguistics, specialist in educational technology and Digital Humanities. Researcher @DARIAH-GR/ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙΣ, Academy of Athens, Greece

Fotini Komninou's Interview

Who is Fotini Komninou? What is the single characteristic that you want most people to know about you?

Fotini Komninou (M.Ed in TESOL, EFL teacher since 2006). I am interested in implementing new technologies and web based tools in my teaching. I like watching my students getting excited and more involved in their learning process.

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

The specific podcasting project teaches EFL learners how to listen. It trains their autonomous learning, metacognitive and self-reflection skills. It transforms the traditional in-class listening approach. It transcends the physical boundaries of the classroom. It finally trusts learners as producers of their own podcasts.

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

Developing trust and believing in learners’ capability of creating their own knowledge. Building a more trusting and positive relationship with students is challenging and time-consuming. But once achieved, then students shine! They feel secure, they are more engaged in the learning process, they behave better in class and perform at higher academic levels.

What does TESOL Greece mean to you?

A supportive community of EFL professionals to connect, share, learn and grow.

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

I expect to exchange views, teaching ideas and good practices. I hope to learn and get inspired by other teachers and ELT professionals.

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

Happy Anniversary! Happy Networking!

 

Dr Athanasios Karadimos' Interview

Who is Athanasios Karasimos? What is the single characteristic that you want most people to know about you?

My names is Athanasios Karasimos (Dr. in Computational Linguistics). I am researcher at Digital Humanities Infrastructure APOLLONIS, an adjunct lecturer of Department of English Language and a PostDoc researcher with an IKY scholarship. I really enjoy engaging my students into new technologies and gaming activities during their language teaching and learning.

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

Our podcasting proposal teaches EFL learners how to listen via genuine real-life audio chunks. It trains their autonomous learning, metacognitive and self-reflection skills. The podcast is transformed from an entertaining medium into a new-age listening activity. Additionally, it transcends the spatiotemporal restrictions of the classroom and releases the students from the constraints of the conventional means of education. Finally, it provides a trustworthy tool for the learners to become producers of their own podcasts.

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

My favorite T is transform since it can release the creativity of the teachers and the learners. It is really challenging to transform traditional material into alternative, digital and innovative ones. Specially, expanding the use of video and board games from their fun part, I enjoy transforming this technology into a concrete, creative and interactive tool with endless possibilities and multi-skill activities from game-genre independent choices.

What does TESOL Greece mean to you?

An ever-evolving community of EFL teachers, educators, trainers and researchers who share their passion, ideas and knowledge.

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

I expect to motivate more teachers to use educational technology in their teaching situations. I hope to learn more from the experienced presenters, expand my knowledge and get inspired by their innovative proposals.

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

With so many wonderful accomplishments under your belt, I really wait for the 50th anniversary. Celebrate this beautiful milestone. Happy 40th birthday!

 

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